Book Review: The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain

Published in 2018 by Pan Macmillian

Genre: Domestic Fiction, Adult Fiction

Page Count: 367 pages

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

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 beforeβ€”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 new existed. Something that will mean a mind-bending leap of faith on Caroline’s part.

And all for the love of her unborn child.

The Dream Daughter sees Diane Chamberlain push the boundaries to deliver a novel that you will never forget.

My Review:

Up until I recieved a copy of this book for review, I’d never heard of Diane Chamberlain before, and domestic fiction is not a genre I have really read before, but I’m so glad to have had the opportunity to pick this book up, for I definitely want to read some of her other titles now!

The way Diane Chamberlain crafted a story of a mother’s love, risking everything she knew and thought, all for the love for her daughter, was so powerful, I felt so moved and compelled by this book, I could hardly put it down!

From the first page, I was instantly drawn in by Carly, a young mother to be, and a widower. Upon her first days in a new job, she meets Hunter, who really sets up the events of this novel to take its course. I felt intrigued by Hunter immediately, but definitely didn’t expect how much he would impact the course of the story, and Carly.

The time travel components in this story were so meticulous, perfectly crafted, filled with time travel rules and instructions – every moment and maneuver had to be utterly precise, otherwise the outcomes could be unpredictable, even air travel could set one’s time travel off by a number of years! The suspense throughout was definitely real, and I was filled with such a wistful hope that Carly and her baby would be safe and okay!

I loved the jumps from the 1970’s, where Hunter was wondering if Carly and her baby would be okay; his character development was fabulous, there was just so much to the patient Carly first met, and I loved Carly’s relationship with Patty, her sister, how tender their bond is and how much they cared for one another! There was one moment when I was so furious with Patty, she said some such harsh words, but I definitely understood where she was coming from, at a point.

This book is such an incredible journey, the epilogue was so heartbreaking but in such a moving way, the hope that I had throughout the book, came in such an unexpected way! I cannot recommend this book enough, it was just so memorable and addictive! I will definitely be looking to read the authors’ other books soon!

The Dream Daughter publishes on October 9th, and would be available in all bookstores and libraries!

Happy Reading,

Brooklyn.

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