The Midwife's Confession
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 -...more
What a nail-biter! An absolute labyrinth of twists, turns and just when you think you've got it all figured out ... bam another shocking revelation! Ok not all were the unexpected, knock-your-socks-off type revelation, some where the ... damn ... I knew it, kind, but still, quite a gut-wrenching rollercoaster ride.
I loved the seamlessly woven alternating narration from key characters and the flashbacks to past events. I loved the complexities of the mother-daughter relationships, I lo...more
The chapters are written from the point of view of the five main characters giving the reader a number of different perspectives on the events as the story unfold. Every time you think you've guessed the big secret it moves to another level and you realise what you think you've guessed is only a tiny piece of the puzzle.
This is a fabulous novel. It is extremely well-written with an emotional and moving story. I...more
I had read so many great reviews of this title that I just had to get my hands on a copy. I'm a bit ashamed to admit that I finally realized that I was approved to download a copy of this to my Kindle months ago from NetGalley....I just was too lazy to figure out how to do it. Well, thanks to my fellow book lovers and their awesome reviews, I was motivated to learn how to get that ebook on my lovely Kindle. And I'm so happy that I did because this was a fantastic read!! I was drawn i...more
Anyhow, back to the book... Wow, the lies that are told and the secrets that are kept are staggeri...more
As with many of her books, just when you think you've got it figured out Chamberlain throws you another curveball. And t...more
My apologies to Diane Chamberlain, who I'm sure is a nice woman with lots of ideas and talent, but The Midwife's Confession gives fiction a bad name. I feel rather strongly that fiction has a lot more to offer than escapism or entertainment. I feel its medium is especially suited to teach - namely empathy and understanding for the multitude of life experiences we'll most likely never have as individ...more
Tara, Emerson and Noelle have been friends for 20 years, the kind of friends we all cherish and long for. Connected, supportive, nourish...more
Tara, whose husband Sam recently died in a car accident, teaches at Hunter High School, where her daughter Grace is also a student. Her best friends are Noelle, a midwife who also runs a babies-in-need program, and Emerson, whose daughter Jenny is also Grace's best friend.
The three women have been besties since college, and Noelle delivered Tara's baby. When Noelle commits suicide in the cottage she rents from Emerson...more
I received this...more
Basically there are three...more
È un romanzo che dolcemente, in punta di piedi, ti spezza il cuore e te lo ricompone usando come collante attimi di puro amore.
È un romanzo composto da più storie intrecciate. Amiche, sorelle, segreti, legami profondi...more
This book screams book club. There are a zillion different relational dynamics to explore in this story! If not book club, then pick a friend to read it with because you'll really want to talk about it as you go. Now that I think of it, this would also be a great book to read and use as a class case study. I remember doing that in college for several social work classes - pick a character and explore the dynamics of their relationships and their world from their perspective...more
In this story Noelle is a midwife and she has a lot of secrets. She also has two best friends, Emerson and Tara. One night, for reasons that no one knows Noelle ends her own life. This leads Emerson and Tara on a quest to find out what was going on with their good friend. Noelle was hiding a lot. The...more
The Midwife's Confession explores the themes of mother/daughter relationships principally, but also enduring female relationships, and there's a certain kind of authenticity in Chamberlain's writing that I think probably stems from her years a...more
Tara and Emerson are shocked to the core when Noelle commits suicide, but as they sort through her paperwork they begin to realise that there were many things they did not know about the life of their friend. To their horror facts start to unf...more
As you read the story, you get a sense of predictabilit...more
Noelle, Tara and Emerson have been best since their college days.Noelle is a midwife and had been involved with Tara's and Emerson's baby.The story starts with
Noelle committing suicide and Tara and Emerson couldn't uderstand why.Noelle seemed to be a
strong and happy person and the reason for suicide was beyond Tara's and Emerson's comprehension.Sometimes you really dont know a person, no matter how long and deep friendship you have shared with them.Tara and Emerson have to know the reason and t...more
Tara is also trying to come to terms with her husband's death and both she and Emerson have teenage daughters who both...more
Tara has just lost her lawyer husband,...more
Attention Mama friends! I have your summer book club selection right here. Diane Chamberlin has *the* women’s fiction tear jerker of the season with an offering sure to ignite book club discussions across the country. This was not an easy read, and when I was done, I desperately wanted to make someone, anyone read it RIGHT THAT DARN MINUTE so that I could discuss at length. In other words, it was a...more
Chapters are told in the point of view of different characters and are headed with the character's name, and sometimes, with the date and place as Chamberlain frequently takes us back to past events.
I found this to be an engaging...more
I live in North Car...more