The Greatest Gift
Mother: female parent of a child
Mum: the woman who nurtures, raises and loves a child
Radio host Harper Drummond lives for her career. Every day she meets fascinating people doing extraordinary things, but has begun to wonder whether there could be something more for her out there. She’s financially secure, happily married to Samuel and has a great group of friends what mo...more
Aussie author Rachael Johns has done a remarkable job in writing this book. Anytime I read a book on the issue of infertility, I immediately know the book will have my attention from the start and The Greatest Gift certainly had my attention not only from the start, but all the way to the very last page. The em ...more
The story was good and moved along well. The characters were fine except that they were all so terribly nice! There were some very sad moments where tissues were required and I felt very badly for poor Claire. How could anyone have so many bad things happen to them in one short life.
The ending was stran ...more
This was a very topical read, I am a mother, I have seen friends with fertility struggles, but have not faced them myself. Reading this book has enabled me to understand what this could be like. Rachael Johns conveyed her empathy on this subject.
I enjoyed Jilted more than this one, possibly given the l ...more
But it was when Harper interviewed a young couple who had been unable to have children, along ...more
Well known Australian writer and recipient of an ABIA award, Rachael Johns, is a storyteller who continues to spread her wings further, as she settles comfortably into writing for the women’s fiction or life lit genre. The Greatest Gift, is a true gift to new readers of Johns and firm fans, such as this reader, it is one of my favourite novels of 2017, despite being a late entry! The Greatest Gift is unafraid to tackle some highly relevant and controversial ...more
The greatest gift refers to the generosity of a woman who donates some of her eggs to another woman/couple so they can have a child.
Harper Drummond is a career woman, who doesn’t want children, but feels compelled to do something selfless, so she decides to donate her eggs. The couple she chooses are the balloonists, Claire and Jasper, who are very much in love but can’t procreate because Claire’s childhood leu ...more
Reviewing will be difficult, especially spoilerless.
This one touched me deep, well researched, well written and beautifully developed.
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Rachael Johns is a West Australian author that goes from strength to strength. I have read and reviewed all of her work; her early ebooks with Carina Press, rural romance, Mills & Boon and lately ...more
Harper is a woman who doesn't want children and neither does her husband Samuel. However Harper does want to contri ...more
The novel is a detailed journey, so begins with the romance between Claire and Jasper while alternating between Harper's first inclination to donate eggs in the present. It's a clever opening that creates immediate investment in the main characters and even though you know what's coming, it's enjoyable to read.
Claire and Jasper are an adorable couple, and I became rather attached to them and their heartbreak ...more
Based on other reviews it's clear that a lot of people love this book, and I honestly thought I'd be in the same cam ...more
I have never read a Rachael Johns novel before. I always thought she was rural romance and it didn't really interest me. I learnt a lot from this book. Firstly, never assume anything about any author. Secondly, this lady can write!
There was a lot going on in The Greatest Gift. First and foremost is the issue of egg donation - not the ones that your chickens lay, but the ones that will allow one woman to become a mother. I won't go in to details on ...more
I think it's fair to say I've been guilty of judging Australian author Rachael John's books by their covers (and/or titles). Over the years I've had friends ask if I know/like her books. Usually I've said I know of her work but haven't read any because I'm not really into those outback kind of stories. I haven't felt bad about this attitude. I have so many wonderful books on my TBR that I need to be selective. Right? Maybe not. Recently I read GR friend Bianca' ...more
It tells the story of two women Claire, who desperately wants to become a mum but because of an illness when she was younger is now infertile, and Harper – a slick city girl and media personality who is,married to Samuel and had decided from the beginning that they did not want children. Harper interview ...more
Cleverly written by Rachael Johns.
The Greatest Gift really is a gift within itself. Full of triumphs and life's little surprises; it'll keep you guessing right up until the end.
I enjoyed hearing about hot-air ballooning over the bright blue skies and green hills of the Hunter Valley wine region of NSW and the way the author wrote about radio and the media as Harper, the main character endured many trials and tribulations on her own personal struggle in her own life's journey.
This story is about giving the greatest gift!!!
Harper Drummond is a successful radio presenter, with her radio show Afternoons with Harper. She is married to Samuel who is a lawyer. Both are committed to their careers and have both decided that their careers are more important to them then having children. Through Harpers radio show she learns about egg donations and how they help other people ...more
The story could be categorised as general fiction/women’s fiction/life lit or you could just say it’s a great read. It involv ...more