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We Own The Sky – Luke Allnutt

A story about love, loss and finding hope-against all odds.

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.

My Review: Sometimes you start a book and within the first few paragraphs you just connect. Maybe it’s the writing, the situation or the characters, but occasionally these books get under your skin and hook you until the final page.

For me personally, this was one of those books. As a parent it is never easy to read about a young child becoming ill, or follow the parents anguish and hope and desperation to save their son, but this story deals with the subject with compassion and a real sense of believability.

Told entirely through the fathers eyes, We Own The Sky is a story that touched me deeply. I was thinking about this book constantly and when I read the final chapter I knew it would stay with me for a long time afterwards.

A really beautiful and heartbreaking story about love, grief, family, hope and how far we would go to protect our loved ones.

Highly recommended

About the Author: Luke Allnutt grew up in Surrey and has lived and worked in Prague as a journalist since 1998, writing mostly about technology and Eastern European politics. In 2013, he wrote about his father’s death from a brain tumour in UNSPOKEN, a Kindle Single for Amazon. A keen runner, he is married and has two young boys.

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