Magnificent Elephants, Motherhood, and a Mystery


Happy Monday! 

I recently finished the best book and just had to tell you about it. I've mentioned before that I'm in a book club which is great because it stretches my reading to books I might not choose on my own. The last book we read was Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult. 

Leaving Time book review.

Yes, I realize I'm the last person on earth to know about Jodi Picoult's fabulous writing! Where have I been? 

Girls, this was a book that I could not put down!  I read in bed at night and sometimes progress is slow. It's not uncommon that I fall asleep and drop the book to the floor. With this book, when the loud thud on the floor would wake me up, I'd read some more. :)

The book began with Jenna whose mother disappeared years before. Jenna is growing up with her grandmother while her father is in a mental institution. Years before, her parents were scientists and elephant preservationists who ran a refuge. A tragic accident occurred leaving one person dead and Jenna's mom was seriously injured but then she disappeared from the hospital the next day. For years Jenna searched for her mother on the internet and in phone books to no avail. Then she enlists the help of two very unexpected people and many mysterious twists and turns take place. 

Are you the type of reader who knows what's going to happen at the end or are you like me and are shocked when the culminating event happens?  

The end of this book definitely took me by surprise! If you read Leaving Time, you'll have to let me know if you figured it all out. 

I loved Leaving Time because of the elephant research that is woven throughout the book. Alice Metcalf, Jenna's mother, researched elephant memory and empathy in the wild and in the refuge. There is much told in this book about the love and dedication of elephant mothers. Alice references her observations of the elephants throughout the story as her messy life story is unfolding. 

I don't want to give away too much but promise you, this is a book worth reading. Now I can't wait to read more of Jodi Picoult's novels.

Have you read any of Jodi Picoult's books?

What have you read lately that you couldn't put down?

Past book reviews and reading lists here.

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33 comments

  1. I have read many of her books but not this one, but I must get my hands on it!! Sounds so good. The best one I have read in the past month is The Marriage Lie. Happy Monday gorgeous!

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  2. I love this author but haven't read this book. I can't wait to see if I can check it out from my library! I did a post about books today too....great minds think alike? heehee! Enjoy your day! Hugs!

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  3. Stacy how fun that you are in a book club! I have read her books (and one of The Queen's - my BFFs - JP is her favorite author!) but for some reason forget to read her newer books. This book sounds really good. Thanks for the recommendation.

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  4. This book sounds really good. I need a new book to finish out some of my summer reading. Thank you for the nice review and recommendation. Happy New Week.
    xoxo

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  5. Sounds like a good book. I'm not good at reading in bed. Within seconds I fall asleep, don't know why. No more bed reading for this lady

    Have a super day

    Cindy

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  6. Sounds like a great book. I love the Terri Blackstock series and find myself not being able to put them down. Mercy! I have to really discipline myself at times with reading. My oldest granddaughter who is 14 loves to read. Sometimes my daughter's discipline for her is "RAYGEN, you cannot read today! LOL! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  7. Okay... now I want to read this... great review, Stacy! And, no, you are not the last person on Earth to learn of the author... I guess I am! ;-)

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  8. I jotted down this title. I really need to get back into reading. I did it avidly for years and years (as time allowed) but for some reason I now find it hard to get motivated to read. Can't figure that out because I have loved to read all my life. Thanks for the recommendation.

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  9. I'm such a picky reader and I really prefer non fiction....but this sounds very interesting. I may have to pick it up and put down my phone!! Thanks!

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  10. Oh, thank you! A new author to check out! I just finished two great books....Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman and Extraordinary by Nancy Werlin. Extraordinary is a little slow at the beginning but when it gets into it, it is great and the ending is a surprise.

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  11. I love reading in the Summer too and Picoult is a great author. Although, I have been reading more about embroidery stitches lately...hehehe!

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  12. Thanks for this share! I need a break and this sounds like a good read!

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  13. I have heard of Jodi but have never read any of her books, but that may change. I have just bought Francine Rivers newest book, The Masterpiece. She is one of my most favorite authors of all time. Have a great week!

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  14. Stacey,
    This sounds like a good book to read. I'm always looking for another book. I have read Jodi Picoult in my book club, too. Thanks for sharing.

    Judith

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  15. I love Jodi Picoult but for some reason it's been a few years since I last read one of her books so I'm behind on all the newer ones - including this one.

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  16. i love a good jodi picoult book, but i have to spread them out to like once a year because of all the emotions. i haven't read leaving time yet though! she has a new one coming out soon.. spark of light or something?

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  17. I used to read her books all the time but I haven't read a new one in awhile. I'm glad to hear you loved this one!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  18. I've read all of her books I think, except Small Great Things that has been on my bookshelf for two years.

    I loved loved loved Leaving Time. Elephants are amazing.

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  19. I've read every single one of her books. Every one. This one was great. Not my favorite but very very good.

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  20. Leaving Time was okay for me. The Storyteller was amazing though. Go for that one next :)

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  21. I've only read Small Great Things, which I highly recommend, and this one sounds really good too. Adding it to my TBR.

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  22. I haven't read this Picoult but you can be sure its on my list!

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  23. This sounds like a good book and thanks for a new book to add to my reading list. I just finished reading Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan. I can’t wait to read the next two books in this series. Thanks for sharing this at Cooking and Crafting with J&J. Enjoy the week
    Julie

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  24. Glad you loved this! I've never read a Picoult book, so you're not the last! :) XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  25. I'll have to give this book a try, Stacey. Thanks for sharing it!

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  26. I've not read this one -- it looks very good indeed! I just finished (and couldn't put down) The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Probably the last on the block to do so. I loved every word and I didn't want to see it end. There's a movie on Netflix from it but I'm glad I read it first!

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  27. Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite authors. I really enjoyed this book.

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  28. SOLD! I spent an hour last night searching for a good book...and then...Kismet! I read your post and now I know what I"m going to read. I have always loved Jodi Picoult, but hadn't heard of this one. Thanks my friend.

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  29. I have not read this one, but I love how with Jodi Picoult books you always learn something new! I've never read a book by her I didn't like!

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  30. My favorite recent read was the Great Alone. Another Picoult book I liked was Small Great Things. Thanks for the recommendation!

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  31. Hey, Stacey! I have never read this author, I enjoyed your review. I am also in an online book club, "Rosemont" on Facebook. I need to fine tune my book review section on my blog, just another part of this learning curve of being new, yours looks great! Talk soon :D

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  32. This sounds great...thanks for the review Stacey!

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