The Day We Met

The Day We Met For fans of Jojo Moyes s Me Before You comes a beautifully written heartwarming novel about mothers and daughters husbands and wives The Day We Met asks Can you love someone you don t remember falli

  • Title: The Day We Met
  • Author: Rowan Coleman
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 307
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • For fans of Jojo Moyes s Me Before You comes a beautifully written, heartwarming novel about mothers and daughters, husbands and wives The Day We Met asks Can you love someone you don t remember falling in love with A gorgeous husband, two beautiful children, a job she loves Claire s got it all And then some But lately, her mother hovers than a helicopter, her husFor fans of Jojo Moyes s Me Before You comes a beautifully written, heartwarming novel about mothers and daughters, husbands and wives The Day We Met asks Can you love someone you don t remember falling in love with A gorgeous husband, two beautiful children, a job she loves Claire s got it all And then some But lately, her mother hovers than a helicopter, her husband Greg seems like a stranger, and her kids are like characters in a movie Three year old Esther s growing up in the blink of an eye, and twenty year old Caitlin, with her jet black hair and clothes to match, looks like she s about to join a punk band and seems to be hiding something Most concerning, however, is the fact that Claire is losing her memory, including that of the day she met Greg.When Claire meets a handsome stranger on a rainy day, she starts to wonder if Greg still belongs in her life She knows she should love him, but she can t always remember why When Greg gives her a blank book, Claire fills its pages with private memories and keepsakes, jotting down beginnings and endings and everything in between The book becomes the story of Claire her passions, her sorrows, her joys, her adventures in a life that refuses to surrender to a fate worse than dying disappearing.

    273 Comment

    • Diane S ☔ says:

      3.5 a little different take on a book about a woman with Alzheimer's and the struggle of her family. Of course the nature of the disease itself is sad this book is written in a way that leaves the reader feel a great deal of joy and understanding as well. The story is told partly by the one with the illness as she realizes what, she is doing and what she will lose. The characters though are wonderful, little three year old, Esther provides a great deal of comic relief. Ultimately this is about t [...]

    • Tracy Fenton says:

      I read some quote recently that a great book finishes too soon. Well that is certainly true here. I have had this book on my kindle for ages, but only decided to read it now due to my book club. Now I am annoyed with myself for waiting so long. This heart-breaking, beautiful, amusing in places book must be read by everyone. The last 10% was read through tears but now I need to go into a quiet room for a bit, digest everything I have just read and then tell my family how much I love them today xx [...]

    • Anne says:

      Claire is an intelligent, attractive forty-something. She's the mother to two gorgeous girls; Caitlin aged 20 and Esther aged three. Claire is married to the man of her dreams. Greg came along quite late in her life, she'd already raised Caitlin single handedly, she had a great job as an English teacher and owned her own home. She and Greg met, fell in love and are now married and the parents to the delicious Esther. Life is sweet.And then, life decides to kick Claire in the teeth. She's diagnos [...]

    • Dale Harcombe says:

      Claire is in her forties when she is diagnosed the early onset Alzheimer’s, inherited from her father. Claire has a husband Greg who she met later in life. She also has two daughters, Caitlin who is 20 and Esther who is 3. Greg buys and gives Claire the memory book so she can write her memories, because they can just as easily disappear from her consciousness moments later. Sometimes her memory is such that she cannot even remember what a phone is called, how to work it or what the steering wh [...]

    • Caroline says:

      2.5 stars.Disappointed after all the hype and good reviews. I just didn't find it believable, and so many things didn't ring true. Can somebody who has completely lost the ability to read even simple sentences or a child's story book really still write perfectly eloquently in her Memory Book? Lisa Genova's 'Still Alice' deals with similar subject matter so much more effectively and is an amazing novel which I still think about many months after finishing it.I found myself skipping through severa [...]

    • Larry H says:

      I'd rate this 4.5 stars.So if you're averse to getting all choked up when reading a novel, even perhaps crying your eyes out at least a little bit, this is not a book for you. But it's one you shouldn't miss.Claire has always been a free spirit, practically from the day she was born. She raised her older daughter Caitlin practically on her own, excelled in her career, and never expected to find love until Greg, a contractor, came to do some work on her house. But she was utterly smitten, and it [...]

    • Kelli says:

      Here we go again: another book receiving glowing accolades & a 4 star average rating that I would rate a mere 2.5 stars. I do think that I would've enjoyed this book much more were I at a different stage in my lifeten years or more ago when I preferred my books lighter and neatly finished, leaving me with a good feeling. To me this felt too shiny in places and wrapped up very sweetly in the end. This is a story with a very serious subject matter, the treatment of which I can only describe as [...]

