REVIEW: The Greatest Gift by Rachael Johns


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 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 Lombard 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.



Well then, why don’t we just throw my heart on the floor and stomp on it? Jeez! That is what reading this book felt like. The Greatest Gift was bittersweet. Highlighting a heartbreaking problem for some women who cannot get pregnant, the women out there who donate their eggs and personal tragedies.
I personally liked the novel as it was set in Sydney/ Hunter Valley – which I know well, so I felt like I could really picture the landscape. My only wish was that we had gotten to read more of Claire and Jasper’s courtship – only the start and then 5 years later – I felt robbed!

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