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The Memory Keeper's Daughter (Large Print)
The Memory Keeper's Daughter - Large Print
Author: Kim Edwards
ISBN-13: 9781594131974
ISBN-10: 159413197X
Pages: 711
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3 stars, based on 10 ratings
Publisher: Large Print Press
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 86
This book is a difficult read for those that don't remember times before we "mainstreamed" children with developmental and physical handicaps. The Memory Keeper's Daughter was a selection for my book club, and those younger than 40 found the storyline unbelievable.
Since I am 50+, I gave birth to my first child much like Norah did, drugged and delirious, although it was in a hospital. Someone could have told my my child died, and I couldn't have proven differently. I also remember as a child, friends and neighbors of my mothers who went to the hospital to have babies, and told people that they had stillborns, but there weren't funerals, and the whispers.
This is a well-written book about courage, and love, pain, grief and guilt and how different all that was in 1960.
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Helpful Score: 84
I found this book, trite, predictable and overly wrought with sentimental platitudes. The story isn't that original or exciting, and the characters are shallow and easy to dislike. Although many others really enjoy this book-as it has been on the best sellers list, i just couldn't stand it. If you like the Hallmark channel and Little House on the Prairie, you'll probably like this.
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Helpful Score: 57
This book started out fantastic and then abuptly slid downhill without hope for recovery. Don't read if the synopsis on the back cover intrigues you because it hints that the book it something it isn't. Not what I was expecting at all. Characters are two dimensional, prose is long and carried out. I had to force myself to finish this book. I rarely ever read a book I don't like, this just happens to fall into that minute category.
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Helpful Score: 43
I had to force myself to keep picking this one up to finish it. I wanted to know what happened in the end, but I felt like it took forever to get there.
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Helpful Score: 41
Although well received, I did not find this book very compelling. Full of predictable cliches, the book was a disappointment.
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Helpful Score: 31
There was only one reason that I kept reading to the end - I wanted to find out if the biological mother would find out "the secret." I was bored with the details, I found myself skipping a few pages.
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Helpful Score: 27
It probably doesn't matter what I write because this book is very much in demand. I liked it, but not as much as I thought I would.It is based on the premise that the death of a twin child at birth, never seen by the Mother, would affect all of the events of her and her family's lives for the rest of their lives. Norah is the mother and is not a real sympathetic character. I believe that her behavior makes more sense as a reaction to her cold,controlling, secretive husband than to the death of her child at birth.
It is very readable and much more likable if you go along with the motivations presented by the author rather than what makes sense to you(or in this case, me.)
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Helpful Score: 20
I had no idea this novel would be so hard to put down -- the story is compelling, the characters are intensely real, and Edwards' writing offers great description and internal monologue of these characters keeping the reader guessing. She forces us to look from different perspectives and to really care about these people...it's a great book...
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Helpful Score: 19
After all the hype I really expected this to be a fantastic book, but it turned out to be only so-so. I liked it ok but I am a bit disappointed.
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Helpful Score: 17
Kim Edwards is a wonderful writer. Her discriptions make you feel like you are right there looking at the photographs or in the car driving along looking at the landscape. It was a heart renching story of a broken family due to one life changing decision. I would highly recommend this book.
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Helpful Score: 9
This is possibly one of *the* worst books I have ever read. Great premise - terrible storyline and execution. Not only is the writing marginal, but the author re-uses the same hokey imagery over and over "quicksilver child", "thin hair, held back with barettes". There is little redeeming about the characters, and the subplots are simply unbelievable. Don't waste a credit or your time on this one. If I were the publisher, I'd be embarrassed.
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Helpful Score: 8
Sorry. This one was a disappointment. I quickly tired of characters who made bad decisions and then proceeded to compound the mistakes.
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Helpful Score: 7
The story is a cautionary tale about family secrets and their destructive power even when the secret remains hidden. This is an amazing and uplifting story given the subject matter. I finished the book over two evenings. The ending was believable and satisfying. Edwards has a beautiful way with words. I was hooked on the story from the first page. Yes, it drags a bit in the middle but the details of the intervening years are important to understanding the characters.
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Helpful Score: 7
Poignant read that will stay with me for a long time. Highly readable - even a page turner. I stayed up really late to finish it. Story in which there are no good solutions, and one man's actions affect his family forever.
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Helpful Score: 6
Character driven plot about a family. Lovely prose. This is not the sort of story that I usually like, but it was so well written that I enjoyed it just for the language.
I thought that it was touching and sad, but not too sad to be enjoyable. The characters were very realistic and I felt like I knew them by the end of the book.
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Helpful Score: 6
I read this so fast I wanted to read it again. Very moving and touching story. Keeps you guessing what will be next. Wish other things had happened in the end but was a great book.
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Helpful Score: 6
This is a NYT bestseller. A doctor in the sixties has to deliver his wife during a snowstorm. She has two babies - the first is perfect but the second has Down's Syndrome. He gives the second baby to the nurse and tells her to bring her to an institution. He tells his wife the baby has died. The nurse, however, decides to raise the baby as her own in another city.

