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Publisher's Summary

Dear Anna, 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.

©2011 Diane Chamberlain (P)2013 Tantor

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midwife

really liked the story! some of the voices were annoying and didn't fit the character, and the story got a little convoluted, but I liked the book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Not Chamberlains best work-cnfusing narration

This isn't close to the excellent writing I've come to expect from Diane Chamberlain..it's mediocre at its best actually.
The story arc is convoluted and listens like a radio play of the old style. I usually enjoy listening to novels with a variety of narrators-jodi Picoult style-but using 5 female narrators wasn't a good idea. The book is quite long and as it proceeded I became more and more confused about who was who.
And, as other reviewers have written, the narrator for Noelle has a rather grating voice that got on my nerves after a while.
I sure am glad I didn't start with this book-I wouldn't have listened to another one. Happily most of her work is much better.

Don't waste your credit on this one

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Good story

It was not Diane's very best book, but it was good. It took me awhile to figure out the relationships of all the characters. The ending had an unexpected twist and was the surprise that I have come to enjoy from Diane Chamberlain. I would recommend.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Riveting!

A twisted trail of secrets and a surprise ending.Very entertaining.
You must pay close attention or you might miss a clue.

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Could not stop listening

This was my first Diane Chamberlain book and I am adding all the rest of hers to my Wish List or Shopping Cart. This story was so good and had me craving the next chapter from the very start. Each of the 60+ chapters left me wanting to go ahead and listen to the next. Such an awesome story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Good Book

This was a very good read. I personally found it very hard to put down. I am going to recommend it to my book club as our next read.

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  • gg
  • 10-02-14

Would be great except for the narrators...

Would you try another book from Diane Chamberlain and/or the narrators?

No.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator for Noelle had the worst lilt to her voice so every sentence ended in the same tone- very annoying. Everyone else was ok.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Wonder What Comes Next

What made the experience of listening to The Midwife's Confession the most enjoyable?

Everytime I thought I had the plot in hand, a new and surprising detail made it's appearance. This book had me pertetually wondering: What will the next surprise be?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Harriet
  • Kill Devil Hills, NC, United States
  • 03-13-14

Interesting concept of a rarely visited subject

Would you try another book from Diane Chamberlain and/or the narrators?

yes

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I wish the baby's grave had been found to give closure to the mother.
I didn't really like or dislike Noel. Perhaps more stories about her mid wifery would have helped.

Any additional comments?

The book was an easy and interesting read. It was a little predictable but worth listening to.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Kept my attention but left me unsatisfied

3.75 stars

There are multiple readers for the audio version of this book. All did a great job except the voice of the midwife. UHG! If she would have been the only reader, I wouldn't have finished listening.

This was an interesting story with lot's of little mysteries. It kept my attention and I enjoyed it.
But, in the end, there were too many unanswered questions and I was left feeling unsatisfied because 2 people who needed to grovel were dead.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful