I am delighted to be the second stop of the blog tour for Her Sister’s Gift by Isabel Jackson. I finished reading this brilliant book a few days ago, but some of the events are still occupying my thoughts.
ABOUT THE BOOK
While her mother is at home giving birth, eleven-year-old Isa must look after her younger siblings, but when her little sister is killed in an accident on a trainline she carries the guilt through the rest of her life.
As Isa grows up, more tragedy strikes: her mother dies of a broken heart after giving birth to a stillborn son, and her father finds solace in heavy drinking. Though Isa finds satisfaction in domestic service for an aristocratic family in London, when her father returns home from the First World War paralysed and suffering memory loss, she must return home to take care of her family once more.
Yet there is only so much Isa can endure over the years, and discovering her husband’s affair is the final straw. Believing she has failed as a sister, a daughter, a wife and a mother, she makes an irrevocable decision… but will she realise in time that her troubled past can also give her the strength to carry on?
MY THOUGHTS ON THE BOOK
Her Sister’s Gift is an incredible debut – a real page-turner that kept me awake reading until late at night.
Being the eldest sister comes with a lot of responsibilities, but Isa fully loved and embraced these. Until that one day her world gets turned upside down. Her younger sister dies in a horrible trainline accident and at the same time her mother gives birth to a stillborn son. Isa is troubled by guilt her whole life, but is there a way out?
I literally raced through the pages of this book and couldn’t get enough. The author’s captivating, descriptive writing style had my attention from the first page onwards. Time and time again I admired Isa for her strength – strength to be there for others, to hold the family together and to make ultimate sacrifices. I wept silent tears alongside her and wished for nothing more than a positive outcome for such a troubled character.
Isabel Jackson has done such a brilliant job with this book. Her Sister’s Gift is incredibly heartbreaking and emotional, yet offers such inspiration towards the end. A fantastic debut novel that cannot be missed. I am hugely looking forward to finding out what this author has in store for us next.