This book is, quite simply, haunting. Over several decades, everyone's lives are changed by one person's unthinkable secret. I loved the way the author portrayed the internal lives of the characters. Four stars.
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Helpful Score: 6
I really enjoyed this book. It tells the story line of two families which are both affected by a doctors choice to give away his newborn daughter at birth because she has Downe's Syndrome. Then he lies to his family that the baby had died. This book really made me feel thankful and blessed to have my own children and family - but at the same time how insidious lies can be, even if we think they are well hidden.
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Helpful Score: 6
I was really looking forward to reading this book as the theme of the story was really interesting to me, but I did not enjoy this as much as I would have liked to. There were too many "rabbit trails." Too many trips into David and Norah's past. I know the author was trying to tie the events of the past to those of the character's present, but it was too much. I found myself thinking, "Would you please just get on with it." Once I FINALLY got to the end I was actually really pleased with the way the story ended. I don't like the sappy everything is suddenly perfect "happily ever after endings." So the fact that it had a very realistic ending was pleasing to me! If you have the time and a strong enough interest it isn't a bad story it just takes so long to get through it!
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Helpful Score: 6
I absolutely loved this book. It's one of the best that I have ever read. The story kept my attention from start to finish. It's sad to think that things like this actually happen, but it also lets us know that things do happen for a reason and the outcome is not always bad for everyone involved. Great read that I know you'll enjoy!
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Helpful Score: 5
This is a great book! Fast read it kept me very interested in it.
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Helpful Score: 5
One of the most outstanding and extrememly well-written books I have read in a long time. No wonder it was on the NYT best sellers list. Great psychological development of the characters and truly complelling. Great scope in feelings and plot.
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Helpful Score: 5
I read this in one evening. Couldn't put it down. Beautifully written with compassion and feeling. I was mesmerized from the first page to the dramatic ending. Kim Edwards wrote a truly spectacular novel.
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Helpful Score: 5
Really great book! Kept me glued to the pages when I could squeeze in time to read it. Powerful, sad, insightful.
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Helpful Score: 5
Kim Edwards' novel, The Memory Keeper's Daughter, proved to be an excellent choice. It is a wonderful debut for this promising writer. The story is compelling and the telling well crafted. Fascinating account of a man's choice one wintry evening, and the unfolding consequences through the rest of his life, and that of his family.
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Helpful Score: 5
This story will pull on every emotion you possess. I think this would be an incredibly difficult story to tell yet Edwards pulls it off. You will come to know the characters and believe every move they make. Very well written.
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Helpful Score: 5
This book touched my heart. I have a niece with down syndrome and have experienced the trials that this condition will put you through. I was touched by the way The nurse in the book accepted the disabilities of the wonderful child and fought to have her treated as any other person would expect to be. This book is full of love, trials, and heartache. It is a book that will touch your heart and make you appreciate the life you have.
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Helpful Score: 5
This was a really great book. Very sad. Some parts had me crying, while other parts had me so frustrated I couldn't put the book down until I found out what happened next.
The writing is amazing and I can see why this book has been on the best seller list for so long.
You really get to know every single character in this book so much that every hurt they feel, you feel as well.
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Helpful Score: 4
This is a wonderful book, very moving and thought provking. The actions of a family can cause a loss for a generation forward.
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Helpful Score: 4
I really really wanted to like this book. It started out ok but I was really disappointed at some of the turns that the characters took. I guess I was hoping for everyone's lives to go in different directions than they did. It was well written just not something that I really enjoyed.
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Helpful Score: 4
This was a great book, you felt compelled to read to finish. Her writing kept you interested and was not too difficult to follow.
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Helpful Score: 4
A beautiful story with a few tear-jerker chapters. Definitely recommended.
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Helpful Score: 4
I enjoyed this CD set very much. The story of how a single moment and a single decision can change the course of your life, of many lives. Very good.
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Helpful Score: 4
Adequate. I don't think I would have finished this book if I didn't have the audio version. As it was, I'm not convinced it wasn't a waste of time. Lots of potential in the story, but I feel like the author just didn't try hard enough.
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Helpful Score: 4
I didn't really care for this book or the author's writing at all. The story started interesting enough but it was just page after page of poorly written whining for past mistakes. Too much detail on unimportant matters and not enough on those that were. I felt this book to be so scattered. Reminded me of a bad VC Andrews book.
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Helpful Score: 4
I am half-way through this book and am finding it hard to continue as it is so depressing. I feel like I am wrapped in a heavy blanket in the dark when reading this. Very little joyeousness in the book. Not fond of her writing style though it is not terrible. I may not finish the book, which is something I've only done with 3 books in my 63 years. Just too depressing. If I do complete it, it will only be because I want to find out what the end brings...though I've been told by those who have read it, it continues in this manner throughout the book. Let's just say that if and when she write another book, I definitely will not read it.
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Helpful Score: 3
Well read version of the popular book. Abridged to 11 hours to fit on 6 CDs, but far more detailed than the film version.
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Helpful Score: 3
I found this book to be well written, although predictable at times and a litte slow in parts.
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Helpful Score: 3
I think of this book as a good beach read: it definitely kept my attention and was a page-turner, but I don't feel any desire to ever re-read it. I think it dealt very well with the issue of Down's syndrome, and treated the subject with respect while avoiding cloying sentimentality. The characters were interesting, although I sometimes found their reactions to be too melodramatic. Something about the ending seemed a bit abrupt and unsatisfying. It's a well-written and thought-provoking book that doesn't insult your intelligence like some beach reads. However, for me, it ultimately fell short of being a truly great book. Still, I would recommend it, particularly as a book club choice, since there is a lot to discuss.
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Helpful Score: 3
My daughter was born with Down's Syndrome 36 years ago. So this story was a compelling read for me. I did enjoy the story and found it beautiful and more inspiring than I expected, as I've experienced the prejudice and misinformation regarding this disability. Nothing to be ashamed of in this story - Kim Edwards did a fine job.
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Helpful Score: 3
A young doctor gives up his daughter after she is not born the picture of health, without the knowledge of the mother, to his nursing assistant. She flees with the infant. The infant's mother struggles with this unidentifiable loss, and goes into a depression that makes the doctor regret his actions. I found this book to be sorely over-rated with its implausible story and flat characters. It doesn't leave much to think about afterwards.
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Helpful Score: 3
This book is really great. There is no way you can figure it all out but the reader is sure engaged while you are reading. The author gets you to think about the awfulness of the husband at the same time you feel so much sympathy for his weakness as a man.
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Helpful Score: 3
I loved this book. One lie leads to two then a life time of lies. One lie ruins one marriage and then one family. I could see this actually happening and what a waste of a life living this lie would truely be. This book was easy for me to feel the heartbreak and power each character had. After reading you will be thinking about this book for awhile.
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Helpful Score: 3
This really is not that good of a book. I mean, I understand the era difference, but I don't think the story is that good. It is not well written, the idea is good, but it drags on forever, this book may have been okay at 230 pages, but at 401 it is a drag and it never gets better, mark it off of your TBR and find something else, I wish I would have!
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Helpful Score: 3
Rather even-toned (little plot) book, fair writing, but I didn't think much of this one.
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This is possibly one of *the* worst books I have ever read. Great premise - terrible storyline and execution. Not only is the writing marginal, but the author re-uses the same hokey imagery over and over "quicksilver child", "thin hair, held back with barettes". There is little redeeming about the characters, and the subplots are simply unbelievable. Don't waste a credit or your time on this one. If I were the publisher, I'd be embarrassed.
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Helpful Score: 3
Pretty good but not unforgettable.
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Helpful Score: 3
I found this book a very slow read for me, not sure why because it was a very emotional storyline. The feelings of each character were very well developed. Very descriptive. Even though it was slow for me, I found myself returning to it, to find out what happened next. Had a couple very unexpected turns, that I found quite shocking. All in all, I would recommend it as a good book to read.
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Helpful Score: 3
OH My! I can't say enough about this book! It is superb. I picked it up and read every spare moment I got! The story line is without a doubt one of the best. It is one of those books that as you read, you feel like you personally know the characters. They are just that vivid. I wont go into what it is about because you can read that for yourself but just know it would be worth it if you paid full price for it. I almost kept it but saw that there were ppl waiting on the wish list and keeping would be so selfish! I know I am rambling on but you won't be disappointed in this book. It is one you will stay up late reading and go to work sleepy cause you stayed up! Enjoy!
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Helpful Score: 3
One of those books you think about long after you've finished it.
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Not as good as I thought it was going to be. Book is slow but the story itself is interesting. Didn't get too involved with the writer's style because it was too simplistic for me.
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Helpful Score: 3
Great read. Touching account of how one decision -no matter what the intentions are- can send out shockwaves for many years and change the lives of those directly involved as well as countless others.
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It was heartbreaking! An absolutely stunning novel about a life no one can quite comprehend.
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I thought this book was so lovely. It seemed like everyone had read it and it always was popping up as a suggestion for me on this website so I decided to go ahead and read it. You get to know each of the characters so intimately and understand their pain and hardships. It makes you look at your own life and understand how one split second decision can shape your entire future. I loved it.
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Helpful Score: 3
I read this book back in October of 2007 and absolutely loved it. The writing to me was at times like poetry.

