The Dream Daughter

The Dream DaughterThe Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain
Published by St. Martin's Press on October 2nd 2018
Pages: 384
ISBN: 1250087309
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What would you do to save your child?

That really is the question in this book. Caroline Sears receives word that her unborn baby has a fatal heart defect. She is devastated, she has lost so much already. Her husband has gone missing and is presumed dead in Vietnam. Then one day her brother-in-law, Hunter comes to Caroline/Carly with some startling news. He believes there is a way that her unborn baby can be saved. She needs to suspend some disbelief. The reader needs to suspend some disbelief. As he explains to her how her child can be saved, some things begin to make sense and she decides to make a leap of faith!

I won’t say much more about the plot but to say, this book is about one woman’s journey to save her child and, in the process, grows as a person and learns what being a mother is all about. The reader is also given a glimpse into the progress of medical science and prenatal care. We are also shown the emotional scope of having a child with a birth defect and the struggles to keep your child healthy and the emotions (and exhaustion) of having a child with health issues. When being strong is not a choice but a necessity.

While reading this book, I felt many emotions and it was like a roller coaster ride. Would her baby receive the treatment she needs? Will the child survive? How will she make it back home? How will her sister react?

This was not my favorite book by Chamberlain, but it was enjoyable and as I stated, it does evoke emotion. Chamberlain continues to write thoughtful books which stir the emotions while dealing with real life issues. She does take a chance with time travel in this book and I appreciated that she did not get too technical with how time travel works, etc. I appreciated that she let Carly’s courage to save her baby take center stage and kept the time travel take a smaller but important role in this book.  Obviously the time travel is needed but it does not overshadow the love and sacrifice in this book.

Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.


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