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Pandora’s Box: An emotional and heart-warming novel (English Edition) eBook Kindle
Perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes, Diane Chamberlain and Jodi Picoult.
Rachel Wetherby has just been told the news no mother should ever have to hear. Her daughter, Shelley, has a terminal illness.
Convincing her mum that she’d like to spend her last birthday in Cornwall, a place of so many happy memories, Shelley decides to make every moment count. Because unknown to Rachel, Shelley is juggling a secret romance with planning her own death.
But when she opens a box left by her grandmother, Shelley discovers a past she never knew existed. It’s a past that will make her laugh and cry in equal measure. And it will help Shelley and her mother find the joy in every moment that she has left . . .
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After gaining a BSc at King's College London and MSc at City University, Giselle worked for British Telecom and Unilever, London. Giselle is now a full-time mum to six boys, including twins, and a part-time astrologer. In 1999 she qualified as an Astrologer with the Faculty of Astrological Studies and now specialises in medieval astrology. Pandora's Box is her debut novel--Este texto se refere à uma edição alternativa kindle_edition
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- ASIN : B002UZ5J5O
- Editora : Avon (29 maio 2009)
- Idioma : Inglês
- Tamanho do arquivo : 984 KB
- Leitura de texto : Habilitado
- Leitor de tela : Compatível
- Configuração de fonte : Habilitado
- X-Ray : Habilitado
- Dicas de vocabulário : Habilitado
- Número de páginas : 451 páginas
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One of the main characters in the book is Shelley, a fifteen year old girl, who has been suffering from a terminal illness for a number of years. Over the past couple of years her symptoms have become progressively worst and she has recently experienced her best friend's painful and distressing death from the same disease.
Shelley is a typical teenager; she wants to do what teenagers all over the world do, but she is severely restricted by her own physical limits. She feels that she has very little time left to her and she decides that she wants to take charge of her life and probably the most important decision she will ever make, that of when and how she will die.
The other main character is Rachel, Shelley's mum. Rachel obviously loves Shelley more than life itself and will do anything in her power to protect her daughter. Reading about her emotional struggle to accept Shelley's decision was heart rendering. As a mother, you can't help but put yourself in Rachel's place and question what you would do in a similar situation - thank goodness most of us don't find ourselves in that position.
As part of the story we are introduced to Pandora's Box - a box of items and memorabilia from Rachel and her sister's childhood, sent to her by her mother (rather conveniently named Pandora). Shelley decides to read a diary that she finds in the box and through this we discover many things about Rachel's past that force Rachel to face up to some of the secrets she has kept hidden, even from herself.
Right up until the end of the book I honestly had no idea what decision Shelley would actually make and whether she would go through with her plan.
This is a powerful and emotive book that addresses some very difficult ethical issues such as suicide, euthanasia and terminal illness.
I am really glad that I read this book and didn't get put off by the couple of negative reviews.
This was a choice for our book club, and only 3 out of 9 actually finished it. I did finish it but that only compounded my opinion.