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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: MIRA (17 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778304663
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778304661
  • Product Dimensions: 0.1 x 0.1 x 0.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (910 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Award-winning author Diane Chamberlain, was born and raised in Plainfield, New Jersey, and attended Glassboro State University. She also lived for many years in both San Diego and northern Virginia, where she still resides.
Diane received her master's degree in clinical social work from San Diego State University.

Prior to her writing career, she was a medical social worker at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego and Children's Hospital in Washington, D.C. She also was a psychotherapist in private practice in Alexandria, Virginia., working primarily with adolescents. Diane's background in psychology and her work in hospitals has given her a keen interest in understanding the way people tick, as well as the background necessary to create real, living, breathing characters.

Several years ago, Diane was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, which has changed the way she works: she occasionally types using voice recognition software. She feels fortunate that her arthritis is not more severe and that she is able to enjoy everyday activities as well as keep up with a busy travel schedule.

When not writing, Diane enjoys fixing up her house, playing with her three-legged Bernese Mountain Dog, Bruin, getting together with her friends and grown stepdaughters, and singing with an interfaith gospel choir.

Diane is the author of the bestselling Midwife's Confession. Her new book Keeper of the Light is out in January 2012


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"So full of unexpected twists you'll find yourself wanting to finish it in one sitting. Fans of Jodi Picoult's style will love how Diane Chamberlain writes." --Candis

"Diane Chamberlain is the Southern Jodi Picoult." --New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe

About the Author

Diane is the award-winning author of 14 novels - including The Lost Daughter, The Bay at Midnight, Before The Storm, Secrets She Left Behind, Breaking the Silence and The Lies We Told. Her background in psychology and work in hospitals has given her a keen interest in understanding the way people tick, as well as the background necessary to create real, living, breathing characters.

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Beansmummy TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 April 2011
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I LOVED this book; I resented any interruption while I was reading it, and missed it when I finished it!

The tragic story of the life of Noelle, who has suffered time and time again unbeknown to her closest friends, is heartbreaking. The book starts with her suicide, and goes on to explain the backdrop to it, and ultimately the awful secret with which she has never been able to come to terms, which finally led to her suicide.

The characters are rich, believable and likeable, and their close relationships ring true. As another reviewer has said, the book underlines how little we often know of even our closest friends, in this case with tragic consequences.

I have only read one of Diane Chamberlain's books before. This one has inspired me to read anything and everything else she has written; an absolutely brilliantly crafted work, a great read, a wonderful story.
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207 of 211 people found the following review helpful By laineyf TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Mar. 2011
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'The Midwife's Confession' is brilliant!! Noelle is the midwife in the story, and Emerson and Tara are her best friends. Or so they thought. As Noelle's story unfolds, it becomes apparent that no one really knows her - not her friends, lovers, colleagues, or anyone. Her life is so entwined with those of Tara and Emerson, in ways that they had no idea of. Tara is married to Sam, and has a daughter, Grace. Emerson is married to Ted, and has a daughter, Jenny. Jenny and Grace are best friends, just like their mothers. Noelle is the midwife who has helped many women in their hour of need, assisting the birth of their babies, encouraging and supporting them. However, it soon becomes apparent that all is not as it seems, and that Noelle is nursing a dark secret that threatens to overwhelm everyone. Basically, this book illustrates that we never really KNOW anyone - we only know the bits that they want to share with us. The truth will ALWAYS come out, bringing devastation and destruction with it. This is such a well written, well plotted book, with totally believable characters. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and would happily recommend it.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm Helly on 21 July 2011
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I bought this book after reading the various reviews on here and other magazines. I thought the book started of fantastically and had me gripped right from the start. The characters are interesting and well thought out and written,I enjoyed learning about them and their varying pasts.

I flew through the first quarter of the book in no time at all, then I found that during the middle I lost a bit of interest and started to predict what had happened. Yes, there are twists and turns that I didn't predict but overall I did manage to more or less guess what was happening.

I thought the end of the book ended quite abruptly and would have liked a little bit more. Overall, I did enjoy this book but I don't think I could give it more that 3 stars. I just felt a bit dissapointed when i'd finished reading it. I'd have rather read a Dorothy Koomson novel.

I would reccomend this book if you like an intriguing read with interesting characters and an original storyline.
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122 of 130 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Bryony A. Shaw TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 21 April 2011
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I have read a few Diane Chamberlain books recently and think this is probably one of the best so far. Intriguingly the 'main' character, Noelle the midwife, dies at the start of the book and so we get to know her through the memories and perceptions of her friends, and it quickly become clear that none of them really knew that much about her at all.

It was a book that I found hard to put down and I found myself wanting to read 'just a little more' before going to sleep. The story is full of twists and turns - some more predictable than others. Noelle's character is so complex that some of the others seem a little flat in comparison - Grace, for example, is an almost frustratingly stereotypical teenage girl, holding her mother in such distain whilst desperately trying to cling on to her first love.

Overall though its a really original story that hooks you in. You have sympathy for all of the familes and can empathise with all their situations - the temptation the friends have to simply discard the evidence and pretend nothing has happened, the way Noelle spends her life trying to atone for her mistake and yet finds she never can and with the plight of Anna and her daughter. I look forward to reading more of her books.
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90 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Ginger VINE VOICE on 22 Mar. 2011
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I started to read this and was hooked from page one, it`s a true suspense novel in the way it draws the reader in from the very beginning. The chapters go from one character to another whose lives are intertwined but every time the reader thinks they`ve guessed the big secret it moves to another level, it is very well written. You feel for each of the families in the story and right to the end you wonder what twists and turns are about to be revealed. This is not a disappointment in any sense.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nicola in South Yorkshire TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Jun. 2011
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I have enjoyed all the other Diane Chamberlain books I have read, and knew that I would enjoy this one too, but I think The Midwife's Confession is probably my favourite of hers so far.

It's primarily the story of three friends: Emerson, Tara and Noelle. When Noelle commits suicide it's a huge shock to Emerson and Tara and they just cannot understand why she has done it, until they find part of a letter that Noelle had written some years earlier. They then set out to find out more about their lost friend.

This is a riveting story. There were times when chapters ended on cliffhangers, and as the chapters were all fairly short, it meant that I wanted to keep reading all the time. This is a really well-plotted book, and such an easy read, with interesting characters. Highly recommended.
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