Published by St. Martin's Press on October 2, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Historical Fiction
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From bestselling author Diane Chamberlain comes an irresistible new novel.
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.
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.
Caroline “Carly” Sears is pregnant during a time when technological advances in fetal surgery were unheard of. Her unborn baby has a serious heart defect. A defect that could not be treated in 1970, so her doctor suggests terminating the pregnancy as even if she goes full term her baby would not live for long once born. Carly has already been dealing with one devastating death already. She lost her husband, Joe, in the Vietnam War. She can’t go through such heartache again. Caroline’s baby is the only piece she has left of Joe. When her brother-in-law suggests there is a way to get Carly’s baby the help it needs, she will have to suspend belief and take a leap of faith in order to give her baby a fighting chance. There is nothing a mother would not do for her child.
Wow! What a moving and beautiful story. A mother’s love for her child is such an amazing and powerful thing. I have to admit, I did go into this story rather blindly as I did not know that there would be a time traveling aspect to it. Time travel tropes are one of my favorites, so when I noticed where the story was heading I really started to get excited. Carly is skeptical at first when she hears Hunter’s plan to help her unborn baby. But, even if there is a slim chance Hunter is telling the truth imagine what it would mean for her baby. Sometimes you need to take a risk for something good.
Please don’t get hung up on the time traveling aspect of the story because it is so so much more than that. This story is about a mother’s love and the things you would do for your child which any mother can relate to. It is heartbreaking to see Carly going through this ordeal with her baby and knowing there is nothing that can be done in 1970 to save her. The Dream Daughter is so moving and shows real life issues during a time when not much was known about fetal surgery. I could feel the sadness and the hopelessness radiating through the pages as I read Carly’s story. She did not want to believe her daughter has a heart defect and that all of the doctors are wrong. Again, this is an emotional that all mothers would go through if faced with the same situation.
The pacing of the story really builds up to when Carly will be forwarded in time and from there the story takes a lot of twists that I didn’t see coming. I was truly amazed how Diane Chamberlain takes a straightforward story and turns it into this masterpiece that touches on loss, family, war, triumph, determination, and a host of other remarkable points that make this story special and truly stand out. It will pull every emotion out of you and have you rooting for Carly in every way.
The Dream Daughter is a gripping story that will pull on your heartstrings. The writing is rich and vivid as you experience everything through Carly’s eyes. I highly recommend you pick up a copy and immerse yourself in this wonderful and remarkable story. This truly is a winner!