I really thought the premise of the book was very unique. I was surprised to find myself more interested in the Caroline/Phoebe part of the story than David and Norah. It was hard to warm up to them. I suppose one of the messages in this story is how lives can be changed with a lie. I got the impression that the author wanted us to imagine how different things would have turned out had David not made the decision that he did. Honestly, in my opinion I am still dubious as to what the outcome of David and Norah's marriage would have been had he not lied about Phoebe. Would Phoebe really have had a "better" life? I am certainly not condoning what David did but Phoebe was raised by a truly wonderful and loving mother who fought for her rights. I just somehow don't get the feeling that David and Norah had the same strength that Caroline did. But I am one that likes to play Devil's advocate.

It is definitely a novel you won't long forget.
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Helpful Score: 2
The premise of this book was really intriguing and seemed there would be no way to mess it up. However, I was not really invested in the charachters and this was not a page-turner for me. It was a good story, but I just did't really feel involved or compelled to continue reading. I realize I may be in the minority here, but I am not overwhelmed by this book. A decent read, though.
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I liked this story well enough to get through it enjoyably, but I probably would not re-read it. It's probably not for everyone, and might translate better to the older generation - the generation who grew up in the 50's and 60's that remembers a time when doctors were not always forthright with what was going on. The characters manage to be sympathetic despite their flaws, and when I reached the end, I found myself being very curious about what happened next, for all of them. A doctor delivers his own twins during a snowstorm (his wife is heavily drugged) and he immediately recognizes the signs of down syndrome in the little girl. He makes a snap decision, keeps the healthy boy twin, and sends the little girl off with the nurse to be institutionalized. He tells his wife that it was twins, and that the girl died at birth. One lie begets another, and we see the consequences wrought on all of their lives as a result of the doctor's initial lie. That's the one part of the story I didn't understand - if he was so determined to hide the down syndrome little girl from his wife, why say there were twins at all? In her haze, she would have believed that she'd just had the one healthy boy. I suppose, however, that without her characters' being haunted by the loss of her baby, the story would have been quite different. That was really my only objection. Otherwise, a pretty solidly interesting story. Not bad, not great.
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Helpful Score: 2
This book was drawn out, unfulfilling, and worst of all, I didn't care.

There was very little action, and what little plot movement there was left me rolling my eyes. Then something would get built up and then skipped right past.

None of the characters were very interesting, nor were there lives.

Don't waste your time on this one.
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So depressing towards the end I said enough already and skimmed the last two chapters.
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Not my cup of tea, but it was a well written story with believeable characters who face the consequences of their decisions.
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Wow, love this sad story. Truly a good one!
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I had heard such good things about this so was anxious to read it. I was a bit disappointed. I struggled to get through it and basically kept going because I wanted to see how the Norah found out about the baby, etc. I really wanted to like this one but felt it didn't live up to the hype I'd heard about it. I ended up skimming to get to the end, and to me, the ending was pretty anticlimactic. But that's just my opinion.....
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During a snowstorm in 1964, Norah Henry goes into labor. Unable to reach the hospital, Norah's husband meets his nurse at his orthopedic practice, and delivers his healthy son Paul into the world. A few minutes later a second child is born, a girl with Down's syndrome. David Henry makes a split second decision, one that will haunt him all his life. He tells his nurse to take the child to an institution nearby. He then waits for his wife to awaken from the anesthesia, and tells her the child has died and been taken away for burial. Unbeknownst to David however, the nurse Caroline takes does not leave the baby at the institution. Carefully planning her disappearance, she leaves town and raises the child as her own.

A multi-layered look at the destruction lies and deception can take on a family, even when the lie is told with the best intentions. Following the lives of the two families, the Henry family, slowly being destroyed by a lie that only one of them knows, and Caroline's struggles as a single mother raising a special needs child, Edwards adroitly weaves the two separate tales until the convergence of the story lines near the end of the book. Well written, if repetitive at times, I couldn't stop reading until I found out what the end of the story would bring.
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While this book was certainly engaging, I probably won't read it again. It had an interesting story that was written poorly. The writer tries to be very detailed and picturesque but it comes off as distracting after awhile and forced. A good book, but not a classic. I'm not sure why it's such a bestseller... I found it to be a subpar version of "The Lovely Bones."
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It took me forever to get through this book. I wanted to get into it, but just couldn't. It also made me a little depressed when reading it! Everyone seemed miserable and on edge which made me miserable too!
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A beautiful story of love, loss, deception and catharsis. Well written and moving.
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Blah. Another touchy feeling chick book. Could NOT relate with the spoiled, dramatic character of the mother - so the book lacked a certain (and probably necessary) sympathy with me. Wasn't impressed with her writing style either.
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I was disappointed with this book. For a national bestseller, I would have hoped for more. I found the characters boring and shallow, and the story dragged on forever. I ended up skipping pages to get to the end quicker.
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A life changing moment happens when a Downs Syndrome child is born to a doctor and his young wife. In one unchangeable moment the doctor makes a decision that has consequences that profoundly affect the lives of not only the baby girl, but many other people as well. Very well written!
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I spent the entire book being angry. I found virtually all of the characters frustrating. What I wanted to hear about most - how the daughter grows up and manages through life - was hardly a part of this complicated novel. Not a book I'd reread, but I didn't hate it.
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With all the hype of a bestseller, thought I would love this, but it bogged down and it was a struggle to get thru it.
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It is hard to put this one down, you can't wait to find out what happens to the characters. Parallel stories over the years have you wondering what is goign on from the other perspective and anxious for an update. A compelling story and very realistic chracters. A great example of how a lie builds on another lie, builds on another lie.
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I had such high hopes for it and it just... blah! If I could have read the book strictly from Caroline's point of view, I may have liked it better... but everything seemed to revolve around Norah. What an awful character. Yes, the loss of a child shapes a mother greatly... but Norah had NO redeeming qualities. I felt like David was much more of a victim, a victim of his own terrible actions, but those actions were truly in the best interest of Phoebe... And Paul! Another cruddy character. One of the worst books I've ever read, terribly long-winded, filled with people you couldn't care less about. This book could have been SO much better. I wanted to know more about Caroline and Phoebe's actual life, their struggles, their hopes and dreams, how they made it... As another reviewer commented, it is NOTHING like the synopsis on the back. There's no actual plot, no real storyline... just... blah. Page after page of "This has got to be better..." and then, bam! The End! Ick!
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I was excited at the premise of the book, but the actual story left me short. While I found most of it interesting, the characters were not likeable, even the ones I feel were supposed to be. It dragged at times, not a page turner (except the beginning). While other reviews said the book was overly sentimental, I did not agree. I did find the portrayal of the failing marriage to be well written. I liked the book, but did not love it. It COULD have been so much better, but I'd say it is worth reading.
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The subject matter is quite compelling and I enjoyed learning some medical history I was not aware of before. Unfortunately the characters were depressed & negative and seemed to stay that way most of the story. I was somewhat disappointed with the ending. Worth reading once.
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This book, although it came highly recommended and well-sold, was slow to unfold and the ending was such a let down. Perhaps I had hoped for a happier resolution, but it was apparent, toward the end of the story, that there was no way the author could create an neat tie-up.