    • Karen says:

      I had been looking forward to reading this book for so long and now that I have read it, I’ve been putting off posting my review as nothing I can say will do justice to this fabulous book.Claire and Greg are very much in love and have only been married for a few short years. Together they have a 3 year old daughter Esther and Claire has a 20 year daughter, Caitlin, from a previous relationship. All seems perfect, except that it isn’t any longer. Claire has been diagnosed with early onset Alz [...]

    • Sarah says:

      It's late and I've just finished reading with tears in my eyes so will reflect and review properly in the morning but just say Oh My God!!! 5 stars just isn't enough credit for this bookRowan Coleman is truly a starOkay I've slept and reflected so here is my full review.Oh wow!! I read this following several friends recommendations and after a week of heading to bed early with my kindle finished late last night with tears in my eyes. This is such a stunning book following the lives of Claire who [...]

    • Myrna says:

      I can see why this book has a lot of high ratings. The Day We Met is an emotional read with great characters. It is also a story of love, family, Alzheimer's Disease and recollections. A good read but fell a little short for me. 3.5 stars

    • Emer says:

      The Memory Book tells the story of Claire Armstrong a young wife and mother who has been diagnosed with familial early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Between the chapters of the novel are journal-type entries from the Memory Book of the title. This so-called memory book is a scrapbook / journal that each member of the family writes in to help Claire to remember and to retain the essence of herself. Each of these entries helps us to understand Claire's personality and to really care about the relatio [...]

    • Joanne Robertson says:

      This is another book that has sat on my kindle for far too long and that I read over Christmas during my kindle spring clean. I think I had been putting this one off since reading The Summer of Impossible Things, which I read last year and was in my top 3 reads of 2017. The reason I put The Memory Book off was because I was rather worried about reading it! This author seems to have an uncanny knack of bringing out very deeply hidden emotions in me-deeply hidden for a reason because I’m a very [...]

    • Anne says:

      Dearest Rose, published by Arrow in September 2012, was one of my favourite reads of last year. If you haven’t already read it, you really must. Having discovered Rowan Coleman's writing through that wonderful book - and realising I'd shamefully overlooked nine more - I just couldn’t wait for the release of The Memory Book. There were a tantalising few chapters at the end of my Kindle version of Woman Walks Into A Bar – 100% of the proceeds of which the author donated to Refuge, the domest [...]

    • ReadAlong With Sue says:

      I forgot I had this on my Kindle so I read it as fast as I could.I have to say, this book is very sad, very emotional and very tearful. It also holds hope.Claire, who has been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease, and we get to meet her entire family and how they interact with each other. What a truly inspirational woman Claire was, she was a fighter she refused to lay down and just accept what fate had dealt her.The relationship between her youngest was especially touching at times. [...]

    • Jennifer says:

      I LOVED this book!!! It is my favorite Rowan Coleman book so far. Claire diagnosed with Alzheimer's at a young age, is newly married with two children(one of them only three.) It broke my heart how she couldn't remember her husband and then when she met the mysterious man, I felt horrible for her husband. This book touched me and brought to light that this disease affects not only the person, but their loved ones. This book is happy and sad all at once. I can't stop thinking about the family and [...]

    • Selma says:

      "Mame bi trebale da štite svoju decu od svega što može da ih povredi, ali moraju i da im vjeruju da će živeti na najbolji mogući način; i mora da vjeruje da oni mogu da uspiju i kada ih ne drži za ruku.""Svet je pun ljudi koji će pokušati da ti pokvare radost, i pun je stvari koje će te rastužiti i razljutiti. Ali to su samo ljudi i stvari, a ti, ti si igračica. Igrači nikada ne budu poraženi.""Ne plašim se ja bolesti niti nepoznatog, mračnog i divnog sveta u koji me vodi, već [...]

    • Elaine says:

      This is my favourite read of the year so far and to be honest I think it will probably take some beating - it is just that good. I am already telling everyone I know who reads to buy it and read it, with a large box of tissues by the side!It is the story of Claire who is 40 and married to Greg who is 10 years younger than her. They have a daughter Esther who is 3 and Claire has a daughter Caitlin who is 20 who she brought up as a single parent. They also live with her mother Ruth, who has come t [...]

    • Anna says:

      Claire is a bit of a free spirit. Once a single mother, she finally met Greg, the love of her life. Together they have a 3 year old daughter, Esther. It took a little time but Claire's daughter Caitlin, now a university student, accepted Greg as a stepfather. Sadly, Claire has been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's Disease. She is recording her life in a scrapbook of family memories. Her mother has moved in, as Claire cannot be trusted to go out on her own. Caitlin is struggling with her ow [...]

