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A Sister's Gift

3.41 of 5 stars 3.41  ·  rating details  ·  926 ratings  ·  69 reviews
Two sisters. Best of friends. Worst of enemies. The stunning new novel from the English Jodi Picoult.
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Published (first published January 1st 2010)
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I picked this up on a featured display table in the library feeling quite intrigued by the story. Funny how a book can change your emotions quickly as you flip the pages of "A Sister's Gift".

The good thing is that Giselle has a good sense of understanding the art of writing character development. She managed to change my opinions about the two sister's intention of using each other to get what they want easily like the rate of a heartbeat displayed on the heart monitor machine in hospitals. I f
Hollie is married to the very likeable Richard, but is unable to conceive. In her thirties, and increasingly desperate, she starts to consider surrogacy.

Scarlett, Hollie's younger sister, is apparently quite a contrast. She is not interested in commitment or even living in England, but at the start of the book is involved in a project to save part of the Amazon rainforest, passionate about the people she meets and the plants she is collecting.

Then Scarlett has to return to the UK for a while,
I was pulled towards this book from a personal perspective, having fertility issues myself and forever letting myself believe that one day something will happen to make it possible to add to my family.

It was very realistic that one sister, Hollie becomes so consumed by her desire to have a baby and everything in her life revolves around this.

I, however, found it a little less realistic that the other sister, Scarlett, is prepared make a deal over becoming a surrogate to try and blackmail her si
Pooja Jeevagan
This is yet another novel that I am split between a 3 and a wasn't an easy read...the first few chapters are little tough to go by if you don't really love bridges or plantation....told from three headers, the older sister Hollie, the younger Lettie...and a balloon...this one is an interesting read...

Interesting for it shows you the flaws in all of us, even the best...this isn't one book which just plays around with the fine line between right and wrong, it shows that the lines are cross
I couldn't put this book down, I sat and read this book in just two sittings, one of which was the early hours of last night. I had planned to just read a few chapters, and I wound up reading it until almost 6am as I just had to finish it. I honestly can't remember the last time I stayed up reading a book all night long, especially when I had work to go to the following day. This book was that good I sacrificed sleep for it.

Why did I enjoy it so much? This book made me laugh at times, it also al
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 desp ...more
Lucie Wheeler
I really enjoyed reading this book. It tackles difficult and heart wrenching subject matters but Giselle does it in a very tasteful and heart felt way.

The story is told from two perspectives - Hollie, who is losing hope of ever being able to carry a child herself, and Scarlett, her sister who could do it for her. The reader is able to sympathise with both women even though they both come across in a bad light at some point in the story. We, as readers, are able to understand why these women fee
In the pursuit of getting what you want in life - how far is too far? This is the sentiment that is embedded in this story. Hollie is married to Richard and she is desperate for a baby. As a last resort, she explores surrogacy and turns to her sister Scarlett for help. Scarlett agrees to be a surrogate mother for Hollie and Richard - for her own reasons - and things spiral out of control.