Not sure how this book became a best-seller. I'm glad I just spent the cost of postage to read it.
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I am a fast reader and I could not get past page 15 of this book. It was boring! Didn't like it at all.
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I did not like this book at all. It was too hard to believe that someone could do what the main character did and not try and fix it at any point. I cannot believe this book is so popular.
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I was mesmerized by the story during the first 100 pages, holding my breath to see what would happen with Norah's baby. After that, this book was simply a long, drawn out, uninteresting story about a bunch of depressed characters who can't have meaningful relationships with anyone. Everything that happens in the last 150 pages could have been cut out and it would have been just as well. I finished it anyway, but found myself wondering why the author kept writing. There were several repeated sentences, repeated phrases, and repeated cliche's. The plot was intriguing but the characters and events as they are told leave a lot to be desired.
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I thought that this book was good but not great. I liked how it ended even though it was sad how Norah and the situation ended up. I would have so much anger if my spouse ever did something like Norah's husband did.
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I picked up this book as an airport read during a long cross-country flight, knowing nothing more than what I read on the back cover. I enjoyed the book for what it was - something to entertain me while I traveled. It wasn't as compelling as I'd hoped, but was interesting enough to finish. It started out stronger than it ended, eliciting strong emotions about how anyone can be so cruel, rejecting their own child. Once you realize where the story is going, there are few surprises. I do wish I'd gotten it as a trade rather than paying full price in an airport!
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While the theme of the book was extremely interesting to me, I found that it was too slow paced and emotionally draining for me to feel as though I'd enjoyed the book. Instead it felt like an assignment, a task, that I felt it necessary to complete in order to move onto something more enjoyable.
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After much hesitation, I started this book and amazingly I finished it in 4 days. Good Book!
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To me this book wasn't/isn't plausible.
i read it but didn't buy into it.
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I loved this book. It was hard to read and at the same time hard to put down.
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This is very good read! Very touching story about the challenges of not having a perfect life and dealing with Disabilities and the publics attitude towards them, including parents.
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Very good audio cd. It is abridged but it is 9 cds,11 hours (not 6 cds as another reviewer stated), so the story does not seem chopped.
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I had a hard time reading this book- It seemed pretty slow to me and as a mom with young kids, it was just hard to read emotionally. It was like driving by an accident- I wanted to stop reading, but I felt like I had to finish. I ended up skipping the last 1/4th of the book and just reading the end, which I NEVER do, but it was just a slow, kinda depressing book.
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This is an awesome story, tugs at your heart. It was interesting to see how lives had changed over almost a decade from one decision made under emotional stress. Well written story, and well read by Martha Plimpton.
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wonderfully written... the dialogue is superb... in the same style and feel of the secret life of bees... and the mermaid chair
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This was a pretty good book. It was very detailed and descriptive in everything. Their thoughts, their feelings, their surroundings...everything! The story line wasn't too bad.
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Very melancholy- but also so real-you can feel the pain
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A multi-layered drama with many twists and turns. A treat to read.
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The story is so compelling. This one was hard to put down. I wanted to see what became of the futures of all the characters and their own fight for their own survival... As dysfunctional as they may have turned out to be. Good read.
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I stayed up very late in the morning to finish this fantastic book. The interweaving of "the secret" in this story with the characters's lives was exquisite. It taught the age old proverb of "you reap what you sow". I loved it.
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I am someone who has worked in the field of developmental disabilities for over 30 years so I was drawn to this book. I wanted to read about the traumas related to this and how people thought about it decades ago in a narrative form verses an academic historical framework. I found it an excellent book, well written, and one of the few books I have read in my life that I could not put down once I started it. This book will be on my list of favorite books ever read, and it ended up being that because of the moral lesson it taught.
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This is an excellent book! I started reading it and couldnt put it down. It was really sad story in some parts though.. but a very good ending. Dont miss this one.
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I enjoyed this book. It's a tough story, but very heartfelt.
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A well written story I just couldn't get into. It took me quite a few days to get through the first few chapters and I needed to find lighter reading.
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I splurged and bought this full price, because I wanted something good to read. It was very slow in the beginning....but it was intriguing enough that I wanted to keep reading more and more, and when I put it down, I was anticipating what was yet to happen. It wasn't until about 3/4 of the way through the book that it got really interesting, and the ending was kind of a surprise. Overall, the book was good - not worth paying full price, but not a waste of your time either.
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I found this book boring and contrived. I did read it all the way to the end because I figured I might as well see how it all turns out. As some other reviewers mentioned, there were too many details and they were details put in just to show that the author herself has good taste (in her mind). Drinking wine in France. Buying bread and cheese. Spare modern furniture in a loft with golden wood floors with accents of primary colors. I felt like I was reading about someone in the last 10 years who bought all their furniture from Crate & Barrel or Pottery Barn...not people in the 70's and 80's. Just contrived and pointless. These sorts of books are always so frustrating...reading the characters every meandering thought and how absolutely complicated everything they say and do tends to be. It's not reality...I realize it's a "story", but the best stories have touches of reality and you can live the story with them through that reality. These people just bored me stiff and I couldn't really picture a single one of them. But at least I knew they had good taste,eh?
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Great book. Much better than the movie and I thought the movie was good!
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This book gives excellent insight on families of people with Downs Syndrome.
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Not spectacular. I found it boring. I understood that Norah was terribly impacted by the death of her daughter, but need it be mentioned every chapter? "Oh, Norah wished she could have just seen her, if only she could have rescued her. Oh the saddness" It's fine but not 13 times! It gets extremely repetitive. This book is overrated.
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Couldn't quite get into this one, very slow moving. Sounded like such a great plot but didn't have much pull.
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Good, not great. The story definitely tugs at the heartstrings, so if you enjoy those kinds of books read this one. The story was not amazing but it kept my attention and I continued reading it with the eagerness I show for most good books I read.
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I found this to be very well-written; the characters were well-drawn, and the story was very compelling. The only flaw is that the author did not do her research into the true lives of professional musicians~ which as a musician I find annoying. Otherwise I loved the book!
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This was a very good book about a doctor that delivers his twins and gives one away without his wife's knowing because it was not "normal". It is a tale of living with your choices.
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The story was engaging and interesting. I disliked the characters in the story - but disliked in a good way. You're supposed to feel an emotional response for characters, positive or negative, and the characters are unlovable. But that's what makes the story line intriguing!
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This book definetely wasn't what I was expecting, but was very good. I could hardly put it down. It shows the consequences of our life choices. And how they might affect not only ourselves, but everyone around us. It makes you realize that it's so much better to just be truthfull in life.
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A little slow at times, but overall a good read.
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I loved this book. I was not sure that I was going to like it, but it captures your heart and sticks with you even after you are done with it. I loved the characters and the story brought back a lot of emotions of when I lost my sister at a young age. It really is a great book. Read it!
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After 120 pages, I still wasn't hooked. But, I pushed through and finished the book. I'm glad I did. It was a good story.
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Very realistic. It was tugging at my heart. As a mother and a wife myself, I kept asking myself what I would do in this situation. I like that the ending didn't offer the most cliché resolution, or even the best resolution. It was however, a very believable and realistic resolution. A great read!
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I liked the book okay, but I work with kids with developmental disabilities and read it more with a historic perspective. It was predictable, but intriguing at times.
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I was enjoying this book, until the ending. I just found the resolution to be completely beyond reasonable belief.
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THE MEMORY KEEPERS DAUGHTER unfolds from an absolutely mesmerizing premise, drawing you deeply and irrevocably into the entangled lives of two families and the devastating secret that shapes them both. I loved this riveting story with its intricate characters and beautiful language.
Sue Monk Kidd

