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Pandora's Box [Kindle Edition]

Giselle Green
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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Book Description

An emotional and heart-warming novel, perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes, Liane Moriarty and Jodi Picoult.

Rachel Wetherby has just been told the news no mother should ever have to hear. Her daughter, Shelley, has a terminal illness.

Convincing her mum that she’d like to spend her last birthday in Cornwall, a place of so many happy memories, Shelley decides to make every moment count. Because unknown to Rachel, Shelley is juggling a secret romance with planning her own death.

But when she opens a box left by her grandmother, Shelley discovers a past she never knew existed. It’s a past that will make her laugh and cry in equal measure. And it will help Shelley and her mother find the joy in every moment that she has left . . .

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

'A bitter sweet tear-jerker'

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

‘A satisfying read from a new writer who can certainly tell a good story.’
Croydon Advertiser

About the Author

After gaining a BSc at King's College London and MSc at City University, Giselle worked for British Telecom and Unilever, London. Giselle is now a full-time mum to six boys, including twins, and a part-time astrologer. In 1999 she qualified as an Astrologer with the Faculty of Astrological Studies and now specialises in medieval astrology. Pandora's Box is her debut novel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 970 KB
  • Print Length: 451 pages
  • 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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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,066 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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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pandora's Box 22 Aug. 2011
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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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64 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A page turner 7 July 2008
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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7 of 7 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hope 1 Sept. 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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A book that's hard to put down. A topic that is seldom talked about because of it's intensity of emotion. The author has done such a good job with the story and characters you are "there". When you've read it it stays with you for days so you don't want to red another book for a while. Brilliant.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! 12 May 2014
By Sue
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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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful read 22 May 2011
By Mel
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars what is in that box 12 Dec. 2012
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although the box takes the main character to places she would prefer to forget as a reader you will yearn to know what secrets lie inside pandora's box. you can fully get into each character and as the story unwinds you will have tears of saddness and joy. a great read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Thoroughly enjoyed this book, I couldn't put it down towards the end.l I would have preferred an epilogue though to tie up the loose endings.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Thank Goodness It Was Free
Third book I have downloaded from this author and the third book I gave up on and haven't finished. Very disappointing what I did read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read.
Great read. Interesting storyline. Thought provoking & interesting relationships.
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I didn't enjoy this book, really struggled to finish it.
Published 2 months ago by Molly
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
A lovely read, easy to get into and a great escape as it holds your attention.
A good book to have on the go!
Published 2 months ago by lena
3.0 out of 5 stars this seems like it would be a good book but whether it ...
this seems like it would be a good book but whether it my kindle or the book the diary pages are all jumbled up and I lose half the story as I get fed up trying to put all the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by sjspurdie
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brilliant read
Published 3 months ago by lynn robinson
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Published 3 months ago by islander
5.0 out of 5 stars It is the first I have read written by Giselle Green & bought it based...
I was bitten by this book as soon as I started reading it & found it very difficult to put down. It is the first I have read written by Giselle Green & bought it based on it being... Read more
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