Book Review: The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain


Book Title and Author: The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain
Publication Date and Publisher: October 02, 2018 by St. Martin’s Press
Genre: Historical Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Time Travel
Pages: 384 pages
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Date Read: August 29, 2018 (e-arc)

5 Stars

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

My Review:

When I know that Diane Chamberlain is writing a new book, I get excited and do a little happy dance! She’s unquestionably one of my favorite authors since she always writes such heartfelt, emotional novels that deal with real-life issues. I never finish one of her books without being affected on an emotional level, connecting in some way with a character or two, and shedding some tears along the way…The Dream Daughter was no different.

It’s 1970 in North Carolina. Not only has Carly Sears just found out her unborn baby daughter has an untreatable, fatal heart defect, but she’s still grieving the death of her husband Joe who was killed in Vietnam. It feels as if Carly’s world is falling apart since she’s lost the man who she loved for most of her life and now finds out she’s going to lose the last piece of him, their precious child.

Carly’s only remaining family is her sister Patti, her young nephew, and Patti’s husband, Hunter. And it’s Hunter, a computer genius and physicist, who promises Carly he can help save her unborn daughter if she will just trust in him and believe in the seemingly impossible.

I’m sure many of you know that there is a time travel element in the novel and that might not be your cup of tea. That’s okay! Because from someone who dislikes science fiction with a passion, I promise Chamberlain has perfectly woven the time travel element into the plot. Trust me, this is not a sci-fi novel. Instead, it’s a beautiful love story between a mother and child.

The Dream Daughter is about a mother’s frantic, urgent, and passionate need to do anything and everything within her power to save and protect her unborn child. As a mother, I know that feeling all too well. As a mother who has given birth to babies preterm and had to watch helplessly while they were cared for in the NICU and fighting for their life while I wasn’t allowed to hold them, I especially felt Carly’s desperation and need to save her unborn daughter in any way she could.

While reading this book, I was completely captivated by the emotions of all the characters, especially Carly. Chamberlain always writes great characterization, and it was wonderful when reading to feel like I really got to know Carly, Hunter, Patti, and the other characters who were integral to the story! And I loved Carly’s strong character growth as she showed a mother’s love has no limitations when it comes to the well-being of their child.

The Dream Daughter is just gorgeous, flawless writing. It is a heartwrenching, emotional story but it’s joyful too. I actually finished reading this several weeks ago, and I’m still feeling so many emotions after reading this superb book!

I really loved this book, and it’s now my favorite book by Chamberlain. Of course, I highly recommend it to everyone and hope anyone who reads it loves it too!

~This was a captivating and much loved read by all The Traveling Sisters, and I was so glad to join them! Make sure to check out their wonderful review here!!~

**Thank you, NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for an ARC to read in exchange for my fair and honest review.**

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33 thoughts on “Book Review: The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain

    1. Thanks, Ayunda! Her books are so good! I’d definitely recommend this one and then Necessary Lies is my other favorite. It was heartwrenching, but there were funny moments too. Me too…especially stories where the mother-child relationship was showed such depth of love. I hope you get a chance to read one of Chamberlain’s books one day! 😊

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  1. Beautiful review, Stephanie! I can feel your emotions about this one and I love that. This was such a special read. Now you have me wondering if it’s my favorite Chamberlain? It might be! I finished it over the weekend, and I’ll have my review up next week for pub day. ♥️ xoxo

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    1. Thank you, Jennifer! It was an emotional read. My heart just broke for her so many times! Necessary Lies was my fave but this stole that spot!! Gosh, I’m having to start posting my Oct reviews now to make a place for the multiple reviews I have coming out on Oct 9th and 16th, hahaha.I can’t wait to read your review; I know it will be beautiful! ❤ xx

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    1. I’m so glad you loved it! She’s never disappointed me. Thank you; Carly was an amazing character. My favorite book by her before reading this one was Necessary Lies. I think you’d enjoy that one.

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    1. I’m glad you kept reading; it’s such a powerful, amazing story! I’m so glad you loved it too! Thank you! Necessary Lies was my favorite before this one, but this was just so good!!


  2. Beautiful review, Stephanie! And thank you for sharing such a personal story—that must have been so difficult to get through not being able to hold your baby. I’m just starting this one and excited to see such a beautiful story unfold!

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    1. Thank you, Mackenzie! You’re welcome. It was terribly difficult, not only not being able to hold them right after they were born and then being discharged from the hospital and unable to take them home. It was utterly heartwrenching. I think that’s one reason I connected with this story. It’s definitely beautiful! Enjoy! 😊

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      1. Thank you, Mackenzie…it was so hard. You always keep that feeling of grief even when they are older. I went into labor at 16 weeks with my daughter, who is 8 now, and I was terrified that she would be preterm like her brothers, so I was on strict bedrest the rest of my pregnancy. It was very difficult (and boring), but worth it to have her born just a little before her due date and come home with me! So scary when your babies are at risk; I know that’s one reason this book really grabbed me. I can’t wait to read your review! 🙂

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