NET GALLEY – October 2, 2018 Hardcover, 384 pages
Publication: October 2nd 2018 by St. Martin’s Press
ISBN: 1250087309 Rated: 5*
Right from the very first pages I knew that THE DREAM DAUGHTER was going to affect me emotionally; 1) because it is from a writer whose prose and story lines are incredibly enduring, and 2) because the book description gripped me right from the start and I knew I had to read it.
Set in the late 60’s and early 70’s you start off with a chance meeting of a patient, Hunter that no one could through to except a young PT therapist who was assigned to him. Their meeting almost seemed fated and an interesting comment of “you’re going to love my sister” in the prologue gave me a hint of what might be coming.
From the first chapter you’ll discover that Hunter, whom Caroline had introduced to her sister was now her brother-in-law. Caroline is a young wife waiting for her husband to come home from Vietnam and just discovering she is pregnant a joyous event she can’t wait to surprise her husband with! Unfortunately, the doctors have just informed Caroline that her baby has a serious heart defect that will likely kill the child before it could even be born.
Except, Hunter, kind of a mysterious guy from the get-go, is telling Caroline that something can be done about her baby’s heart. Something that will require a leap of faith, strength and courage that Caroline never knew existed. A strength she mustered from the bottom of her soul to save the unborn child she loved with all her heart!
You’ll be on pins and needles for most of the read and the things Caroline goes through from her baby daughter. When you finish this book you will be as drained emotionally as I was and it will be a testament to the love from a mother for her child that brings those emotions to the forefront.
Bottom line: Another tremendously satisfying read from the brilliant author Diane Chamberlain. Incredible story!!