Review: The Day We Met by Rowan Coleman

22694050The Day We Met by Rowan Coleman
Ballantine Books
Release Date: March 31, 2015

Rating: 5 Stars


From the internationally bestselling author of The Accidental Mother, Rowan Coleman, an uplifting and incredibly moving novel in the spirit of Jojo Moyes’ Me Before You, about mothers, daughters, and one woman’s struggle to maintain her identity for the people she loves.

The name of your first-born. The face of your lover. Your age. Your address…

What would happen if your memory of these began to fade?

Is it possible to rebuild your life? Raise a family? Fall in love again?

When Claire starts to write her Memory Book, she already knows that this scrapbook of mementoes will soon be all her daughters and husband have of her. In her mid-40s, Claire is scared and increasingly confused by the world around her, struggling to hold onto her identity as thoughts of her mother, her daughters, and her husband grow fuzzier every day. Fearing what will happen if those memories fade altogether, her family’s gift of a red sketchpad is her most treasured possession. As they fill it with scenes from a joyous life lived together, Claire again experiences the ecstatic highs and terrible lows of a life well lived: full of heartbreak and love, tears and laughter.



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I would like to thank the publisher for sending me a copy for review consideration, this in no way influenced my review.

The Day We Met is emotional, and moving!!! It is about enjoying the time we have, cherishing memories, family and love. As a mother, wife and daughter I could imagine myself feeling all of the same emotions. I definitely ugly cried multiple times during this book and still can’t even think about the book with out getting teary-eyed. It was that powerful, and will impact you and stay with you!

This book is about Claire’s journey in dealing with the loss of her memories. Making a book that will remind her of who everyone is, what they have meant to her, what has happened in her life all in an attempt to maybe connect and leave her story behind. This book is from several POV’s, Claire’s, her mother Ruth, her daughter Caitlin, and a little bit of her husband Greg. All of these prospectives helped connect the impact of how it affects so many people and the memories through the years from all angles were deeply moving.

Can a love transcend the loss of remembering who they are? Does the pressure for Claire to remember push her away from Greg? Can Claire show Caitlin in the short time she has left that she was the best thing in her life?

I was going to give my copy to the library but I just don’t think I can part with it! I will forever cherish this book, it really is a treasure! It will have you thinking, feeling and enjoying the moments in life. I would definitely recommend The Day We Met and I am giving it 5 out of 5 stars.

Rowan ColemanAbout Author:

Rowan Coleman lives with her husband, and five children in a very full house in Hertfordshire. She juggles writing novels with raising her family which includes a very lively set of toddler twins whose main hobby is going in the opposite directions. When she gets the chance, Rowan enjoys sleeping, sitting and loves watching films; she is also attempting to learn how to bake.

Rowan would like to live every day as if she were starring in a musical, although her daughter no longer allows her to sing in public. Despite being dyslexic, Rowan loves writing, and The Memory Book is her eleventh novel. Others include The Accidental Mother, Lessons in Laughing Out Loud and the award-winning Dearest Rose, a novel which lead Rowan to become an active supporter of domestic abuse charity Refuge, donating 100% of royalties from the ebook publication of her novella, Woman Walks Into a Bar, to the charity. Rowan does not have time for ironing.

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