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A Sister's Gift [Kindle Edition]

Giselle Green
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Two sisters. Best of friends. Worst of enemies.
The stunning novel from the English Jodi Picoult.

Hollie Hudson and her husband Richard are fast losing hope…

Despite her infertility, Hollie is unable to give up her dream of having her own family and so calls on her last chance - her wayward half-sister. 24-year-old blonde bombshell Scarlett is the antithesis of her darker, more reserved older sister and capable of giving Hollie the miracle she so desperately desires.

Having single-handedly bought Scarlett up after their runaway mother abandoned them, Scarlett knows she owes Hollie everything - and now it's time to pay her back with the ultimate gift.

After a number of unsuccessful IVF attempts, the doctor advises that Scarlett and Richard try the natural method to conceive. Scarlett hides her delight as she has always harboured a secret crush on Richard, and Hollie is desperate to try anything. However Richard baulks at the idea, realising the problems it will cause later on…

While Hollie is delighted when Scarlet later falls pregnant, little does she know that she may be bringing a child into a shattered family which harbours secrets and dangerous desires.

Find out more in this mesmerising and heartbreaking tale from a stunning British talent about sacrifice, sisterhood and the ultimate gift..


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PRAISE FOR A SISTER’S GIFT:

‘Moving and gripping read.’
Closer Magazine

PRAISE FOR LITTLE MIRACLES:

‘Utterly heart-wrenching…have a box of tissues handy.’
News of the World

‘This is a cracking read that will emotionally involve any parent…Exploring the power and strength of love the ending provides more surprise revelations than an episode of Trisha. A must read.’ Chopsybaby.com

‘A morally complex tale … that is both heartbreaking and uplifting.’Closer

PRAISE FOR PANDORA’S BOX:

‘This novel is a heartwarming, emotional take on a mother/daughter relationship. I couldn’t put it down.’
Closer

'A bitter sweet tear-jerker.'
OK

‘A compelling, tragic read, though full of surprises and love.’
The Sun

About the Author

Bought up on the island of Gibraltar, Giselle Green moved to London to attend university. Giselle is now a full-time mum to six boys, including twins, and a part-time astrologer who specialises in medieval astrology. A Sister’s Gift is Giselle’s third novel.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 876 KB
  • Print Length: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (21 Jan. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0036FOH1E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,141 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Born in Chiswick, Giselle Green was brought up in Gibraltar where she has extensive family. She returned to the UK to study Biology at King's College London, followed by an MSc in Information Science at the City University. She is also a qualified Astrologer, with a particular interest in medieval astrology.

Her debut novel Pandora's Box won the Romantic Novelists' Association New Writer's Award in 2008. Her third novel, A Sister's Gift achieved best-selling number one slot on Amazon kindle in 2012.

Her fifth novel, the sequel to Little Miracles - Finding You - is now available to be purchased on Amazon.

Giselle lives in Kent with her husband and their six sons.

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96 of 104 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read 24 Jan. 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A sisters gift is the first book I have read by this author but I will now be reading her others I loved it.
It was an easy book to get in to although the subject matter was very sad. It is a book full of regrets and forgiveness and it works together beautifully. The characters felt very real they all had there faults but I could see all points of view. I loved the relationship between the two sisters eventhough they did'nt always get on. If you are wanting an easy read with lots of emotion then you should read this book. It is full of big decidions from the 3 main characters if I was in there shoes I don't know what I would have done. Excellent book.
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69 of 75 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Sister's Gift 4 Feb. 2010
Format:Paperback
Hollie Hudson is happily married to husband Richard but craves one thing desperately: a baby. It's all she's ever dreamed about since she was a little girl and the fact she's incapable of having a baby is driving her to distraction. After happening upon a leaflet for a surrogate Hollie comes up with the answer to all of her problems: she'll ask her sister Scarlett to be her surrogate. Scarlett, however, is nothing like homebody Hollie and has spent a couple of years in the Amazon rainforest desperate to come up with a solution to stop the rainforest being destroyed. Once PlanetLove, the organisation Scarlett works for, is taken over by a new group, Scarlett finds herself back in England to renew her visa and to try and raise money before heading back to Brazil. After Hollie asks Scarlett to be her surrogate, Scarlett realises she could raise the money she needs sooner than she thinks... Just how far will the two sisters go to realise their dreams?

