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The Midwife's Confession

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  19,321 ratings  ·  2,316 reviews
I don’t know how to tell you what I did.

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

Kindle Edition, 425 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2011)
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4.5 stars

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
I don't even know how to write this without spoilers so consider this your big spoiler alert.


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
I have to stop reading Chamberlain's books. I have to. I read the reviews on here and thought it would be better than the last one I read, but it was not. Stop reading now if you don't want spoilers.

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
There’s a small handful of authors who you know can be relied upon to hook you in from page one, take you swooping through twists and turns of story, with well-written and likeable characters and the feeling (when you come out of the wringer at the other end ) that you’ve thoroughly enjoyed a really, really good book and can’t wait for her next. Jodi Picoult’s one. Heather Gudenkauf is another. And then there’s Diane Chamberlain. This was everything I want in a book – secrets, love, friendship, ...more
It took me a couple of chapters to get into this novel but once I did I was hooked!

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
Jul 03, 2011 Staci rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Staci by: Sheree
My thoughts:
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
B the BookAddict
Mar 15, 2014 B the BookAddict rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to B the BookAddict by: I did

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.

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Este livro foi-me recomendado pela minha filha mais velha, que como já tive oportunidade de dizer é uma leitora tão ou mais ávida que eu! Também já tinha lido críticas muito boas… depois disto, meia dúzia de páginas foi o suficiente para confirmar que tinha nas mãos um verdadeiro turn-page.

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
Samantha Janning
I love giving five stars, and the latest novel by Diane Chamberlain earns them all. The Midwife’s Confession is a tangled story of friendship and love, secrets and betrayal, and realistic characters that will make you cry while you see their story unfold. Tara, Emerson, and Noelle have been friends for years, but when Noelle commits suicide, leaving behind only an unfinished note, Tara and Emerson find out they might not have truly known their friend. The complex mystery that surrounds not only ...more
One of the best books I have read this year. Diane Chamberlain writes in the same style as Jodi Picoult; however, the twists, turns, and drama are never forced, obvious, or far-fetched. I got this book yesterday afternoon and absolutely devoured it. I couldn't put it down. I found myself sneaking away from the boys to read a chapter and then stayed up far too late finishing it.

As with many of her books, just when you think you've got it figured out Chamberlain throws you another curveball. And t
I found this book to be full of unexpected twists. It kept me guessing what would happen next, and I just could not put the book down. The Midwife's Confession has some really good, strong characters. It is the story of three friends - Tara, Emerson, and Noelle. Tara, recently widowed and trying to put her life back together, was my favorite. I enjoyed the friend ship between she and Emerson. I also really liked the secondary character of Anna Knightley, a strong woman who has faced the disappea ...more
I almost marked it as two stars, as I wanted to like it much more than I did. I don't mind knowing what's going to happen early on in the plot, but when it is so obvious, and the author pounds you over the head with clues, but then leads up to a big "Ta-da!" moment, it just leaves me cold. I also didn't connect with the characters the way you need to when you have such an intimate portrait of people's lives. However, the writing made it readable, despite my lack of emotional connection.

** Just m
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Sarah (Workaday Reads)
Tara, Emerson and Noelle have been close friends since college. When Noelle, a former midwife, commits suicide, Tara and Emerson are left wondering why. As they investigate, they learn things that make them question if they ever really knew Noelle at all.

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
This was a book chosen by someone at bookclub, and as usual, once I started reading it I had to finish it. It's kind of like being 'pot committed' if you like poker terminology; I had already spent so many hours reading, I figured that I should just stay up and finish. Don't know if that's simply because the book is so good or had more to do with really enjoying those quiet midnight hours to myself.

