Tara and Sky have the same mother, but different fathers. However, through tragedy, they both lost their father's and grew up without one. The seven year age gap between them didn't help much either. As the oldest of three, and all sisters, there is an eight gap between me and the youngest, so I can definitely understand that. When you're growing up, eight years or seven as in this case, can seem like twenty.
Now older, Sky has recently lost her husband and is raising her daughter. Tara is married to a touring Rap star and having her own problems with her marriage. When tragedy strikes, the two sisters, who haven't been close, along with their mother must take a trip together. On this trip, they begin to find that bond between them once again and understand what each other has went through and how to move forward.
A Gift For My Sister starts out as a slow read but eventually picks up the pace as the story unfolds, catching the reader unaware and snaring them in Tara and Sky's world and problems. Told from both sister's perspectives, it gave the 'full' story to the reader, which lended credence and believability to the tale. I haven't read The Christmas Cookie Club, so I can offer no comparison from that to A Gift For My Sister, but on it's own merit, it's an eloquent and moving novel.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.