The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain

The Dream Daughter

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.

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To keep this short and sweet –  read this novel and go in blind! The less you know about the plot of the novel, the better experience you will have.

Chamberlain was able to fit so much into the novel and not lose any of the connections that you feel with the characters and the story line. I felt that I went on a ride that was so beautiful and emotional.

I’m struggling to find words to write to describe this novel, but not share too much. Anyone who has read the novel and wants to discuss is more than welcome to message me!

4 calculators out of a potential 5. Read it, read it, read it! I’m taking off one calculator because this wasn’t an all time favourite of mine and it may not be a novel that I re-read in the future. I’m also very picky when it comes to 5 calculators!

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The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain

Silent Sister

Riley MacPherson has spent her entire life believing that her older sister Lisa committed suicide as a teenager. Now, over twenty years later, her father has passed away and she’s in New Bern, North Carolina cleaning out his house when she finds evidence to the contrary. Lisa is alive. Alive and living under a new identity. But why exactly was she on the run all those years ago, and what secrets are being kept now?

As Riley works to uncover the truth, her discoveries will put into question everything she thought she knew about her family. Riley must decide what the past means for her present, and what she will do with her newfound reality.

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The Silent Sister was such a great read for this weekend. This weekend was horrible weather-wise and for the majority of the weekend, I stayed in and read. The Silent Sister had me wanting to keep reading and flipping more and more pages.

I liked how there was a lot of secrets in this family, including the one where Riley’s sister Lisa may possibly be alive after Riley thought she committed suicide 23 years ago. Riley quickly realized that the family that she thought she knew isn’t who she thought.

There were a lot of things that I didn’t enjoy about the novel, the biggest being that I found it too easy to figure out what happened. I was hoping for a big twist that would throw me off, but it never happened. I also wasn’t satisfied with the ending, I felt that there were some loose ends and the author tried to tie up everything neatly.

3 calculators out of a potential 5. Not my favourite Diane Chamberlain novels. For those that haven’t read one of her novels, I would highly recommend Necessary Lies.

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