Book Review – The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain

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.

My Opinion:

I love Diane Chamberlain’s stories, but I was a bit apprehensive going into this one due to the time-travel element. I decided to put my hesitation aside and trust that this book would be every bit as good as I have come to expect and I am very glad I did.

Caroline (Carly) is pregnant, but her baby has a heart problem and will not live, once born, without intervention. The year is 1970 and medicine is not sophisticated enough for this problem, but 2001 is.

I can’t even begin to imagine the heartbreak Carly must have felt receiving this devastating news from her doctor. A mother’s love knows no limits and she will do anything to save the life of her unborn child. She decides to embark on a journey that she never thought possible, testing her in ways she never expected, and changing her life forever.

I enjoyed reading about Carly’s time in the 2000’s. Imagine the shock of fast-forwarding 30 years! So much has changed – the music, technology, prices, modern conveniences, and so on.

As I approached the middle of this story I could hardly bring myself to put this book down. I was so touched by Carly’s love for her daughter and I just had to know how it would end.

Let’s face it, time travel is a bit out there and not very realistic, but if you just sit back and let this book transport you I believe you will enjoy this story just as much as I did.

*Thank you NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press, and Diane Chamberlain for the opportunity to read and review this book for my honest opinion.

*Other Diane Chamberlain Books I Have Reviewed: 

The Stolen Marriage
Necessary Lies

Book Details:

My Rating: 5/5
Genre: Fiction
Series: None
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: 10/2/2018
Pages: 384 (eBook)

*Book 17/20 in the #20booksofsummerreading challenge.

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21 thoughts on “Book Review – The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain

  1. Wow, I have this one from NetGalley, and since I love Diane Chamberlain, I didn’t hesitate to accept it. But time travel? I had no idea of this aspect of the story. But I guess I’ll suspend disbelief and go with it. Thanks for the great review.

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  2. Beautiful review, Tina! I cannot wait to read this one, and I love what you said about the time travel element. Sometimes we have to just go with it, especially when the pay-off is something really special! ♥️ Happy you loved it!


  3. I can’t wait to read this one! And as a huge Outlander fan, the time travel element really made this one I’m really anticipating. I love anything Chamberlain writes, but I think this is going to be so good…love seeing those 5 stars! I was saving this one for Sept, but I might have to read it sooner! ❤

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