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Laura Elliot
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The Lost Sister

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  1,013 ratings  ·  64 reviews
The compelling story of the four young Lambert sisters, their struggle to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of tragedy when their parents die in a car crash. Rebecca, the eldest, takes responsibility for her younger sisters even though her actions and decisions on their behalf often make her unpopular with them. The youngest Cathy runs away from home and nothing is hear ...more
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Published July 9th 2009 by Avon (first published January 1st 2009)
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Renita D'Silva
May 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nesta Tuomey
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all women of all ages
Recommended to Nesta by: An author friend
The Lost Sister caught and held me right from the beginning. So much so, having finished this remarkable book, travelled so far with the Lambert sisters since the time of their parents death in a car accident until they set out together some twenty years later to journey to New Zealand for their youngest sister's wedding, I must confess to feeling acutely lonely for them all. Rebecca, Julie and Lauren have not heard from Cathy, since she ran away from home aged fifteen. When they receive a phone ...more
Lolly K Dandeneau
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
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tragedy hits the four sisters when their parents are killed in an auto accident. Dealing with grief and each other through many situations finally takes its toll. The youngest sister has invited them to her wedding and as their journey towards her begins truths and lies come forward and reality hits home.
Elizabeth  (Thoughts From an Evil Overlord)
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
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
May 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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
Marcee Feddersen
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
This book came right when I needed it. I've been a little resistant to my blog lately, because I've been feeling like reading was work vs. fun. Then I opened this book and fell right into the story of four orphaned sisters.

A lot of times, books aren't able to skip through time well, but this story followed Cathy's life from age 5, when her parents died all the way through adulthood, and I really didn't feel like any part of her journey was skipped. I knew
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.
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Made Me Long for Sisters

I have a very small family .... just one brother. This helped me understand the bonds, the laughter and the sorrow that can be so deep between sisters. This is a great story about love and deceit and secrets that exist and what it can do to siblings. Each character had their equal time for development and it was great to get to know them all. Laughter and tears and hope abounded. Thank you for a great read.
Alison Ivey
A quick easy read that fortunately got better after an awkward start. The device of letters in novels to move the plot along and reveal secrets isn’t new, and has been handled better by other writers. Having said that, there are some good passages and interesting insights. The attempts at romance for each of the sisters is rather clumsy and unnecessary, but the New Zealand landscape and context is portrayed convincingly from the eyes of tourists.
Jane Roberts
Dec 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book was a bit confusing at the beginning but was really enjoyable. Sisters argue but are still there for each other when needed. Definitely looking forward to any other books written by Laura.
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful story!

First time reading this author who was my neighbour as a child!! Thought it strange to get into but I allowed the writer to lead me! And I'm was not disappointed. Beautiful, sensitive and magic. Sorry it was over at 4am!
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amazing read !!!!!!

Really enjoyable read.
I have never read anything by Laura Elliot but looking forward to another chance to. Will pass this on to others to enjoy also.
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lost sisters

A good story and we'll worth a read a m opener to some of us . It's a book for all .
Apr 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Forced and awkward

While the characters drew me in and kept me reading, the writing is forced and awkward. Too much is unsaid or glossed over.
Nina Fralick
The story line of 4 sisters that were left to cope after their parents died drew me in. This book was not as well written as some of Laura Elliot's other books. It was a struggle to finish reading. ...more
Rick LaFond
Liked her other books but this one bored me and I did not like the plot, whatever it was, or how it ended, sorry.
Barbara Nikola
Dec 31, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Page after page of letters written by a child to her dead mother. How can you get interested in a novel that is half letters?
Mrs K Curn
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another compelling novel from this author

A wonderful insightful well told story about the complexities of human feelings and relationships. A story that totally absorbed you
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love loss and betrayal

Emotionally engaging, finding myself relating to each of the sisters during their journey to reconnect and remind us in the end blood is thicker than water
Apr 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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
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
Andrea Stoeckel
May 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
[ 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
Loretta Milan
May 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Kath Middleton
Aug 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cathy is one of four sisters whose parents died in a car accident when she was eight years old. She developed the habit of writing to her dead mother and continued right until she left home, in desperate circumstances. She eventually set up a business in New Zealand – about as far away from her Irish home as she could. She has deliberately concealed her whereabouts for fifteen years but her son is encouraging her to resume contact and invite his aunts to her forthcoming wedding. None of the sist ...more
May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy through Netglley in return for an honest review.

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
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Laura Elliot is the author of six novels, Stolen Child and The Prodigal Sister, published by Avon HarperCollins. Her novels, Fragile Lies, The Betrayal, Sleep Sister and Guilty are published 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. H

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