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Change of Heart

Wow… I just finished another great book by  Jodi Picoult.  This is like the eighth or ninth book of hers that I’ve read and it was one of my favorites, an excellent thought-provoking read.  In Change of Heart, we meet Shay Bourne – a man on death row for murdering June Nealon’s husband, a police officer, and her seven year old, Elizabeth.  Eleven years after the murders, Shay finds out that June’s daughter Claire is in need of a heart transplant to survive.  He decides that he wants to donate his heart to her as a last chance for salvation.  And unexpectedly, Shay has some allies on his side – his attorney Maggie and a Catholic priest, Father Michael (who just happens to be one of the jurors that sentenced Shay to death).  Soon some unexplainable things happen causing everyone to question their beliefs and wonder if Shay is more than what he seems – are they miracles or hoaxes?  June struggles with wanting to save her daughter’s life and not wanting to give Shay the satisfaction of accepting his offer.  How could she give her daughter the heart of her own father’s murderer?   How could she not?

Would you want your dreams to come true if it meant granting you enemy’s dying wish?


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