Written in a bright and bubbly style but with deep emotion at its core, Rewrite The Stars takes that ‘what if’ and sees it through to the end.
The latest novel by Emma Heatherington had me hooked from the start with an impassioned, all consuming depiction of first love that felt like it leapt off the page.
That same passion is evident in the way Emma writes about music, another central part of the book, but I think what really intrigued me was the deeper look at the crossroads that many of us face.
Here’s the blurb:
From the moment they meet one December day there’s something between Charlotte Taylor and her brother’s best friend, Tom Farley.
But Tom’s already taken and Charlie has to let him go…
It’s another five years before their paths cross again only a secret from the past forces Charlie to make a choice.
She promises herself she’ll never look back…
The years pass and Charlie moves on with her life but she can never forget Tom. He’s always there whispering ‘What if?’.
Can Charlie leave the life she has built for one last chance with Tom? Or is the one that got away not really the one at all…?
The ‘will they, won’t they’ back and forth kept the book interesting and my thoughts often veered from wanting her to be with Tom to not wanting her to be with him and back again as the story progressed (no spoilers).
I liked the way time shifted in the book, they felt like natural jumps and Emma soon caught us up so it wasn’t like I was missing any of the action.
My only minor criticism is that on one hand, the story felt too long for me but on the other there were also some things I would like to have seen explored more.
However, a very clever ending more than made up for it. On the whole it was a lively, enjoyable read.
Price: £2.99 (via Amazon)
My rating: Four stars.
With thanks to Harper Collins for the ARC (via NetGalley) in return for an honest review.