Harvesting the Heart Review

Harvesting the Heart

By Jodi Picoult

3.5 stars. It was better than some Picoult books I have read and worse than others. It’s a different kind of story, as it’s not about a current social issue. It doesn’t have twists or shocks. 

Paige’s mother abandoned her when she is 5. She is terrified she won’t be a good mother without an example set before her. Nicholas, Paige’s husband, is way past taking her for granted. Paige feels stressed and trapped by motherhood and ends up running away. She thinks if she can find her own mother, she will be able to figure out motherhood. 

Paige was not a relatable character to me, as she left her little 3 month old. Although I could relate to the feelings of stress or being trapped, I couldn’t relate to taking off. Nicholas was a jerk for much of the book, until her had to do things on his own. His mother was the most likeable character. I didn’t even see much character growth in this novel. The pace of it was okay, a bit slow at times. 

This wasn’t a bad book, but it wasn’t a great one.

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Everything You Ever Wanted Review

Everything You Ever Wanted

By Jillian Lauren

I didn’t know anything about Jillian Lauren before, I just love adoption memoirs. This novel should probably be required reading before adoption so you are prepared to handle the challenges. Jillian struggles with infertility and then she and her husband decide to adopt from Ethiopia. This is the story of adopting Tariku. 

She gets to meet his birth mother while overseas before she takes him home. This holds special meaning for her, as she herself was adopted. When she brings T home, she faces unexpected challenges. He pushes her away. He is aggressive toward her and toward other child, biting and hitting them. He gets kicked out of preschool. Jillian searches for answers, but they don’t come easily. Eventually, she learns about trauma and sensory processing disorder. Although T will always have his challenges, Jillian and her husband become powerful advocates for their child. 

This was an inspirational novel about the power of unconditional love and persistence.

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Not Perfect: A Novel Review

Not Perfect: A Novel

By Elizabeth LaBan

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. The premise was fascinating to me. A woman’s husband basically disappears on her. It isn’t until close to the end of the book that we found out under what circumstances he leaves. Meanwhile, she tries to survive by stealing or being “resourceful.” The main character, Tabitha, is relatable and this book has some amazing secondary characters. I loved, loved Nora who Tabitha meets in the most unexpected way. I loved Toby, who Tabitha meets while going to an alumni party for the free food. Her kids were sweet for all they had to deal with. Even an annoying character like Julie turned out to have redeeming qualities. 

This novel really kept my attention as I couldn’t wait to figure out where Stuart was and if he ever came back. It was fast-paced. I can relate to Tabitha’s feelings of guilt over certain situations and not being able to move past it. There are some good lessons to be learned from this novel. A very entertaining read.

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Dad in a Day Review

Dad in a Day: When My Mom’s Kids Became My Own

By Mason Gizard

This book was short, but good. I have heard Mason speak and I think it’s beautiful that he had a good experience in foster care. His life had a lot of challenges in it, but he is an overcomer. When his mother died, he took in his siblings and his niece. He pushed them to graduate and make something of themselves, even when his sister said she wanted to live off of welfare. He did apartment maintenance, even though he had no experience with it. He talks a lot about how the community at his church helped him raise his siblings and niece. He is inspirational as are the people he talks about. He makes me want to foster, knowing I can have a lifelong impact on a child. He makes me want to help others in difficult situations, like his church members did.

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Izzy As Is Review

Izzy As Is

By Tracie Bannister

I was given this book and am voluntarily reviewing it. It was so much fun to read more about party-girl Izzy! Izzy has been living the high life as a model. She is horrified to learn that now that she’s hit 30, the jobs are drying up. When she sees a former model frenemy with a rich old man, she gets an idea. Her next “career” will be trophy wife to someone wealthy and she can continue the lifestyle she is accustomed to. She eventually finds the rich and handsome Eduardo, but as their relationship continues, Izzy realizes some flaws in her plan. 

Izzy is such a fun main character. Although I couldn’t always relate to her, it was fun to read about someone so different than myself. I really liked Izzy’s character growth and getting to read more about Pilar and Ford. This book kept me engaged the whole time and was fast-paced. I really enjoyed it! It was just fun!

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