Anyhow, back to the book... Wow, the lies that are told and the secrets that are kept are staggeri
Paula Espadinha
Embora não pese na minha avaliação do livro, quero começar por dizer q considero o título "confissão da parteira" um pouco infeliz!
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
Wow, what a rollercoaster of emotions this one is. This is a novel peopled by strong, well-rounded characters. Tara is coming to terms with the recent loss of her husband in a car accident. She has a wonderful support network: her husbands partner Ian, Emerson her best friend since college and Noelle a midwife whom she met at college and who was present at the birth of her daughter Grace. Despite the support network Tara is struggling to come to terms with things, she worries that she may have i ...more
How well do you actually know someone? What types of secrets do people keep hidden? Emerson and Tara are faced with these questions when their best friend, Noelle takes her own life. Noelle, a midwife who was all about helping others, leaves those around her with more questions than answers. Told from multiple points of view, and through a series of flashbacks we slowly get to know Noelle; her upbringing, her life, and her secrets. When Emerson finds an unfinished letter that Noelle started to w ...more
The Midwife's Confession by Diane Chamberlain is a beautifully concocted mystery that incorporates family drama, friendship, love into a wonderfully enjoyable read. This is a book about discovering that someone you love and care about could be someone that you knew next to nothing about - and the illusion of familiarity can be shattered by merely a few words written on a piece of paper.

Noelle is a midwife, and an incredibly close friend to Tara and Emerson who are shocked to find out that Noell

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
Julie Smith (Knitting and Sundries)
This review first appeared on my blog:

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
I really don't know why I'm not giving this a 5. A story about best friends, mothers and daughters and the secrets that are kept and lies that are told...and how it can turn your life around for better or worse. I can honestly say that I don't know how authors come up with stories like this with so many twists and turns and still able to tell it seamlessly. I love Diane Chamberlain's work and this one was just as good as the rest. I will definitely recommend this book. Well done!

I received this
Cláudia P.
É um 3,75. Acho esta capa maravilhosa. É tão amorosa que só apetece embalar. Quanto ao livro, a sinopse deixa-nos curiosos, não adianta muito. Ficamos surpresos com uma série de acontecimentos. É um livro em que o feminino predomina, em que são os seus sonhos e vigências a ditar o desenrolar da história, seja qual for a sua idade. Opinião ainda esta semana no Blog.
Why has it taken me so long to read a Diane Chamberlain book?! Right from the begining this book grabbed me. With all the twists and turns. I had my idea of what was going to happen but at each turn I would doubt myself.
Jackie Lane
Three college friends remain close after graduation Noelle, Emerson and Tara and settle near one another. Noelle is unmarried and she works as a midwife, Tara had recently lost her husband in a car crash and was having a difficult time with her teenage daughter. Emerson had the opposite relationship. She and her husband were happily married and she had wonderful relationship with her daughter.

Noelle’s has a secret past and when she commits suicide, she sends the other two into a whirlwind trying
I picked this up in a supermarket, because I had an hour to kill waiting for someone. By the time my friend arrived, I wanted her to go away so I could finish the book. The novel focuses on the idea that you may not really know the people you know best, without slipping into the drippy or the maudlin. The prologue and opening chapter highlight two important facts about depression: that there's no telling when it will take you over the edge; it really can be that sudden, and that it is entirely p ...more
Stacie Vaughan
This book was absolutely amazing and I would say it’s now on my list of favourite books of all time. It was my first time reading Diane Chamberlain and I will definitely be picking up more of her books. Her writing reminds me of Jodi Picoult, another of my favourite authors.

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
Emma  Hoke
I guess the main reason I rated this book 3 stars was because I couldn't really connect to the characters. They didn't pop out of the page for me, and it made it harder to get into the book. The premiese was actually quite interesting and, at times, heartbreaking. But the reason for the whole mess was Noelle, who I really had a hard time sympathizing with. I mean, she did one horrible thing which led to another horrible thing and so on, a long chain of events that evetually led to her suicide a ...more
This was my first book by this author, and as a whole, I liked it a lot. It reminded me a lot of a Jodi Picoult novel, if that helps. Its a fascinating, gripping, page-turner, with some interesting characters and a good plot. I was drawn in to the story from the first page, and its hard to put down. That being said, I felt there were just a *few* too many twists/plots going on. The rest of the review may verge into spoiler territory, although I'll try and keep it vague.

Basically there are three
Cheryl "Mash"
Published by MIRA Books
ISBN-13: 978-0-7783-2986-2
At the request of Meryl L. Moss Media, an ARC TPB was sent, at no cost to me, for my honest opinion.
Synopsis (from back of book): 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 a
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Diane Chamberlain is the USA Today and London Times bestselling author of 23 novels published in more than twenty languages. 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 com ...more
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