Sunday, March 16, 2014

Change of Heart

Change of Heart
by Jodi Picoult

Genre: Fiction

Synopsis:  Would you give up your vengeance against someone you hate if it meant saving someone you love?  Would you want your dreams to come true if it meant granting your enemy's dying wish?

One moment June Nealon was happily looking forward to years full of laughter and adventure with her family, and the next, she was staring into a future that was as empty as her heart.  Now her life is a waiting game.  Waiting for time to heal her wounds, waiting for justice.  In short, waiting for a miracle to happen, waiting for a miracle to happen.

For Shay Bourne, life holds no more surprises.  The world has given him nothing, and he has nothing to offer the world.  In a heartbeat, though, something happens that changes everything.  Now, he has one last chance for salvation, and it lies with June's eleven-year-old daughter, Clare.  But between Shay and Clare stretches an ocean of bitter regrets, past crimes, and the rage of a mother who has lost her child.

Father Michael's decisions as a young man led him to devote the rest of his life to God.  But when he comes face-to-face with Shay, he is forced to question everything he's been taught to believe about religion, about good and evil, about forgiveness.  About himself.

Can we save ourselves, or do we rely on others to do it?  Is what he believe always the truth?
From the book jacket

Review:  This book posed an interesting question of whether an inmate should be allowed to die how they want to die because of religion.  After reading Picoult's book Keeping Faith, which was all about religion, this book didn't seem as novel (no pun intended).  One of the main characters in Keeping Faith returns in this book to talk about religion.  Generally I like when I meet characters again but all of Picoult's books I had previously read have never had repeating characters and for some reason I didn't like it in this one.  I read the whole book and I was intrigued by what was going to happen and what was going to be the twist at the end but it wasn't one of my favorites.  The ending left me a little confused.  I think it was supposed to have been somewhat of a twist but I really don't know what it meant.

Rating: 3 stars

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