What I have to tell you is difficult to write, but I know it will be far more difficult for you to hear, and I’m so sorry…
The unfinished letter is the only clue Tara and Emerson have to the reason behind their close friend Noelle’s suicide. Everything they knew about Noelle—her calling as a midwife, her passion for causes, her love for her friends and family—described a woman who embraced life.
Yet there was so much they didn’t know.
With the discovery of the letter and its heartbreaking secret, Noelle’s friends begin to uncover the truth about this complex woman who touched each of their lives—and the life of a desperate stranger—with love and betrayal, compassion and deceit.
Told with sensitivity and insight, The Midwife’s Confession will have you turning pages late into the night.
From the bestselling author of The Lies We Told and The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes comes
a story of deception that asks: How much is
too much to forgive?
Chamberlain (The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes) unravels a heartbreaking mystery about a midwife whose suicide opens the door to her dark past. Noelle Downie was an unconventional beauty whose calling as a midwife defined her among her friends, Tara and Emerson. Because Noelle's career was one of embracing life, her suicide left her friends largely puzzled. More shocking, though, is an unfinished letter discovered among Noelle's belongings that reveals a secret so horrifying that Tara and Emerson embark on a mission to find the woman the letter is addressed to. As they struggle to reconcile new revelations with the Noelle they thought they knew, Chamberlain's hold on the multiperspective narrative weakens, and the hopping back and forth between characters creates a narrative jumble. Chamberlain does pull it together in time for the wrapup, finally giving readers willing to stick through some choppiness a bittersweet story about regret and hope.
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A So-so Winter Read
But there were way too many implausible coincidences to make this a book one that the reader can ever forget is a work of fiction. I found myself rolling my eyes several times at the plot twists and sometimes at the character's dialogue. I finished it because I was snow bound not because I was engaged.
Wow, this was some book!
....I gave it 3 stars for a couple of reasons. 1). I am not a young person and my attention span is a little shorter than it was so I had difficulty keeping track of so many people. I had to hit search every time I went back to the book. 2) that being said, it was pretty convoluted - right up to the amazing ending.
I would recommend this book - to a younger person willing to get thru the slow beginning and keep attention and track of all the people. If you do, look me up and I'll give you 5 bucks😉
Intriguing but unmemorable
The storyline is intriguing and very interesting. Certainly, it makes you think about how well you can really know people and are we truly there for the people we love. I found the friendship betrayal detracted from the story and I did not find Noelle very personal nor likable which made it difficult for me to love the book. All in all, predictable and not one of those books that make you think about it after it’s over.