It’s been a while since I have had the pleasure of reading a book by Diane Chamberlain. The last time was way back in 2011 when I reviewed The Midwife’s Confession. That was a good one so I was pleased when SheSpeaksUp contacted me and offered to send me a copy of her latest at no charge for my honest review. The Dream Daughter will be released by St. Martin’s Press on October 2, 2018
About the Dream Daughter:
When Carly Sears, a young woman widowed by the Vietnam war, receives the news that her unborn baby girl has a heart defect, she is devastated. It is 1970, and she is told that nothing can be done to help her child. But her brother-in-law, a physicist with a mysterious past, tells her that perhaps there is a way to save her baby. What he suggests is something that will shatter every preconceived notion that Carly has. Something that will require a kind of strength and courage she never knew existed. Something that will mean an unimaginable leap of faith on Carly’s part.
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About the Author:
DIANE CHAMBERLAIN is the international bestselling author of more than twenty novels, including The Dream Daughter, Necessary Lies, and The Silent Sister. She lives in North Carolina with her partner, photographer John Pagliuca, and her sheltie.
The Dream Daughter is a really good book. It’s a bit hard to write a proper review without spoiling what makes it so unique. Carly is a young woman in 1970 studying to be a physical therapist when we meets an injured man who resists treatment until he sees her. They get along famously and she introduces him to her sister and soon he is her brother in law. Carly and her husband and her sister and brother in law are soon fast friends – until Viet Nam intervenes. Carly’s husband is killed and her world crumbles.
The only thing keeping Carly going is knowing she is pregnant. She finds out that something is wrong with the baby’s heart and she is devastated. The doctors tell her that the baby will not survive its birth. Her brother in law tells her he has a way to help her but she has to trust him. When she hears what he proposes she wonders if he is sane. But the more she learns she realizes that she is willing to try almost anything to save her baby.
To write much more would spoil the plot. I really enjoyed this twisty novel. It’s certainly one that requires just reading and enjoying. Ms. Chamberlain makes that easy by creating characters that are interesting and that the reader wants to get to know. The plot keeps moving along and I kept turning the pages wanting to know what was going to happen. I’m sorry if this is not as specific as some of my reviews but this is a story that has such a specific plot twist that the whole thing can be spoiled with one little slip. Just know it’s a really good read. It’s a great way to distract yourself from whatever is bothering you these days.