The Midwife's Confession
Would you read a letter never meant to be opened? Would you want to know secrets never meant to be told? Or should a woman's mistakes stay buried? An unfinished letter was hidden amongst Tara and Emerson’s best friend’s things after her suicide. Noelle was the woman they entrusted to deliver their precious babies into the world, a b...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
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
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 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
Oh dear, regrettably this novel reads like a cheap soap opera. Here's my quick run-down of the plot in note form. I will include a spoiler here for the uninitiated and call the women A, B and C.
(view spoiler)[Women A, B and C are best friends. C kills herself, A and B find out that C has known she is B's half-sister since they met at college but has kept the knowledge to herself. C is a midwife; she has helped deliver A's baby and after a terrible accident, A's baby is killed. C swaps A's dead...more
** Just m...more
Há já algum tempo que não lia um livro assim! Impossível largar sem uma grande batalha interior, tinha literalmente de me “obrigar” a pousá-lo!
Após o suicídio de Noelle (a parteira que dá o título ao livro) um...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
I am not sure I have the words to describe how powerfully emotional this story is. Chapter 15 and 16 left me crying and needing a break. I was completely unprepared for the direction the story began to take. The synapsis doesn't even begin to to...more
Anyhow, back to the book... Wow, the lies that are told and the secrets that are kept are staggeri...more
E por uma razão mto simples:
Parteira "cheira" a maternidade, partos, recém-nascidos, etc, etc...
Quando não é de nada disso q esta história trata!
Esta é uma história do poder da amizade, dos nós, dos laços, dos relaccionamentos !... Da forma como o q acontece a cd um afecta todos os q lhe estão próximos! E, acima de tudo, faz-nos sentir q ao ligarmo-nos aos outros, en...more
Noelle is a midwife, and an incredibly close friend to Tara and Emerson who are shocked to find out that Noell...more
I think that Diane Chamberlain is one of the most underrated authors in her genre. Her books are always well written, well plotted, and so engrossing that I am thrilled to read each and every one. The Midwife's Confession is absolutely no different.
After the suicide of their friend, Noelle, Emerson and Tara discover a partially written apology letter. An apology for taking her newborn daughter to replace the newborn daughter she dropped as a direct result...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
Noelle’s has a secret past and when she commits suicide, she sends the other two into a whirlwind trying...more
On a beautiful day in September, Noelle commits suicide. Her two closest friends, Tara and Emerson, are completely shocked that the woman they had known -- caring, committed midwife, champion of babies-in-need, strong independent Noelle has done this. Why? Turns out that Noelle had a lot of secrets -- a history of lies, betrayals and a hidden past that neither of them knew.
The story is a mystery and also a stu...more
The book starts out with Noelle taking her own life although we aren’t sure why at this point. It got me intrigued though as to why this person felt she needed to kill herself and wondered what had happened. The story is told...more
I live in North Car...more