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De verloren dochter

3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  112 ratings  ·  35 reviews
De Ierse zussen Rebecca, Julie en Lauren reizen met een camper door Nieuw-Zeeland. Ze zijn op weg naar de bruiloft van hun jongste zusje Cathy. Die is vijftien jaar geleden weggelopen van huis en heeft sindsdien niets meer van zich laten horen. Nu, na al die jaren heeft Cathy hen tot hun grote verrassing uitgenodigd voor haar huwelijksfeest en om kennis te maken met haar z ...more
Paperback, 383 pages
Published September 15th 2011 by The House of Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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This is a novel about four sisters who are left to fend for themselves after the death of their parents at an early age. Rebecca is the oldest and found herself in the role of surrogate parent while she was just in her teens. This was a challenge that she accepted and looked out for her three younger sisters, Lauren, Julie and Cathy as best she could.

The first part of the story is told in the letters that Cathy, the youngest sister at age 8, is suggested to write to her "mother in heaven". At th
The four Lambert sisters lost their parents in a car accident when the eldest, Rebecca, was only eighteen years old, and Cathy, the youngest, nine. The most visibly affected is Lauren, who was in the car with her parents and suffered significant physical injuries. When she returns home from an extended hospital stay, she is withdrawn and rarely speaks. As time goes on more emotional issues come to light. Julie dives deeper into her music, trying to get her band on the road, where she
Lolly LKH
This is the story of the Lambert sisters who lost their parents tragically. Rebecca tries her hardest to keep the remains of her family together, her three sisters. Rebecca is only a teenager herself and yet does the best she can. The sisters lives all fork off into different directions, with pregnancies and other secrets- the youngest runs off to New Zealand when she is only 15 and pregnant. She starts a new life holding fast a secret, doesn't contact her family for 15 years when she decides to ...more
Renita D'Silva
An absolutely beautiful book that explores the relationships between sisters, the tragedies and travesties and coming of age of girls adrift without their parents to guide them. I love Laura Elliot’s prose, it is assured and stunning, creating a haunting picture that stays with you long after the last page. I loved each of the sisters and especially Rebecca. Love the way the author manages to delineate each sister, their flaws and their loves, their emotional struggle, their feelings and their d ...more
Cathy left Dublin behind at 16 when she was pregnant. Her new life in New Zealand with son Connor and her new partner looks promising, but she will need to mend fences with her sisters before she can be truly happy. Rebecca has resentment after being left in charge of her younger sisters, Julie wants a chance to recapture her youth and her dreams and Lauren wants a chance with a younger mab. As the sisters journey through new Zealand, they learn to forgive, forget and to love without reserve
Carmen Blankenship
The Prodigal Sister is a not a bad premise but the writing was a little long winded in some areas. To be completely honest I skimmed. A lot. I just didn't connect.

Thank you Netgalley for the advanced copy in exchange for this honest review.
The Prodigal sister by Laura Elliot revolves around Cathy Lambert and her sisters. When Cathy was eight years old (1985) her parents were killed in a car accident and her sister, Lauren, was injured (they are living in Dublin at the time). Rebecca, age seventeen, became responsible for the three younger sisters. She had to give up going to college to become a veterinarian. Cathy handled the loss of her parents by writing them letters. She would tell them what was happening in her life. Lauren fe ...more
The Prodigal Sister is a gentle story of 4 sisters who had to grow up very quickly after losing their parents in a tragic accident.

The story starts off switching between letters that are written by the youngest sister Cathy to her dead parents and Rebecca the oldest sisters journal. This time in the sisters lives is a very hard time, growing up without the guidance of loving parents, the sisters all struggle to carry on with their lives whilst coming to terms with their loss. When Cathy reaches
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley.

The Lambert sisters, Rebecca, Julie, Lauren and Cathy lose their parents in a car accident (in which Lauren is also badly injured) when Rebecca is 17 and Cathy is just eight. Rebecca keeps the family together. Julie gets pregnant and marries her long-term boyfriend, Paul. Rebecca marries Jeremy, who had ditched her when the crisis struck, but returns and apologizes. Lauren goes to London and becomes a poet. Cathy runs away when she
Am anderen Ende

Der tragische Unfalltod ihrer Eltern lässt die vier Schwestern Rebecca, Julie, Lauren und Cathy in eine schwere Krise stürzen. Die Mädchen sind noch sehr jung und Rebecca als Älteste versucht alles, um die kleine Familie zusammenzuhalten. Sie gibt ihre Träume und Pläne auf und wird zum selbst noch nicht erwachsenen Familienoberhaupt. Cathy, die Jüngste, beginnt Briefe an ihre toten Eltern zu schreiben, um sich ihr Leid wenigstens zum Teil von der Seele schreiben zu können. Fast ze
Jantine Kampes
This novel tells so much, I don't really know where to start. Well, perhaps I will start with asking for mercy. It is another novel I received from Netgalley, and it seems like I keep showering them in high ratings the last couple of weeks. Please believe me, I really think this one deserves it as well as the others.