This book explores the complexities of relationships and the sacrifices made that shape them. It is told fro
Whilst this story was not full of intricate story lines and unexpected twists and turns, it was still an attention grabbing interesting read. I found the ending was however somewhat abrupt and I would have liked some more resolution to it. There were parts of the book that were really gripping for me and I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next, but in other parts it felt like a lot of filling to pad out the story. The plot line was an interesting one to address and is full of e ...more
Julie Davis
Really did not enjoy this book and struggled to finish it. This was despite the fact that the first few chapters were good and Hollie lives in my area so I recognised lots of places.
Neither of the main characters is very likeable and the ending was very disappointing.
Steph Dinning
I am so disappointed with this book and especially the ending, I wish I hadn't bothered now. Two very different sisters, Scarlett is young and care free travelling and fighting for the rainforest and Holly is older, married and scared of taking risks and desperately wants a baby which she wants her sister to have for her.
I could never warm to Holly, she was selfish, self centred, manipulative and she would go to any lengths to have a baby that was related to her.
I really liked Scarlett though, s
I enjoyed this, the fertility issues of Hollie were somethng I could relate to, and was intrigued about the concept of the headstrong sister helping Hollie through this. The story didn't evolve how I expected it to, but I really enjoyed all the different complexities of how it went on and was gripped to see how it would all end. I really liked seeing the perspectives of the story from Hollie and Scarlett in turn too. Will look out for Giselle Green and her future books.
I enjoyed this but I can't say it made me cry. I found both the sisters extremely selfish and very undeserving. I haven't read any of Giselle Green's books before and found her style very easy to get into. Whether I would classify her as the English Jodi Picoult is debatable as to me her style isn't remotely similar but I am far from an expert on these things.
I really enjoyed this book and thought that the characters of both Hollie and Scarlett were well written and in such a way that you did care about what was going to happen to them. I've never read Giselle Green's books before but I would certainly pick up another one of her novels if the opportunity arose.
Judy Churchill
I have to admit the title drew me in. I have a wonderful sister who means the world to me and sister relationships are a special interest of mine. The relationship between Hollie and Scarlet is fraught with unspoken issues and resentments. There are invisible boundaries in all relationships, but particularly in families. When one of these boundaries is breeched in this story it causes the three family members considerable distress with very real concerns. It exposes many of the psychological blo ...more
i absolutely loved this book wasnt so fussed on the ending but i really got into the characters, i so hated pandoras box by the same author so was glad that this made me change my mind it was sad happy and heartwarming brilliant to the end
Started this book yesterday when i realised i had actualy read it before. It is set in my home county of Kent and bought back alot of memories of Old Rochester. Recommended read.
Kitap bitti sonunda ama ben de bittim niyeyse beni hiç tatmin etmeyen bir sonduu :/
I enjoyed reading this book. It was hard to put it down once I started it :)
This was a really good book
I bought this book at Christmas and put off reading it, I felt it wasn't really my thing & I did only buy it because it was 99p.

I am now really glad I picked up the Kindle and read it because I thoroughly enjoyed it. The novel focuses on Hollie who wants nothing more than to have a child, as she is infertile she asks her younger sister, Scarlet to be her surrogate. Hollie is willing to sacrifice anything to have this baby. I enjoyed the characters, I didn't prefer one sister to the other, I
Amy Weinreich
I wanted to like this book. I wanted to identify with the characters. The story line was intriguing enough; but, I just couldn't "like" any of the characters. And, in the end, I was kinda sorry that it all worked out because I don't feel like any of them deserved a happy ending ... a bit judgmental of me, but its how I felt.
Picked up this book because it looked interesting. However, the characters, especially Hollie were so immature.

I gave it 2 stars, even though I didn't really liked it. Mostly because it was so ridiculous I enjoyed mocking the characters.
Great book!!!

It was a really great book but the ending Could have been better --
With it's quick and funny dialogues this is a rather easy read. I particularly liked the fact that both main characters had serious flaws - not necessary likeable but still realistic - even though some aspects were quite overrated. The surrogacy thing was interesting, along with the emotional side of it. However, the 'spiritual' aspect of the novel was a bit (well, way too) much for me, especially at end - or that bit about the balloon.. (made me vomit in my mouth a little). So, all in all: I en ...more
Andrea Susan
Clever slowly unwinding plot nice twists and turns. Thought provoking subject.
I wanted to love this book, really I did. The story itself was good, I 'liked' (if that's the right word!) the characters, the development of the story was good but then the ending - it just finished abruptly. It's like there was a chapter missing. Will there be a follow on book? I'd love to know how the whole surrogacy story panned out, that was my main reason for carrying on with the book as I wanted to know if Hollie actually went through with it and how it changed her relationship (again) wi ...more
Vicky Crowther
Interesting story line with some good twists & turns.
I think the story could have continued on. It finished before I expected it to. Not that I felt the author left anything untold, it was more that it left you to assume what had happened rather than coming out and telling you.
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