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The Midwife's Confession

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  33,652 ratings  ·  3,268 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 among 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
Paperback, 417 pages
Published June 17th 2011 by Mira Books (first published 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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Marcia I really don't think so. I think Noelle was a complicated individual who had a lot of issues she needed to deal with.…moreI really don't think so. I think Noelle was a complicated individual who had a lot of issues she needed to deal with. (less)

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Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is a powerful read which had me glued to my chair. I did not expect all the twists and turns of the plot, but they were amazing and kept my anticipation levels soaring. Well done, Ms. Chamberlain!

IMHO, you will be hard pressed to find anyone who can rival Diane Chamberlain when it comes to writing women's fiction. Her storylines are always intriguing and pull you in from the very beginning. Her character development is top notch and you feel intimately acquainted and invested in their
Sep 01, 2011 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
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
Apr 06, 2011 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
Feb 27, 2012 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.
Dec 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read many Diane Chamberlain books, and this was one of my favorites thus far.
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May 06, 2015 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
Jun 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it, easy read with many new twists and turns. Yes, at times unbelievable but a page turner for sure! I love her style.
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
B the BookAddict
Feb 25, 2014 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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Aug 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
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

Not because it was bad. But because I have just read so many books with a plot like this. I think I am burnt out on books revolving around domestic friendships gone wrong.

So this one is about a group of friends, female friends, and one commits suicide, leaving behind more questions then answers. Honestly it did seem good. But I am worn out from reading about cliques and their hidden secrets so I decided to pass on this. May pick it up later when I am more into the subject matter.
Apr 27, 2011 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
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG a shocker
Sep 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, z2015
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
Samantha March
May 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 28, 2012 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

Apr 03, 2011 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 ...more
Carol Brill
Apr 16, 2015 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.
May 26, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
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May 22, 2011 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
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
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: usa, fiction
It says on the front 'As Good As Jodi Picoult Or Your Money Back', no one will be asking for their money back. This was amazing!

I zoomed thought this book of firm friendship and tragic secrets. There were almost so many secrets, that it wasn't realistic. But I don't care, I still loved this. I have no idea how someone would deal with this situation, it would be heart breaking.

I would recommend if you are a fan of Picoult, this is actually better than some books I've read by her recently.
Jun 30, 2011 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
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 &
This is the first book I have read by Diane Chamberlain and not an easy one to review. The synopsis sounded really interesting so I decided to give it a try. Every chapter is told from the point of view of one of the characters which seemed fine at first but for me became ore and more confusing towards the end of the book. Initially I was intrigued by what was going on and keen to carry on. I try not to bring spoilers into my reviews,so sufficient to say that there are many twists and turns ...more
Shirley Revill
I read this book some time ago and really enjoyed reading this story. Didn't disappoint and one of my favourite books on my bookshelf. Recommended.
Feb 07, 2012 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
May 05, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is really beyond belief; too many lies, too many coincidences, too many cover ups, combined with sickly sweet relationships that seem based in lies and deceptions. However, it is an easy read and a page turner, insidiously making you think you really care how it turns out (although when you get to the end you realise you couldn't care less.) No more Diane Chamberlain for me!
I thought this book had too many twists. It was a well-researched although some plots came across as highly implausible. I didn’t think the characters were as developed as they should have been - which made them difficult to keep up with. Ok read - but not great.
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Diane Chamberlain is the New York Times, USA Today and (London) Sunday Times best-selling author of 27 novels. The daughter of a school principal who supplied her with a new book almost daily, Diane quickly learned the emotional power of story. Although she wrote many small “books” as a child, she didn’t seriously turn to writing fiction until her early thirties when she was waiting for a delayed ...more
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