Description: Paige has only a few vivid memories of her mother, who abandoned her at five years old. Now, having left her father behind in Chicago for dreams of art school and marriage to an ambitious young doctor, she finds herself with a child of her own. But her mother’s absence and shameful memories of her past force her to doubt whether she could ever be capable of bringing joy and meaning into the life of her child, gifts her own mother never gave.
I’m a big Jodi Picoult fan, as you may already know, so this has been on my TBR list for quite a while. This novel is written from the perspectives of Paige and her husband Nicholas. We hear quite a lot about Paige’s childhood, especially the few years before she decides to leave, and the event that triggered her running away. She meets Nicholas not long after she arrives in a Massachusetts and they couldn’t be more different. Nicholas runs in circles which Paige can’t quite fit in to, he’s a doctor and Paige worked in a diner and draws portraits. She can’t get used to his lifestyle or the people that he has to mingle with. She has ambitions of going to Art School but falls pregnant before she gets the chance.
I didn’t really enjoy this book, if I’m to be totally honest (which is what a review is for right?!). I had to make myself read it right up until the last few chapters when things got a little more interesting. With most of Jodi Picoult’s books there are normally ‘sides’ to pick from, and this one is no different – do we understand Paige or Nicholas more? Unfortunately I didn’t like either character, so I found it very hard to want good things to happen to either of them. Actually it was Paige’s father and Nicholas’s mother that I ended up liking the most, so I wished that we heard more from them. It lacked Jodi’s usual plot twists, moral dilemmas and relatable characters which normally keep me hooked.
I can’t just list the things that I didn’t enjoy though when there are some good things too! I like that she picked a difficult topic to discuss again, this time we read about post-natal depression and struggling with motherhood. Nicholas is a heart surgeon so I really liked hearing about his work and how it affected him when he either saved or lost a patient. I did also like that it didn’t follow the same pattern as her others that usually involve a court battle at some point – Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy them, but it’s nice not to have a lawyer involved too much.
Overall I would say that if you happen to come by this book then pick it up and give it a try as I know some people have loved it, but it wasn’t right for me.