REVIEW – The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain


Expected publication: October 2, 2018 by St. Martin’s Press


I have been reading Diane Chamberlain’s books for many years and I am always excited when a new book is going to be released. Needless to say, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to read an early copy of “The Dream Daughter”.

I think that the blurb for this book is very well written. It doesn’t give all the good stuff away, and I promise I won’t either. I didn’t know very much going into this novel and I’m glad it worked out that way.

The story begins in 1970. Twenty-six-year-old Caroline (Carly) Sears has just been told that the baby she’s carrying has a heart defect. Carly has already been through so much in the last year. So when she learns that it’s unlikely that anything can be done to help her baby, she is devastated. This baby means everything to Carly.

Thankfully she has the support of her sister, Patti and brother in law, Hunter. Hunter came to be a part of their family just a few years before. He is a physicist and he feels he can help Carly and her baby. He desperately wants to help her. But what Hunter tells Carly sounds unbelievable. At first, she wonders if he’s teasing her….and then she wonders if he’s lost his mind.

However, Carly will do anything if it means there is even the smallest possibility of saving her unborn child.

Wow! I LOVED this novel. I hated putting it down. But as I got close to the end, I started slowing down. I really didn’t want it to be over yet. I’m so thankful that I have a mother who will let me go on and on about the books I’m reading. But this time she asked me to stop sharing what was happening…. I got her hooked and now she wants to read it herself.

I will be honest; there was a moment or two near the beginning where I wondered if this book might not be for me. I wasn’t sure how I felt about the direction the story was taking. But I shouldn’t have worried as before I knew it, I was completely engrossed in the story.

I have so much respect for Diane Chamberlain. She takes chances and pushes the boundaries with her writing. This novel crosses genres that I never expected. “The Dream Daughter” is a wonderful story about love, family, courage, and the unbelievable power of a mother’s love.

In my opinion, this was definitely another home run by Diane Chamberlain. The unique story captured my imagination and all of the characters captured my heart. I highly recommend this novel, and I really hope that everyone who reads it loves it as much as I do.

I’d like to thank St. Martin’s Press for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.

35 thoughts on “REVIEW – The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain

  1. Sounds very good. I love her books!! My daughter was born with a heart defect so hopefully I can handle this book. Great review as always!! ❤️

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  2. Great review Deanna. I am yet to read anything by this author but that needs to change soon. I really like the sound of this one and I love the fact that it made you slow down so as to prolong your reading experience. Must have been a really great read.

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  3. I still haven’t read Diane Chamberlin and I would’ve initially thought this might not be a topic I’d be interested in but your excitement is contagious and you and I have felt the same about so many books that I’m going to request this as soon as it’s available on Netgalley or Edelweiss!!

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