Tuesday 4 September 2018

Book ~ "The Dream Daughter" (2018) Diane Chamberlain

From 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.

It's 1970 and Caroline is a young widow ... her husband has just been killed in Vietnam.  When she discovers she is pregnant, she is ecstatic but that turns to devastation when she learns that her unborn child has a birth defect and won't live after it's born.  Her sister's husband, Hunter, comes to Caroline with a solution to save her baby's life and she has to put a lot of trust in him to make it happen ... and she does.

And that's all I can say because I don't want to give anything away.  I started reading this book without reading other reviews so was pleasantly surprised at the direction the book took as it's a genre I enjoy.  And just when I thought things were going to work out for Caroline, there was a new twist I didn't see coming.

I liked the writing style and enjoyed the story.  It bounces around in different time periods and voices but the chapters are marked as to what the time period is and whose voice it is. It is written in first person perspective from Caroline and Hunter's points of view.  I liked the characters, except I found Hunter's mother to be a bit too cold and harsh.  As a head's up, there is swearing.

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