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4.0 out of 5 stars Female focused, 25 April 2011
This review is from: The Midwife's Confession (Paperback)
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The Midwife's Confession is the first book I have read by Diane Chamberlain. The book is very much 'Women's Fiction' with an almost entirely female cast of characters. The male characters in the book are very thin and only feature occasionally. This is very much a book for female readers and I wouldn't recommend to male readers.

The story is quite well paced and 'chapters' alternate between the different female characters. The character of Noelle, the midwife, is the most compelling and interesting. Other female characters feel a little flat in comparison. Suspension of disbelief is required for some elements of the story but taking the story for what it is, it is an interesting tale with interesting consequences.

Although I have a few reservations about this book, I would look to read Diane Chamberlain's other books, probably going for those that her dedicated readers say are her best work. The Midwife's Confession is an easy read but the focus on females only and some flat characterisation were limitations.
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Initial post: 16 Jan 2012 20:53:18 GMT
Last edited by the author on 16 Jan 2012 20:56:41 GMT
i suspect that men would be put off by the picture on the cover, and by the title of the book. HOwever, people ARE allowed to be female, and often are! So, being female is not some bizarre niche corner of the market. I can read books with mostly male or all male characters without labelling the book as a man's book. An x of mine used to read marian keyes books after me, and he enjoyed them. So the notion of a book about women being only FOR women is very old fashioned. And even if the book only appeals to women, that shouldn't be a criticism of a book!

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jan 2012 21:38:06 GMT
Alison says:
Sorry GreenElizabeth, I seem to have offended you with my opinion!

I'm used to less one-sided books with more balance of characters so for me the female focus was a limitation, just as a male focus would be. I didn't say that all books about women are only for women, I'm only stating that this book feels like a book for women. I never said or implied that women are bizarre or a niche market and nor would I want to?!?!

Thanks for your comment though, interesting to see how you interpreted my review.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jan 2012 09:51:38 GMT
That is how you came accross though Alison, as though a book with a female focus were something that male readers should be warned to avoid. You didn't offend me at all, nothing you said was that controversial. As Amazon facilitates, I was merely offering you feedback on your review. I think it goes without saying that the book is marketed at women, so it's not really necessary to make the point that it is a book with a female focus. But thank you for that unique insight nevertheless.
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