Review: Tesco Books; Harvesting the Heart by Jodi Picoult

If you like reading and you love books there is a new blog on the block for you: Tesco Books I’ve had a good look around because I was asked if I fancied taking part in their latest experiment to find out how people discover great books to read. Their idea is to group books into different mood categories. I think this is a great idea as it makes much more sense than doing it by size or authors surname.

I chose a mood which appeals to me at the moment: Books to Make You Think and Talk and this was the selection:
Jodi Picould – Harvesting the Heart
Andrea Levi – The Long Song
Maggie O’Farrell – The Hand the First Held Mine
Tea Obreht – The Tiger’s Wife
Asne Seierstad – The Bookseller of Kabul
Erin Kelly – The Poison Tree
Michael Robotham – The Suspect
Having quite enjoyed Jodi Picould’s last offering I thought I would give this one a chance. To be honest, I didn’t really realise the topic which is essentially the experience of a mother walking out a leaving her baby. From the minute I read the first sentence I knew I would be hooked, it’s a thought which crosses my mind sometimes and something which although I would never ever dream of doing I can empathise with. 
I found this book totally engaging, the way it was written from two perspectives and how she manages to set the emotional scene with small details of landscape and location was totally enchanting. The whole idea made me think long and hard about the various situations that mothers find themselves in, and how often thoughts and feelings are tied up with past experiences.
Yes, it made me think. Yes, it made me talk. I needed to talk about the book after reading it, I needed the release of discussing what I had just read. Particularly as a mother, it does make you wonder what you would do if you found yourself in that situation. If you are a mother then this is a book which needs to be on your bookshelves, you might want to steel yourself a little though before you read. The title obviously has a double meaning and its a very emotional and dramatic read as you realise how vulnerable the mother and artist (Paige) is and perhaps how vulnerable we all are from the minute we discover we are pregnant.

I go through phases with my reading, dependent on time but also influenced by the quality of the book that I last read. I enjoyed this one, I can’t wait to see what I am asked to read next! If you like the sound of this one, you can pick up a copy here.

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