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The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers

Diane Chamberlain has done it again, she has left us all reaching for a tissue after reading this story.  Be prepared and grab some tissues, a nice comforting beverage and find that special spot to curl up with this book.  If you read this one, grab another book by her.  I think it’s required things for most of her books. Got to love the books that leave us emotional.

The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain

Web_L057-3_brunette_green-eyesBrenda’s review 

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, hope and sacrifices for her unhealthy unborn child. Diane Chamberlain captures the length a heartbroken mother will go to save her child. Going on only hope and faith in her brother-in-law she risks everything and takes a chance to change the path for her unborn child.

This story pulled at my momma heartstrings and left this non-crier looking for tissues after finishing this story. I highly recommend.

Print_L435-2_auburn_green eyesNorma’s review

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 blind because not knowing anything beforehand about this story was definitely very pleasing and appealing. I absolutely loved the direction that this story took and totally embraced it.

DIANE CHAMBERLAIN delivers a beautifully written, unique, magnificent and intense story here with absolutely wonderful, relatable and compelling characters. The emotions and compassion that you feel for them are so palpable. My heart especially went out to Carly. Her unconditional love, courage, and strength were absolutely admirable and I felt so much compassion for her.

I do love my thrillers but I also love stories that take me on an emotional journey and this one definitely moved and touched me.

Thank you from both of us to NetGalley, St Martin’s Press and Diane Chamberlain for a copy to read and review.

Web_L301-3_brunette_brown eyesSuzy’s review

What a beautiful, heartwarming, addictive and truly unique book I just read! Diane Chamberlain, you’re quite an awesome storyteller!

I’ve never been a fan of science fiction type novels, let alone time travel. Please don’t let this be the reason you don’t want to read this fabulous book! It’s so much more than that. It’s about a mother’s love and sacrifice and what lengths she will go to for her child. I’m SO thankful that I didn’t let that hinder my decision to join some of my fellow Traveling Sisters in reading this.

I was hooked from the first page. I loved all of the characters – primary and secondary – which added a lot of depth to the story. I want to keep my review short because I don’t want to give anything away. It never slowed down, I never felt bored and cannot imagine giving it anything less than all the stars. The ending was perfection. Simply wonderful.

Web_LF05-1_brunette_green-eyesFrom Stephanie’s’ review

The Dream Daughter is about a mother’s frantic, urgent, and passionate need to do anything and everything within her power to save and protect her unborn child.

The Dream Daughter is just gorgeous, flawless writing. It is a heartwrenching, emotional story but it’s joyful too. I actually finished reading this several weeks ago, and I’m still feeling so many emotions after reading this superb book! I really loved this book, and it’s now my favorite book by Chamberlain. Of course, I highly recommend it to everyone and hope anyone who reads it loves it too! For Stephanie’s full review

Norma’s Stats:
Cover: Affecting, fascinating, suspenseful, eye-catching, piqued my interest, and an extremely fitting representation to storyline. The significance of this cover after reading this novel definitely made its impact on me.
Title: Oh my that title….that is all I’m going to say!
Writing/Prose: Well-written, beautiful, captivating, skilled, and proficient. I absolutely love this author’s writing style and will read anything she writes.
Plot: Suspenseful, thought-provoking, heartbreaking, heartwarming, complex, imaginative, perfectly-paced, enjoyable and extremely entertaining.
Ending: Tearjerker, satisfying, and heartwarming that gave me that gratifying afterglow upon finishing.
Overall: This book contained all the elements that I absolutely love in my books. For me, this was book perfection! Would highly recommend!

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Lets chat!  Have you read Dream Daughter?  Want to read it?  Have you read any other books by Diane Chamberlain?  Drop us a comment!  We would love to hear from you?

 

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Falling Behind Friday #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers

Happy Friday!!!  Friday is here and it’s that time again when we chat about books we have been falling behind on with Kim@It’s All About the Thrill and Christina@Recipe and a Read . We thought it would be fun to focus on a couple of titles and chat about them.  Pop on over and check out their posts.  They will be sure to have you on the floor laughing with their fun posts.

I have done a little book travels on our titles for this week to find some buzz to help us decide when we should start reading these titles.  So please join in on our discussion and let us know if you have read these titles and if you recommend we read them right away.

Today I am featuring two books that have been on our list of books we have fallen behind on.  Both I am really excited to read but for some reason or another they kept getting lost or buried under so many other titles.

