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Is it because I have no sisters?
A Sister's Gift - Giselle Green
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A Sister's Gift - Giselle Green
Advantages: It passed a few days for me
Disadvantages: Found it dull and depressing
I picked up "A Sisters Gift" in Tesco. I think at the time I was feeling a little hormonal and girly and wanted something that was both sad enough to make me cry and happy enough to make me want to keep reading. I'm not sure why this book spoke to me above others, but I picked it up along with Mike Gayle's "To Do List" and bought them. I intended to read Mike Gayle first as his book looked less 'special' than "A Sister's gift" but it didn't turn out that way for me in the end.
"A Sister's Gift" is about Hollie, a woman who has longed to be a mother, yet has found out that it is not going to happen to her naturally. An indian doctor suggests that she use a relative to help, and this brings her sister Scarlett into the picture. Scarlett is 7 years younger and a completely different person to Hollie. Scarlett is off working in the Amazon while Hollie is diligent and in my opinion living a boring life at home. However Scarlett owes a lot to Hollie, as Hollie practically raised her as their mum was flightly and more or less abandoned them as youngsters with an old aunt.
It is really difficult to know exactly how much to give away in a book review. Hollie's IVF attempts are unsuccessful and when Scarlett arrives back in town she develops feelings for Hollie's husband and when they are to create a baby "naturally" due to the unsuccessful IVF attempts, as you can imagine it tears everyone apart. Scarlett is not really a particularly nice person. Richard, Hollie's husband seems to lack a back bone, and Hollie to me anyway, seems so desperate.
I found myself getting a little bit confused and lost just as the book approaches half way, and at that stage I began to leave it down on a regular basis. It was very tough to relate to either of the girls. Hollie seemed to be a bit unlikeable to me. I just didn't ever warm to her, and I think I was supposed to. She was dull. Scarlett's life in the Amazon and her acquaintences was very confusing. In fact as I write this review I still am very confused about the people that are associated with Scarlett through the book. But I won't be re-reading to get to the bottom of it. Getting to the last page was more than enough for me.
I felt uncomfortable reading this. It never felt right and the quotes from the News of the World saying "'This is a cracking read that will emotionally involve any parent...Exploring the power and strength of love the ending provides more surprise revelations than an episode of Trisha. A must read" or 'A compelling, tragic read, though full of surprises and love.' from The Sun have really baffled me. It seems as though I might be the only person so far who has read it and not enjoyed it. If I had have cared about the characters I should have wanted to jump into the book and give them a good shaking, but I became totally indifferent by the middle/end.
I suppose having read a particularly light hearted and funny book in the days before this one may contribute to my lack of feeling towards it but my rating is poor and it wouldn't be one that I would recommend for people out there, unless they want an entirely depressing, soul destroying read.
Definitely not for me. Life's depressing enough already without dealing with other people's problems!
Summary: This book was a waste of my time. I did not like reading it.