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
Although I didn't like this book as well as some of the other Jodi Picoult's I've listened to, in all fairness I expect a lot from this author. You really can't go wrong by choosing a book by Picoult. Even her "average" books are very good.
I am a Picoult fan. My last review was title, "Picoult Perfection" for her "Change of Heart". This one is disappointing.
The story was typical Picoult, well written and provocative. But wow, the ending was a complete anti-climax and didn't seem to fit the rest of the story. It seems as if she were thinking that she didn't know how to end it so she just tacked this on to get it to the publisher on time.
THIS BOOK SUCKED. WE GO FROM NICE LITTLE FAMILY TO EVERYBODY AND THING IN THIS FAMILY'S PATH IS TRASHED AND STAYS TRASHED. DON'T READ IT.
This book was excellent. As with all of her books one found himself wondering "What would I do?" This book reaches many different levels of moral comprehension. Depending on your religious orientation, you may agree or disagree with the writer.
I truly enjoyed this book. It is a must on my list of worthwhile reads.
Picoult is an uneven writer, but when she's good, she's one of the best. This is a terrific novel, a well told story with deep, well-developed characters. I loved "My Sister's Keeper" and "Change of Heart" and while I'll admit she's mining familiar territory, Picoult has some great twists here. I'm glad I bought this as an audio book. The narrators are excellent performers. I have enjoyed many audible books, but this one truly impressed me.
Jodi Picoult is one of my favourite authors. However, this being said, Handle With Care harkens back too closely to My Sister`s Keeper. Moreover, I find the idea of insurance fraud for `the sake of the children` appalling. While I normally enjoy the moral dilemma Picoult includes in many of her works, I did not find the mother character sympathetic. To my thinking, the author goes to great lengths to prove the adage; money can’t buy happiness.
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