The Summer of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman | 6 Reasons why time-travelling books are the best!

Reading time-travelling book is like mixing all of your favourite food together and devouring them in one go (i.e. pizza with mashed potatoes and with tiramisu, it might sound disgusting but when it comes to books, it’s a true pleasure!)

This story has combined romance, fantasy and historical fiction in one huge pot and served it at once on a silver platter. Isn’t that amazing?

31348237If you could change the past, would you?

Thirty years ago, something terrible happened to Luna’s mother. Something she’s only prepared to reveal after her death.

Now Luna and her sister have a chance to go back to their mother’s birthplace and settle her affairs. But in Brooklyn they find more questions than answers, until something impossible – magical – happens to Luna, and she meets her mother as a young woman back in the summer of 1977.

At first Luna’s thinks she’s going crazy, but if she can truly travel back in time, she can change things. But in doing anything – everything – to save her mother’s life, will she have to sacrifice her own?

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There are exactly 6 reasons why you should give this book a try!


Set in modern day Brooklyn, Luna and Pia lose their mother and come to her childhood home in distant America to learn more about her past. Filled with incredible sadness and complex emotions, you will love the small hints of mystery here and there that made up the mood of the book.


What seemed like a Literary Fiction turned out to be a Fantasy / Sci-Fi once the time-travelling got involved! It is far from elaborate high fantasy bricks, but think about it as a fiction with a splash of fantasy.


Two worlds intertwined, we got to meet the same people twice in their teenage selves and then once again in their late forties, time-travelling made it so much more exciting. A wrong move in the past will cause the present to become completely different from what it was (is? will be??).


When the main character travels to 1970s Brooklyn, there is no way to not fall in love with the setting created by Rowan Coleman.

Drugs and mobsters ruled the streets throughout the seventies and eighties while Brooklyn fell into disrepair as the city cut back on basic services. Still, the borough remained a destination for a diverse set of immigrants from places like Russia, China, and Puerto Rico who intermingled with traditional Brooklyn populations of African-Americans, Italians, and Jews.

Here are some photos to get you in the right mood!


Led Zeppelin,  rise of Disco, ABBA and crazy hairstyles! 1970s are a fascinating time to read about and you definitely should not pass on this opportunity!


I am mentioning this last because I was so excited about time-travelling, but it is a very important reason – Rowan Coleman’s lyrical, beautiful writing will make you fall in love with the book over and over again and the “what happens next!?” question will remain in your mind until the very end. (Afterall every wrong stop in the past and we don’t know what the present will look like anymore).

My rating

⭐⭐⭐/ 5

Here are my thought on time-travelling books and The Summer of Impossible Things  by Rowan Coleman in particular. Thank you NetGalley and Ebury Press (Fiction) for this ARC!

Let me know in the comments down below what is your favourite time-travelling book and if you have any recommendations!

With love,



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