Taking place in Britain, the novel opens when a 50 year-old college professor receives a heart-transplant. His donor is a teenaged boy involved in a motorcycle accident. Author Jill Dawson sets the stage for a beautiful telling of the lives involved, which due to the transplant, are forever connected.
I so enjoyed this novel! I was pleasantly surprised when author Dawson incorporated some amazing true history of Willie Beamish, and connected this family history to Drew Beamish, the donor, and then to Patrick. It’s obvious that Dawson takes the time to carefully research her subjects, and then is able to incorporate all those important points and subtleties alike, into a well-crafted novel. Throughout the book, questions are raised about what makes us who we are – is our soul, our heart, more than science and genetics? And finally, what are the things that truly connect us? Wonderful book! Thanks to Harper/Perennial for providing me with a review copy of this novel.
4 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2015