May 13, 2022

Looking Back - Keeping Faith

Looking Back... In an effort to transfer my book journal entries over to this blog, I'm going to attempt to post (in chronological order) an entry every Friday. I may or may not add extra commentary to what I jotted down in these journals.

1999 William Morrow & Company
Finished on March 15, 2001
Rating: 4.5/5 (Excellent)

Publisher's Blurb:

For the second time in her marriage, Mariah White catches her husband with another woman, and Faith, their seven-year-old daughter, witnesses every painful minute. In the aftermath of a sudden divorce, Mariah struggles with depression and Faith begins to confide in an imaginary friend. At first, Mariah dismisses these exchanges as a child's imagination. But when Faith starts reciting passages from the Bible, develops stigmata, and begins to perform miraculous healings, Mariah wonders if her daughter--a girl with no religious background-might actually be seeing God. As word spreads and controversy flares, Mariah and Faith are besieged by believers and disbelievers alike, caught in a media circus that threatens what little stability they have left.

My Original Thoughts (2001):

Excellent read! Engaging. Thought-provoking. I will definitely read more of Picoult's books. I loved this novel. Suspenseful. Would make a great movie. Highly recommend!

My Current Thoughts:

This was the first book I'd read by Jodi Picoult, but it's not one that I'd like to reread. I've read and loved nearly everything she's written, but this isn't one of my favorites, despite the high rating.


  1. I always know I'll like reading a Picoult novel, which is such a great feeling. I haven't read this one though.

    1. Helen, she's pretty dependable, isn't she? I think there have only been a couple of her books that I didn't care for and I've read almost everything she's published.

  2. I know that Jodi Picoult is beloved by many, but the only book I've read of hers, Plain Truth, just didn't work for me.

    1. Deb, I know a lot of readers don't care for the formula of her novels. Some of her more recent works are very thought-provoking. If memory serves me well, I don't think I cared much for Plain Truth.

  3. Laurel ( PM

    I need to give Jodi Picoult another try. I can't remember which book I tried to read, but I didn't like it enough to even finish it. Maybe it was just my mood at the time, LOL. P.S. I love your tulips!

    1. Laurel, I gave this one I high rating, but I sure don't remember a lot about it. I've really enjoyed her more recent novels. If you click on her tagged name at the bottom of my post, you can find all my reviews. There are lots of winners.

      The tulips were in a neighbor's garden. I love them, too!


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