THE DREAM DAUGH­TER Diane Cham­ber­lain

The Gympie Times - - WEEKEND - CARINA BRUCE VER­DICT: A jour­ney with heart

MACMIL­LAN, RRP $25 Preg­nant Carly Sears is dev­as­tated to dis­cover her un­born daugh­ter, her only link to her soldier hus­band lost in the Viet­nam War, has a heart de­fect that can­not be re­paired by the lim­ited med­i­cal tech­nol­ogy avail­able in 1970. But her brother-in-law Hunter, a physi­cist with an un­canny abil­ity to pre­dict the fu­ture, sug­gests a shock so­lu­tion — al­beit with no guar­an­tees of suc­cess or sur­vival. It re­quires a huge leap of faith from Carly — one that will take her away from her fam­ily, pos­si­bly for­ever. Without giv­ing too much away, this is his­tor­i­cal fic­tion with a dif­fer­ence, com­bin­ing un­ex­pected twists and jour­neys with Carly’s un­re­lent­ing love, sac­ri­fice and vi­sion for her daugh­ter. Cham­ber­lain, a US au­thor of more than two dozen best-sell­ing nov­els, cap­tures Carly’s courage, uncer­tainty and heartache en­twined with the enor­mous risks and steps a mother will take to en­sure her child’s safety, now and in the fu­ture.

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