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The Greatest Gift

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  665 ratings  ·  125 reviews

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

ebook, 416 pages
Published October 23rd 2017 by Harlequin Enterprises (Australia) Pty Ltd
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Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There's not enough words to describe this book, but some of the words that come to mind when I think about this book are heartbreaking, touching, beautiful, amazing, moving and emotional.

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
May 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 5000-2019
I remember really enjoying this author's book The Art of Keeping Secrets and thought it was time to try another one. The Greatest Gift turned out, for me, to be enjoyable but not outstandingly so.

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
2.5 stars I think, rounded up. Very simplistic in style, a little cliched. I know I’m in the minority here. Average audio narration probably didn’t help me feel attached to the story unfortunately.

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
Harper Drummond and her husband Samuel lived in Sydney and were both career people – when they’d first met, they had both let the other know neither of them wanted children; their busy lifestyles and love for each other was enough. Samuel was an upcoming lawyer looking at becoming a partner in the business, while Harper was a highly successful radio host, interviewing interesting people on a daily basis.

But it was when Harper interviewed a young couple who had been unable to have children, along
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
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
This was the third novel by Rachael Johns that I read and it’s probably my favourite.

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
This is one of my top reads this year - Rachael Johns is an Australia author who writes 5-star romances as well more meaty Contemporary Fiction – this is meaty, very meaty – it is to do with infertility and egg donation and the story plunged me to the depths of despair forcing me to reach for tissues and put it down and take a break to calm down. After despair, though, comes hope. And gradually the reader is brought back to normal emotions again - and, like the characters, learn to laugh again. ...more
beautiful, touching, heartbreaking and simply amazing storytelling.
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
Mandy White
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
Oh my goodness.. have the tissues ready for this one. What an emotional book! So many tears for the heartbreak in this story. My first Rachael Johns book although I had heard of her and seen her books around. Definately will be picking up more. This book was so beautiful and sad and happy.. a rollercoaster of emotions. I read this in one day. Thank you to Netgalley and HQ Fiction for a copy of this book to read and review.
Theresa Smith
The Greatest Gift is a truly remarkable story, a rare example of a perfectly balanced novel. The deepest of sorrows meets joyous hope in equal measure within its pages and consider yourself warned when I say: pack some tissues. Deeply moving, in so many ways, The Greatest Gift will have you shedding a tear even if you think you aren’t a person who normally cries while reading a book. And it’s not that this is a sad, depressing read; quite the opposite. There is so much hope and beauty, but the v ...more
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
In her latest book The Greatest Gift Rachael Johns explores the issues of wanting children but being infertile and the amazing role those who make egg donations take on, to help those who have a strong desire to be a parent. This was actually a new idea to me, not sure why I hadn't heard of it before but I hadn't and so this book was a marvellous way for me to gain insight into it.

Harper is a woman who doesn't want children and neither does her husband Samuel. However Harper does want to contri
So chick-lit is really not my genre of choice, but this heartwarming novel blew me away!

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
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Unfortunately, this was a roller coaster of emotions for all the wrong reasons for me. The first chapters were so lovey-dovey I wanted to set the book aside entirely. Then things got better and I actually started enjoying the story and connecting with the characters. Then things got weird and all emotional ties I'd had were severed quite abruptly and I could never reestablish them.

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
Kerran Olson
This was a pretty enjoyable read. I liked the topic of egg donation and surrogancy, and I especially liked Claire's story. I found the writing style a bit too flowery in parts as I'm not a big romance reader, so I rolled my eyes a few times, and also found a lot of parts of the book quite predictable, particularly towards the end. Despite this, I was really enjoying the story for the most part and found it a light, easy read that explored some interesting topics. I was all set to give it a 3.5/4 ...more
What an incredible story, the amount of emotions I went through reading this, joy, happiness, disbelief, grief and so much more. To donate an egg to someone so they can have the chance of being a parent, it is something that hits close to home and it is such a beautiful thing, that someone can do that for someone else. The characters are real and I was completely invested in them throughout this story, though there was one I completely disliked. So many different relationships and personalities ...more
Julie Garner
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I received an advanced reading copy of this book.
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
Shirley Wine
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful story with many tissue moments The Greatest Gift explores a sensitive issue with depth and compassion. There are so many twists and turns in this plot to keep me reading until the wee small hours.
Sharon Metcalf
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2017
3.5 stars rounded up.

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'
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
WOW this book has left me speechless it is an amazing story of love, of hope, of giving, MS Johns has written about something that is dear to my heart a story of egg donation so as couples can live a life with children in them to feel that in-built nurturing that happens between a mother and her child while she carries them and allow the father to be such a huge part of the process. This book should be read with a box of tissues very handy because all of the characters in this story will become ...more
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review
Another great book from Rachael Johns, I swear her women’s fiction titles just keep on getting better and the subject she has centred in this book – egg donation – is a controversial one as well.
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
This was a beautiful book, well-written and heart wrenching with a moral dilemma that makes you think.
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book felt like a predictable read for the first third... then the storyline got completely spun around!! Really enjoyed the ideas and content of what makes a family and what decisions we make based on circumstances and what we will do to help others.
Lisa Mcmaugh
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing story. This book made me laugh and cry. I was very happy with the ending. Another awesome book from this amazing author...
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow! What a Story!

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.

Mar 25, 2018 rated it liked it
A bit slow to start, although the premise was quite interesting. I felt like all the characters were nice (even the ones that turned out not to be) and everyone was good looking, she even used the phrase tall, dark and handsome. I know this is probably a feature of the genre but it hardly reflects real life. From the half way point it got more interesting and started to speed up. The epilogue, however, was ridiculous and unnecessary.
Megan Crust
Feb 02, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not even a great holiday read - far too predictable
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh wow, what can I say. Rachael Johns has written an outstanding story that pulls on your heart strings.

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
Sam Still Reading
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Sam Still Reading by: love Rachael Johns' books
Rachael Johns. I feel like I say this with every book she writes, but I will follow her writing to the ends of the earth and back again, no matter the genre. She is a writer that I get. Her books never fail to impress me in their skill in telling a story, tugging at all of the heartstrings and considering issues in a new light. Of course, The Greatest Gift is no exception!

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
Have the tissues handy for this one. A wonderful story
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: johns-rachael
Wow! The promise with this story is that once you start you have to read until you finish! I have read some fabulous books by some fantastic authors and The Greatest Gift by Rachael Johns is up there with the best of them! Thank you Rachael, I loved it and this story in itself is a gift!
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