THE DREAM DAUGHTER Diane Chamberlain
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.