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Review: The Midwife’s Confession by Diane Chamberlain

Submitted by on May 15, 2011 – 8:00 amOne Comment

Author: Diane Chamberlain
Book: The Midwife’s Confession
Release: April 26, 2011
Series: Novel
Source: Mira
Purchase: – Indie Bound

Dear Anna,
What I have to tell you is difficult to write, but I know it will be far more difficult for you to hear, and I’m so sorry…

The unfinished letter is the only clue Tara and Emerson have to the reason behind their close friend Noelle’s suicide. Everything they knew about Noelle—her calling as a midwife, her passion for causes, her love for her friends and family—described a woman who embraced life.

Yet there was so much they didn’t know.

With the discovery of the letter and its heartbreaking secret, Noelle’s friends begin to uncover the truth about this complex woman who touched each of their lives—and the life of a desperate stranger—with love and betrayal, compassion and deceit.

This was a fantastic and extremely well told story that is a literary version of Desperate Housewives, but focused more on the friendships and bonds of three friends and their daughters.

Three women; Tara, Emerson and Noelle have been the best of friends for years and have been there for each other through major life events, but when one of them takes her own life the others are left with the realization that they may not have known their friend as well as they thought.

Tara and Emerson are distraught over the loss of their friend and cannot understand what led Noelle to commit suicide even after reading the letter she left behind. With more questions needed answering the two friends set out to solve the mystery and discover the secret that was too big for their friend to continue living with…

At the core of the book is the relationships between the women and their daughters–this was so touching and realistic. I was on the edge of my seat at moments and wiping away tears the next.

This isn’t normally the type of book I would pick up on my own. The cover alone normally would dissuade me from purchasing the book, but luckily I will read anything if the synopsis is interesting and after reading THE MIDWIFE’S CONFESSION the cover makes some sense (though I still think it deserves a really awesome cover that is more mysterious). Cover aside, I was still surprised by how much I enjoyed this story… I really honestly loved it. I will definitely be giving this book to friends to read and checking out future books by Diane Chamberlain for my own reading pleasure!

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  • [...] 3. The Midwife’s Confession by Diane Chamberlain – This book grabbed my attention from the very first page and didn’t let go until I had finished reading.  Centered around the close relationship of three bestfriends, The Midwife’s Confession is a book fraught with poignant emotion and raw feelings. When one of the friends takes her own life, the desperate act throws those who cared about her into a roller coaster of discovery that will change everything in their lives they once were so certain of . . .  (Read my review of Midwife’s Confession) [...]

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