Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Midwife's Confession by Diane Chamberlain

Genre: General Fiction
Publication Date: 26th April 2011
Pages: 400
Book Source: ARC courtesy of Harlequin/MIRA

Synopsis: 'I don't know how to tell you what I did.' The unfinished letter is the only clue Tara and Emerson have to the reason behind Noelle's suicide. Everything they knew about Noelle - her calling as a midwife, her passion for causes, her love for her family - described a woman who embraced life. But they didn't know everything. Because the unaddressed letter reveals a terrible secret...and a legacy of guilt that changes everything they thought they knew about the woman who delivered their children. A legacy that will irrevocably change their own lives - and the life of a desperate stranger - forever.

What a nail-biter! An absolute labyrinth of twists, turns and just when you think you've got it all figured out ... bam another shocking revelation! Ok not all were the unexpected, knock-your-socks-off type revelation, some where the ... damn ... I knew it, kind, but still, quite a gut-wrenching rollercoaster ride.

I loved the seamlessly woven alternating narration from key characters and the flashbacks to past events. I loved the complexities of the mother-daughter relationships, I loved the bond between best friends Noelle, Tara & Emerson and I loved Chamberlain's portrayal of their bond following Noelle's suicide. The 'realness' of their feelings; the shock, the guilt, the questions, the anger, the betrayal, the love, the quest for answers, the desire to set things right.

Following the death of my mother a long buried secret was uncovered that came as quite a shock to our entire family so many of Tara & Emerson's emotions were also familiar to me. When your knowledge of someone you love is so emphatically challenged it rocks your entire world. The Midwife's Confession is a powerful and moving landscape of love, friendship, grief, suicide, lies, guilt, & life-shattering secrets.

If you're hankering for an extremely compelling read with a poignant depth of emotion and a blistering pace then don't miss out on this one!

Want to know more about Diane Chamberlain and her work? - visit her website.

You can also see my review of The Lies We Told (2010)


  1. I've also just reviewed a book that uncovered secrets of mother and grandmother, though maybe not as shocking secrets as in Chamberlain's book. Sounds like a book I'd like to read.

  2. This sounds good. I like this kind of story.

  3. The first line had me! Nail biter! I haven't read any of Chamberlain's books yet but I get a distinct feeling I may be buying one soon.

  4. And again I move away when emotions and sadness is mentioned. I really need to brave more sad books

  5. Your review of this one was top-notch. I love that so many emotions come into play when reading this one. I've read Chamberlain before and loved her story. I MUST get my hands on this one!

  6. Can't wait to read this, sounds like a read I'll love!

  7. Again, another author I hear nothing but good things about. I know I have one of her books on my shelves somewhere!


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