A Change of Heart
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.
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.