Sonali Dev

A Change of Heart

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<b><i>Kirkus Reviews</i> Best Fiction of the Year ● NPR Great Reads ● RUSA Reading List Longlist Selection ● <i>RT Book Reviews</i> Reviewers Choice Award Winner <p></p>&quot;A rising talent.&quot; <i>--Booklist</i></b> <p></p>Dr. Nikhil 'Nic' Joshi had it all--marriage, career, purpose. Until, while working for Doctors Without Borders in a Mumbai slum, his wife, Jen, discovered a black market organ transplant ring. Before she could expose the truth, Jen was killed. <p></p>Two years after the tragedy, Nic is a cruise ship doctor who spends his days treating seasickness and sunburn and his nights in a boozy haze. On one of those blurry evenings on deck, Nic meets a woman who makes a startling claim: she received Jen's heart in a transplant and has a message for him. Nic wants to discount Jess Koirala's <b> </b>story as absurd, but there's something about her reckless desperation that resonates despite his doubts. <p></p>Jess has spent years working her way out of a nightmarish life in Calcutta and into a respectable Bollywood dance troupe. Now she faces losing the one thing that matters--her young son, Joy. She needs to uncover the secrets Jen risked everything for; but the unforeseen bond that results between her and Nic is both a lifeline and a perilous complication. <p></p>Delving beyond the surface of modern Indian-American life, acclaimed author Sonali Dev's page-turning novel is both riveting and emotionally rewarding--an extraordinary story of human connection, bravery, and hope. <br /> <b><b><i> </i><br />Praise for Sonali Dev and Her Novels</b></b> <p></p>&quot;Sonali Dev is a gifted writer who creates characters that capture the heart... I can't wait for Sonali's next book.&quot; --Nalini Singh, <i><i>New York Times</i> </i>bestselling author <p></p>&quot;Exquisitely written... A bright, beautiful gem.&quot; <i>--<i>Kirkus Reviews</i>, </i> Starred Review, on <i><i>The Bollywood Bride</i></i> <p></p>&quot;Dev's prose captures the rich and unique beauty of Indian culture while telling a story that is complex, culturally accurate, and full of emotion.&quot; <i>--<i>Booklist</i> </i> on <i><i>The Bollywood Bride</i></i> <p></p>&quot;Vibrant and exuberantly romantic...chock full of details that reflect India's social and cultural flux.&quot; --NPR.com on <i><i>A Bollywood Affair</i></i>

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Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction of the Year ● NPR Great Reads ● RUSA Reading List Longlist Selection ● RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Award Winner

"A rising talent." --Booklist

Dr. Nikhil 'Nic' Joshi had it all--marriage, career, purpose. Until, while working for Doctors Without Borders in a Mumbai slum, his wife, Jen, discovered a black market organ transplant ring. Before she could expose the truth, Jen was killed.

Two years after the tragedy, Nic is a cruise ship doctor who spends his days treating seasickness and sunburn and his nights in a boozy haze. On one of those blurry evenings on deck, Nic meets a woman who makes a startling claim: she received Jen's heart in a transplant and has a message for him. Nic wants to discount Jess Koirala's story as absurd, but there's something about her reckless desperation that resonates despite his doubts.

Jess has spent years working her way out of a nightmarish life in Calcutta and into a respectable Bollywood dance troupe. Now she faces losing the one thing that matters--her young son, Joy. She needs to uncover the secrets Jen risked everything for; but the unforeseen bond that results between her and Nic is both a lifeline and a perilous complication.

Delving beyond the surface of modern Indian-American life, acclaimed author Sonali Dev's page-turning novel is both riveting and emotionally rewarding--an extraordinary story of human connection, bravery, and hope.

Praise for Sonali Dev and Her Novels

"Sonali Dev is a gifted writer who creates characters that capture the heart... I can't wait for Sonali's next book." --Nalini Singh, New York Times bestselling author

"Exquisitely written... A bright, beautiful gem." --Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review, on The Bollywood Bride

"Dev's prose captures the rich and unique beauty of Indian culture while telling a story that is complex, culturally accurate, and full of emotion." --Booklist on The Bollywood Bride

"Vibrant and exuberantly romantic...chock full of details that reflect India's social and cultural flux." --NPR.com on A Bollywood AffairKirkus Reviews Best Fiction of the Year  ● NPR Great Reads  ● RUSA Reading List Longlist Selection  ● RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Award Winner

“A rising talent.” —Booklist


Dr. Nikhil 'Nic' Joshi had it all—marriage, career, purpose. Until, while working for Doctors Without Borders in a Mumbai slum, his wife, Jen, discovered a black market organ transplant ring. Before she could expose the truth, Jen was killed.

