Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Review: The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain

The Dream Daughter
by Diane Chamberlain

Publisher: St Martin's Press
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  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.

Kritters Thoughts:  Caroline Sears has lost her husband in the Vietnam war and at the same time is pregnant with their first child.  After a scan by her doctor they think there is something very wrong with her daughter and they don't have the means in 1970 to fix what is wrong with the baby.  In walks her brother-in-law who may have a way to help her.

I don't usually include spoilers in my review, but I feel like I have to with this one because the big plot point of this story threw me for a loop and I want to avoid that for anyone else.  

Ok, here it goes, this book has time travel.  If I had known before picking up this book, I am not sure I would have read it and continued, but I will say that I am glad I started and finished it and it sort of worked in this book.  It is the only science fiction portion of the book, so if you can pause reality when you read for just a moment you can try this and possibly enjoy it.  

Hunter, Caroline's brother-in-law is able to send her to the future where they can possibly heal her child.  There are twists and turns and interesting plot points and in the end I enjoyed it.  I liked how the science of it worked out, but it definitely came out of nowhere and I am not sure I was excited that I didn't know about it when I started the book.

I love Diane Chamberlain as an author and that was one of the big reasons that I kept with the book and like her other books this story had great plot and characters that allowed me to pause my realistic self and keeping reading along.  

I would say try it with this one. 

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2018 Challenge: 78 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from St Martin's Press.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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