Day breaks, waves break, voices break. Promises break. Hearts break.
Every expectant parent will tell you that they don't want a perfect baby, just a healthy one. Charlotte and Sean O'Keefe would have asked for a healthy baby, too, if they'd been given the choice. Instead, their lives are made up of sleepless nights, mounting bills, the pitying stares of "luckier" parents, and maybe worst of all, the what-ifs. What if their child had been born healthy? But it's all worth it because Willow is, well, funny as it seems, perfect. She's smart as a whip, on her way to being as pretty as her mother, kind, brave, and for a five-year-old an unexpectedly deep source of wisdom. Willow is Willow, in sickness and in health.
Everything changes, though, after a series of events forces Charlotte and her husband to confront the most serious what-ifs of all. What if Charlotte should have known earlier of Willow's illness? What if things could have been different? What if their beloved Willow had never been born? To do Willow justice, Charlotte must ask herself these questions and one more. What constitutes a valuable life?
Emotionally riveting and profoundly moving, Handle with Care brings us into the heart of a family bound by an incredible burden, a desperate will to keep their ties from breaking, and, ultimately, a powerful capacity for love. Written with the grace and wisdom she's become famous for, beloved number-one New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult offers us an unforgettable novel about the fragility of life and the lengths we will go to protect it.
©2009 Jodi Picoult; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
This was the first Jodi Picoult book I had listened to. It was recommended to me and I didn't read the reviews first. I really enjoyed it. I will be listening to more of her books. I thought the actors did a good job with narration.
I found this book entertaining. Despite all of the negative reviews, I enjoyed listening to Hnad With Care. I am truly a Jodi Picoult fan. I have read/listened to most of her books and have not found one I couldn't listen to the whole way through. Give this one a try.
The characters are great and the actors/readers are particularly good. There is a very loud, annoying static noise at the end of each chapter/section for all three of the book downloads. Might be a glitch in the new enhanced format option that audible now offers.
Excellent character development, plot, conflicts, and outcomes!
This is my first Picoult book and I loved it. Found it extremely interesting. It asks allot ot questions, challenges your morality, sense of right/wrong, and you get to feel and hear each of her character's point of view. I was disappointed with the ending, but I understand why this ended in this manner. Through this entire book, the characters ended up coming back to their humanity. For one of the main characters, she wasn't able to recover - but healed in a different direction. I will definitely pick a few more of her books! This one was a great read.
I did learn something and for that I'm grateful - BUT I just really didn't care for this JP book. There was too much of it that just didn't work for me - and yes, the ending was almost ridiculous. I'm not at all sure what she was trying to get across.... but it left me with a very bad feeling for this book.
I give this book and a rating. There are so many twists and turns that you never knew where it was going to end. Had I not read it before, there were many points in the book when I thought it would be over. A couple times during it I thought that the mother would drop the suit. I felt very sad that she thought she had to go that route in the first place. When I was one and a half years old, my mother can take care of me in the state took me away. I felt like I was never wanted and I was wondering why. So although I found the section with Maren kind of familiar, I still didn't think the mother had any right to sue for wrongful birth it's just sad and tragic! I think now there are so many more options available to parents who can't take care of kids who come the way with her was. I don't think wrongful birth well I just think it's sad. The reason is because I've questioned the same thing as to whether my mom wished I had never been born. Now reading this book I realize no she doesn't wish that. She was just doing what she needed to do. She was very young enough
I enjoyed the story but 2 things bothered me:
1. The reader mispronounced several of the medical terms.
2. Reading the full recipe was odd and did not add to the story. If I had been actually reading the book vs listening to it I could have skipped those parts more easily.
I found the book well written and the narration was excellent. However, the main character was hard for me to connect with and I found the ending of the book to be totally unnecessary. There was SO many recipes that were read that I found myself totally zoning out or simply fast forwarding. That said, overall I did enjoy the book. I would have given it 4 stars if it wasn't for that ending.
The author is known for tackling difficult human experiences. I've always enjoyed and learned from her impeccable research. However this story about a baby born with a fragile bone condition was not terribly appealing from the start. I did finish the book, but won't go back to another of her books for a while. The inclusion of recipes (the main character had been a chef) felt gimmicky and was just annoying. The surprise ending was also somewhat exasperating.
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