Two years after the tragedy, Nic is a cruise ship doctor who spends his days treating seasickness and sunburn and his nights in a boozy haze. On one of those blurry evenings on deck, Nic meets a woman who makes a startling claim: she received Jen’s heart in a transplant and has a message for him. Nic wants to discount Jess Koirala’s story as absurd, but there’s something about her reckless desperation that resonates despite his doubts.

Jess has spent years working her way out of a nightmarish life in Calcutta and into a respectable Bollywood dance troupe. Now she faces losing the one thing that matters—her young son, Joy.  She needs to uncover the secrets Jen risked everything for; but the unforeseen bond that results between her and Nic is both a lifeline and a perilous complication.

Delving beyond the surface of modern Indian-American life, acclaimed author Sonali Dev’s page-turning novel is both riveting and emotionally rewarding—an extraordinary story of human connection, bravery, and hope. 

Praise for Sonali Dev and Her Novels



“Sonali Dev is a gifted writer who creates characters that capture the heart… I can’t wait for Sonali’s next book.” —Nalini Singh, New York Times bestselling author

“Exquisitely written... A bright, beautiful gem.”   Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review, on The Bollywood Bride

“Dev's prose captures the rich and unique beauty of Indian culture while telling a story that is complex, culturally accurate, and full of emotion.”  Booklist on The Bollywood Bride

“Vibrant and exuberantly romantic…chock full of details that reflect India's social and cultural flux.” —NPR.com on A Bollywood Affair

Specifications

Series Title
Bollywood
Publisher
Kensington
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
336
Author
Sonali Dev
Title
A Change of Heart
ISBN-13
9781496705747
Publication Date
September, 2016
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.30 x 5.60 x 0.80 Inches
ISBN-10
1496705742

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I have read only a few...

I have read only a few books that center around Bollywood. This is one genre that needs more time in the spotlight. It is filled with lots of culture and intriguing characters. This book is no exception. This story starts out after the death of Dr. Nic's wife. Yet, I thought what was really genius was her quotes and comments as snippets at the beginning of each chapter. This way it kept Dr. Jen's presence as a voice in the story. So, that as I was reading this book I felt that strong connection that Nic had with his wife and felt for him to find the truth. Jess was a complex character as was her relationship with Nic. By the end of the story I had not only bonded with these characters but I had a smile on my face for Nic. This is a recommended read! I look forward to reading more work by this author.

Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

Two grief stricken ind...

Two grief stricken individuals are brought together by a gang involved in organ trafficking. In order to survive, they must learn to trust each other. The author focuses heavily on emotive descriptions, and paints a vivid portrait of the main characters. The plot seems secondary to the character study, but still carries the story.

Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

Dr. Nikhil Joshi left ...

Dr. Nikhil Joshi left the U.S. to move to Mumbai with his wife Dr. Jen Joshi, to care for those in Mumbai's slums. His wife had been gathering a database of those willing to donate their organs. Unfortunately for her, this database caused her to become a target of unscrupulous men dealing in stolen organs and led to her death. Her organs were donated and her husband retreated from life. The story begins two years later when Nik is working as a doctor on a cruise ship. He is drinking and barely surviving. If the job had not been given to him by a friend, he would have lost it by then. When a woman on board, Jess, walks by him periodically, he almost thinks it is Jen. The hair colour is the same and she looks a bit like her. When she tells him that she has Jen's heart, he will do almost anything for her. They begin a search for Jen's list of donors, both for different reasons. At the beginning of each chapter, there is a quote from jen's journal and it is almost like her ghost is present in the story.This story had a bit of everything. There was mystery, romance, grief, criminal underground, deceit, Indian Culture, and suspense that caused many emotions in the reader. I enjoyed this book, but it took time to get through it. There was a lot of repetition at times and I put it aside a couple of times. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.

Average Rating:(2.0)out of 5 stars

This was an intensely ...

This was an intensely cruel book that borders on being a horror novel and not a love story. Had I known more about this book I would have never chosen it. The characters - one who is trying to escape (Dr. Nikhil by drink) his horrid past and the other trying to save her young son, by pretending to have the heart of Nikhils' deceased wife - are truly shallow, however they do grow and change. Unfortunately it takes the entire book to do so. I don't think I have ever felt such anger when reading a book that should not have war warranted it. ARC supplied by pubisher


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