September 12, 2018

The Dream Daughter

"There were days I missed the comforts of 2018. I missed my laptop computer and cell phone and the Internet more than anything. I missed being able to easily communicate with my friends and clients. I missed being able to look up information in seconds. But 1970 came with a sort of peace I'd never known before despite the turmoil of the war and the racial strife and the startling inequalities. I traded my laptop and cell phone in for a hammock and a book." ~ 12%

How much can one woman take? Carly lost her husband five months ago to the Vietnam War. She is now being told she'll lose her unborn baby as well. It is 1970 and little can be done to fix the heart defect. But her brother-in-law offers hope: he can send her to the year 2001 where medical and scientific advancements are available.

I am not a mother but damn if I wasn't emotionally invested into this book. The Dream Daughter had me on the edge of my reading chair hoping all worked out for the best. Fingers crossed that time travel and an experimental medical procedure really worked to the benefit of a baby's health. The author chose simple dialogue and a glimpse into the mind and uncertainty of a first-time mother thanks to first person narrative. Chamberlain pushed the envelopes of faith and science.

"I did have gumption, didn't I? How many people would leap from an ocean pier in the middle of the night?" ~ 45%

When I know I have a couple free days—as in no work, no plans—I try to pick a book that I can get lost in. A book with a deep enough plot to keep me turning the pages. A book that is worth spending hours reading nonstop. Diane Chamberlain is notorious for writing long stories that touch the heart. But this? This was different from her previous 25 books. She took her time and suspended belief for this one. The Dream Daughter was clearly a well-researched idea and very enjoyable to read. My holiday was by no means wasted!

The Dream Daughter will stick with me long after I've turned the last page. A beautiful reminder that a woman will do anything to save her child, even believing in the unbelievable. Throw misconceived notions out the window and read this new novel.

Happy Early Pub Day, Diane Chamberlain. The Dream Daughter will be available Tuesday, October 2.

Disclaimer: This book was received directly from the publisher for review purposes only. In no way does it influence my review. The opinions I have expressed are my own and would be the same if I spent my hard-earned coins.

Title: The Dream Daughter
Author: Diane Chamberlain
Published: October 2018
Pages: 384
Edition: Galley
Rating: 🖤 🖤 🖤 🖤 🖤

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