The Dream Daughter [Book Review]

October 5, 2018

The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain

the Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain (cover) Image: a mother and daughter walk along a path and their image is reflected

Genre/Categories: Fiction, Science Fiction (time travel), Historical Fiction, Mothers/Daughters, Adoption

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Readers meet Hunter and Caroline in 1970 when Caroline is a physical therapist and Hunter is a rehab patient. Caroline and Hunter become friends and in time he marries her sister. In fact, Caroline moves in with them and their young son after her husband dies in Viet Nam. Not only is Caroline a young widow, she’s also pregnant. During a routine ultrasound, a problem is discovered with the baby’s heart. In 1970, the heart defect brings a dire prognosis for the baby. Because Hunter comes from the future, he creates an idea for saving the baby that will require all of Caroline’s courage, bravery, and determination. The Dream Daughter is a story filled with hope, love for family, and sacrifice.

Amazon Rating: 4.6 (early reviews)

My Thoughts:

Thank you to #netgalley #stmartinspress for my free e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

What would you do to save your daughter?

If you’re looking for an engaging escapist read with a touch of histfic, the intrigue of time travel, a good measure of suspense, and a poignant mother/daughter theme, then I recommend The Dream Daughter! It does not disappoint!

Some of you are fans of Diane Chamberlain’s work. I believe this is the first of her books that I’ve read. From what I’ve heard, The Dream Daughter is a bit different from her previous work although her focus on themes of family remains strong. I imagine that it must have been challenging and exciting to construct the complex timeline found in this story.

Science fiction/time travel is not my usual genre, but I enjoyed this story. I can especially recommend it as a great selection for when you are traveling or vacationing or need a palate cleanser and are looking for a unique, light, engaging, fast-paced read. For me, it was the perfect read in between heavier histfic reads. Although time travel is a part of the plot, the main focus of the story revolves around a mother and what she will do to save her child.

Caroline Sears is a memorable character for her bravery, determination, problem-solving ability, and commitment to family.

I spent time thinking about the meaning of the title. My current thinking is that Dream Daughter might refer to the fact that the majority of her relationship with her daughter is in the time travel dimension (like one might experience in a dream). If you’ve read this, what are your thoughts about the title?

The Dream Daughter might be a delightful and enjoyable book club selection.

Possible triggers: difficult pregnancy, adoption

My Rating: 4 Stars


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The Dream Daughter Information Here

Meet the Author, Diane Chamberlain

diane chamberlainDiane Chamberlain is the New York Times, USA Today and Sunday Times bestselling author of 26 novels published in more than twenty languages. Her most recent novel is the genre-spanning The Dream Daughter. Some of her most popular books include The Stolen Marriage, Necessary Lies, The Silent Sister, The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes, and The Keeper of the Light Trilogy. Diane likes to write complex stories about relationships between men and women, parents and children, brothers and sisters, and friends. Although the thematic focus of her books often revolves around family, love, compassion and forgiveness, her stories usually feature a combination of drama, mystery, secrets and intrigue. Diane’s background in psychology has given her a keen interest in understanding the way people tick, as well as the background necessary to create her realistic characters. Diane was born and raised in Plainfield, New Jersey and spent her summers at the Jersey Shore. She also lived for many years in San Diego and northern Virginia before making North Carolina her home. Diane received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in clinical social work from San Diego State University. Prior to her writing career, Diane worked in hospitals in San Diego and Washington, D.C. before opening a private psychotherapy practice in Alexandria Virginia specializing in adolescents. All the while Diane was writing on the side. Her first book, Private Relations was published in 1989 and it earned the RITA award for Best Single Title Contemporary Novel.
Diane lives with her partner, photographer John Pagliuca, and her sheltie, Cole. She has three stepdaughters, two sons-in-law, and four grandchildren. She’s currently at work on her next novel. Please visit Diane’s website at for more information on her newest novel, The Dream Daughter, and a complete list of her books.


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My Fall TBR

I’ll be updating my Fall TBR list as I complete each read, so check this link often!

Looking Ahead:

I’ve read and will review The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris next week.

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  1. Lovely review, Carol! I loved reading your thoughts on this, and I’m looking forward to your next reads, too! I have The Rain Watcher coming up soon, but the first two I’ve read and loved! Enjoy!

    • Thanks for your kind comments! There’s an abundance of great fall reading ahead! (BTW….I activated my twitter account … you know if I need to do anything with settings in WordPress or does the share icon work now? ….hard for me test it myself! I went to your website and tried to follow you on twitter but I couldn’t so maybe I don’t know what I’m doing!)

      • Carol, my twitter was messed up, too, and you reminded me to fix it! But mine had a different problem than yours. My share button on the main page was broken for twitter, but it should work now! You should be able to follow me back. I was able to share your post just now, but it still tags your old twitter name. You fix it under “My Site,” then Sharing, and look for Twitter and a box that has your username in it. You should be able to update it there. Let me know if you get stuck because I can take some screenshots.

      • Thanks for taking the time to troubleshoot with me! I appreciate your generosity! I’ll follow your tips!

  2. Good solid review again Carol!! Sounds intriguing. I put for of you fall books on the waiting list at the library– Dear Mrs. Bean and also Becoming Mrs. Lewis came in this week! Let you know when I get through them… thanks Carole!

    • I’m 40% into Becoming Mrs Lewis….not quite what I expected……if I didn’t know how it ended I’d be more anxious about Joy’s motives concerning our dear Lewis!

      • Hmmm…. sounds interesting. It will be good to read your review Carol!! My problem is I have too many books in the line up right now and we are too too busy! But I’ll get to it soon. hugs friend!

      • I’m finished but finding a review a little challenging…..especially since my laptop died and I had to buy a new one today and set up my systems again. It’s distracting! Enjoy your reading when you can get to it!

      • Ugh! I dropped my laptop (just a little drop!!) a while back and had to buy a new screen–hated spending so much!! Hope your new computer is great and up and running well!! I’ll be checking in for reviews as they come! xox

      • The cooling fan failed on my laptop and it’s old so decided not to invest the money to get it fixed…laptops are more inexpensive than they used to be!

      • I was disappointed the first night I used it to discover that it didn’t have a lighted keyboard….spoiled by my former Toshiba…..still need to transfer files. But yes….it’s nice to have everything running smoothly…..I’m mostly enjoying my clean screen!!! Hope that lasts for a while! Lol

      • I know. I’m sort of a technology cheapskate– so I want to use a device well beyond it’s happy lifetime. Fortunately our Brian (son in law) is an Apple engineer and helps us with all our tech woes). So glad you’re typing away on a new computer!! Loved your Mrs. Lewis post!! xox

      • My previous laptop was well beyond it’s happy life time! I had always used Apple until I started teaching and then switched to PC to be more compatible …. but I’d be a happy Apple owner again some day! I didn’t want to spend the money this time.

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