Monday, November 7, 2016
4 Stars - A Change of Heart by Sonali Dev
About the Book
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’s 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, Joy. 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 page-turning novel is both riveting and emotionally rewarding—an extraordinary story of human connection, bravery, and hope.
What I like about Dev is how she handles certain topics/themes in her stories. Her books have romance and conflicts but also deal with heavy and sometimes dark subjects. Divorce, mental illness, and in this book the hero and heroine are working together to find evidence to bring down an organ theft ring. Heavy stuff to weave into a romance, but it's suspenseful and you want to read to see where the story goes.
There are dark moments in this story, and as this book is tied to Dev's The Bollywood Bride I don't want to give too much away. It's about a grieving man who finds a sliver a hope in a stranger who inspires memories, and how they come together in the middle of danger to love each other for who they are. It's a heavy story, but worth it.
ARC received from publisher via NetGalley