Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by Mira
(first published April 13th 2011)
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.
My relationship with Diane Chamberlain's books:
I am a huge fan of Diane Chamberlain's books. I started by borrowing a couple of books from friends and was hooked. After a trip to the bookstore, I ended up buying every title I could find. Now here is where my relationship with her books takes a strange twist. At the same time that I purchased her books I went on a health kick determined to lose a little weight. I decided that I was only going to read the books while I was on my elliptical, recumbent bike or treadmill. I figured this would motivate me to get on my equipment every day. Was I right! I found that all of her books pulled me in right away and I couldn't wait to workout so that I could read a little more. When I would look down at the time on my equipment I was shocked that I had been on them for over an hour each! That's over three hours of working out a day just so I could finish the books. I was actually finishing the books faster and I lost fifteen pound in the process! I secretly call it the "Diane Chamberlain" diet. I have never let anyone in on my weight loss secret until now.
I also have a real soft spot for Diane Chamberlain as a person because of my daughter, Sierra. She started a blog when she was eleven called The Reading Chic (www.thereadingchic.blogspot.com) and she reviewed one of her books. She then asked her for an author interview and she gave it to her. It meant so much to Sierra and showed so much character that Diane Chamberlain would give some of her time to someone who was eleven years old at the time.
About the book:
I absolutely loved The Midwife's Confession. Each chapter is told through the eyes of a different character in typical Chamberlain style. This is part of the appeal for me. You get to know each of the characters so well that you feel you have always known them. This is also what makes her books so easy to read.
At the beginning Noelle commits suicide and the whole book revolves around Tara and Emerson, her two best friends, trying to figure out why she did it. They discover that Noelle had secrets that turn their lives upside down. Just when you think you have it figured out, something else happens. The characters are wonderfully written and the story flows flawlessly. This story tests the boundaries of friendship, love, family and relationships and keeps you guessing with every turn of the page.
If you haven't read The Midwife's Confession I suggest you do. If you haven't read a Diane Chamberlain book then you are really missing out. There is not one of her books that I haven't enjoyed. I can't wait for the next one!