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The Perfect Gift by Emma Hannigan

The Perfect Gift

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July 2016 Book of the Month.

Lovely, warm and engaging, 'The Perfect Gift’ is just that, a delightful treat of a book. Loveable, spirited Roisin always knew she was adopted, she came back home to start up her food emporium and lick her wounds after a doomed love affair, then a 30th birthday letter from her birth mother speaks to her soul. Roisin may be the main character, however this is a proper family and friends story, with a range of catastrophes, thrills and celebrations all jumping up and down and adding to the drama of the tale. Emma Hannigan doesn't just bring the wonderful characters to life, I felt as though I could step into the story, walk down the streets of Ballyshore, buy yummy foodie items in Roisin’s shop and have a natter with Mo to pick up all the gossip. The pages just flew by, and although on occasion my heart ached, this is basically a book to make you smile. ~ Liz Robinson

If you like Emma Hannigan you might also like to read books by Cathy Kelly, Maeve Binchy and Patricia Scanlan.

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Celeste McCreesh - 'I didn't just like it, I really LOVED it. It is a very bittersweet and heart-warming read.'
  • Catherine Dugmore - 'As with all Emma Hannigan's books as soon as you turn the pages you feel like you want to meet the people and visit the places.  She has an amazing way with words to draw you straight into the book.'
  • Ruth Paterson - 'Another heart-warming page turner from Emma Hannigan.  The book is centred round five women who between them heal old wounds by creating new friendships and learning about themselves along the way.'
  • Joan Hill - 'The Perfect Gift is a beautifully written and emotional novel about family love and support of each other. Secrets set free offer peace from torment, new beginnings and hope for a brighter future.'
  • Sophia Ufton - 'Loved the story, this is the best book I have read in a long time!'
  • Janet Gilliard -  'A good book to curl up with on a cold night and transport yourself to a lighthouse and bakery in rural Ireland.'
  • Jan Kirkcaldy - 'The captivating beginning immediately caught my imagination...perfect relaxation material.  I thoroughly enjoyed it.'
  • Clare Turner - 'For lovers of Maeve Binchy et al - a warm and engrossing story of women's lives.'
  • Nikki Clark - 'Such an endearing read - perfect - I loved it!'
  • Emily Wright - 'Emma Hannigan weaves a web of secrets to create a delightful novel that is rich in optimism, along with a sprinkling of her trademark poignancy which left me with a tear in my eye.'
  • Julie Wragg - 'A heart- warming summer read for fans of family sagas.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'This book was sheer joy the entire way through.
    If you love Maeve Binchy and Marian Keyes books then I think you will really love this touching and funny story.'
  • Carolyn Huckfield - 'This is the best novel yet from Emma Hannigan...It makes me think of my friendships and how important it is to nurture them.'
  • Rebecca Whymark - 'As always an excellent family saga! I love the depth of the characters, you feel like they are family from the first chapter. An easy read that I couldn’t put down, twists and turns every step of the way.'

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The Perfect Gift by Emma Hannigan

This beautiful, moving novel of mothers and daughters and the secrets they share will fill hearts with love and light this summer. If you love Patricia Scanlan and Cathy Kelly's warm novels, you will adore Emma Hannigan's The Perfect Gift. 'A wonderful storyteller' Cathy Kelly 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...


'A glorious read ... A wonderfully uplifting novel about women's friendship by a writer who understands exactly how women think' -- Cathy Kelly

'Hannigan's novel, much like the vivacious author herself, is brimming with hope, joy and inspiration' Sunday Independent

'A moving tale celebrating the bonds between women, Emma Hannigan beautifully captures the difficult and wondrous thing that is loving and learning to let go ... just a little. An excellent read' Irish Tatler

'Emotional and heartbreaking ... A fast-paced story with endearingly warm characters - you'll savour this touching tale' -- Candis Magazine, Book of the Month

'This fast-paced and endearing novel is about friendship between women, accepting yourself and trusting your own judgement' Belfast Telegraph

'Restores our faith in human nature and makes us feel warm inside' Writing Magazine

About the Author

Emma Hannigan

Emma Hannigan is the author of ten bestselling novels including The Secrets We Share, Driving Home for Christmas and the bestselling memoir Talk to the Headscarf which charted her journey through cancer. Emma lives in Co. Wicklow , Ireland, with her husband, two children and a dog.

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14th July 2016


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496 pages


Family Drama
Books of the Month
Relationship Stories

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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