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Laura Elliot
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The Lost Sister

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  714 Ratings  ·  55 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
ebook, Kindle edition, 416 pages
Published July 9th 2009 by Avon (first published January 1st 2009)
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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
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
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 When she returns home from an extended hospital stay, she is withdrawn and rarely speaks.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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jantine Kampes
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
Nan Borton-smith
An incredible story

At first glance this us is a book about loss and the bonds between siblings that can never be broken even as they are worn to a string and incredible story on its own. Their parents death changed who they each were to become and in many levels each of the sisters had never acknowledged the loss of the "selves" they expected to be before tragedy changed their family forever. Rebecca, the oldest relinquishes her role to become parent leaving sisterhood and dreams behind, Lauren-
Jun 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Angel Hatfield
May 05, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, reviews
**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
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
Tracy Shephard
Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four sisters lose their parents in a car accident. Each have their own struggle and ways of dealing with their grief. Cathy has a secret that she never wants to share, and she runs away. Fifteen years later, she invites her sisters to her wedding and gives them the opportunity to meet her son Conor.

Funny, descriptive and emotional The Prodigal Sister is a story about family and bonding. I liked all the characters and could identify a little with them all. Having run away a couple of times in my
Cleo Bannister
This was a nice enough read but the characters are very two dimensional, there are 4 sisters, the eldest bossy one, a homemaker, the trophy wife and Cathy (the one who left. The 3 sisters who all live in Dublin but obviously haven't talked to each other in the 15 years since Cathy left go on a road trip to New Zealand to attend her wedding and find themselves.

There are many smaller characters in the book but they rarely develop into anything beyond their stereotypes and nothing of note really ha
Mar 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 30, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
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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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