Change of Heart
Can we save ourselves, or do we rely on others to do it? Is what we believe always the truth?
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.
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 for him. Now, he has one last chance for salvation, and it lies with June's eleven-year-old daughter, Claire. But between Shay and Claire stretches an ocean of bitter regrets, past crimes, and the rage of a mother who has lost her child.
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?
Once again, Jodi Picoult mesmerizes and enthralls readers with this story of redemption, justice, and love.
This book is a read that may seem to go on forever, but hang in there because all of the twists and turns in this book will give a different view on life, like the simpleness of the feel to wake on grass. Even though you never get inside Shay Bourne's head, he is the character that you grow to love and feel for. Maggie, Michael, and June are also hung up in this novel that will make you laugh, cry, and maybe even anger you. Although the end is something that will warm anyone's heart.
This touching novel is about a man who feels that he must ensure someone with a happy ending that he killed. Shay also seems to have some tricks up his sleeves like malfunctions with water and other unexplainable events. This will leave you wondering one question...Is Shay really Him?
Change of Heart follows the story of June Nealson, Shay Bourne, Father Michael, Maggie and other people changed by one of the worst crimes in the history of crimes in a small town in New Hampshire.
Eleven years ago, June Nealson came home to find that Shay Bourne, her hired carpenter, had shot and killed her second husband and daughter, Elizabeth.
Now, eleven years later, June has to nurse her wounds and make a hard decision between saving her daughter Claire who needs a heart transplant by using Shay's heart, or not using his heart at all and hoping her daughter will survive. While making these decisions, Father Michael comes in to help Shay, but he has a dark history with Shay that no one except Michael knows about, by being his spiritual advisor, and Maggie comes in to be his defense attorny. The story takes you through lots of knots and mazes until it comes out to a conclusion you lest expected.
I loved this book, the only other book I read by her was "Nineteen Minutes" and that was really good also. She has built these characters so well that you can see right into them and know exactly how they feel. I would reccomend this book more for older readers, because there are lots of topics that, I think, little kids shouldn't see until they are older. All in all, I loved this book and I wish everyone can read it.
June Nealon leads a happy life. Shes married to a man who loves her and her daughter and she even has another daughter on the way. Little does she know the day she invites the handy-man going door-to-door looking for work will be the day her life changes. The handy-mans name is Shay Bourne. Days before the project is complete he is found with a gun in his hand surrounded by the bodies of Kurt and Elizabeth Nealon, Junes family. This is the most heinous crime that the state of New Hampshire has ever seen and the jurors, even the young college student originally against the death penalty, sentence Shay to death.
Now eleven years later June is still recovering from her loss, but luckily still has Claire - the baby who kept her living while all she felt like doing was dying. The thing is Claire is now dying. She needs a heart replacement, but one doesnt come across a heart for a childs body everyday. Then there is Shay who still hasnt been executed, although his execution date is drawing nearer everyday.
Shay knows hes going to die and is surprisingly okay with it. The only thing he wants when he dies is for his organs to be donated. He especially wants to donate his heart to one girl in particular, Claire Nealon. The only catch is that because lethal injection is used to kill him he wont be able to donate any of his organs. Then Father Michael enters Shays life and finds ways, including an amazing lawyer, to help Shay make his last dying wish come true.
Wow was this ever a thought provoking book! It was quite remarkable. This is the first Jodi Picoult book that Ive read, but I can definitely tell you it wont be the last. First of all, the story it self was wonderful. There were so many twists and turns that I was never able to figure out quite what was going to happen next. By the end of the book all these pieces came together, like a puzzle, that made everything you ever questioned in the book make sense. The characters were so real and I felt like I really knew them. I also felt as if I was actually sitting in the courtroom where Shays trial was taking place, or walking the corridors of the hospital with June. I love when a book makes you feel like that. Jodi Picoult style of writing was also really impressive. She told the story through different characters perspectives which I really thought was beneficial. This way the reader was able to really comprehend the situation as well as learn how it was affecting each character. This really helped to develop the character and made the book that much more enjoyable. Then comes my favorite part of the whole book, the questions it raises. Not only were the characters questioning some of the points that were made, but I was too. Issues about religion and the death penalty, which can be so controversial, were expressed through this novel in such clarity that my mind was racing during the whole book. This was a fabulous book that I highly recommend. Even if youve never picked up a Jodi Picoult book you should definitely try it.