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From bestselling author Diane Chamberlain comes an irresistible new novel.

When Caroline Sears receives the news that her unborn baby girl has a heart defect, she is devastated. It is 1970 and there seems to be little that can be done. But her brother-in-law, a physicist, tells her that perhaps there is. Hunter appeared in their lives just a few years before—and his appear
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Hardcover, 371 pages
Published October 2nd 2018 by St. Martin's Press
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Deanna
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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5 Stars!!!!!

I have been reading Diane Chamberlain’s books for many years and I am always excited when a new book is going to be released. Needless to say, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to read an early copy of “ The Dream Daughter ”.

I think that the blurb for this book is very well written. It doesn’t give all the good stuff away, and I promise I won’t either. I didn’t know very much going into this novel and I’m
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Mary Beth
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

The year is 1970 and Caroline Sears baby has a heart defect and the baby needs surgery, and really does not have a chance. The only chance for her baby is to time travel to the time period that they have this surgery.

To save the baby, she would need to have feral surgery or it wouldn't have a chance to live. Carly's brother in law is a physicist and he knows how to time travel. Carly asks Hunter, How do you time travel and travel to the future? Hunter has it all figured out. Hunter tel
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Elyse  Walters
I received this book in the mail late afternoon yesterday.
I read the entire book ‘this’ afternoon in one sitting.....comfort -reading - dream world!!!!!

Since this book does not come out until Oct. 2018...
I’ll write a review closer to the publishing date.

But for now .... let me just say... sometimes a book like this is the PERFECT BOOK DATE!!!
VIVA-LA-MELTY!!!!!!
I melted into Diane Chamberlain’s storytelling

Want to know more details?/!
BABY TIDBITS:
The prologue begins in April, 1965, Chapel Hi
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Chelsea Humphrey
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Chelsea by: St. Martin's Press
Shelves: from-publisher
Where to begin? I feel at a loss for words because this book meant so much to me, and I want to convey that to you, but I'm having trouble finding the right words to do that. I tried to go into this one as blind as possible, which turned out to be a swell idea; as Goodreads friend and reviewer Dee stated before me, "I think that the blurb for this book is very well written. It doesn’t give all the good stuff away, and I promise I won’t either. I didn’t know very much going into this novel and I’ ...more
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
***EXCEPTIONAL BOOK ABOUT TIME TRAVEL AND A MOTHER'S LOVE***
I’m not a usual fan of time travel with a few exceptions but this was so much more! I’ve never read a book by Ms. Chamberlain but I certainly will be adding her books to my TBR list. This book is really about a mother and the choices she will make to ensure that her baby will survive first of all and also to have a healthy and happy life.

The book’s prologue starts in 1965 when Caroline Grant, a PT, meets Hunter Poole in a hospital in Ch
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Angela M
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
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BernLuvsBooks
👶🏻5 Stars for this Powerful story of Family, Love, Loss & Hope!👩🏻

The Dream Daughter grabbed me from the onset. I was never bored with the story - the twists just kept coming right along with the heartache. Despite its sci-fi elements this story was so relatable for me as a mother. At its core/heart this is a story of the overwhelming power of a mother's love.

It's 1970 and Carly learns her unborn child has a fatal heart defect for which there is no treatment. Faced with this devastating news she
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Melisa
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh, this book. This book wrecked me in the best possible way. All the stars and tears.

I was so very wary about coming into this one because: time travel. It’s not my jam. But Diane Chamberlain just flipped the script on my skeptical behind and blew this out of the water.

In a nutshell, this is a story of a mother’s unconditional, unrelenting love and how she will do anything and everything for her daughter. As a mother myself, I found this to be so beautifully relatable and understood this feel
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Norma
Captivating, breathtaking & unputdownable!

Wow! I absolutely love DIANE CHAMBERLAIN and this book was phenomenal, one of my top books of the year.

THE DREAM DAUGHTER by DIANE CHAMBERLAIN is an irresistible, powerful and deeply moving story that immediately captured my attention and my heart. It had me in tears so many times over the course of reading this emotionally captivating story and in the end, it left me with feelings of such warmth in my heart.

I am so glad that I go into my books totally
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Mischenko
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My review may contain mild spoilers:

It’s 1970 and Carly has just lost her husband in Vietnam. She discovers that she’s pregnant, and now she’s told by her doctor that they believe the baby has a heart condition. Her brother-in-law, Hunter, finds a facility that can confirm exactly what’s wrong with the baby’s heart. Once the test is complete, she learns that her unborn child has a heart defect that cannot be repaired. They confirm that the baby will not be able to live once it’s born and there i
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Carol
5 Unputdownable - Loved every minute of it Stars!

