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Change of Heart: A Novel
by Jodi Picoult

Published: 2008-03-04
Hardcover : 464 pages
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The acclaimed #1 New York Times bestselling author presents a spellbinding tale of a mother's tragic loss and one man's last chance at gaining salvation.

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 ...

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The acclaimed #1 New York Times bestselling author presents a spellbinding tale of a mother's tragic loss and one man's last chance at gaining salvation.

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.

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The moderater had excellent questions such as which character we personally could relate to,
the obvious one if it changed how we feel personally about the death penalty
by GrandmaNaNa (see profile) 03/14/12

What are the death penalty laws in your state?
by storme (see profile) 06/13/09

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Link food choices to
by GrandmaNaNa (see profile) 03/14/12
Our members served food that they said Shay ate for his final meal ( a blue raspberry Slurpie drink, some curly fries, mini corn dogs, and cotton candy were served)
Do your homework
by storme (see profile) 06/13/09
Find out what the laws in your state are regarding life in prison and the death penalty. We found this very interesting and surprising.

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  "Change of Heart - A Missed Opportunity"by rosskpr (see profile) 09/09/14

While the book had an interesting premise, I found it to be carelessly written and rather predictable. For example, one of the main characters is repeatedly described as being inarticulate, yet every... (read more)

 
  "definitely a conversation starter"by msharry (see profile) 05/16/12

I personally hated the book, but there is a lot that could be discussed in book club-organ memory, capital punishment, and religion,.I have read and enjoyed three other of her books. They ar... (read more)

 
  "Change of heart"by Debbie73521 (see profile) 03/14/12

I found this book to be a waste of my reading time. It was very hard to get into and hard to keep going with it.

 
  "not worth my time"by GrandmaNaNa (see profile) 03/14/12

At my stage of life I have read thousands of books so it was difficult to keep my attention. This writer told the story so poorly from the outset. I only made it through 198 pages in ten day... (read more)

 
  "Change of Heart"by CMay2CK (see profile) 10/19/11

A bit expected and predictible, but good nonetheless.

 
  "Not original, and almost preachy in regards to religion"by jenniferharding (see profile) 02/24/10

I was not impressed at all with this book. I listened to it as an audio-book. I should say that one of the actors really annoys me. The voice is very off-putting and the acting in general isn't very good.... (read more)

 
  "Change of Heart"by amyblaine (see profile) 02/16/10

I enjoyed the book a great deal and even though it wasn't my favorite by her, I would still recommend it.

 
  "Change of Heart"by emptynester (see profile) 01/14/10

Most of the group liked it, there was one that didn't like the characters. But overall, we loved the storyline.

 
  "Change of Heart"by Pansey (see profile) 06/14/09

Jodie writes looking at the story through each of the characters view as the story unfolds. She switches back and forth which keeps the story flowing. I enjoy her facts thrown in to make the story more... (read more)

 
  "Change of Heart"by storme (see profile) 06/13/09

We all loved this book. Being that we are from New Hampshire, interested in the facts Jodi Picoult referred to and our state laws. Some of us were familiar with the New Hampshire Death Penalty as, we... (read more)

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