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  • Published: 30 July 2018
  • ISBN: 9781785032431
  • Imprint: Ebury Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • RRP: $19.99

The Summer of Impossible Things

An uplifting, emotional story as seen on ITV in the Zoe Ball Book Club

An epic, high concept love story about family and sacrifice from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Memory Book

If you could change the past, would you?

*As seen on ITV in The Zoe Ball Book Club*'Beautiful, well-written...I got goosebumps' Alex Jones

'Portrayed 1977 so brilliantly...it would make an amazing movie' Zoe Ball


How far would you go to save the person you love?Luna is about to do everything she can to save her mother's life.Even if it means sacrificing her own.

A beautiful novel about family, courage, sacrifice and love in all its guises from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Memory Book-----------------------------------------------

With over 150 5* reviews, this is what readers are saying about this irresistible page-turner:

'Best book of the year for me'

'It's a poignant but ultimately life-affirming journey'

'A wonderful novel, full of love and friendship and vitality'

'This story was magical and I loved it'

'Truly outstanding storytelling'

'A book that really stayed with me'

  • Published: 30 July 2018
  • ISBN: 9781785032431
  • Imprint: Ebury Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Rowan Coleman

Rowan Coleman lives with her husband and five children in a very full house in Hertfordshire. She juggles writing novels with raising her family. She longs to live at Ponden Hall.

She is the bestselling author of THE MEMORY BOOK, WE ARE ALL MADE OF STARS and the critically acclaimed THE SUMMER OF IMPOSSIBLE THINGS.

Find out more about Rowan at www.rowancoleman.co.uk, Facebook or Twitter: @rowancoleman.

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Praise for The Summer of Impossible Things

It feels like a long time since I loved a book as much. I was CAPTIVATED! Brilliant, different...charming and moving...I stayed up half the night to finish it

Marian Keyes, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Break

An emotional, uplifting page-turner that highlights the questions we so often ask ourselves. One of the great reads of the summer


A truly wonderful and magical story. I absolutely loved it - a gorgeous book.

Milly Johnson, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Queen of Wishful Thinking

An emotional roller coaster that will floor you with its depth and believability

Fabulous Magazine, The Sun

A gorgeous, rapturous novel, intensely atmospheric...a beautiful and heart-wrenching story of a daughter’s love for her mother. Like all Rowan’s novels, it’s life-affirming and shows the best of what humans can be; I felt that the world was a better place when I put it down. As a novel about impossible things, it made me think that anything was possible.

Julie Cohen, bestselling author of Together

The Time Traveler’s Wife meets Sophie’s Choice... wonderfully atmospheric... Perfect summer reading, be it on a sunlounger or sofa.

The Pool

Beautiful...well-written...I got goosebumps

Alex Jones, on The Zoe Ball Book CLub

A tear-jerking, time travelling epic...

Red Magazine

Portrayed 1977 so brilliantly...it would make an amazing movie

Zoe Ball, on The Zoe Ball Book Club

An absolute triumph...loved it. So clever...such a brilliant writer

Jill Mansell, bestselling author of This Could Change Everything

A book that defies reality and makes your heart sing...Rowan Coleman is one of those writers I will follow anywhere. I know however unlikely the story she will never lead me astray.

Katie Fforde, Sunday Times bestselling author of A Secret Garden

hugely inventive and evocative...achingly romantic

Heat Magazine

Smartly crafted and sumptuously written

Sunday Mirror

exhilarating, thought-provoking novel about family, grief and redemption

Fanny Blake, Sunday Express S Magazine

a lovely, magical, time-bending read...There is a lovely smooth glow to the writing

Matt Haig

one of my favourite writers

Cara Delevingne

an irresistible page-turner… the depiction of love seemed the most real

Stylist Magazine

Smartly crafted, sumptuously written, a glorious time travelling adventure

Sunday People

Spine-tinglingly beautiful. Prepare to lose your heart

Lisa Jewell

gorgeous, glowing, heartbreaking and wonderful - Rowan's best novel to date

Jenny Colgan

An epic, exhilarating story of bravery and redemption, where love transcends time and the impossible might just happen. Stupendous - I loved it.

Lucy Diamond

magical, wonderful and beautifully written

Trisha Ashley

one of those captivating novels that simultaneously puts you under a spell as a reader while making you deeply, deeply envious as a writer! I’ve always loved Rowan’s writing, and it’s immediately obvious that this is something magical and new, yet with all her trademark heart.

Lucy Dillon

Coleman is such a beautiful writer. The Summer of Impossible Things is an emotional, intelligent, beautifully structured novel

Alex Marwood

Totally charmed and moved by Rowan Coleman's The Summer of Impossible Things, a girls' own Back to the Future story set in New York

Amanda Craig

So clever, warm, affecting - and so refreshing to read of a daughter's love for her mother

Sarah Vaughan

Disco, time travel, fierce love in all its forms. The Summer of Impossible Things is a rich and beautifully written novel which swept me away to 1977 and back again

Katy Regan

Oh, my heart! I loved this book. It so deftly captures the bond between mother and daughter, the yearning loss after a parent is gone, and, through time slip, the intrigue of finding out what that parent might have been like when young... It was brave and heartbreaking, and kept me on tenterhooks...

Katie Khan

Gloriously romantic, brave and brilliant with Rowan's magical touch - I loved it.

Rachel Lucas

I adored The Summer of Impossible Things for so many reasons: for the intoxicating 1970s Brooklyn setting, the courage of Luna, and most of all for the compelling, intelligent story. So much to think about, and remember - impossibly page-turning, impossibly beautiful.

Kate Harrison

The Summer of Impossible Things is special - magnificent and magical, it truly captures the essence of love. Epic, romantic, tender and beautiful, I adored it.

Alexandra Brown

The Summer of Impossible Things is that rare thing: a deftly crafted, utterly compelling story written entirely from the heart. Hauntingly beautiful, heart-rending and unique, this is an instant classic. I sobbed my heart out and adored it!

Miranda Dickinson

GORGEOUS. It's so moving and romantic and I want to re-read it immediately

Louise O'Neill

Definitely more Time Traveller’s Wife than Dr Who

Good Housekeeping

Packs an emotional punch that's second to none - and the author's hallmark. Rowan Coleman picks you up, spins you around and dances you to the very edge of love. Glorious

Sarah Hilary

Powerfully moving, vivid, glowing with love and humanity... I loved every word

Rosie Walsh

The Summer of Impossible Things is utterly beautiful and engrossing - and Coleman is a brilliant storyteller

Eve Chase

I fell into the pages of this beautiful book, vivid, emotional, and so very evocative, it was an utter joy from first page to last

Amanda Jennings

THE SUMMER OF IMPOSSIBLE THINGS is truly a thing of great beauty.'

Paul Burston

The pages turn themselves in this perfect summer read. Rowan Coleman has written a time-bending mystery with a huge heart. I loved it

Paul McVeigh

The Summer of Impossible Things is captivating, thought-provoking and beautifully written. Rowan Coleman has written a book to savour, and characters to care about. I loved it.

Hazel Gaynor

A romantic holiday read with substance…a timeless love story…heart-wrenching

Liz Earle Magazine

You're going to love, The Summer of Impossible Things...A rollercoaster ride back and forward through time...enthralling

My Weekly

A wonderful story


magical and fresh...totally unexpected

Saga Magazine

A sparkling novel of hope and sacrifice’

Glasgow Herald

Magical, heart-warming and time-bending story.


Smartly crafted and sumptuously written

Daily Mirror

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