My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Expected publication October 2nd!
Okay so listen. I know there are a lot of positive reviews for amazing books that I’ve posted recently. But, this book knocked my socks off. Diane Chamberlain truly hit it out of the park.
I won The Dream Daughter in a Goodreads giveaway a couple of months ago, 1 of 100 people to receive the book of 4,000+ who entered. It arrived alongside my Book of the Month copy of The Perfect Mother. Unfortunately my husband and I lost a baby in May and the combination of both books with such symbolic titles sitting on my kitchen counter was slightly heart wrenching. So I put them both away until I was ready to give them a read. I pulled out The Good Daughter just in time for our 4th of July vacation and figured I would read it while relaxing on the beach. Holy cow was it good!
I am honestly not even sure what category/genre I would put this book in. It was kind of a mixture between historical fiction, science fiction, and women’s fiction which sounds bizarre but was honestly fabulous. Diane Chamberlain wove a tale that spanned across decades with elements of time travel that were mind boggling and complex. But above all, the story is about the love between a mother and daughter, and the lengths a mother will go to ensure the health and happiness of her child. To be honest, I had no idea where the book was going half the time in the most wonderful way. I felt tense while reading every page, wondering how the main character was going to get through all the obstacles with which she was presented.
It’s difficult to give a synopsis of The Dream Daughter without giving away some of the important elements of the plot so I’ll leave you with the summary from the publisher:
“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.
And all for the love of her unborn child.”
If you’re looking for a truly fabulous book, this is it. Pre-order it NOW and don’t miss out on one of the best books of the year.
Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for sponsoring this giveaway. Your publishing house is incredible, and I enjoy everything you put out into the world.
Also, as referenced above, my review of The Perfect Mother here: https://homesweethouser.wordpress.com/2018/06/19/the-perfect-mother-by-aimee-molloy/