Sing You Home

Author: Jodi Picoult
Publisher: Atria Books
Genre: Fiction
Source: Purchased

 

Goodreads:  One miscarriage too many spelled the end of Max and Zoe Baxter’s marriage. Though the former couple went quite separate ways, their fates remained entangled: After veering into alcoholism, Max is saved in multiple senses by his fundamentalist conversion; Zoe, for her part, finds healing relief in music therapy and the friendship, then romantic love with Vanessa, her counselor. After Zoe and Vanessa, now married, decide to have a baby, they realize that they must join battle with Max, who objects on both religious and financial grounds. Like her House Rules and several other previous Jodi Picoult novels, Sing You Home grapples with hot button issues. The novel also includes a CD of songs, each matched with a chapter in the book. Perfect for book clubs.

Ope’s Opinion: Very predictable.  A court case ensues as usual with Jodi Picoult. 

I wish Picoult had be more objective in her writing the Christian characters.  It may have made me more sympathetic with the story.  I do like my thoughts and views being challenged by seeing things from another perspective, but lets represent all views accurately.

I did enjoy the struggle of who has custody of an embryo – having nothing to do with sexual orientation.  Would Max have fought just as hard if Zoe’s partner were male?  What makes a family has been changed over the years, I think it will continue to change.

Overall the book was a bit long and the ending tied up into a bow.  Not sure it was what really happens in todays world.

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This Just In….

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I was on travel last week and indulged myself by buying Jodi Picoult’s book
Small Great Things

Published: October 11, 2016
Publisher:  Ballantine Books

Goodreads:  Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years’ experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she’s been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?

Ruth hesitates before performing CPR and, as a result, is charged with a serious crime. Kennedy McQuarrie, a white public defender, takes her case but gives unexpected advice: Kennedy insists that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy. Conflicted by Kennedy’s counsel, Ruth tries to keep life as normal as possible for her family—especially her teenage son—as the case becomes a media sensation. As the trial moves forward, Ruth and Kennedy must gain each other’s trust, and come to see that what they’ve been taught their whole lives about others—and themselves—might be wrong.

With incredible empathy, intelligence, and candor, Jodi Picoult tackles race, privilege, prejudice, justice, and compassion—and doesn’t offer easy answers. Small Great Things is a remarkable achievement from a writer at the top of her game.

This looks like another Jodi Picoult that will open my eyes to new points of view.

Claire of Little Bird Publicity kindly sent me Robyn Carr’s book.

Any Day Now

Publication Date:  April 18, 2017
Publisher: Mira Books

Goodreads:  Any Day Now is the highly anticipated sequel to #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr’s What We Find. Readers fell in love with Sullivan’s Crossing and the characters who settled there and will be delighted to spend time with their favorite people again. The rustic campground at the crossroads of the Colorado and Continental Divide Trails welcomes everyone—whether you’re looking for a weekend getaway or a new lease on life.

I always look forward to reading Robyn Carr.

My daughter Kristin of Kritters Ramblings always knows which books I am going to enjoy, so she passed this one to me.

Miracle on 5th Avenue

Published:  July 28, 2016
Publisher: MIRA

Goodreads:  Exciting free extract from Sarah Morgan’s Christmas novel Miracle on 5th Avenue.

Sometimes love needs a Christmas Miracle…

Hopeless romantic Eva Jordan loves everything about Christmas. She might be spending the holidays alone this year, but when she’s given an opportunity to housesit a spectacular penthouse on Fifth Avenue, she leaps at the chance. What better place to celebrate than in snow-kissed Manhattan?

What she didn’t expect was to find the penthouse still occupied by its gorgeous–and mysterious–owner.
Bestselling crime writer Lucas Blade is having the nightmare before Christmas. With a deadline and the anniversary of his wife’s death looming, he’s isolated himself in his penthouse with only his grief for company.

But when the blizzard of the century leaves Eva snowbound in his apartment, Lucas starts to open up to the magic she brings…
This Christmas, is Lucas finally ready to trust that happily-ever-afters do exist?

These all look – so many good books and not enough time to read!!  Especially at the holidays.  I hope I will fit these in between all the other activities. 

Random House and Jodi Picoult

Random House put on an awesome event with Jodi Picoult.

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Jodi Picoult talked with Jane from Good Housekeeping.
It was very entertaining and kept the audience laughing.

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There were stations – food, chocolate, and wine –
what more could you want – books?? Yes, those too!!

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And we had a chance to get our books signed by Jodi Picoult.

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Awesome event with my daughter Kristin of Kritters Ramblings!