HUGE fan of time travel here, but even if you're not, know that Diane Chamberlain's upcoming new novel delivers just the right mix of present day and historical content with....NO awkward bouncing around.

It all begins in 1965 Chapel Hill, North Carolina when a lightbulb goes off in the head of a silent and mysterious man in rehab.

With no wasted words, the storyline develops....and quickly intensifies....with tough decisions to be made based on th

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Berit☀️✨
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A captivating exquisitely told story about the power of a mother’s love💕

WOW! WOW! WOW! This was simply book perfection! It already has a spot on my “Fave“ shelf! As well as a spot in my heart! The thing I am most proud of in my life is being a mom; and the three people I love the most in my life are my three amazing children! And even though they are pretty much all grown up now I would do anything to protect any of them! So of course I could not help but put myself in Carly‘s position in this
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Christine
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Christine by: St Martins Press email invite thru NG
When I heard this novel involves science fiction, I decided to take a pass. But when the publisher offered me a chance to read an advanced review copy, I couldn’t resist, as after all, this is Diane Chamberlain. It turns out the science fiction angle is only a means to deliver a wonderful story dealing with love, family, and the courage to do the right thing. I loved it.

The book got off to a bit of a slow start for me, but around 40% or so I was totally hooked. Carly’s mysterious brother-in-law
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
5 stars for this full of hope read! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Huge Diane Chamberlain fan checking in! The Dream Daughter is easily vying for top spot in my favorite reads from her.

In the opening scene, Carly, a physical therapist, is introduced to Hunter, a mysterious psychiatric patient doctors think was injured during an attempted suicide. Flash forward several years, and Hunter is married to Carly’s sister, Patti.

In that same time period (the early 1970s), Carly finds out that her unborn baby has a he
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Paromjit
Diane Chamberlain writes a multi-layered, genre crossing and complex novel that is emotionally heartbreaking and moving. Through the device of time travel she outlines just how much the world has changed from the turbulent 1970s to the beginnings of this century and the momentous events that occurred such as 9/11. In 1970 in Maryland, 26 year old Caroline 'Carly' Sears has faced difficult times with the loss of her husband in the Vietnam War. She is pregnant and expecting his child, when she rec ...more
MarilynW
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The year is 1970. Soon after she learns that her husband was killed in Vietnam, twenty-seven year old Carly learns that she is pregnant. Then she learns that her baby has a heart defect that will kill her shortly after she is born. That is when Carly's brother in law, Hunter, tells her that he is a time traveler and can arrange for her to travel to the year 2001, when there is surgery available that may be able to save her baby's life.

Despite the fear of leaving her only remaining family member
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Jennifer Masterson
I must have tried 20 books. I quit all of them. Then I tried this one and I could not get enough of it! What a beautiful and moving novel! I ended up savoring the last part of it because I didn’t want it to end. I have been in a book rut for months.

I had no idea what this was about. I just decided to try it. It’s best not to read too many reviews. You do not need to love sci-fi to enjoy this one. A little suspension of disbelief and you’re golden!

I listened to the audio version. It’s fabulous!
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Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: womens-fiction
Uplifting, heartfelt, and addictive—Diane Chamberlain’s newest book The Dream Daughter is one that I won’t soon forget! This is truly the story of the immense amount of love that one woman has to give, and how that love can transform and transport through time and across boundaries to bring her together with those she loves most. I can’t wait for readers to experience the beauty of this story for themselves!

See my full review and some more goodies on my blog PhDiva.blog

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In 1965 Hunt
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Holly  B
This story surprised me in many ways.  It was much more emotional than I was expecting and the unique blend of genres kept me satisfied with so many tense moments woven in (yes, edge of your seat moments)!

I enjoyed the author's writing style and how she kept me invested in the story line. I related to the mother, Caroline (Carly) and could feel the love she had for her unborn child.  She is devastated when she learns her child has a heart defect and at the time (1970), no fetal procedures existe
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Debra
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 stars

What would you do to save your child?

That really is the question in this book. Caroline Sears receives word that her unborn baby has a fatal heart defect. She is devastated, she has lost so much already. Her husband has gone missing and is presumed dead in Vietnam. Then one day her brother-in-law, Hunter comes to Caroline/Carly with some startling news. He believes there is a way that her unborn baby can be saved. She needs to suspend some disbelief. The reader needs to suspend some dis
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Jayme
Jan 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
For the second time this month, I have been transported back in time through the words of a book, to a year in our history which is very reminiscent of what is also going on in our Country today.

