Book Review: The Gift of Friends by Emma Hannigan

March 10, 2019 Book review 2 ★★★★★

The Gift of Friends by Emma Hannigan earned the easiest five stars I’ve given all year. And I’m stingy with my ratings, I don’t hand out five stars left, right and centre, I only do so when a book has earned every one. And this didn’t earn those stars on a sympathy vote, as it is sadly Emma’s final book. It achieved them for being a great book that held my attention from beginning to end.

Thanks to Headline Review for giving me for giving me a copy of this book for review consideration. As always, no matter what the source of the book, you get my honest, unbiased opinion.

Book Review: The Gift of Friends by Emma HanniganThe Gift of Friends by Emma Hannigan
Published by Headline Review Genres: Contemporary Women, Family Life, Friendship
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

From the Number One bestselling author Emma Hannigan comes The Gift of Friends, a magical story of love, friendship and hope.

Kingfisher Road - a leafy, peaceful street in the town of Vayhill. But there are whispers behind closed doors. Who is moving into Number 10?

Engaged to handsome, wealthy Justin Johnston, Danielle appears to her new neighbours to have the perfect, glossy life. But not everything is as it seems...

In fact, each of the other four women who live close by has a secret, and each is nursing their own private heartache.

But could a gift be waiting on their doorsteps? And, by opening their front doors, and their hearts, to each other, could the women of Kingfishers Road discover all the help they need?

This thirteenth and final novel from the beloved and inspiring Emma Hannigan is a life-affirming, uplifting story that celebrates the strength and joys of female friendship.


First Line of The Gift of Friends by Emma Hannigan

“She was looking forward to getting home.”

My thoughts on The Gift of Friends by Emma Hannigan

I really enjoyed my time with the inspiring women of Kingfisher Road. They live in lovely houses in a luxurious neighbourhood, but behind closed doors they are all facing daunting life challenges. I appreciated that this book was about realistic women facing realistic battles, and I grew to care deeply about them all.

I love a book where the characters steal my heart, and opening this book was like a lovely catch up with good friends. These women are great allies, and I adored how raw and vulnerable they allowed themselves to be with each other. My eyes read the words, but it was my heart that felt every chapter.

Highly recommended if you like books with engaging characters and poignant storylines.

Thank you Emma for all your lovely books, and the many hours of reading pleasures that you’ve gifted me with. You’ll never be forgotten <3 

Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: five-stars

Who should read The Gift of Friends by Emma Hannigan

If you’ve loved previous books by Emma, then I highly recommend this to you. Or if you are a fan of authors like Sheila O’Flanagan, Diane Chamberlain or Patricia Scanlan, then I think you’d really enjoy this too.


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