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rdoak03’s #CBR4 review 39: Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult

Lone WolfLone Wolf by Jodi Picoult

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Most people either really love Jodi Picoult or really don’t. I am generally a neutral party- some of her books I love, some are just so-so for me. This book definitely fell into the “love” category.

The whole story just feels so raw. Painful family relationships are juxtaposed with close encounters with wolves, both in captivity and in the wild. I know this sounds like a strange combination, but it works.

Luke is a father of two and a wolf activist. He not only leaves his family for almost two years to live in the wild, he also maintains a pack in captivity. He has dedicated his life to preservation and education.

Luke’s daughter, Cara, moves in with him after her parents divorce. Edward, Cara’s older brother, packed up and left the country when he was just 18. The estranged siblings are thrown together when tragedy strikes and Luke is in a coma.

I won’t give away the rest of the book, because the major drama and emotion in the book comes from the siblings’ differing views on end-of-life decisions.

This was touching and heart-wrenching, at times even painful. But beautifully done!

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brittanykate’s #CBR4 Review #1: Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult

Starting off the year with Jodi Picoult’s new novel. Being a Picoult fan (although one who sometimes becomes tired of her formulaic format), I knew exactly what to expect from this book, but I came away surprised and delighted with how easily and realistically Picoult portrayed the relationships within.

Zoe Baxter wants nothing more in this world than to become a mother. She struggles, however, with infertility and so she, along with her husband Max, turns to IVF to conceive the baby they so want. It seems like they will have a happy ending when, sadly, disaster strikes. In the midst of grief, Max walks out and files for divorce, leaving Zoe depressed and alone. Turning to her work as a music therapist to cope, Zoe meets and gradually falls in love with Vanessa, a guidance counsellor at a school where Zoe has worked in the past. When, after awhile, Vanessa suggests they use the three frozen embryos from Zoe and Max’s last IVF attempt to conceive, Zoe begins to think it really could happen for them. The struggle that ensues between Zoe and Max, who has prescribed to an evangelical Christian religion since their divorce, for the rights to their ‘pre-born children’ is one which will inspire anyone who wants children, but especially those who struggle with infertility issues, such as myself.

I really enjoyed this book overall. The way in which Picoult explores issues of same sex unions, what makes a good parent, the nature vs. nurture debate, internal conflict and the imposed morality of the Christian right, while ensuring all perspectives are fairly represented means Sing You Home is a complex and engaging read which I would recommend to anyone who has previously enjoyed Picoult’s work.

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