The Year is 1970 and our nation is very divided by the Vietnam War.
Protests are getting violent, and the National Guard has been called out.

Caroline “Carly” Sears has just lost her husband Joe, in the war, when she discovers that her unborn baby, has a heart defect. There is little that can be done, bu
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Julie
The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain is a 2018 St. Martin’s Press publication.

A frenetic, heart wrenching, but captivating story of strength, hope, and love-

It’s 1970-

Caroline ‘Carly’ Sears is newly widowed and expecting her first child. If this weren’t stressful enough, her doctors believe her unborn child may have a fatal heart defect. With her sister and brother-in-law by her side, Carly may need to accept the reality that her child will die soon after she is born.

Hunter, a physicist, h
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Diane S ☔
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-read
3.5 I have said many, many times that I have difficulties with novels!s that deal with time travel. Before this one there has been only one other, that by Kearsley, that I ended up enjoying. So why is that? In this case I loved most of the characters,but most of all I loved the unique situation presented in this book, a mother fighting for her unborn child's future. If what was possible in this book, was actual!y possible in reality, I can't think of a mother who wouldn't have done exactly what ...more
Sue
I’ve always loved Diane Chamberlains books. Been reading them for many a year and always know I’m in for a good solid read each time I pick up her newest book.

When I began reading this I have to be honest that I said to my daughter, I’m not sure about this storyline. If I didn’t know better I would think I’m reading a different authors work.

But low and behold all of a sudden this took hold of me and I literally couldn’t put the book downl I was totally in awe of this author taking a path that s
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Cheri
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4.5 Stars

”As you wander through this troubled world
In search of all things beautiful
You can close your eyes when you're miles away
And hear my voice like a serenade”

--Lullaby,Dixie Chicks, Songwriters: Dan Wilson / Emily Robison / Martie Maguire / Natalie Maines

I think I might be the only one who has never read a Diane Chamberlain book before, but after reading a few goodreads friends reviews, I knew this was one I wanted to read. I was inundated with other books when I did re
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Mackey
The Dream Daughter is a moving novel illustrating that a mother's love knows no boundaries....

Carly has been dealt two blows within a short time-frame. The year is 1970, and she has just been informed that her husband has been killed in Vietnam. The child she is carrying has been diagnosed with a heart defect and will either die before or shortly after its birth. This child is her only remaining connection to the man she dearly loved and she will go to any lengths to save its life - including tr
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Gabby
So good, so heartbreaking. An amazing story that is simultaneously historical fiction and science fiction. We follow a young woman named Carly who is living in the 1970’s. She’s dealing with a horrible situation, her husband recently died in the Vietnam war, and she just discovered she’s pregnant, but the baby has a heart defect that will likely kill it shortly after birth. Carly then discovers her brother in law Hunter is actually a time traveler and he’s from the future, and he wants to send h ...more
Brenda ~Traveling Sister is frustrated with GR
Diane Chamberlain has taken a dream or maybe a fantasy here in this story that I think a few mothers have dreamed about. Being able to travel through time to save their child. To be given a chance to change or do something more for your unhealthy child. She took my dream and wrote a heartbreaking and heartwarming story that brought life to this fantasy and made the unbelievable so real for me.

The Dream Daughter blends the unrealistic dream of time traveling with the story of a mother’s love, ho
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Linda
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Slide over. Sit a spell......

Truth be told, I didn't find myself drawn into the first few pages of this novel. The Dream Daughter has Diane Chamberlain handing over a heavy-ladened sandwich on a bendable paper plate. After the first bite, you begin asking yourself what, indeed, is in this hard-to-describe secret sauce that keeps you salivating for the next bite?

This, dear readers, is not my usual fare. I'm not drawn to the likes of time travel, although it does intrigue me. What makes all the d
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Veronica ⭐️
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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It’s 1970 and Caroline (Carly) is 24 weeks pregnant when she has an ultra sound revealing her baby has a heart defect. He husband Joe has been killed in the war in Vietnam and this baby is all that is keeping her from falling apart.

Carly’s brother-in-law Hunter, has a proposition; something that could be her baby’s only chance of survival. Something that is completely alien to everything Carly knows but she will do anything to save their baby. It is all s
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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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