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Pandora's Box [Kindle Edition]

Giselle Green
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‘This novel is a heartwarming, emotional take on a mother/daughter relationship. I couldn’t put it down.’
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'A bitter sweet tear-jerker'
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‘A compelling, tragic read, though full of surprises and love.’
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‘A satisfying read from a new writer who can certainly tell a good story.’
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`This novel is a heartwarming, emotional take on a mother/daughter relationship. I couldn't put it down.'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 487 KB
  • Print Length: 451 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1847560679
  • Publisher: Avon (29 May 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002UZ5J5O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,460 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pandora's Box 22 Aug 2011
By D. Jones #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is the first book that I have read by Giselle Green.

One of the main characters in the book is Shelley, a fifteen year old girl, who has been suffering from a terminal illness for a number of years. Over the past couple of years her symptoms have become progressively worst and she has recently experienced her best friend's painful and distressing death from the same disease.

Shelley is a typical teenager; she wants to do what teenagers all over the world do, but she is severely restricted by her own physical limits. She feels that she has very little time left to her and she decides that she wants to take charge of her life and probably the most important decision she will ever make, that of when and how she will die.

The other main character is Rachel, Shelley's mum. Rachel obviously loves Shelley more than life itself and will do anything in her power to protect her daughter. Reading about her emotional struggle to accept Shelley's decision was heart rendering. As a mother, you can't help but put yourself in Rachel's place and question what you would do in a similar situation - thank goodness most of us don't find ourselves in that position.

As part of the story we are introduced to Pandora's Box - a box of items and memorabilia from Rachel and her sister's childhood, sent to her by her mother (rather conveniently named Pandora). Shelley decides to read a diary that she finds in the box and through this we discover many things about Rachel's past that force Rachel to face up to some of the secrets she has kept hidden, even from herself.

Right up until the end of the book I honestly had no idea what decision Shelley would actually make and whether she would go through with her plan.
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59 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A page turner 7 July 2008
Format:Paperback
I picked up this book as it was recommended by a very good friend of mine. Wasnt sure if I would like it but once I started it I didnt stop. I am not the world's fastest reader, but I read it in 2 1/2 days reading every chance I got. I loved the way you saw both the mother and daughter's side of things. Given that it deals with a young girl coming of age whilst planning her own death to avoid her family suffering with her at the end of her terminal illness, one would think that this book is depressing, WRONG, the characters were believable and witty at times and I think it dealt with a delicate subject in a very open manner. I have recommended this book to everyone I can think of.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 20 Aug 2011
By Jeannie
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So enjoyed my first Giselle Green book. The characters are drawn so well and the locations described in such a way that the picture is conjured up effortlessly; what is more, I cared about the people in the story, hated the ones I was supposed to hate and willed them on to their appropriate destiny. Lots of delicious loose ends are distributed along the way and they come together, sometimes in an unexpected way, sometimes as you might anticipate but you are kept guessing until the end. And beyond. There is honestly nothing to criticise, loved it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hope 1 Sep 2011
By lizm
Format:Kindle Edition
I absolutely loved Pandora's Box, in fact I found myself unable to put it down. The characters are interesting and likeable and it is beautifully written from the points of view of both mother and daughter. You could be forgiven for expecting a depressing or somber book from the description but it is exactly the opposite. Engrossing and uplifting, I would definitely recommend this book.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A struggle 19 Aug 2011
By ping
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Having read all the positive reviews I downloaded this book and couldn't wait to read it. I was very disappointed, it was repetitive, I couldn't empathise with any of the characters and, although I finished it, I struggled and didn't really care what happened at the end. Obviously I am in a minority here and I am glad I only paid 0.99p for it, it filled up some time but that was all.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful read 22 May 2011
By Mel
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Having read Giselle Green's other two fantastic books my hopes were set high for Pandora's Box, and it certainly lived up to, or even exceeded my expectations! It gripped me, taking me right into the story, and for about the last 20 pages is absolutely impossible to put down! It was particularly interesting exploring different views with regard to euthanasia and aiding a terminally ill loved one to die.
I would strongly recommend Pandora's Box, along with Giselle Green's two other novels 'A Sister's Gift' and 'Little Miracles'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! 12 May 2014
By Sue
Format:Paperback
This is an incredible novel. It’s about a mother’s relationship with her terminally ill daughter… it could have been trite, or cringeworthy, but wasn’t. It’s an amazing story, very well told, alternating viewpoints.

I could hardly put it down. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Emotionally charged 24 April 2014
Format:Paperback
Giselle Green is an author I was not really aware of until recently when my attention was drawn to her novels on a social media site. After some interaction with regard to her writing I was offered the opportunity by the author herself to review her forthcoming novel 'Finding You', which I have accepted and will be reading and reviewing soon. By coincidence whilst sorting out my many paperbacks I came across a copy of 'Pandora's Box' her début novel, which I decided for a number of reasons to read first. Having now read this emotionally charged novel I think I have discovered another author whose writing I am gong to be enjoying again in the future.

A very moving storyline, especially so if you are a mother yourself as it is about a mother's relationship with her terminally ill child. Narrated from the alternating viewpoints of Rachel Wetherby and her daughter Shelley.
Rachel's mother has given her a box of old possessions and it is this that opens up memories and secrets that may have been better left hidden. As both mother and daughter delve into the box revelations and heartache cause problems for them both. Shelly as she tries to come to terms with an early inevitable death and Rachel as she struggles with feeling that everything is her fault!

Potentially this story had the material to offer more with regards to characterisation, however we must not forget this is a début novel. The fact that the author has gone on to write a number of successful novels since this one was first released way back in 2008, means I feel able to recommend her writing to anyone that enjoys stories with a moral basis. A good choice for Book Clubs as Pandora's Box covers a subject that will evoke a whole range of questions, that you will still find yourself thinking about for a long while after finishing the novel.
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I read this and honestly it left me cold, the characters seemed to lack depth and there was something to the story that left me wanting - I had high hopes but was ultimately... Read more
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Have told my family and friends to read it.
Published 7 months ago by Mrs. J. M. Murphy
4.0 out of 5 stars Pandora's Box.
Another good book which I enjoyed very much. It was sad in parts, but at least it had a very happy finale.
Published 7 months ago by Marilyn Carne
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome read
Loved the way the author wrote from different characters points of view. A good read with some thought provoking content.
Published 8 months ago by Marie McWilliams
4.0 out of 5 stars Misplaced guilt.
Feeling guilty about everything that goes wrong in your family is a mother's life sentence. Rachel learns that not everything is her fault and she has to allow her family to make... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Janice
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read!
Easy read. Shows two sides of how people deal with death and the inevitable when someone had a terminal illness. Read more
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Published 15 months ago by Amy Bates
2.0 out of 5 stars Tough choices
Some interesting moral dilemmas told from two key perspectives. Uncertain how likely or realistically the issues are covered. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Jess H
4.0 out of 5 stars Pandora box
Ended too quickly, wanted more. Good story from different perspectives.

Would read more of her work. Recommended to my friends.
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