This book was riveting from the moment I picked it up to the moment I set it down. My daughter just read it and felt the same way.
It is hard to let it go but I want another reader to experience this beautifully written book also.
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This book is very heartbreaking, mesmerizing and it really is a beautiful book. I think it can make you look at your life and the power of love. This book is rich with detail and I highly recommend it. I can't wait to see what Kim Edwards writes next.
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A touching view of how a secret can like an insidious vine in relationships. Also a refreshing reminder of how our opinions of special needs children has evolved with time.
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Enjoyed this book immensely. Couldn't wait to find out how it ended. Of course, there was sadness and disappointment throughout the book, even futility. But the underlying beauty of the lesson to be kearned in simplicity made all of that worth the journey. As I struggle with what is impt and what is not, this book served as a guiding light. Sometimes life is only hard because we, in our humanity, make it that way. Read and enjoy!
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This book has a great story to it. Right from the beginning you find yourself hooked and wanting to know more. The details of a man's struggle with truth vs. lies is heart wrenching as he of course ends of regretting decisions made that last a lifetime. I really enjoyed this book and definitely found it worthwhile.
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This book is worth reading. It was extremely sad at times and it was hard to believe that this could happen not that long ago.
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Interesting story! Some parts seem to drag though
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This is a story about a man who makes a life-changing decision to give up his twin daughter with Down syndrome at birth. Handing the baby to a nurse to be taken away without his wife's knowledge, begins the raw, emotional and amazing journey affecting all the characters and the reader alike.

I really cared about each character and couldn't turn the pages fast enough to find out what happened next!
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Loved it! Sort of Anita Shreve type writing. She develops her characters well and you can come to understand all of them. Even if you don't agree with what they do, you still get in their head and know why they did it!
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Honestly, this book was mediocre. The Time Traveler's Wife was similar in style and vastly better.
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Wonderful Book. Hard to stop reading...
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This is quite the ambitious book, attempting to cover a wide range of deeply emotional themes- giving up a child for adoption, raising a child with Down's Syndrome, teenage angst, love affairs, cancer- in one encompassing story of a marriage is falling apart over a single life-defining moment of weakness. Was prepared to dislike certain characters based on the back cover synopsis but ended up feeling surprisingly sympathetic towards both husband and wife. Gets sort of messy tying up the loose knots at the end and runs out of steam, but I'm glad everything didn't just suddenly end up "happily ever after."
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Wonderfully written book about the choices we make, in this case the consequences of one's decision not only on himself but everyone involved. I could no put it down.
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Beautifully written, sad but ending with hope....a book worth reading.
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This was a beautiful book. I love how this woman rights it is very flowing and easy to get sucked into. I was even reading it out loud one day and my husband got hooked until the end. Beautiful heartfelt story you almost ask yourself what you would have done in the same situation as this Doctor.
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I thought the book was well written and beautiful. I enjoyed the book.
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I read this book for a book club. Everyone in the group loved the book.
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"This stunning novel begins on a winter night in 1964, when a blizzard forces Dr. David henry to deliver his own twins. His son, born first, is perfectly healthy, but the doctor immediately recognizes that his daughter has Down syndrome. For motives he tells himself are good, he makes a split-second decision that will haunt all their lives forever. He asks his nurse, Caroline, to take the baby away to an institution. Instead, she disappears into another city to raise the child as her own.

The Memory Keeper's Daughter is a brilliantly crafted story of parallel lives, familial secrets, and the redemptive power of love.
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I thought this book would be more suspenceful than it was, but it was rather slow. Also, it wrapped up quickly, almost as if the author was in a hurry to finish writing it.
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Very engaging book. Amazingly told by the author.
Family secrets always make an interesting read ..it was like peeping through their windows at times. Wondering what would happen next.
Loved it!!
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A great book club book; we all enjoyed it. Very poignant.
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This husband in the book really bothered me with his decision and to forever lie about it. Back cover says, "This stunning novel begins on a winter night in 1964, when a blizzard forces Dr. David Henry to deliver his own twins. His son, born first, is perfectly healthy, but the doctor immediately recognizes that his daughter has Down's syndrome. For motives he tells himself are good, he makes a split-second decision that will haunt all their lives forever. He asks his nurse, Caroline, to take the baby away to an institution. Instead, she disappears into another city to raise the child as her own. Compulsively readable and deeply moving. The Memory Keeper's Daughter is a brilliantly crafted story of parallel lives, familial secrets, and the redemptive power of love."

I could not put this book down. It really has a positive side, but the underlying sadness of "forever" broke my heart. I really liked it.
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This book to me was slow at first, but then it picked up toward the middle. it has a surprising story line and good ending
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A real page-turner, beautifully crafted, full of pain and regret, but also hope.
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a steady read... kept me turning pages just to see how it would end.
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I decided to read this book because it had gotten a lot of hype, which it deserved. The story is a very powerful one, very intriguing, and definitely keeps your attention. You wonder how something like this could happen, but at the same time you see how it so easily could. Definitely recommended. A beautiful realistic portrait of family life and of down syndrome.
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I loved this book.A one commentator states, this book is a tale of regret and redemption. Anyone who has a soft spot for the mentally disabled will enjoy this book. It's heart breaking and heart healing. Such a compassionate novel.
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I read it in one sitting. The book is much better than the movie!
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My heart ached for the characters in the story.
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I quickly got absorbed in this story and was caught up in finding out how the families involved grew and changed over time. I found it to be a very compelling story, and also very interesting in terms of learning how medical care, education, etc. change through time.
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I liked the book. My Grandmother worked for a state hospital and took us on visits there as children. I guess it was to keep us humble. I am 42 now. You wouldn't believe the numbers of Down Syndrome babies that was put into that place at birth. So in my opinion the book is accurate to the time period.
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I really enjoyed this book. I found it very hard to put down once I began. It does seem to get a little slow in the third quarter of the book, but it is still an excellent story.
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Overall, it was a good book. It started to drag for me about half way through, and it took me a while to finish this novel, but I give it 4 stars.
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I thought this was a very good book.Held my attention.People quite often do crazy things that are not right because of their past experiences and their love for someone.
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Tolerable, but not great. This book had potential to be fantastic but I don't feel the writing lived up to story's potential. I think it's worth the read simply because so many people raved about it - it's one of those books you just have to read and form an opinion about yourself.
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I did not finish this book. It seemed to jump around too much for me. I do not have a lot of time to read and there may be long periods between chapters.. I often got lost and had to go back.
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Bittersweet tale about a man who gives away his daughter at birth because she has Down's Syndrome.

