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The Midwife's Confession

4.04  ·  Rating Details  ·  25,050 Ratings  ·  2,705 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

Kindle Edition, 425 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2011)
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Bobby Schimmel I don't think so but I can see how it may seem that way.
I was wondering throughout the book whether that would occur again as well. I was glad when it…more
I don't think so but I can see how it may seem that way.
I was wondering throughout the book whether that would occur again as well. I was glad when it did not though as I really liked the characters who would be affected. From what we learned about Sam's character, I got the impression that was a one-off lapse in judgement.(less)
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Mar 01, 2012 Lucy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Maria Espadinha
Aug 24, 2015 Maria Espadinha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Como sei que houve muita gente que nem sequer pegou neste livro, porque torceu o nariz logo que deu de caras com as palavras "confissão" e "parteira", quero começar por dizer que esta escolha de título não foi das mais felizes
Isto porque "parteira" cheira a maternidade, partos, recém-nascidos...e de facto este livro pouco tem a ver com isso
Quanto a mim, faria mais sentido intitulá-lo "O segredo da carta inacabada", pois foi esse o catalisador de toda a intriga

Bem...findo este preâmbulo que se de
Feb 27, 2012 Heather rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 20, 2011 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
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
The first book I ever read by Diane Chamberlain was Necessary Lies and I loved it! To this day, I remain impacted by its story and the historical issues I learned about. So needless to say, I jumped at the chance to read another one of Ms. Chamberlain's women's fiction novels! I know it's unfair to compare an author's books, but as a reader with a fair amount of natural expectation, I can't help it. My reading experience with The Midwife's Confession was good... but I was hoping for awesome. I'm ...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 really liked it  ·  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
Sep 18, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
I like some drama in my books. It's always interesting to read. However Diane Chamberlain certainly knows how to overdo it. This was SO dramatic. There were so many twists and a lot of them were unnecessary. A few of the dramatic elements didn't actually add a single thing to the book. The book reminded me of Desperate Housewives or Devious Maids, it was THAT dramatic.

The characters were okay. I felt like Ermerson, Noelle and Tara were done the best. The rest of the characters all felt a little
Love Fool
May 06, 2015 Love Fool rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.

Diane Chamberlain has become an author I like and want to read all her books. She is tale
Apr 03, 2014 Margarida rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wishlist
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
B the BookAddict
Mar 15, 2014 B the BookAddict rated it liked it  ·  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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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
May 27, 2016 Carla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quando comecei a ler este livro não fazia a mínima ideia daquilo que me aguardava.
Este foi até agora o melhor livro que li este ano, cheio de intrigas, mentiras, incertezas...mas carregado de amor e uma forte amizade que une três mulheres, Tara, Noelle e Emerson.
Uma história que me prendeu desde o seu início e que não consegui parar de ler sempre que tinha um bocadinho de tempo.
Adorei a escrita desta autora que desconhecia, a forma como ela fez com que eu como leitora me sentisse como uma perso
Nov 15, 2012 T&C rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
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May 09, 2016 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gostei muito deste livro. Uma história emocionante, com muitas reviravoltas, que nos prende do principio ao fim. E se pensam que vão ler muitas descrições de partos e nascimentos de bebés desenganem-se, é de facto em torno da profissão de parteira que gira a história mas tem muito mais que se lhe diga. Só não digo que é perfeito porque achei o final abrupto, penso que merecia ter sido tratado com um pouco mais de cuidado, mesmo que isso implicasse mais umas quantas folhas para ler. Recomendo poi ...more
Apr 04, 2011 Christa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook-arc
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
Carol Brill
Apr 21, 2015 Carol Brill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Compelling characters and plot twist that kept me engaged from the first page.
Noelle is a midwife who has carried the burden of heartbreaking secrets for years. As the book opens, she has decided it's time to let go of the weight and kill herself. Her best friends, Emerson and Tara can't believe they missed whatever drove her to this decision. They find a mysterious letter, a confession to a woman named Anna among her belongings. As they dig for answers, they uncover one secret after another.
Jun 06, 2011 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads
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
Jun 30, 2011 Sabrina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 08, 2015 Myrna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Interesting read. Started out slow and too dramatic but it got better as I read. Very touching mother-daughter moments.
May 12, 2016 Marleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How many secrets can one person have, I wonder.
At the beginning of this captivating story, we are confronted with the mysterious suicide of a woman – named Noelle, who was single and a midwife by trade.
Page after page, and told through the eyes of her best friends, Tara and Emerson, we discover that Noelle kept more than just one secret. Honestly, she had many. I admit I thought that was all a bit much for one woman to withhold from her friends, but then it lends itself to a compelling & en
Paula Espadinha
Aug 13, 2013 Paula Espadinha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 15, 2013 Carol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A story of friends, families, betrayals and an unimaginable shocker of a secret that will break your heart.

Just after Sam's automobile accident and death,Tara and her daughter Grace are having a difficult time trying to cope when Tara and her friend Emerson's closest friend Noelle commits suicide. The two friends decide to solve the mystery of her death and find many surprises along the way with personal consequences.

Although the secret is pretty hard to take, this book is now o

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
Feb 15, 2012 Leslie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Denise Gianelli
Sep 14, 2013 Denise Gianelli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is full of emotion, surprise, relationships ( mother and daughters and friends) more surprises until the last page! Great characters, great read!
Feb 22, 2011 UKDana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 09, 2011 Joanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Diane Chamberlain is the USA Today and Sunday Times bestselling author of 24 novels published in more than twenty languages. Some of her most popular books include Necessary Lies, The Silent Sister, The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes, and The Keeper of the Light Trilogy. Diane likes to write complex stories about relationships between men and women, parents and children, brothers and sisters, and fr ...more
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