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The Perfect Gift

Author: Emma Hannigan
Published: 14 July 2016
Reviewed: 11 August 2016
4 out of 5 stars
Copy supplied by Headline Review in return for an honest review
Description:

Happy Birthday, darling girl…

Ever since she can remember, Roisin has received a birthday card in the post. Signed with love from the birth mother she has never met.

Brought up by her adoptive parents, Keeley and Doug, Roisin has wanted for nothing. But on her thirtieth birthday a letter comes that shakes her world.
For Keeley, who’s raised Roisin as her own, the letter reminds her of a secret she’s been holding for thirty years. 

And for Nell, keeping watch in the lighthouse, the past is a place she rarely goes. Until a young runaway arrives seeking shelter, and unwraps the gift of hope for them all…

My Thoughts & Review:

The Perfect Gift is a heart warming tale about mothers and daughters.  How they must learn the diplomacy of compromise, to build trust and let go of secrets in order to move on in life.  

This is Emma Hannigan’s tenth novel and quite possibly her best yet.  Her writing flows beautifully, evoking emotions from readers at the very beginning of the book with a deeply moving prologue that had this hardened crime fiction fan tearing up.
  
Set in Ireland, the story centres around three women, who have all suffered great sadness and pain.  Roisin, adopted as a baby by Keeley and Doug has always struggled to fit in and find her place.  She decides to return home to set up her own business after travelling.  But she has a secret that she has never shared with anyone. 
Keeley runs a B&B with husband Doug, and is very successful.  But she also holds a secret, one that she has kept from her husband.  

Finally Nell, a recluse who lives in an old lighthouse, her only company is her cleaning lady Mo.  Nell has a past she would rather forget about, but the discovery of a young runaway pushes her to face her past.  
Each of the women are forced to confront their secrets and the revelations open their eyes to a different world, one where they no longer need to protect themselves from hurt by hiding away.   

Characters are truly wonderful, Roisin is such a spirited character, her ambition and enthusiasm are infectious, almost leaping off the page at the reader.  They are all believable and easy to relate to.  

This is the sort of book to pick up when you need to slow down, lose yourself in a good book and just relax – an escape if you will.  Despite guessing some of the secrets part of the way through this book I still thoroughly enjoyed it.  Reading Emma Hannigan’s books are like catching up with an old friend, they’re comforting and wonderful, you feel emotional but ultimately you feel a sense that everything is ok in the world after reading it and it reminds you to appreciate the family you have.  

You can buy a copy of The Perfect Gift here.   
 

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