At first I felt I had to wade through some of Kim Edward's florid prose, but by the section of the book called "1977" the story seemed to take off and move along at a smoother pace. As with all over-hyped books there were high expectations that I knew couldn't be met, so I read without trying to set myself up for disappointment. I got more interested in the story as it progressed and was surprised how much I enjoyed it overall. Being from Kentucky, it was a treat reading about settings of which I was familiar. I do recommend it with the caveat that story doesn't seem to take off until the middle.
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Shows how easily one lie will destroy lives. The book was OK but I would never read it again. The characters had no redeeming qualities.
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this was a really good read. i enjoyed the story very much, weaving in and out of their lives.
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Hated it. Complete drivel.
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I enjoyed reading this book while I was reading it - but you kind of expect more to happen. Kind of forgetable.
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Although this book was predictable and over-hyped, the writing was (for the most part) pretty good. The author has a tendency to use the same words to describe certain things (e.g. "the warmth and weight" of a baby) which causes the description to lose its meaning and impact. Good the first time though. Read it so you can talk trash about it with everyone else.
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Oh, I don't know. I don't know. I'm so conflicted about this book...

On one hand, the writing it beautiful. The prose is to die for. It's lyrical, yet not hard to comprehend. It's gorgeous. It's what writing should be.

On the other hand, there's the story. It started out slow, it was really really good in the middle and then the ending... well, the closure wasn't there for me. It was too abrupt, it didn't feel well thought out. Something... I don't know what... something was missing.

Having said that, I'm glad I read this one. I had heard so many things about it and I'm glad I gave it a whirl.
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One of the best books I have ever read - surprising from beginning to end...could not put it down!
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This book was a mesmerizing tale of the damage a secret can cause in a relationship and in a family. It also examined changing attitudes towards Down Syndrome children. I found it to be a bit sad, but intriguing. It made me examine my own life, my views, and my relationships through new eyes. I would definitely recommend this book.
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This book broke my heart and made me smile at the same time. It was so moving. I think it's one of the best books I've read in a long time.
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I listened to the story rather than reading it, and I didn't read the reviews before I listened to it. I am surprised by the negative reviews the book got because I thought the story was a decent "chick lit". I didn't even realize that I was listening to an abridged version of the story because the box contained 9 CDs. Maybe the book was too long for some people.
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Very good story, quick read!
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A few chapters were a bit dry and boring, but overall I enjoyed this book immensely.
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This was a quick read with great characters and a story which exemplifies how just one decision can change the course of so many lives. Great read full of emotion.
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I thought this book was well written and believable. Perhaps many who do not like it don't understand how things used to be with child birth in the Hospitals and with Down Syndrome children in the 1960's. Perhaps the mother grieved a bit too long, but only because she didn't get the comfort from her husband that she would have expected. They had been very close before it all and he in trying to protect her withdrew into his own little world to cover up his guilt. I didn't feel like there was no hope as the girl was indeed alive and well and very happy. The sad part was the husband and his end, the rest all came right. I liked the movie as well. It covered the book well, without getting lost in the details.

I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to those who like real life, not fantasy thrillers.
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A mesmerizing novel about regret that will break your heart. Amazing Story!
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Very good fiction book. I couldn't put it down. I even read it on my lunch breaks at work!
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I really did love this book. You had to read it to the end to find out how their lives all turned out.
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The topic did not appeal to me initially, but once I started reading the book I found that the author has an amazing talent in developing characters. Definitely a great book on dysfunctional family dynamics! A+
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Interesting look into events that shape our lives and choices that change things irrevocably. Quick and easy read. I could not put this book down.
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Wonderful, wonderful work. Very intriguing and keeps you wanting to read more and more. Very lovely and descriptive, soulful. Definately read before watching the movie.
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The book was mesmerizing. It was sad how many lives were affected adversely by the actions of the husband/doctor in this book. I feel that the nurse was the real heroine who saved the baby girl from what would have been a most tragic life. I am so glad that "special needs" people are seen as having value in today's society. I have a special needs grandson who touches so many lives in a positive way with his innocence & trust.
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I thought this was a very good book, although maybe not quite living up to its hype.
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In this book: choices, confusion, contempt and finally, clarity. Good book.
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Dr. Henry and his wife are expecting...unbeknownst to them, it is fraternal twins, one healthy boy and a girl with down syndrome. Dr. Henry has to deliver them due to a snow storm, and when he sees that his daughter has D.S., he hands her over to his nurse and asks her to bring her to an institution so as to save his wife from the heart ache. He proceeds to tell his wife that they had twins, but the girl passed away. The book progresses thru their lives, when at the end, the truth is unveiled. I enjoyed this book, although the author tends to be too descriptive at times.
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This book grabbed me from the very beginning--it just got into my heart the consequences that happened to these families after the father gave away the Down syndrome daughter at birth. The pages just keep turning as you get deeper and deeper into the events of these lives. One of the very best I've read in a long long time.
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This was a very good book about a doctor who delivered his own twins. Afraid of his wife being terribly hurt by the Downs Syndrome with which one of the twins was born, he immediately gave the child to his nurse and asked her to take the baby to a home for retarded children. He told his wife the girl baby had died at birth.

The story follows both the family as the boy baby matures, and the nurse as she disappears and builds a life in another city, raising the girl baby as her own. There is the wall that rose between the doctor and his wife; her continuing sense of the girl's presence; the son's feeling that his father didn't love him; the doctor's obsession with photography, trying to capture each moment forever; and the development of the girl as the nurse eventually marries.

