Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Quick Review: "The Midwife's Confession" by Diane Chamberlain

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.

My Thoughts:

Likes:  The synopsis of The Midwife's Confession sucked me in immediately and the story did the same.  The story itself was engaging and kept me wanting to know more and even when I thought I had figured everything out, I really hadn't.  Normally I don't like books with multiple characters' points of view, but it actually worked for this book.

Characters:  I did not like Noelle at all.  I couldn't tell if I was supposed to feel sorry for her or not but she was such a difficult character to like.  Yes, she was self-less and spent her life catering to the needs of others but she was also so self-absorbed, like she couldn't let anyone else see the real her (except one person).  Maybe if she had been more open with her friends and family, things wouldn't have turned out the way they did.  It was kind of frustrating to watch her just make a mess of her life.

Dislikes:  While the story kept me interested, it was so unbelievable.  It felt like the author kept throwing in crazy scenarios to make the story even more dramatic.  There is no way any of that stuff could happen to one group of people.

Despite my issues with some aspects of the story, it was a quick, easy and entertaining read.  3 stars.

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