Jun 19, 2011

Book Review: The Midwife's Confession by Diane Chamberlain

The Midwife's Confession

The Midwife's Confession
Author:  Diane Chamberlain
Publisher:  Mira
Date Published:  April 26th 2011

From Goodreads:  

Dear Anna,
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.


Diane Chamberlain does not get the recognition she deserves.  She is a brilliant storyteller, one of the best out there.  

I knew The Midwife's Confession was going to take me on a ride, and I was prepared to stay up late like I always do when reading one of her books.   The story is about friendships, secrets, and love..aren't all her books.  After Noelle's death her close friends Tara and Emerson begin the unravel Noelle's secret life.  They begin to wonder if they even knew Noelle.  I'm very patient reading a Diane Chamberlain book because I know that in the ending when all is explained and out I will be satisfied. It's like going through a maze.  There are so many dead ends in her story, but it is so well written I shake my head at her brilliant storytelling.  There is something comforting about her writing.  It flows with just the right amount of pacing, descriptives, and insights into characters.  

I well always seek out Diane Chamberlain's book.  The Midwife's Confession is a great read, but be prepared to stay up late. 


  1. I will have to get started on this! It sounds great...and has been sitting on my shelf for too long!

  2. I've been seeing a lot of reviews for this lately, and it looks really good! Maybe I'll be able to find it at the library today.


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