It is a realistic picture of the human condition, with redemption and hope at the end. Truly a book worth reading.
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One of the best books I have ever read....it is definitely worth the time.
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Unbelievably good book. Twins separated at birth, one with Down's Syndrome. I'm kind of speechless.... but in a good way!
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could not get the story out of my head
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I liked the drama of this book and found it to be a captivating read. The turmoil of the families involved in the writing is tremendous and it really makes one think. While the subject matter is difficult, it is still a really good book.
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One of the reviews on the back of the book said it was "mesmerizing", and I think that word describes it very well. I couldn't put it down, but I'm also not sure I was happy with how it ended. In any case, I am still glad that I chose to take the journey of what could happen in their particular situation.
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I absolutely loved this book. It surprising twists and turns make it impossible to put down. I highly recommend!
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A great story about how a hasty decision will forever change your life. A doctor decides when he finds one of his twins has Down's syndrome that the baby should be in an institution. But the nurse secretly decides to raise her. A story about human love and secrets.
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This is possibly one of *the* worst books I have ever read. Great premise - terrible storyline and execution. Not only is the writing marginal, but the author re-uses the same hokey imagery over and over "quicksilver child", "thin hair, held back with barettes". There is little redeeming about the characters, and the subplots are simply unbelievable. Don't waste a credit or your time on this one. If I were the publisher, I'd be embarrassed.
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This is one of my all time favorite books. One that you don't forget. This book will make you mad, sad,and happy at times. I usually read true crime books but for some reason I picked this book up and LOVED it.
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Heartbreaking at points yet triumphant... a great read.
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how a lie could change a family
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An absolutely stunning, engrossing book that pulls you in and sets you on a path of an endless shift in emotions. I could not put it down! Wonderful!!
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This was a great story. Did not transform into a movie very seamlessly, so don't let the movie dissuade you from reading the book. I loved all of the connections to the photgraphs and the old fashioned camera. It just made the entire store that much more romantic to me.
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I thought this was a good book. There are some great comments on the loving nature of Down's Syndrome individuals. I was upset with parts of the ending but don't want to spoil it for anyone. A good summer read.
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I loved this book! Even though you will not like, nor understand some of the characters, the book is extremely well written and will keep your interest. It is one of those books that will stay with you long after you've finished.
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Very thought provolking. Great for a book club. I would have loved to discuss with others. Makes you stop and think.
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I couldn't start reading a chapter without finishing it. And even then, I couldn't keep my eyes open and I would keep reading.
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This was such a heart warming story. I seem the movie but the book is much better and more detailed. really a good book. The challenges of two families that intermingled was so simple but complicated and riviting.
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It was very interesting until the end, which became tiresome.
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Well written although maybe somewhat unbelievable storyline. This was one of Oprah's picks a number of years ago. It was a good read but the story was sad and left me feeling a bit melancholy by then end.
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This book is one of my favorite all time books. What a great story with such a twist!! This book is sad and joyful all at once!
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Amazing read!! I was shocked by the decisions in the book but it kept me page turning it even quicker! I couldn't put the book down!
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Interesting, really makes you think.
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After reading so many disappointing reviews, I could not get excited about beginning this book. However, I soon found the sentiments and descriptions drew me into the story. Other than a few slow chapters about two-thirds of the way through, I could not put the book down.
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I have a brother with Down's Syndrome who was born in '71 when my parents were told to institutionalize him because he'd "never amount to anything" and he'd "be a vegetable all his life". Knowing this, I could understand the mentality of the characters in this book, but it was still a bit hard to swallow. The best thing about this book was that it reminded me that doing the right thing in life requires strength and a lot of courage.
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I liked this book but didn't love it. It was depressing, but realistic, about the effect that one bad or questionable decision has ripple effects.
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This is an amazing story. It is a must read.
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This book is beautifully written, but I can't say I enjoyed it. It's one of the most heartbreaking stories I've ever read, and one I keep thinking about days after I completed it. It is incomprehensible to me that someone could give a way their own child in order to "save pain". And the book shows how the pain of this action haunts Dr. Henry for the rest of his life, ruining his marriage, his relationship with his son, and his own life. Very sad, very deeply emotional.
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An amazing book of triumph for a woman who decides to give her life to an "unwanted" child. Touching, amazingly realistic and so tender at times it will bring you to tears, but good tears.

Truly one of more favorite reads & one I think most any fiction lover would enjoy.
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While I know that the subject matter isn't the happiest of subjects, the book was just too depressing and that made for a very slow read. Characters were so flat and showed no personality even from the beginning!.
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It dragged a little bit. I never felt like I really "got into" it...
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It started out really good.

But, It didn't conclude the way it should have...

I got angry by the ending...
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Very moving, and hard to put down!
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An interesting read which provoked many different reactions in me. I can see where book clubs could have much to mull and discuss. Overall the book was a disappointment to me, as I was hoping for a primary focus on Down syndrome and the daughter, Phoebe. I would have enjoyed more chapters with Caroline and Phoebe, and indeed found their chapters to be the most engaging. I especially liked the chapters that detailed Caroline's advocacy efforts to have her daughter included. The chapters with Phoebe's birth family seemed to drag for me; as other reviewers have noted, Norah, David and Paul all seem quite depressed to me and not terribly likeable. I could empathize with Norah's pain, but not relate well to her coping strategies. Also, as the mom of a son with Down syndrome, I was hugely disappointed that Edwards did not give Phoebe her own voice in the story. I really wanted to read chapters directly from Phoebe's perspective. I think Phoebe's voice could have added a lightness or humor to an otherwise pretty intense and somber-toned book. However, all that said, I did find the book's general premise intriguing. The story is truly a family drama with dysfunction, miscommunication, missed opportunities and repressed emotions. I felt Edwards handled the info and perspective of Down syndrome in a respectful and interesting way. And I think Edwards did a fine job of keeping the tension going, on just how the secret would finally be revealed. Alas, I found myself disappointed in the ending as well. My mother thought David's handling of the secret and the ending to be realistic and she was satisfied. After all the melodrama of the previous chapters, I was anticipating a dramatic reveal and dramatic fallout. Nope. The ending wrapped some loose ends, but not in the way I had hoped it would.
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I had to question the wisdom of the husband. He meant well and the child was indeed fortunate. Great ending to a somewhat depressing story of guilt and love. Recommend this one for bookclub discussions.
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Great read!
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Great book, very easy to read finished quickly to see what would happen. I would recommend this book!
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I thought that the book started out slow, but once I got passed the first few chapters I couldn't put this book down. I really love it. It is one of the best books I've read in quite a while.
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An amazing story of the journey of the lives touched by love, loss, and betrayl! When is the movie????
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I think I was hoping for a bit of a happy ending... I was dissapointed with the story and the deception through the years. I thought it was a wasted life memoir. Tragic from the start and it only got worse. Was sorry I read it.
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Excellent reading!
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Great book I enjoyed it. I also just recently saw the TV version and it does this book no justice. The book is so much better, they left so much out of the TV show and changed it a lot. I glad I read the book first.
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Not a bad read. I enjoyed it, but certainly not an all-time favorite.
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I took this book with me on vacation and really enjoyed it. Like others I was really waiting for the end to see how it all turned out.
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HORRIBLE AND UNBELIEVABLY BORING
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im my opinion, this book was an okay book. the storyline was good but in some parts i do admit i think it got kind of boring
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Novel had a really great premise and storyline, but then the author seemed to have trouble figuring out where to go with it. Hated the ending (actually, the whole last 1/4 of the book, to be honest.)
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Interesting, with emotional family issues at the forefront of the story.
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I enjoyed the book...and believe me, babies with disabilities were hidden in long-term care years ago.
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Unnecessary details that do not advance the story and thoughts in the mind of a man that obviously come from a woman author put me off this book in a BIG hurry. I was looking for a realistic fiction story and this one was neither realistic nor a story. If Ms. Edwards wanted to write a bunch of "pretty words" she should have chosen another genre: poetry perhaps?

