Reading this book required a stretch of the imagination, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying this wonderful and fascinating read.

It’s 1970 when Carly Sears, widowed by the Vietnam war, receives the news that her unborn baby girl has a heart defect. 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 probably the readers too).

While I had a hard time finding parts of this story believable, what I didn’t have a hard time believing were the characters. Each is well-written and I couldn’t get enough of them. Chamberlain made you feel what they were feeling and experience what they were experiencing. This allowed me to put aside the plot and simply read because all I wanted to know was how the story ended.

September 2001 in New York City plays a small role is this story. Having just returned from New York prior to reading this book, I was completely engrossed with how September 11th might play a part. But you’ll get no spoilers here, so just start reading 🙂

My heart broke and swelled with wonder as I closed the book for the final time, less than 24 hours after starting. I simply couldn’t read fast enough. When a book calls me, then I know it’s a good one. And The Dream Daughter called to me whenever I had to put my Kindle down. Can you hear it calling you? I do, so get reading!

My thanks to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for the advanced copy of this book.


Rating: 4 stars

Reviewer: Jennifer

Title: The Dream Daughter

Author: Diane Chamberlain

Release Date: October 2, 2018

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