THE OFFICIAL BLURB:
13-year-old Jenna Metcalf is on a quest, searching for her mother, Alice, an elephant researcher, who disappeared 10 years earlier after a tragic accident at their sanctuary for former circus/zoo elephants in New England. Leaving Time explores the mother-daughter relationship, be it elephant or human, and the idea that those we can’t forget are never truly gone.
I seem to have strayed from my beloved Jodi Picoult in recent years. I’m not sure if it is I who have changed or if I could not keep up with her apparently rapid release of novels. Oh! To have that many ideas on standby to bring to life with words!
Leaving Time was a wonderful return to one of my favourite authors. I was deeply touched by the connections made between this world and the next as well as the knowledge shared about such spectacular animals – both in captivity and in the wild. I learnt so much about two amazing species – Elephants and ‘Parents’.
Mothers, Fathers, Foster Parents, Adopted Parents, Best Friends of Parents who may as well be related and almost become Parents anyway – there is an undeniable bond, ready and almost tangible amongst them all and their charges!
In true Picoult style, there is a twist – isn’t there always? I related to each of the characters as a direct result of the writing style and the trademark ‘twist’ only cemented this with me further….I have since considered re-reading to check if there was any indication earlier in the book where I could or should have picked up on ‘things’ sooner but to be honest, my ‘to read’ list is long enough as it is without a double up :)
I thoroughly enjoyed the reading experience of this one, welcome back to my library Jodi !