Happy Tuesday, all! Today I am super excited to share my review of another book I group-read, and one we unanimously cherished, The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain! Publishing today by St. Martin’s Press, this is Chamberlain’s newest release.

My Thoughts:

Huge Diane Chamberlain fan checking in! The Dream Daughter is easily vying for top spot in my favorite reads from her. 

In the opening scene, Carly, a physical therapist, is introduced to Hunter, a mysterious psychiatric patient doctors think was injured during an attempted suicide. Flash forward several years, and Hunter is married to Carly’s sister, Patti. 

In that same time period (the early 1970s), Carly finds out that her unborn baby has a heart defect. There’s no treatment for the defect in 1970, and the baby will likely not survive after birth. Hunter has an idea and offers his plan to Carly. 

The Dream Daughter is all about a mother’s love and sacrifice. The ups and downs that Carly experiences once on the journey to save the life of her child are felt viscerally. I read the ending with relish. Not too neat or tidy, but completely fulfilling for the characters in which I was completely invested. 

Chamberlain is a master storyteller. Those who love her know we can rely on her for a breathtaking read. The Dream Daughter is about love for family and love for child. Most of all, it is about believing that anything is possible with hope. 

On a personal note, my alma mater was referenced in the book, as were several of my favorite places in North Carolina. I always feel like I’m going home when I read a Chamberlain book! 

Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for the physical copy. All opinions are my own.


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.

Check out these reviews by the other Book Besties:

Berit at Audio Killed the Bookmark

Holly at Dressed to Read

Kendall at Goodreads

Mackenzie at PhDiva

Melisa at The Book Collective

Have you read The Dream Daughter, or is it on your TBR? Have you read any other books by Diane Chamberlain? Happy Reading! ~ Jenni THR