‘Rewrite the Stars’ by Emma Heatherington – ARC Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads

It’s never too late to say I love you…

A stunning Christmas romance for fans of One Day in December and Jojo Moyes

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…?


My Review

‘Rewrite the Stars’ is a beautifully touching and sometimes quite thought provoking story about an Irish woman named Charlie who dares to ask if the choices she’s made in life have truly led her to the right path.

I really do enjoy a cosy romantic read every now and then and this one really ticked all the boxes.

The book follows Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Taylor and her seemingly unwavering connection to musician Tom Farley. The book opens with the two sharing an instant connection but due to circumstances; mostly to do with Charlie’s brother Matthew who is Tom’s bestie and fellow band mate and an inconvenient girlfriend…

Flash forward five years later and Charlie and Tom are older, both single and when they meet up one night during Christmas the connection they had is reignited and the two fall head over heels in love with each other.

But life doesn’t work out as they planned and due to circumstances outside their control the two are forced apart once again and carry on and live their separate lives.

Enter dashing doctor Jack and a new love story for Charlie…
But even when she’s falling in love with Jack Charlie constantly wonders about Tom and what might have been.

And from there the book follows where Charlie’s heart will ultimately lead her as she dares to ask if the what might have been is better than what she has.

And I have to say I really enjoyed the will they, won’t they aspect of the story. I’m quite surprised that I did because typically this type of plot line simpers along to a very predictable finish-line and therefore I was so convinced that I knew how the story would end…
But then there were plot twists that made me second guess myself and I lost all that feeling of surety which I loved!!!! It was so enjoyable really feeling all the confusion that Charlie felt along with her. I was thoroughly engaged with this read.

And I’m so glad to say that everything all culminated in the most perfect romantic ending. Cheesy yes… But it felt so heartwarming.

At times Charlie was quite a frustrating character to read about because I wanted to shout at her to just be open and honest with herself but it was an enjoyable sort of frustrating because it kept me so invested in her storyline.

I liked the characterisations of her two main love interests also. Because both Tom and Jack seemed to be quite perfect from the outset (it’s a light hearted read, we don’t need gritty reality lol!) and I could totally understand her being in love with both as each of the guys complimented different parts of her personality.
For the record I’m #TeamJack! But I’m also quite partial to Tom… Who doesn’t love a hunky musician?!?!?

However one of the weaker aspects of the book were Charlie’s circle of female friends. I don’t think I could ever remember which one was a childhood friend, or a sister, or a new bestie… Definitely could have done with a little clearer drawing of their personalities but overall I wasn’t too concerned as the love story was really what I was here for!

Music plays a large part in this book as Tom, Charlie and Charlie’s brother Matthew are all musicians (with varying degrees of success) and in the author’s note Emma Heatherington mentions that a musician, Gareth Dunlop, wrote a song especially for the book. And here is the link to the lyric video on YouTube for anyone who is interested: Gareth Dunlop – You

Ordinarily, I find music lyrics that are incorporated into a novel to be a bit twee and cringeworthy, but because I could play the song while I was reading the pivotal scene in which it features it made all the difference and actually enhanced the emotion of that scene.

I recommend this to people who just want to snuggle up with a mug of hot chocolate and a really easygoing romantic read. It’s absolutely perfect to read in the run up to Christmas as many of the major events of the plot occur around that time of year.

four stars

A physical copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Ciara and the team at Harper Collins Ireland in exchange for an honest review

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25 thoughts on “‘Rewrite the Stars’ by Emma Heatherington – ARC Book Review

  1. How the FUCK did I miss this review?! DAMN! I am so mad at myself ! 😡😡😡😡

    BECAUSE I ABSOLUTELYY ADORE THAT COVER AND EVER SINCE I SAW IT THIS HAS BEEN ON THE TOP OF MY TBRRRRRRR!!! 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍 And I am sooo glad you got the chance to read it! 😭😭 I dont really participate in blog tours so NATURALLY I don’t get that many ARCs!! 😭😭😭 *goes and cries in the corner*

    AND I LOOVEEE COSY ROMANCES! Granted I dont really review them on my blog that much (maybe I should start 🤣❤️) but THEY ARE SOOO HEARTWARMING THAT IT HURTSSS!! ❤️😍😍😍😍😍😍 I love Katie Fforde with ALL MY MIGHT! LOVE HER! You should try her Wedding Season! That was my first and I LOVED IT!

    Back to this review, you have really done a great job at explaining the events of this book AND balancing it with how you felt about them, which is EXACTLY how a perfect review should be, in my opinion, soooo BRAVAAAA!! 😍😍😘😘😘💕💕💕💕❤️❤️❤️👻👻👻☔️☔️

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    1. Omg Rain 😂😂😂😂😂 I post A LOT!!! It’s hard to keep up with me lol!!!

      This was my first ever physical review copy (and my first ever review!!!) I’m definitely a Netgalley girl first and foremost lol!! But ahhhhh this book I loves it!!!! IT WAS JUST SO CUTE AND EMOTIONAL AND AHHHHHHHH I SHIPPED COUPLES AND MY SHIP CAME THROUGH FOR ME!!!!!!!!!!!

      I have not yet read any Katie Fforde but I know she’s got books in my library. I’ll definitely borrow one soon because you love her <3333

      Thanks so much Rain :))))) <333

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      1. I have to admit, it IS a bit hard 🤣🤣 but SOOOO WORTH ITT!! 😍😍😍❤️❤️❤️😘😘😘

        Oh my god, I think I HAVE to go to harrow hell to and make it possible to read this one ASAP because your love for this one is REALLY CONTAGIOUS 😍😍!!

        Please dooo! As far as escape reads go, these are really well written! And hey, if you can, please start with Wedding Season, OKIEEEE!!? 😍😍❤️❤️👻👻👻

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  2. Ahhh! Loved your review. 🥰🥰 This sounds like a warm and light read. Usually the “will they won’t they” is a hard theme to write on because it frustrates the readers to the point of DNF. But I’m glad the author managed to work this one out!!

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