Lindsay and I have fallen behind on one of our most anticipated books The Girl They Left Behind by Roxanne Veletzos. I am not even too sure how that happened.  It seems to be getting some great buzz.  Being an anticipated one Norma did start it and is almost finished.  She is cheering it’s praise so far.  Our Traveling Sister Marialyce @ yaya-read loved this it and her review has me wanting to jump into this one right away.

Zoe@What’s Better Than Books has caught my attention with this  ‘Overall, The Girl They Left Behind is the perfect blend of historical facts, compelling fiction, and palpable emotion”  from her review.

From Goodreads

A sweeping family saga and love story that offers a vivid and unique portrayal of life in war-torn 1941 Bucharest and life behind the Iron Curtain during the Soviet Union occupation—perfect for fans of Lilac Girls and Sarah’s Key.

On a freezing night in January 1941, a little Jewish girl is found on the steps of an apartment building in Bucharest. With Romania recently allied with the Nazis, the Jewish population is in grave danger, undergoing increasingly violent persecution. The girl is placed in an orphanage and eventually adopted by a wealthy childless couple who name her Natalia. As she assimilates into her new life, she all but forgets the parents who were forced to leave her behind. They are even further from her mind when Romania falls under Soviet occupation.

Yet, as Natalia comes of age in a bleak and hopeless world, traces of her identity pierce the surface of her everyday life, leading gradually to a discovery that will change her destiny. She has a secret crush on Victor, an intense young man who as an impoverished student befriended her family long ago. Years later, when Natalia is in her early twenties and working at a warehouse packing fruit, she and Victor, now an important official in the Communist regime, cross paths again. This time they are fatefully drawn into a passionate affair despite the obstacles swirling around them and Victor’s dark secrets.

When Natalia is suddenly offered a one-time chance at freedom, Victor is determined to help her escape, even if it means losing her. Natalia must make an agonizing decision: remain in Bucharest with her beloved adoptive parents and the man she has come to love, or seize the chance to finally live life on her own terms, and to confront the painful enigma of her past.

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While chatting with Kim she mentioned she has fallen behind on  The Winters by Lisa Gabriele. I have had it my Edelweiss shelve for some time now.  I have seen a bit of buzz along my book travels and have been wanting to read it.  When I saw a copy at our most amazing new library I had to take it home with me.   Kim is chatting about this one over on her blog.

Our Traveling Sister Debra@Open Book Post read it and her review has me really wanting to read it soon.

Michelle @ Books on a Book Shelve had me wanting to dive into this one with saying this on her review  “What started off as a seemingly beautiful love story ended up dark and sinister…”

From Goodreads

“From the brilliant first line to the shattering conclusion, The Winters will draw you in and leave you breathless. . . . A must read.” —Liv Constantine, author of The Last Mrs. Parrish

Inspired by Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, a spellbindingly suspenseful novel set in the moneyed world of the Hamptons, about secrets that refuse to remain buried and consequences that can’t be escaped

After a whirlwind romance, a young woman returns to the opulent, secluded Long Island mansion of her new fiancé Max Winter—a wealthy politician and recent widower—and a life of luxury she’s never known. But all is not as it appears at the Asherley estate. The house is steeped in the memory of Max’s beautiful first wife Rebekah, who haunts the young woman’s imagination and feeds her uncertainties, while his very alive teenage daughter Dani makes her life a living hell. She soon realizes there is no clear place for her in this twisted little family: Max and Dani circle each other like cats, a dynamic that both repels and fascinates her, and he harbors political ambitions with which he will allow no woman—alive or dead—to interfere.

As the soon-to-be second Mrs. Winter grows more in love with Max, and more afraid of Dani, she is drawn deeper into the family’s dark secrets—the kind of secrets that could kill her, too. The Winters is a riveting story about what happens when a family’s ghosts resurface and threaten to upend everything.

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Let’s Chat about books we have fallen behind on.  Have you read either of these titles?  Let us know your thoughts on them.  Help us decide if we should catch up on them or fall behind some more on them.

Want to join us on chatting about a couple titles you have fallen behind on?  Join us on Fridays with our Falling Behind Friday meme where you chat about a couple books you have fallen behind on and then link Kim, Christina and us so we can travel on over and check out your post.  Drop your link in the comment section for everyone to check it out.

Do you have a book or two you would like to chat about? Is your fallen behind list longer than your TBR one?  Drop us a comment!  We would love to hear from you!