    • Adrienne says:

      The cover of this book says, "As with Me Before you by Jojo Moyes, I couldn't put this down." I mean, really? That is a BOLD statement in my opinion and one that perhaps set this book up to be more than it was. First of all, this book is about a women who has early onset Alzheimer's which is HORRIBLY depressing. (have you read Still Alice?) But its weird because this book wasn't really depressing. It was--I don't even know. Anyway, something must be wrong with me because as of now, this book cur [...]

    • Julian Lees says:

      I enjoyed this book until the last 20 pages. What a silly twist with the Greg / Ryan business! Ruined it for me.

    • Diane says:

      I HATE ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE. This is an incredibly touching novel. I loved the mother/daughter theme when I thought the love story was going to be the main theme. That plays a bit more at the fringes of the storyline, but it is still very well done. Something is holding me back from giving this 5 stars. Not sure what exactly it is - more a gut reaction. Perhaps it is because this is a difficult topic for me; it hits close to home. No matter the reason, I am glad I read this book. But, it was real [...]

    • Angela Aagenborg says:

      Wat. Een. Geweldig. Boek!!!! Prachtig en hartverscheurend ontroerend.

    • Emily says:

      Mooi boek met een verrassende ontknoping. Toch miste er iets in het boek waardoor ik het er niet steeds bij pakte

    • Sophie says:

      Posted originally reviewedthebook/2014I bought The Memory Book after several recommendations from my fellow bloggers, but was warned it was possibly the wrong time to read it given my mum had just been diagnosed with a terminal illness. So it was on a particularly brave day a few weeks after my mum passed away that I chose to read this book and really, I think I read the perfect book at the perfect time. It’s an emotional story but not grim at all. It has its moments of sadness, but those mome [...]

    • Beadyjan says:

      I'm in love! With a new author - how can I not fall head over heels for someone who can move me as deeply as this with her words? She has reached so deeply inside me to touch my very soul with this stunning book.Told from the unusual perspective of a woman with early onset alzheimers, it is poignant, sensitive, funny and harrowing all at once. Told in the voice of Claire, teacher, mother to 2 fabulous daughters, grown up Caitlin and 3 year old Esther, and daughter to Ruth. As Claires mind slips [...]

    • Megan says:

      Before diving into this review, shout out to Net Galley for giving me an advanced copy. (Woot! Woot!)And now we dive.This is such a hard topic to talk about. The mind is a crazy thing that we have yet to fully understand (and maybe we never will). I was interested in reading this one because I have personal experience with Alzheimer Disease, while it's not early on-set. My grandma has it, and it's definitely hard to be around sometimes. Sometimes I'm a different person that she knows (her sister [...]

    • Marie says:

      I was lucky enough to get to review this one - and all i can say is its fab fab fab!Its the first book ive read by Rowan Coleman and it definitely wont be the last.It tells the story of Claire - a mum ,wife and daughter to a beautiful family - Greg, Ruth her mother, Caitlin and Esther her children. Claire sadly has the early onset of Alzehmiers and is slowly getting more and more forgetful so Greg suggests they have a Memory book where they can all write their thoughts in, memories from the past [...]

    • Rebecca Bradley says:

      A beautiful, beautiful book. It’s the first I’ve read by Rowan Coleman, but it won’t be the last.It’s about a woman with early onset Alzheimer’s. She’s married with two young children and a mum who we meet because when the story starts she is already in the picture, moved in and looking after the family because the diagnosis is firm and Claire is advancing rapidly.Her marriage was a fairly recent thing so it is one of the things she forgets first but her two children she clings onto [...]

    • Jo (A rather Bookish Geek) says:

      This for me was a fairly good read, but in my opinion, could have been rather a lot better. The book's main focus, is on the devastating and cruel disease, that we all know as Alzheimers. I have worked with individual's with Alzheimers for many year's and I am at this moment losing a close family member to it too. I lose a bit of them with each day that passes. With that said, some of the thing's in the story are not quite believable for me. Such as, if an Alzheimers sufferer loses the ability t [...]

    • Debbie says:

      You will tear up, you will smile, you will tear up again, you will chuckle, you will cry, you will laugh, you will sob and you will absolutely love this book. At least, that's how I felt. Unfortunately, the first four happened while getting a pedicure and a haircut. Embarrassing! Luckily, I was home when I got to the out of control nose blowing session. This book was quite an eye opening story. The author wrote of a family wherein an early 40 something woman was suffering from early Alzheimer's. [...]

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