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 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 ...more
I was wondering throughout the book whether that would occur again as well. I was glad when it…moreI 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)
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 ...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 ...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 ...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. ...more
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 ...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
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
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.
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 ...more
The characters were okay. I felt like Ermerson, Noelle and Tara were done the best. The rest of the characters all felt a little ...more
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...more
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.
As with many of her books, just when you think you've got it figured out Chamberlain throws you another curveball. And ...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 ...more
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.
** Just ...more
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 & ...more
Anyhow, back to the book... Wow, the lies that are told and the secrets that are kept are ...more
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