Harvesting the Heart
by Jodi Picoult
Why would a mother leave her child? To what extent do our parents traits affect us - do we inherit them? This book addresses these two questions in typical Jodi Picoult style.
The story is told from two viewpoints, that of Paige and Nicholas. Paige's mother left when she was young, and after being brought up by her father, she decides to ran away after her high school graduation. She then meets Nicholas, they fall in love and get married. But Paige never tells Nicholas the whole truth about her past. After having their first child together, three months in Paige leaves.
I found this book a little slow in parts - it didn't grab my attention like I thought it would. Paige and Nicholas come across as pretty selfish in parts, and so I couldn't always relate to them and found them to be irritating at times.
Verdict: Not as great as Picoult's other work. Only give it a go if you're a patient reader who can get along with character you cannot always relate to - or, of course, if you like the sound of the book.