The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain: Book Review

The Dream Daughter  by Diane Chamberlain
Publication: October 2, 2018 by St.Martin’s Press
384 Pages
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From Publisher: A rich, genre-spanning, breathtaking novel about one mother’s quest to save her child, unite her family, and believe in the unbelievable.

My Thoughts: Would you be upset if my review consisted of: you need to read this, it’s amazing…get your hands on it somehow?  I’ve been trying to figure out a way to write a review that gives none of the plot away because I want you to go into this story like I did, knowing basically nothing. That might make for a questionable review but I think you’ll thank me after you read this.

This is actually my first Diane Chamberlain book which now that I’ve read The Dream Daughter  I’m pretty mad at myself for not paying closer attention to her previous books. Rather than go into lengthy plot details I want to just share with you what I loved about this book. To start…time travel…I love this element. I know some people read that and may immediately think no, not for me. The time travel in this book is essential to the story and it’s subtle, a small piece of a much larger plot picture but without it, there’s no story. With it, the story comes alive. But, there’s no science fiction “out there-ness” to the time travel, it just is and I was on board with it from the beginning.

Another thing I loved – the characters! Carly, whose unborn daughter needs a life saving fetal surgery to survive, is one of my favorite characters in fiction this year. I connected with her immediately and I never stopped rooting for her and boy did the author throw some unexpected twists her way. The suspense of not knowing what would happen to Carly and her baby was so on point. Hunter, her brother in law and Myra his mom were other characters that felt like real people to me. Really, that sums up my overall feelings about this book. Distinctive, tension filled, realistic writing that caused me to stay up super late because I had to know what was going to happen next. There are so many surprises in this story and I’ll finish by saying…have tissues ready when you pick this one up.

Many thanks to St. Martin’s Press via Netgalley for my copy 

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14 thoughts on “The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain: Book Review

  1. Diane Chamberlain used to be an author I read regularly, but then sort of drifted away from her. You’re right that the time travel element might be a stumbling block for some, including me. After your terrific review though I’m much more likely to give The Dream Daughter a try.


  2. I’m so glad that you loved this one, Renee! And I hope you enjoy her backlist; there are several that I still need to read, but I’ve loved the ones that I have read. I’d highly recommend Necessary Lies, and you’ll need tissues for that one too! DC is a local author, and I always enjoy how she writes about the area even if it’s in the past. I laughed since The Dream Daughter takes place in part in Raleigh, NC, which is the area where I live, but really loved it that Carly was an alumna from the same university where I received my degree, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and it’s mentioned several times throughout the book, lol. Carly was such a great character, and I agree she’s one of my favorite characters this year. 🙂


    1. Thanks for the recommendation Stephane! Necessary Lies is going to be my first backlist book to read of hers, I’m picking it up at the library later this week. Bring on the tissues:)


  3. Renee, I’ve only read one other Diane Chamberlain book, Necessary Lies, which I enjoyed. I didn’t request this one because of the time travel element but you’ve convinced me to give it a try! It sounds really good.


    1. I have gotten so many recommendations for Necessary Lies…I’m going to grab it at the library this week! This one is so good Jan, I’d be really surprised if you’re bothered by the time travel in it, it’s very much just a part of the story. Let me know if you do read it!


  4. I’ve only heard good things about this book, a friend of mine has it and she is reading it as we speak and we trade as soon as we are done reading our respective books! I’m giving her The Leper Messiah by RLM which is amazing, for anyone interested. A pretty good Alternative Historical Fiction which follow David. We both got pretty lucky in our picks this time around!


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