I’d like to welcome Diane Chamberlain, author of The Midwife’s Confession to Peeking Between the Pages today. If you happened to read my review of The Midwife’s Confession a few weeks ago you know that I raved about this book. I really, really enjoyed it and can’t wait to read more from Diane. Today she joins us with a guest post entitled: Is There a Noelle in your Life?…
I bet every one of you has known a woman like Noelle, the midwife in The Midwife’s Confession–a woman who’s passionate about women’s health and who has devoted herself to others. She runs a program to help babies who need special care, is an advocate for the environment, eats healthy food and would do anything for those she loves. She lives in a small, cramped house that she doesn’t care all that much about: it’s shelter, that’s all she needs. And she owns a cat, of course! Does she sound familiar? I only hope the Noelle you know doesn’t carry a secret like the Noelle I created. Of course I’m not going to reveal what that secret might be, but it might cause you to look at the people in your life—not just the Noelles, but everyone, including your best friends–and wonder what deep wounds they’re hiding.
Noelle loves her two closest friends, Tara and Emerson. They’ve known each other since their college days. You may be lucky enough to have friendships as deep as theirs. If not, you probably wish you did. These three women couldn’t be closer. They’ve celebrated the joys in their lives and consoled one another over their losses. They think they know everything there is to know about one another . . . but they don’t.
I love writing about secrets. My previous career was as a psychotherapist and hospital social worker and I’m well aware of the damage secrets can to do to families and friendships, as well as to the person who holds them. I’m not giving anything away when I tell you that Noelle’s secret becomes so weighty and painful that it causes her to take her own life. Tara and Emerson, shocked that their life-embracing friend would do such a thing, decide they must figure out why. They have no idea the magnitude of what they will uncover until it’s too late.
I’ll let you in on my own secret. When I wrote the first couple of drafts of The Midwife’s Confession, Noelle had no point of view in the book. It was my editor who suggested I allow her to tell part of the story herself, and what a difference it made when I gave Noelle that opportunity! She took me back to her past where she revealed things even I hadn’t imagined about her. By doing so, she not only surprised me but gave my readers a far richer story as well.
I hope you’ll enjoy reading The Midwife’s Confession. The next time you think about your friends, you may find yourself looking at them a bit differently . . . and loving them even more for all their flaws.
Fantastic guest post Diane! If I hadn’t already read your book, this would really spark my interest. The Midwife’s Confession certainly does make you sit back and wonder just a little bit about your own friends. lol. Thank you for stopping by Peeking Between the Pages!
About the Book (from Diane Chamberlain’s website)
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 Cee Cee Wilkes comes a story of deception that asks: How much is too much to forgive?
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About the Author (from Diane Chamberlain’s website)
Diane Chamberlain is the best-selling author of 20 novels. Her books, frequently set in the southeastern United States, are complex stories about love, compassion and forgiveness with a touch of mystery and suspense.
Diane 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. Diane received her master’s degree in clinical social work from San Diego State University. Prior to her writing career, she was a hospital social worker and a psychotherapist in private practice, working primarily with adolescents.
Diane’s background in psychology and her work in hospitals have given her a keen interest in understanding the way people tick, as well as the background necessary to create real, living,breathing characters.
More than a decade ago, Diane was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, which changed the way she works: She sometimes 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 work and travel schedule.
Diane has three married stepdaughters, three grandchildren, and two shelties. She lives with photographer John Pagliuca in North Carolina where she’s at work on her 21th novel.
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