There is the deep bond between the sisters, a vibrant line between love and hate, four women who build up their lives, even when things are difficult. All's not perfect in the end, b
Loretta Milan
New Zealand is a place I’ve longed to visit, so I was delighted when I discovered that much of The Prodigal Sister by Laura Elliot is based there. The story is woven with atmospheric description as three sisters journey across the country, in a campervan, to be reunited with the runaway forth. My mind was filled with vivid images like the girls tumbling “like rag dolls towards the gleaming sands” and the Tasman Sea flailing with “a wild green energy”. Clever details, such as “a tray of bluefish ...more
Kerryn (RatherBeReading)
2 stars

I struggled with this book a little bit. I found the writing, particularly with the dialogue, a little stilted, for example, at the beginning of the story when Cathy has told Rebecca about her son and Rebecca responds with 'What age is he?'... Who talks like that??? I really think any normal person would have worded it 'How old is he?'.

The perspective changes were sometimes a little too abrupt especially early on in the story when we were trying to get used to the different characters voi
Angel Hatfield
**I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review
Cathy, Rebecca, Julie, and Lauren are sisters. It's been fifteen years since they spoke. Cathy has a 15yr old son named Connor. Cathy calls Rebecca first. She tells her she kept in touch with Melanie Barnes to make sure her sisters were ok. Alma and Cathy are business partners for Havens Walk Relaxation Center. People from all over New Zealand come to be pampered and massaged. Cathy is to be married in January and wants her sister
Andrea Stoeckel
[ I received this book free from the publisher through NetGalley. I thank them for their generousity. In exchange, I was simply asked to write an honest review, and post it. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising]

"A tiny splash, imperceptible ripples spreading outwards but strong enough to shake the order of the world"

This is the st
When Carla Kelly marries Robert Gardiner after a whirlwind romance, their happiness is complete when Carla discovers she's pregnant. Tragedy strikes two days after baby Isobel is born, though, when Isobel is snatched without reason. Meanwhile, Susanne and David Dowling are celebrating the birth of their miracle child Joy. However Susanne is hiding a terrible secret and in her bid to keep her secret a secret, she rears Joy in near-isolation. As Carla and Robert begin the search for their daughter ...more
Chrissy Van Der Laan
*i recieved a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
Cathy has lived with a dark secret for 15 years also the same amount of time that shes been estranged from her sisters. when her son wont leave her alone about meeting them there's only one thing she can do... call them. how will the reunion go? will they be able to leave the past behind them and move into a better future?
Laura Elliot has done my country proud i'm New Zealand born and breed she has explained the sights so clea
Great while predictable read. Carla and Robert's baby is stolen at the age of two days. Susanne has repeated miscarriages but ends up with a much wanted baby Joy.
The novel explores the marriages of both couples and how the events of their lives impact the decisions they make and the lives they lead. Heart breaking at times reading at how Carla deals with the loss of her child and continues to believe she is alive, never giving up hope. Susanne meanwhile smothers her daughter with love and preven
An easy, beach-y read. I appreciated the deft hand with which Ms. Elliot handles a delicate subject. I feel like there were too many characters and the length of the book doesn't quite give you the time needed to get to know all of them. I did enjoy the road trip of New Zealand. I had little knowledge of it before and it was really fun for me to follow the sisters around and have fun. I couldn't wait for the next day's adventure!
This book got a little long for me. I didn't feel like I was able to connect with the characters well and wasn't as invested in their stories. I enjoyed learning a bit about the country and the adventures the sisters took, but it still got long and that is where I started skimming along quickly.
I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for my review.
Kim Bamber
Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for the electronic copy in exchange for an honest review.

THE PRODIGAL SISTER is a story of family resilience. This is the story of how 4 sisters grow and overcome the tragic death of their parents. Each sister deals with this tragedy differently. Though it all I cried and laughed, Great story.
An engrossing tale of four sisters dealing with heart-breaking circumstances, guilt throughout the years, and rebuilding of relationships. I thoroughly enjoyed this tale that was told in both past & present tense. I highly recommend it!
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Bev Spiller
great read would recommend it
This book was also my Mum's and I wish she'd had a chance to read it, she would have loved it I think. This is the sort of book I wanted to write notes in the margins of. I added a list of dates and a photocopy of a map for the next reader (probably one of my sisters).
I loved the interaction between the 4 sisters and the location. (New Zealand's South island)
I didn't want to finish it, but I couldn't put it down.
The book covered a lot of topics (grief/self harm/infedelity) in an interesting stor
I was completely sure that I would be rating this book highly throughout, but the ending disappointed me, There's not much i can say to explain without spoiling it, but the whole book was leading to something and once it happened I just don't think it was possible for it ever to be good enough, not for me anyway..
This book was brilliant and devastating all in one, losing a 2 day old baby is beyond my understanding of pain. I just feel like the ending wasn't quite right.
I didn't enjoy this book. I found it difficult to empathise with any of the characters, found a lot of the prose self-indulgent and the dialogue unrealistic. 500 pages but could have been condensed into 300 or less, lots of rambling parts that don't add anything to the plot.
Nicola Rogerson
Really enjoyed it. Interesting that you see the story from the side of both mothers - the one who has lost the child and the one who has stolen her. Definitely recommend!
Brilliant. Couldn't put it down - My husband asked if he had done something wrong as I wasn't speaking to him!!!
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Laura Elliot is the author of three novels, Stolen Child and The Prodigal Sister,published by Avon HarperCollins. Her novel, Fragile Lies, will be published in February 2015 by Bookouture. Her books have been widely translated and she has collaborated on a number of high-profile non-fiction books.

Aka June Considine, she is an author of twelve books for children and young adults. Her children's sho
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