When Noelle Downie is found dead of an apparent overdose, her best friends Tara and Emerson are left blindsided by her death and struggling with burning questions. Everything they knew about their longtime friend—her natural calling as a midwife, her passion for causes, her love for her friends and family—portrayed a woman who completely embraced life, not someone suicidal.
Clearing out Noelle’s small home, Tara and Emerson encounter old photos, handwritten birth records, and sincere thank you notes from Noelle’s former patients—no hint that Noelle had been unstable during the years leading to her suicide. But among Noelle’s belongings, an unfinished letter is discovered—a clue to a disturbing past and an unbearable secret. With just one piece to the puzzle, Tara and Emerson commit to digging deeper for clues, slowly peeling back years of hidden deception that had been silently tearing apart their best friend.
Bestselling author of The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes and The Lies We Told, Diane Chamberlain returns with her twentieth and most gripping novel to date, THE MIDWIFE’S CONFESSION (Mira Books; May 2011...), about two women who embark on a investigation of their best friend’s untimely death, ultimately revealing a powerful secret that threatens to destroy everything they thought they knew about her.
Sounds good, right? Oh you have NO IDEA. My reading adventure with this title was long and sordid. How so? Well, let's just say that I was doing great on my reading list versus obligations until "the-event-that-shall-not-be-named" occurred. After that....chaosis has been my traveling companion and BOY do I wish I could send it packing like yesterday's garbage. *shakes head* Anywho, my point, my point, what tis my point.....basically my reading of this book was complete as of about an hour ago. Yup, just finished and while my eyelids are threatening to reach each other and put me into a nice deep sleep, I simply HAD to tell you about this book. Some of you may not be as surprised as I was regarding the quality of this story. The author has in fact been around the block a time or two, this being her 20th novel and all. That's right....20TH. How I've missed her work up until this point, I can only fathom but rest assured my eyes are now open and eager for more.
As the story progresses secrets are revealed little by little, never too much at once; just enough to allow you to piece together a vague idea of what may have happened or what might be uncovered next. It was refreshing not to have it laid out point blank for you. It added a bit of mystery to it all without taking away from the emotional side of the story. The slow reveal is aided in part by the variety of voices through which the story is shared. A change in narrator can be hard for some readers (myself included) to absorb. You get use to one voice only to have to adjust to another and sometimes that change can interupt the stories progression in your mind. Here...it works, and rather well.
This book was released earlier this month so it should be available at a retail store near you from MIRA Books. For more information on this title including an excerpt from this book, be sure to check out the publisher's site. To connect with the author, check out her website...which happens to include a contest of its own (pretty cool one too if I do say so myself.) No back to "not wanting to miss this", here's your chance to ensure just that!
* Entries will be accepted from Monday, May 23rd, 2011 through Tuesday, May 31st, 2011 at midnight CST. The entries will be tallied and entered into the random.org randomizer, after which a random number will be picked by their number generator. (This way all the entries are mixed up nicely.)
* All entries must be submitted using the form accessible through this post. You MUST include your email address in order to be counted as well as contacted should you be chosen as the winner!
* The winner will be announced and contacted via email by Thurday, June 2nd, 2011 and will have 48 hours to respond with their mailing address. Should they fail to respond in the given time frame, a new winner will be chosen. If you choose to include your full name and mailing address in your contest entry, no worries....the time frame issue is erased.
*Winner's name and address will be forwarded for prize send out only and then discarded.
Until next time...happy reading!