The Dream Daughter
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.
My thoughts on this book:
My review may contain mild spoilers:
It’s 1970 and Carly has just lost her husband in Vietnam. She discovers that she’s pregnant, and now she’s told by her doctor that they believe the baby has a heart condition. Her brother-in-law, Hunter, finds a facility that can confirm exactly what’s wrong with the baby’s heart. Once the test is complete, she learns that her unborn child has a heart defect that cannot be repaired. They confirm that the baby will not be able to live once it’s born and there is nothing she can do about it. Carly is devastated along with Hunter and her sister. She doesn’t know how she can cope with losing this baby.
Hunter’s a physicist with a secret past, and he believes there is something that can be done to help this baby survive. He’s confident and has it all planned out. It’s up to Carly now. What will she be willing to risk to save her baby?
I’d love to just pour all of my thoughts out on this review, but I would have to share so many spoilers and I don’t want to do that. I was just so very connected to this book because had my oldest daughter been born in 1970, I would’ve been faced with this same exact nightmare. This would be me–just like Carly–desperate for help. Because my daughter was born in 2006, she was able to get the multiple surgeries that she needed to survive. In the 70’s, there were no medical advancements available to save these babies with these heart conditions. It’s such a horrible thought and every emotion was captured so perfectly in the novel as if the author had experienced this herself.
Regardless of my connection with the plot, the book is written so well and chock-full of so much detail–I just didn’t want to put it down. I had to discover what was going to happen and couldn’t predict a thing! There were twists all the way to the end. I had so many emotions and teared up multiple times. Toward the last 100 pages or so, I wasn’t sure if I was happy with where the plot was going, but it was perfectly wrapped up in the end. I was still left to wonder what could happen with a few of the characters because there was actually room for more story, yet I was completely satisfied with it the way it ended.
I’ve never really been into sci-fi books that include some of the themes like in this one, but this is just a wonderful book and it worked. I would highly recommend it to anyone. I fell in love and wish I could give it more than five stars, in fact, this is going down as my favorite read of 2018 so far.
I’d like to thank St. Martin’s Press for sharing this book with me in exchange for my honest review.
- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin’s Press (October 2, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781250087300
- ISBN-13: 978-1250087300