Donetta is a freelance writer. She's had her poems published in Ink & Voices, The Mystic Blue Review, The Reverie, and Spillwords.
Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult
June Nealon is filled with happiness as she looks forward to a future with her husband, her daughter, and her unborn child. Suddenly, she loses that future to one that is bleak, full of bitterness, despair and anger.
Life had not been kind to Shay Bourne. Raised in different Foster Homes, uneducated and alone. The way he saw things was that life offered him nothing and in turn, he had nothing to offer it.
Shay's fate becomes entangled with June's when she hires him to do some work at her home. Then June returns home to find her husband and daughter murdered with the only suspect being Shay Bourne.
This story highlights how one of the jury members that convicted Shay and recommended the death penalty becomes a priest trying to hide from his guilt. Then unexpectedly fate puts him in Shay's path a second time. Can he find redemption in helping the man he helped send to death row?
Shay believes he is destined to help June and her 11 year old daughter, Claire. Standing in the way of that is a mother's anger, bitterness, and unforgiving heart. Shay has to convince her he can make up for the past with his death.
What Would You Do
Picoult ask this difficult question for readers to dig deep inside and think of the choice they'd make:
"Would you give up your vengeance against someone you hate if it meant saving someone you love? Would you want your dreams to come true if it meant granting your enemy's dying wish?"
- Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult
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