Author: Diane Chamberlain
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Published: October 2, 2018
Book Description: 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.
The Dream Daughter is 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.
Rating: 4 1/2 Stars
Review: This is my first book that I have read by Chamberlain. I have had it on my shelf since it came out last year, but decided to read it, because the Currently Reading podcast is doing a book club for their Patrons. First thought, I am so happy I read this. It was just a lovely story.
If you love Outlander, The Time Traveler’s Wife, or Time After Time, I think you will just love this book. The story centers around Carly and starts in the year 1970. Her husband was recently killed in Vietnam and she finds out right after that she is pregnant with their first child. The the only thing keeping Carly going is the impending birth of her child. A little over halfway through her pregnancy she finds out her daughter has a heart defect that will kill her right after she is born.
This sets in motion the time traveling story. Her Brother-in-Law, Hunter approaches her and says that he is a time traveler, which of courses she scoffs at. Circumstances that you will find out, cause her to change her mind. Hunter wants to send her to 2001, where she has a chance to save her child, and she literally jumps at the chance.
What happens after is one of the most beautiful stories I have ever read. Chamberlain manages many surprises in this story, and the best is definitely saved for last. This was an extremely quick read. If you want a book that will take you a way for bit, this will absolutely do that.