Title: The Midwife’s Confession
Author: Diane Chamberlain
Publisher: Mira Books
Publication Date: April 26, 2011
Paperback: 432 pages
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.
Yet there was so much they didn’t know.
With the discovery of the letter and its heartbreaking secret, Noelle’s friends begin to uncover the truth about this complex woman who touched each of their lives–and the life of a desperate stranger–with love and betrayal, compassion and deceit.
Told with sensitivity and insight, The Midwife’s Confession will have you turning pages late into the night.
The Midwife’s Confession by Diane Chamberlain is a heart-wrenching, masterful work dealing with the very difficult issue of suicide and the questions that remain unanswered when a friend or loved one takes their own life. When Tara’s and Emerson’s very close friend and midwife, Noelle, commits suicide, they are not only shocked because they did not believe this was in Noelle’s character, but they eventually discover that their friend had secrets that ultimately allowed some connection to be made between Noelle’s life and her death. Tara and Emerson discover Noelle’s written confession, a letter that she did not complete before taking her own life, and along with other clues, the two women endeavor to solve the mystery of their friend’s devastating decision. The work is fast paced and rather suspenseful, leading up to the unexpected and most shocking revelation towards the book’s conclusion. Readers will experience a wide range of emotions in this story of love, cruelty, deception, and death. Chamberlain’s character descriptions make these women very real, flawed, and believable, all marks of a master storyteller and I believe The Midwife’s Confession would make for a powerful book for any reading and an extraordinary discussion group choice.
To learn more about author Diane Chamberlain, please visit her website.
I received a complimentary ARC of The Midwife’s Confession by Diane Chamberlain from Meryl L. Moss Media Relations, Inc. to offer my honest review of the book. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned book.