REVIEW: THE DREAM DAUGHTER, BY DIANE CHAMBERLAIN

 

When Carly Sears, a young woman widowed by the Vietnam War, receives the news that her unborn baby girl has a heart defect, she is devastated. It is 1970, and she is told that nothing can be done to help her child. But her brother-in-law, a physicist with a mysterious past, tells her that perhaps there is a way to save her baby. What he suggests is something that will shatter every preconceived notion that Carly has. Something that will require a kind of strength and courage she never knew existed. Something that will mean an unimaginable leap of faith on Carly’s part.

And all for the love of her unborn child.

The Dream Daughter is 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.

 

My Thoughts: While I have not read many books involving time travel, Diane Chamberlain’s books always capture me, so The Dream Daughter was definitely one for me.

Having lived in the 1970s, during and after the Vietnam War, I could relate to Carly and her issues, especially her concern about her brother-in-law Hunter’s idea to “send her” to 2001.

In 2001, the surgery for her child was a success, but several setbacks afterwards made it impossible for Carly to travel back to 1970 with her daughter. So she went alone.

From this point on, everything fell apart and turned out completely wrong for Carly. Searching for her daughter and trying to make up for the errors that followed kept me intrigued until the very end.

Some strange and unexpected events transpired, and for those who find the idea of time travel impossible to wrap their heads around, everything might seem unlikely. How did the September 11, 2001 date complicate events for Carly and her daughter? Would she find a way to fill in the years that eluded her?

By this point, I was held captive by each page, wondering how or if Carly and her dream daughter would connect again. An intense story that will keep me pondering the events. 5 stars.***My e-ARC came from the publisher via NetGalley.

SERENDIPITOUS MOMENTS: CORRECTING THE PAST — A REVIEW

 

 

 

Dr. Sam Moore, retired physician, is drawn into a murder mystery by his friend, Lou, the county coroner in their small town.

As first one, then another murder happens, the link to Sam himself seems to suggest a dark and evil presence from the past.

But how many more people will have to die before Sam discovers what is happening?

How does a green marble with strange connections to Sam’s childhood and his deceased brother Billy help Sam figure out the mystery? And how, when tragic events occur, will that same marble help Sam return to the past and correct the mistakes that have cost him everything?

An intriguing, time-traveling mystery, For Keeps (Sam Moore mystery) is a story about correcting mistakes, learning from the past, and starting over. Four stars.

COMING FULL CIRCLE: A TALE OF TIME TRAVEL — A REVIEW

One October day in Salem, Massachusetts, a widow named Annie McBride finds a naked toddler in the cemetery. With no sign of anyone about, and intuiting that she is needed, Annie takes the child home.

The child whom she names Margaret (Maggie) becomes a comfort to Annie, but since she didn’t turn the child in to the officials, the two of them spend the next several years moving from place to place.

When Annie dies several years later, Maggie is an adult living in LA and working as a psychic to assist the police in profiling criminals.

Annie’s unique legacy of a home in Salem, Massachusetts, takes Maggie full circle, where her life begins anew in a place to which she feels strangely connected. Some of her new neighbors also seem like people she has “known” before–and some of the familiar people are not good ones.

Soon a woman named Susannah Davies, who comes to Maggie’s home where she has created a shop to sell natural remedies, begins to teach her spinning lessons. She also seems like someone to whom Maggie can share her thoughts and feelings, especially when she is plagued by alarming dreams.

What odd dreams seemingly take Maggie back to a parallel universe 400 years earlier, and why do these dreams seem like memories? What, if any, connection exists between Maggie and Susannah, and why does an eerie woman living nearby set off alarms for Maggie? What does a child’s disappearance have to do with earlier events in Salem?

Weaving the tale between the past and the present, the author shows the reader how events unfolded. There is no big surprise that time travel and witch trials are a big piece of the puzzle. The tale is somewhat predictable, but I enjoyed seeing how Maggie came to realize how she is connected to those events. Witch Woman did hold my interest despite these issues, but I’m awarding a 3.5 rating. I would recommend it for those who enjoy a time travel story with interesting characters. Maggie in the present day was my favorite, but I also enjoyed Abigail’s struggles in Seventeenth Century Salem.