Book Review: Harvesting the Heart by Jodi Picoult…

This is my 4th review of a Jodi Picoult book so you can say i like her books… a lot. i have read way more than four of her books and have liked each one. But i have only started writing reviews a few years ago.

This one took me a long time to finish because i got really emotional about the story and the characters; so much so that i had to stop a few times, take a break from it, then carry on again.

Picoult’s books are always emotionally draining to read (not a bad thing) because readers will come to care for her characters very much.

51a3hqmpafl-_sx315_bo1204203200_The gist of this story involves Paige, whose mother left her when she was five, and she always felt like she is missing something because of that. Her father tried his best but being a man from a generation which did not express themselves very much, it was hard on Paige. She leaves her hometown, hoping to get into art school in Chicago but ends up falling in love and marrying an ambitious young doctor, who seemed the perfect man. But when they have a baby, her past secrets and doubts about her self-worth and ability as a mother cause her to run as she tries to find answers in her past in order to come back a better mother/person.

This story hits close to home for me because which woman has not doubted herself when she first became a mother. i doubt myself, even now, sometimes. While Paige struggled with her doubts, i remembered how i felt when struggling with similar issues. i also got really angry at her doctor husband who seemed so absorbed in his career and his own family issues. i wished i could have gone into the book and shaken him awake, and i wished i could have said to Paige, “You are doing just fine.”.

If you are a first-time mother reading this, please know that you don’t struggle alone and that you are doing just fine.

By the time i was half-way through the book, i was begging for a quick resolution. But Picoult was not done. There was more to explore and it is worth the effort to stay with the story and worth the wait as the resolution is good.

Picoult has done well exploring the theme of motherhood, not just from Paige’s point of view but also from the viewpoint of her run-away mother and her rather famous and strong-willed mother-in-law.

i am not going to say much more about the story because i want you to enjoy it for yourself. So go read it and let me know what you think.

Here are some other reviews of Picoult’s books: 2013, 2015, 2016.

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Book Review: Perfect Match by Jodi Picoult…

This is not my first Jodi Picoult book… it is my 10th read by Picoult. However, i have only written 2 reviews on her books so far, mainly because i read the others before i started blogging or reviewing regularly.

So here’s my 3rd review of a Picoult book and i love it!

Now it was a difficult read because of the subject matter it deals with, however, she does a great job of telling the story of how a mother deals with her 5-year-old boy being sexually abused. And what makes it even more interesting is that this mother is a district attorney, who handles such cases in her job. So she knows the system, she knows how it works, she knows what young children have to go through if they were to get a conviction and she doesn’t want that for her boy.

The prologue gives an idea of what this mother might do in the name of getting justice for her boy so it was no surprise to me when she does it. But what follows certainly kept me reading and reading.

i don’t want to give anything away so i’ll just say that there are a few twists in there which are quite unexpected and the final spanner in the works really made me sit up.

This book not only explores what a mother would do, it also touches on a mix-up of traditional father-mother roles as well as how deep down we are all the same, we all want justice when injustice happens but how we get it is where the line is drawn; we never know what we would do until we are actually faced with the circumstances.

i also like the way the little boy has been given a voice in the story.  It is so important to hear from the victim and see his point of view of, not just of the “bad thing which happened to me”, but also of his view of the process which follows after.

i would definitely recommend this for when you are ready for a serious read with great storytelling.

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Book Review: The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult…

i finished reading this book some months ago but have been thinking about whether i do indeed truly like the story or not. And what i should include in the review. thetenthcircle_20150510

Let me tell you a bit about the characters involved first. There is Daniel, the seemingly flawless work-from-home-husband, supportive of his wife, Laura´s interesting career, as a psychology professor, and a wonderful father to their teenage daughter, Trixie, who seems to have the perfect boyfriend, Jason, and a great social life at school.

Daniel is a comic artist and through out the book we get to see the story he is working on for the well-known comic publisher (you will have to read to find out which one), inserted between chapters. He is the world´s most patient man and never seems to lose his temper. However, his past hides a deep sad secret, one not even his wife knows about. Laura loves her job and family but is hiding her own secret, one which threatens to destroy her family and her current life.

All these comes to a head when Trixie comes home from her best friend´s house in tears and Daniel finds her in the bathroom, where she confesses to being raped by her “perfect” boyfriend. He said she came onto him, she said she said no.

As the investigations progress, Laura´s affair comes to light. She says she ended it. Daniel is torn. But they have to keep it together to help Trixie through this terrible experience.

Trixie suffers at school, many not believing her, accusing her of wanting to destroy her boyfriend´s football career, because he broke up with her. Even her best friend takes the other side. She hides at home.

Then they receive the news that Jason took his own life. But the nightmare does not end. Evidence soon shows that Trixie might the one who pushed Jason off the bridge. She runs and Daniel does what any good father would do, he covers for her and then goes after her. Through this journey to find their daughter, Laura learns about a past she never knew about her husband.

At the beginning of this review, i said i was deciding whether or not i really liked this story. It is a good story but i am not sure because there is so much packed into it and i feel a bit let down that not all the themes are thoroughly explored. But of course, i understand there is only so much a writer can say in one book.

i did finish the book, still wanting to know what happened to this family and how they are coping with the consequences of their actions. But even with some unanswered questions,  i did enjoy the book and yes i would recommend that you give it a read. It is a typical Jodi Picoult book with the many heart-wrenching decisions her characters have to make to finish their journey.  It made me think, would i have done the same thing if i were in their position? Would i be able to bear the consequences and still live on? If you have read this book, let me know what you thought about it. Or about any other Jodi Picoult book.  You can read my review of another Picoult book here.

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