3 out of 5 stars
I started reading this book and finished it back in March but the quarantine hit and I just haven’t had the headspace to do in-depth reviews on books. It’s all I can do to even read a book right now during COVID. The next few book reviews aren’t going to be much but I’m at least documenting that I read it.
Published in 2011 this is another one of Jodi’s that hits on a hot and much debated topic; same-sex marriages and having children and how that mixes with Christianity. The story engaged me from the beginning, all the way to the words on the last page but there were many times I was getting angry at what the characters were or were not doing. The real life examples used made it even more believable. And as always, she makes you question your own thoughts and opinions.
The book ended with a big cliff hanger though that I didn’t like. Closure works for me and this book doesn’t have it on all the side story lines.
One of the more interesting things about the book was that it had an accompanying soundtrack and a YouTube book trailer. I thought both were horrible but you may think differently.
There is also a book group discussion guide to prompt some questions to think about from the publisher.
After Zoe Baxter loses her baby, the only way she can find of coping is to try again. But her husband Max disagrees – more than that, he wants a divorce. When they separate, there is no mention of the unborn children they created together, still waiting at the clinic.
The Zoe falls in love again, out of the blue, and finds herself with an unexpected second chance to have a family. But Max has found a new life too – one with no place in it for people like Zoe. And he will stand up in court to say that her new choice of partner makes her an unfit mother.
Jodi Picoult’s most powerful novel yet asks who has the right to decide what makes the ideal family?0