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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.....
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.
This was not an easy book to read, but like many books that are uncomfortable to read it needs to be read. A Change of Heart does not look away from the hard realities of the effects wealth, privilege, and race in women's lives.
Welcome to a new book hangover.
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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