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Posted September 12, 2012
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Eden Harrison has been waiting for heart transplant so that she
Eden Harrison has been waiting for heart transplant so that she can get on with her life and marry Derek. When a donor is found and the transplant is completed something strange starts to happen. Eden starts having nightmares about people, places and events that were never part of her life. She likes different food and pink is no longer her favorite color. She is convinced her new heart carries the memories of the original owner. She feels drawn away from Portland and to San Diego. She leaves everything behind including Derek to pursue the life her heart wants to lead.
I have kept my synopsis brief on purpose. Sometimes the best books are found just from the title. Most of the time I don't read the back of the book before starting the story. This way I am not looking forward or waiting for something to happen, the story just evolves before my eyes. I can take it in and enjoy it at my own pace.
This is my first Debra Ginsberg novel and Wow! It is fantastic!! She had me engaged from page one.
These characters touched my own heart many times over. My father-in-law was a heart transplant recipient and I wish he was still alive because after reading this book I have dozens of questions. The whole concept of cellular memory is extraordinary and immediately after finishing the book I was searching the internet for more information.
In addition to the medical and psychological aspects to the story there is a wonderful mystery interwoven within the pages. Who was Eden's donor? How did they die? Accident, natural causes or murder? As Eden tries to figure it out and put everything together she may be putting her own life at risk.
The is a gripping novel that you will want to read all in one sitting. It has the twists and turns you expect from thriller that will make your own heart rate quicken, but it also has moments of heartbreak that will make you shed a tear.
If I tell you more it will ruin your reading experience. Let me just say this is a story I will never forget and I know you will enjoy it just as much as I did. Thank you Debra Ginsberg for an awesome story!!
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Posted May 12, 2014
Great story, smart and touching! As a cardiologist, of course
Great story, smart and touching! As a cardiologist, of course I was fascinated by the book's theme of cellular memory, although I would have like to see more of Eden's interactions with her doctors.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
But as a lover of great literature, what made this novel great was Ms. Ginsberg's ability to put emotional states on the page. There are passages that are truly heart-wrenching.
So enjoy the characters and get ready to have them all come together in a very intellectual yet emotive, compelling story.
Posted February 7, 2014
One of the worst books ever!!
This book doesn't deserve a rating of one star, let alone 5 stars. This is the worst book I have ever read and it is poorly written. Don't waste your money....this book is awful.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 15, 2013
Posted August 25, 2012
The 411 by Maria: I read this last week while I was recovering
The 411 by Maria: I read this last week while I was recovering fromWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
surgery oddly enough. Although it was nothing like the heart transplant
in the book, it was a good read to get through the worst, most painful
of my days. In What the Heart Remembers we meet Eden who has received a
heart transplant from a donor. She suddenly changes her life after
dealing with feelings that aren't necessarily her own. For most of the
book, I was unsure of who the heart belonged to. The writer does a great
job of building suspense and crafting a story with great characters.
Darcy, Eden, Derek are the main focus of the book with three secondary
characters that are quite important to the story. The story of Eden
leads us to wonder, are our organs really just components to allow our
body to do what they need for us, or do they make up who we are, storing
memories and personality traits that are our personal makeup? Great
read! Easy to jump in and out of if you can't dedicate constant time to reading