The real let down of what was, up until then, a fantastic book came about half way through and it really put me off. Hollie comes up with a crazy idea about how to conceive her dream baby and forces Richard to go along with it. The entire scene was completely off-putting and although it wasn't essentially wrong, it all felt completely wrong and forced. I did wonder if I would manage to carry on with the book but after getting past the entire ugliness of it all I did find myself getting sucked back into the book. The main theme of the book seems to be the idea of what the word charity means. For me though, instead of feeling as everything that happens is charitable I thought it was more pure selfishness.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 5 Mar. 2010
Format:Paperback
This is a very moving story about how far you would go in order to attain your heart's desire. The reader can empathise with both the heroines - Hollie who yearns for a child to the point of obsession and her selfish but impulsive sister Scarlett who has her own agenda - but you know from the start that they're on a collision course. They both risk everything in their desperate attempts to reach their goals, but along the way they learn things about themselves that eventually make them stronger. The novel packs an emotional punch that hits you right in the gut. A roller-coaster ride of love, dreams, desperation, betrayal and ultimately possible redemption, it kept me enthralled from the very first page. I stayed up until the early hours of the morning to find out how it would end and when it did, the characters remained in my mind for a long time afterwards and I didn't want to let them go.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars HORRIBLE!! 4 Jan. 2012
By Jude 77
Format:Kindle Edition
It started off ok, but the characters are very 2 dimensional, unlikeable and the plot is all over the place. I couldn't bring myself to read it properly to the end, the plot was disjointed with odd asides being added throughout, and the book just stops with no ending to speak of. The main characters Scarlett and Hollie are introduced as sisters with a fragile relationship, but what then transpires between them in the quest for Hollie to use her sister as a surrogate tries to be shocking, but is just completely unbelievable and a bit of ridiculous writing. The husband is just a pathetic character, who is so in love with his wife and character is made out to be so amazing, he would sleep with his sister-in-law to get her pregnant, it was tedious to read and incredibly predictable..What a dissapointing read!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly unsatisfying 9 Jan. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I cannot say that I actually disliked this book but I can't summon up very much enthusiasm for it either. A story of two sisters each of whom holds a simmering resentment of the other and neither of them having ever told the other. The story hinges on the desperate desire of the elder sister, Hollie, to have a child and the highly improbable agreement of her sister, Scarlett, to act as surrogate.

If I had to sum up the vague sense of disappointmetn I had when I finished the book I'd have to say that I had high hopes because I had been given to believe that Giselle Green's writing style is similar to that of Diane Chamberlain. Other than the fact that the main characters are female I couldn't see any similarities.

I will try another title by the author and see if that is any more satisfying.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Story. Couldn't stop reading! 10 Aug. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is the first book I have read by Giselle Green and I really enjoyed it. When I bought it I didn't know much about the story line and I definitely feel this is the best way to read this book. I really enjoyed this book, often not wanting to put the book down even though I knew I had to because my eyes were closing. Many times the story line shocked me, at times I kept reading because I just couldn't believe it....

A really interesting read and I just kept wanting to read more, to find out what would happen next. It was written well and you had feelings for the characters. These are the kind of books I like, that let you in as if you are part of the story. I was a bit disappointed at the end, I felt I wanted more....to know how it would end. I guess this is what the author wanted, to leave it open so you never really knew. I would of liked to know how it ended....I can live with not knowing though.

Excellent book and I am definitely going to try another of her books. I really loved this book despite some of the shocking story lines so her other books have a lot to live up to because I really did love this book. I don't remember ever reading a book with this story line before so it was different, that is good and its always nice to read something different.

I would happily recommend this book to others, I really enjoyed it and hopefully you will too.
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