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Readalong For ‘The Dream Daughter’

Read along with us on Diane Chamberlain’s latest book The Dream Daughter in a discussion led by Sheila Athens. 

What would a mother do if she knew a cure for her child existed, but only in the future?

Years ago, New York Times bestselling author Diane Chamberlain worked as a hospital social worker. Back then, babies died of illnesses that could now be treated. But what if a mother could travel through time to cure her child? This notion led Chamberlain to write her newest release, The Dream Daughter, which has been described as a “thrilling and mind-bending

In a departure from her previous novels but with that vintage Diane Chamberlain feel that readers have come to love, The Dream Daughter is a genre-spanning, breathtaking novel about one mother’s quest to save her child, unite her family and believe in the unbelievable. Chamberlain goes coast to coast, starting in North Carolina’s Outer Banks, to push the boundaries of faith and science to deliver a novel that readers will never forget.


Synopsis of The Dream Daughter

When Carly Sears, a young woman widowed by the Vietnam war, receives the news that her unborn baby girl has a heart defect, she is devastated. It is 1970, and she is told that nothing can be done to help her child. But her brother-in-law, a physicist with a mysterious past, tells her that perhaps there is a way to save her baby. What he suggests is something that will shatter every preconceived notion that Carly has. Something that will require a kind of strength and courage she never knew existed. Something that will mean an unimaginable leap of faith on Carly’s part. And all for the love of her unborn child.

Read an excerpt from the novel here


Praise for The Dream Daughter

“Chamberlain writes with supernatural gifts … fate, destiny, chance and hope combine for aheady  and breathless wonder of a read.” ― Pam Jenoff, author of The Orphan’s Tale

“Can a story be both mind-bending and heartfelt? In Diane Chamberlain’s hands, it can. The Dream Daughter will hold readers in anxious suspense until the last satisfying page.” — Therese Fowler, author of Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald


Reading Schedule

Part I (Chapters 1-34) – Discussion October 12-14
Part II (Chapters 35-63) – Discussion October 19-21
End-of-Book Discussion: Sunday, October 21, at 4 p.m. EST (3 p.m. CST)

All discussions take place on Twitter using the hashtags #DreamDaughterReadalong and #southernlit. Discussion notes and questions will be posted on Deep South on the first day of each discussion. We will also be interviewing Diane Chamberlain in early October and will invite her to join us in Twitter discussions.


Get the Book

The Dream Daughter releases on October 2 and is part of our 2018 Fall/Winter Reading List. View Chamberlain’s website to preorder the book, request via NetGalley, reserve from your local library or purchase from your local independent bookstore.


About Sheila Athens 

Sheila Athens is a reader, writer and book coach. Above all else, she’s a staunch believer in the power of story to change people’s lives. She lives in Jacksonville, Florida, but spends as much time as possible at the mountaintop log cabin she and her husband have built in the North Georgia mountains. She’s a not-shy introvert who loves quiet spaces and colorful reading glasses. Find her at SheilaAthens.com and on Instagram @SheilaAthensAuthor.

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