Book Review Of “The Dream Daughter” By Diane Chamberlain @D_Chamberlain @StMartinsPress

When Caroline Sears receives the news that her unborn baby girl has a heart defect, she is devastated. It is 1970 and there seems to be little that can be done. But her brother-in-law, a physicist, tells her that perhaps there is. Hunter appeared in their lives just a few years before—and his appearance was as mysterious as his past. With no family, no friends, and a background shrouded in secrets, Hunter embraced the Sears family and never looked back.

Now, Hunter is telling her that something can be done about her baby’s heart. Something that will shatter every preconceived notion that Caroline has. Something that will require a kind of strength and courage that Caroline never knew existed. Something that will mean a mind-bending leap of faith on Caroline’s part.

And all for the love of her unborn child.

A rich, genre-spanning, breathtaking novel about one mother’s quest to save her child, unite her family, and believe in the unbelievable. Diane Chamberlain pushes the boundaries of faith and science to deliver a novel that you will never forget. (From Goodreads)

Thank you St. Martins Press, Netgalley, and SheSpeaks for gifting me copies of this book, in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I rate this book a 4 out of 5 Stars.

I love Diane Chamberlain’s books, I think she is a master of her craft, and I have enjoyed every book that I have read of hers. I have only read one or two other books of this nature, but of all of this, I think this was executed so well. I didn’t find myself concerned with the logistics of things, or how unrealistic it was. I sat back, enjoyed the story, and I was rooting for Caroline and her baby.

This was a beautiful, mind bending, genre bending, heart wrenching book. A few times, I felt like screaming, a few times I felt like crying, but overall, I felt happy. A mother’s love is strong, a mother and her child’s bond even more so. I know I would go to then ends of the earth for my kids. I think Chamberlain did a fantastic job capturing that. I really am such a fan of hers, and I will read anything that she writes. I already cannot wait for her next one.

I felt for Caroline, she had so many hard choices to make, it was so much more than the choice of putting her trust in Hunter. She faced so many obstacles, had to choose between her family, and her child, her past and her future. She was such a complex character with a very hard, emotionally wrought life. You couldn’t help but want more for her.

 

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