Motherhood or Designer Furniture? The Greatest Gift by Rachael Johns

Motherhood or Designer Furniture? The Greatest Gift by Rachael Johns

1266_HAR-Facebook-Ads-2-v3To have children or not? For some the answer is straightforward, for others more complicated. An intensely personal, highly emotional topic, it certainly stirs up a lot of feelings in The Greatest Gift, a wonderful new book from the much-loved Rachael Johns.

The poignant, heart-warming story of two women and a life-changing pact, The Greatest Gift also shines a light on the rapidly changing shape of the modern family, and how childhood experiences continue to exert an influence long into adulthood.

One thing for sure, you can’t fence-sit and read The Greatest Gift. The story is so involving and the characters so real, you just have to stop and consider what you’d do in their shoes – how far would you go to make a long-held dream come true? Just don’t expect The Greatest Gift to provide easy answers. Much like real life, the outcome is uncertain, the situation precarious and there are no iron-clad guarantees that things will work out. But you hope they do.

Harper and Claire head a cast of endearing characters who mostly support their momentous decision. There’s fame, power, careers in the media and law, and a setting that moves from high powered urban lifestyles to an unusual family business set amidst the vineyards.

Harper, a respected and well-known radio broadcaster seems to have recovered from being brought up by the worst mother in history. She enjoys a glossy, privileged life with Samuel, her ambitious lawyer husband. Neither want children. All seems perfect until she begins to feel that she really ought to be doing something more worthwhile with her life. Her discontent sets off a chain of events with unexpected consequences.

Claire and her husband Jasper couldn’t be happier running their own hot air balloon company and know they are lucky to find such joy in work and one another. Jasper has accepted he will never be a father, but Claire has found it hard to accept her infertility that is due to a childhood illness. Might Jasper one day regret choosing her over a child in the years to come? Is there another way to become a family?

An emotional on-line request from Claire catches Harper’s attention. They meet and a plan is hatched. But should bring happiness and joy all round. Will it be successful? If so, at what cost?

The Greatest Gift is written with all the style, heart and humanity readers that is trademark Johns. The deliciously poignant twist at the end is lovely. But be warned, you will lose yourself in this book and before you know it you’ll be putting up a ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign and telling everyone to cook their own dinner.

And don’t forget…BYO tissues.

About the Author

Rachael Johns who has been writing since she was 17, is one of Australia’s  most popular authors. Not surprisingly, the talented Johns has also carved out an international reputation with her entertaining rural romances and women’s fiction. The bestselling, ABIA award-winning author of The Patterson Girls, also won Favourite Australian Contemporary Romance for one of her most popular books, Jilted in 2012. Johns has an Honours degree in Writing and English, is an English teacher by trade and lives in Perth with her husband, three sons, a ginger cat, a cantankerous bird and a badly behaved, much loved dog.

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              Publisher details

              The Greatest Gift
              Author
              Rachael Johns
              Publisher
              Harlequin
              Genre
              Australian Fiction
              Released
              23 October, 2017

              Synopsis

              Mother: Female parent of a childMum: The woman who nurtures, raises and loves a childRadio host Harper Drummond lives for her career. Every day she meets fascinating people doing extraordinary things, but has begun to wonder whether there could something more for her out there. She’s financially secure, happily married to Samuel and has a great group of friends — what more could she want? It’s only when she interviews one special couple that she starts to think about whether she could make a different kind of contribution.Claire and Jasper Beggs are passionate about their thriving hot air balloon business and know they're lucky to find such joy in their work and in each other. But while Jasper has accepted that he will never be a father, Claire has found it hard to come to terms with her infertility. She doesn't want Jasper to regret choosing her over a child in the years to come. Is there a way to give themselves a real chance at being a happy family?Can they find someone who will give them the greatest gift? Or will it come at a greater cost?The poignant, heartwarming story of two women: one who wants nothing else than to be a mum, and one who never wanted to be a mother, from the bestselling, ABIA award-winning author of The Patterson Girls.
              Rachael Johns
              About the author

              Rachael Johns

              Rachael Johns is an English teacher by trade, a supermarket owner by day, a mum 24/7, and a writer by night. She lives in rural Western Australia with her hyperactive husband and three mostly-gorgeous heroes-in-training.At 17 she began writing, enlightened by the thought that she could create whatever ending she liked, and almost a decade later, after many, many attempts at writing different types of novels, she joined the Romance Writers of Australia association.It was there that Rachael learnt there was more to writing a book than just typing out random thoughts. She learnt about the craft, conflict, consistent characters, etc, and also discovered that she LOVED contemporary romance!She is the author of The Kissing Season, Tease Me, Cowboy, Man Drought, JiltedOutback Dreams, Outback Blaze, Outback Ghost, The Next Season (ebook), and The Road to Hope.

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