Once again Diane Chamberlain’s strong women and addicting plot lines kept me transfixed with The Midwife’s Confession. When midwife, Noelle, commits suicide suddenly, her two best friends, Tara and Emerson, delve into her life to figure out how they missed the signs Noelle was in trouble. As they explore her past, they uncover secrets that challenge their friendships and everything they think they know about their lives.
With small pieces of information, Tara and Emerson are forced to reexamine the lives the lead. When Tara learns her husband and Noelle met frequently for lunch without her knowledge, it immediately tarnishes her perception of her recently deceased husband. As secrets are revealed, the women’s friendships are tested. I was swept away with Chamerlain’s strong women, who seemed so real. Some of the story developments seemed obvious, but then the story took a quick turn and surprised me! I also appreciated that the entire book did not revolve around babies and pregnancy. Tara and Emerson lived lives full of emotion, yet focused on other events. Despite the fantastic writing, the book got off to a slow start for me, but by the one hundred page mark, I couldn’t wait to see what the secrets were and stayed up late to finish the book in one night – the ultimate sign of a good book for me! The book examines love and motherhood in a variety of forms that would appeal easily to readers who are not mothers.
I can’t wait to read more from this author.