A Change of Heart Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Dr. Nikhil "Nic" Joshi had it all - marriage, career, purpose - until, while working for Doctors without Borders in a Mumbai slum, his wife, Jen, discovered a black market organ-transplant ring. Before she could expose the truth, Jen was killed.
Two years after the tragedy, Nic is a cruise ship doctor who spends his days treating seasickness and sunburn and his nights in a boozy haze. On one of those blurry evenings on deck, Nic meets a woman who makes a startling claim: she received Jen's heart in a transplant and has a message for him. Nic wants to discount Jess Koirala's story as absurd, but there is something about her reckless desperation that resonates despite his doubts.
Jess has spent years working her way out of a nightmarish life in Calcutta and into a respectable Bollywood dance troupe. Now she faces losing the one thing that matters - her young son. She needs to uncover the secrets Jen risked everything for; but the unforeseen bond that results between her and Nic is both a lifeline and a perilous complication.
Delving beyond the surface of modern Indian-American life, acclaimed author Sonali Dev's pause-resisting novel is both riveting and emotionally rewarding - an extraordinary story of human connection, bravery, and hope.
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|Listening Length||12 hours and 36 minutes|
|Audible.ca Release Date||September 27 2016|
|Publisher||Blackstone Audio, Inc.|
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Jess is a woman who has survived great horrors and now must commit one in order to save her seven year old son, Joy. Nik Joshi has just about given up on life, but this mysterious woman who claims to have a connection to his wife may be the thing that brings him back from the edge. But when all the dark secrets come out, will any hearts be left unbroken?
Dev's characters are so real, so flawed. But their spirits are so determined and so inspiring. The descriptions and dialogue are practically perfection personified. I cannot say enough good things about these books and this writing. Already clamoring for the next book!
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I will say that I had a little trouble getting into this one at first. Part of that is that this particular book tends to veer a bit towards the Romantic Thriller subgenre, which isn't really a go-to of mine, but that is just a preference issue. It also isn't something that happened in her first two Bollywood books, so I was caught a little off guard. Once I got used to it, though, I was sucked right in.
Dev does such a wonderful job when she ties her characters into knots. Both Jess and Nic have great backstories, although we did get a taste of Nic's in The Bolllywood Bride. I also felt that Dev did an admirable job of giving out just enough information to keep the story going, but not so much that the reader doesn't need to wonder what is going to happen.
I loved the development of Nic and Jess's relationship. Honestly, I wasn't sure that Dev could get them "there," given from where they started at the beginning of the book.. Yet, nothing between them felt rushed or forced. Their own stories were also completely genuine and I found myself aching for both of them.
My only complaint about this book is a minor one--I felt the ending and the tying up of plots to be a bit rushed. As I said, Romantic Thrillers aren't really something I read much of and, ironically, I think that is why this wasn't a big deal for me. Readers who are much more into that subgenre might not enjoy the ending as much.
There are two other things about this book that I feel I should put out--these aren't criticisms...they re just things to be aware of. First of all, this book isn't exactly a standalone. I do think that you need to read The Bollywood Bride first, as it not only introduces Nic and Jen, but also gives us Viky and Ria's story, which does come up in this book.
Secondly, a trigger warning: there is a scene in which a rape is somewhat graphically described. I did feel that there was enough lead up to it that, if this is an issue for you, you would now it is coming and could skip it.
All in all, though, this was a wonderful love story and one I'm so glad Sonali Dev has given us. Now I just need to wait for her next book.....
However, Jess is acting under instructions from someone back in India, who wants Jen's journal, which contains information that could put the black organ profiteers in jail. Also after the journal is Rahul, the police official with whom Jen was working. How will all the machinations work out? What is really going on? Can Nic be rescued from his self-destructive behavior?
Ms. Dev skillfully weaves all these story elements together into an exciting tale. Loved this book!
Dr. Nikhil Joshi (whom we met in Bollywood Bride) has spent the past two years as medical officer on a cruise ship in the Caribbean, wallowing in grief, guilt, and Jack Daniels since the death of his wife, Jen, who was brutally murdered on the street in Mumbai. One night on the ship he sees a woman who resembles Jen. Her name is Jess, and she tells him that Jen’s heart is beating in her chest; she has the scar to prove it.
Unlike Nik, who grew up in a comfortable and loving Indian American family in Chicago, Jess has moved from Kathmandu to Calcutta to Mumbai, fleeing poverty and violence, not always successfully. Now she has a decent job as a chorus dancer in Bollywood films, a seven-year-old son who must never know how he was conceived, and a mission to find the evidence of an organ theft ring that Jen had gathered and died for, no matter what it takes.
Nik and Jess’ relationship, from the cruise ship to their search for the missing evidence among Jen’s belongings in Chicago, is painful and hard. The novel depicts violence against women as well as the organized organ theft Jen had discovered.
A Change of Heart is a far darker book than I usually enjoy, but it is deeply emotional and beautifully written, and I couldn’t put it down until all its mysteries were untangled.
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This is one of the most expensive books I have ever bought on Amazon. So when you have read this review, or the blurb of the book, and you are having doubts, buy and read one of this author's other books, and if you like those books, you will probably like this one too. Oh. Even if the comparison is wrong in a lot of ways. The only book that comes to mind to compare this book to, is Dream A Little Dream by Susan Elizabeth Phillips.
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