Welcome to my blog, as you’ve already guessed I have been invited to be part of the We Own The Sky blog tour by the tour orchestrator Tracy Felton; thank you so much for giving a new blogger (me) such a fantastic opportunity. I’d also like to thank Luke Allnutt and Orion Publishing for having me on-board! This is one of my first tours and I was super excited to share with you all my thoughts on this wonderfully beautiful novel. So let’s get started! As of yesterday (10th of Jan) We Own The Sky is now available in BOTH e-book and paperback formats.
About The Author
Luke grew up in Surrey, England; he has also lived and worked as a journalist in Prague for the last 20 years. He is not a ‘newbie’ to the writing world but has written over the years about several topics, including a kindle single called ‘Unspoken‘ in 2013 that is about the events surrounding his father’s death from a brain tumour.
From The Back Cover
“Rob Coates can’t believe his luck. There is Anna, his incredible wife, and most precious of all, Jack, their son, who makes every day an extraordinary adventure. Rob feels like he’s won the lottery of life. Or rather – he did. Until the day it all changes when Anna becomes convinced there is something wrong with Jack.
Now Rob sleepwalks through his days, unable to bridge the gulf that separates him from his wife, his son and the business of living. But he’s determined to come to terms with what’s happened-and find a way back to life, and forgiveness.
We Own the Sky will resonate with anyone who has ever suffered loss or experienced great love. Luke Allnutt shows that the journey from hope to despair and back is never as simple as we think, and that even the most thoroughly broken heart can learn to beat again.”
The storyline follows two main characters Anna and Rob, college sweethearts. They’re parents to Jack, a five year old boy whose life is about to be turned upside down. The book is written from the view point of Rob, which flicks from present day life-sleepwalking Rob to doting and loving Rob. Entwined into the foundation of the book are memories experienced by Rob throughout his life as a father, it contributes towards that big ball of raw emotions that settles into your throat from the first page. I spent the majority of the book brushing away that single fat tears that escaped over the threshold, while others threatened to do the same.
Luke Allnutt has clearly put his soul into this literary beauty, the foundational emotion of We Own The Sky has been experienced personally by him and this all makes it real to the reader. The story provides the backstory of how Rob and Anna met, fell in love and started a family, which I think helps the reader to identify with the main characters and completely fall in love with them, it’s at that point the story has taken hold of those heartstrings of yours and tugging at them…. hard!
I loved the dynamic of both Anna and Rob’s characters, the way that they interacted as well as their personalities were planned out really well, and somewhat complimented one another. Anna is a factual, straight to the point accountant, whereas Rob is a free spirited, full of ideas computer science graduate. Their relationship works, the conflicts they have are usual ones married people have, money, trauma etc.
Usually, these kind of reads in which a family is thrown into an emotional turmoil life event are written from a main female character’s point of view, so this read was really quite refreshing to read yet equally, possibly more heart-breaking.
The doting father and son relationship was beautifully written, the way the book is written is the same! I feel so lucky to have been given the opportunity to read We Own The Sky and share all my thoughts and feelings with you! If you’re a lover of breath – taking fiction about love, loss and hope you need to read this book, then share in with all those readers in your life!
I hope that you’ve enjoyed reading my thoughts about We Own The Sky ,If you decide to read it (you should definitely read it) I hope that you love it as much as I did. Stay tuned, the tour isn’t over yet, keep an eye out for the other bloggers sharing their thoughts as part of their tour.
Thank you again and