Book Review: The Dream Daughter

  • Author: Diane Chamberlain
  • Edition: Kindle
  • Published: Oct. 2, 2018
  • Genres: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction
  • Star Rating: ★★★☆☆
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The year is 1970 and Caroline Sears’ baby is diagnosed with a fatal heart defect. She assumes all hope is lost and that she may lose her daughter before she is ever born. Luckily for her, Hunter, her sister’s husband, has a plan in order to prevent that from happening. A maverick of time travel, he has a plan to send Caroline into the future, to the year 2001 to be exact, in order to get the medical care she cannot get in the current era and save her child.

I’ve never read a Diane Chamberlain book prior to this one. Her style isn’t one I often read, and while I do like historical fiction from time to time I had no idea what I was getting into with this book as I mostly went in blind. I think it was to my benefit though as I was genuinely surprised (in a good way) with the way the story unfolded. Chamberlain’s writing style is very old fashioned and not entirely to my liking but she is great at creating characters with depth and story.

What I did like about The Dream Daughter was its unpredictable nature. I never knew exactly what was going to happen next or which direction the plot was going to unfold into next. The ending of the novel is not quite where I thought we would end up although I had an inkling about one of the big twists.

This is a rich and refreshing genre splicing story. I did enjoy the ease of which time travel was woven into the novel’s framework. I actually went into this novel pretty blind so I had no indication it would involve time travel and the plot didn’t suggest that in the beginning but it happened in an organic way.

The Dream Daughter releases in early October, if you’re looking for a light-hearted, family-oriented story spanning generations, I’d recommend it!

Thank you to NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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