A Sky Full of Stars by Dani Atkins

Another brilliant, emotional roller coaster of a read from
my favourite author of tragedy and sorrow

About the Book

He’d have done everything differently if he’d known she’d be gone so soon…

When Lisa married Alex, she gave his life meaning. She was a professional astronomer: a stargazer. And when she gazed at Alex, she saw that behind his tough exterior was a man she could love.

Alex, Lisa and their young son Connor made a happy little universe. But when Lisa dies suddenly, their universe is destroyed. Alex is shattered by loss, and overwhelmed by the difficulties of being a single father to a six-year-old boy.

Then Alex meets four strangers. Two men and two women, who never met Lisa, but whose lives changed profoundly because she died. As Alex hears their stories, he begins to realise the world may not be as cruel and senseless as it seems. Perhaps, after all, the future is written in the stars…

What I thought

Another fantastic book by one of my favourite authors. This is the third book I’ve read by Dani Atkins. I will always remember the first one – Our Song, this author certainly knows how to take your heart and wring it out and then when you think things can’t get any more sad, they do!

Whilst Our Song was just about the most heart wrenching book I’ve ever read, A Sky Full of Stars though poignant, didn’t cause quite so many tears. But don’t get me wrong, I still absolutely devoured the book. I read it in a week, which for me – one who is so easily distracted – is the sign of a very compelling read.

I loved all the characters in this story. There really wasn’t a bad bone between them. When Alex’s wife is involved in a train crash, sustaining injuries that cannot be repaired, Alex is faced with an unbearable decision. Yet it’s a decision his wife has already made and one which Alex must honour, despite it breaking his heart.

It’s impossible to write everything I felt about the book without giving away the crux of the story and I don’t want to do that. Suffice to say, that each character has their own story to tell including the four strangers who share a common theme but come from vastly differing backgrounds and ages.

The story covers grief. For Alex, not only does he have to try to come to terms with his own loss but must also try to help his 7 year old son Connor learn to cope with losing his mum. For a long time Connor believes that his mum will come back, it’s his way of coping with the loss which is heartbreaking for Alex.

There is obviously a lot of sadness in the book but there is also hope, kindness, family support – the relationship between Alex, his brother Todd and Todd’s wife Dee is a strong one, they are always there for Alex and Connor. It’s a story of friendship and bonding with the four strangers helping each other and being a life line at times for Alex.

Towards the end there was more than one ‘oh no’ moment as I read through the pages. Like I said I’ve read two of this authors books already, enough to know happy endings don’t come easily, so in parts the reader is on tenterhooks hoping and praying for a good outcome. Will there be a happy ending? Well, you’ll have to read it to find out.

I enjoyed this book just as much as the other two I’ve read, and really must try to keep my promise to myself to read the rest of Dani’s back catalogue of work.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

♥ Happy Reading ♥

With thanks to the publisher Head of Zeus for an advance copy of the book via Netgalley.

The book is published today 4 February both in e-book and hardback and is available on Amazon and all other book sellers.

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