I am so glad I didn't pay full price for this and HOW did this make the best-seller list?
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A heartbreaking story about love and deceit and what it can do to a family. It is the story of a mentally challenged child and how she changed a nurse's life.
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This is a beautiful story.Its a pretty long read but you become so personally engrossed into the charectars, you feel like you know them so well.
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A beautiful story of courage, loss, grieving,and finally joy. I couldn't wait to read it through but hated for it to be over!
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Its one of those books where you just want to shake the characters and make them do the right thing.
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I would have to say this book was so-so. I completely agree with the other reviews that the characters in this book were self-centered and shallow. I also finished this book to see what would happen at the end - not because I couldn't put it down. I would not necessarily seek out another book by this author.
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I am in agreement with the others who wrote that the mother of the story just was insufferable. Total waist of my time.
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I really enjoyed this book!
It has a dark premise; however it is worthwhile and not a big downer! Seriously!
It is one of the books I have kept and I pass to friends - they always have enjoyed it (I only do that with a handful of books). Really great around fall/winter when you can cozy up in front of a fire.
I would not have picked it up based on what the back said but really really liked it and very much recommend it. Hate to give too much of the story away so will leave it at that - hope you enjoy!
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A sad but sadly a very true book. i feel bad for the poor girl
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Interesting book on a controversial issue.
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The story catches you from the beginning, continuing to read ever waiting and wanting to find out when mom is reunited with her daughter. While the story of life as it moves on is ok, it leaves the reader still waiting and wanting. After the long awaited reunion occurs, it leaves the reader disappointed. If as much thought, time and words had been put into the reunion and the reasons behind the boxes of pictures, other than a quick explanation, the book may have had a more satisfactory ending.
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I found this book to be a bit redundant. I was skimming through papagraphs because the author repeats many memories and senarios over and over. All in all it has a great story line, but it could have moved a lot faster for me.
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Couldn't put this one down!
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At times I found myself really frustrated with the father in this book wondering why he would not come clean already. Over all, I enjoyed this book very much.
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I thought id enjoy this book since i have twins one being special needs, it started out well but went downhill within the first few chapters. I forced my self to finish it hoping it would get better
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This novel has hit me oddly. The scene descriptions and settings I thought were quite artistic and lovely to read. The plotting felt shallow, with a few scenes coming in out of nowhere and with little impact. Characters were both engaging and then unchanging, with very little growth happening.

Does that sound inconsistent? The novel really wasn't; rather there were some aspects that worked well, and some that didn't, and the range between what worked and what didn't was large.

A solid, middle-of-the-road novel. 3 of 5 stars.
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What a thought provoking, soul searching, deeply emotional work. 4 lives that would have been profoundly different if not for one lie. A sample of what we allow our brains to do to our lives.
Will probably read this again and again as I am sure there are depths I have not reached yet with the lessons to be learned here.
Would recommend to one and all. Especially those I know are dealing with a secret too big to share. 5 Stars!!!!
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Well written, but very sad. Don't know if I enjoy this type of novel. But that's a matter of personal taste and not indicative of the writer.
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not one of my favorites, well written just a hard story to get into...made me realize that life could be worse
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I couldn't put this book down. As a mother, it was a heartbreaking story, but beautiful at the same time. I'm sure you will love it.
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The book is superb in my estimation as it takes the reader into suspense almost from day one in the lives of those involved. It follows the two main characters for over twenty years separately unfolding how the one initial decision in the beginning changed everyone's lives. It is a book of decisions, good and bad, and how each one affected lives like ripples in a stream.
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A total estrogen fest.
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This book was picked for our book club and I was very much looking forward to it. The plot was not at all what I expected. Based on the title, I was expecting a story about the little girl. In actuality, it was about her father. I found that I had no interest in the chapters that followed his story and was simply anxious to get back to the parts about the daughter. The ending was also a let down.
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A wonderful novel. It makes you question the father's motives throughout but you gain insight into the type of person he truly was.
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I had a hard time getting into this book. I just never really had that feeling of never wanting to put it down. Not horrible, but not great for me either.
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This book was amazing! I loved every minute of it and could not put it down.
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Was very disappointed. The book was a best seller, but I personally thought it stunk.
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This book was BORING. I only finished because I had to know how it ended.
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This is possibly one of *the* worst books I have ever read. Great premise - terrible storyline and execution. Not only is the writing marginal, but the author re-uses the same hokey imagery over and over "quicksilver child", "thin hair, held back with barettes". There is little redeeming about the characters, and the subplots are simply unbelievable. Don't waste a credit or your time on this one. If I were the publisher, I'd be embarrassed.
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great story! both sad and uplifting!
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Another easy read! Great characters that you can empathize with.
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Such an amzing story! This was the first, and so far only, Kim Edwards book I've read & I loved it!
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A wonderful story about life, family, and how one single event can forever alter the lives of everyone involved. Truly a challenging, thought-provoking, heart-wrenching, and yet overall uplifting story.
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I couldn't put this book down. What a wonderful story.
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Awful, simply awful. I could barely read it. I forced myself to get through most of it. I never even finished it though. Don't waste your time.
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In my opinion, highly overrated. A slow-paced, wooden examination of a family with a secret. No particular evidence of character development over time - everyone stays exactly who they are through the course of the book and there is very little evidence about learning from one's mistakes. I found it whiney and preachy - not attributes that I care for very much.
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I didn't enjoy this book. I thought there wasn't anything redeemable about any of the adult characters. There just wasn't anything likeable about them or the situation they put themselves in and it didn't leave you feeling like you understood them any better at the end or that anything was resolved.
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Award-winning writer Kim Edwardss The Memory Keepers Daughter is a beautiful drama with characters that will haunt your memory long after you have finished reading the book.
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made me run out to rent the movie!
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I remember reading this book about 2-3 years ago. I really enjoyed it. For me, the book spoke of the unlimited things people will do to remain "normal" in society. It explained how one person's actions affected a group of people for a lifetime. Being in the mental health field, and interested in all things mental health this book kept me intrigued. At times the book read a little slow, but I am a patient reader, and it was a good enough book for me to have remembered it 2-3 years later.
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Our local book club picked this for its monthly read and I had heard good things from others before I had even started the book. Maybe my expectations were too high.
After reading the back I was excited to get started. I enjoyed the set up and all of the explicit detail of sight, sound, and smell that set the scene for what was essentially a very emotional and psychological plot.
However, after reading about 1/2 the "explicit detail" had turned from something enjoyable and vicarious living to a completely overwrought, overwritten work. It was a struggle to keep going. I ended up skimming the last 1/3 of the book and felt I missed nothing except more time wasted reading about every lilac scent or car sound that existed as the characters were going about their lives. It's a great strategy if you use it sparingly, but when overused, it seems like nothing more than ego and feels like no more than sheer agony.
I would NOT read this book again. It was a great idea but too many unnecessary details that bogged it down. For 450+ pages, it could easily have been half that and still accomplished its purpose - probably in a better fashion. I'd give the author another chance, and hope that she had a better editor next time.
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I'm not quite sure how to review this book. The subject is quite interesting and while reading I did feel sometimes sad or shocked. At the same time I feel like there was too much detail in scenery and things like that which dulled the story a bit and made me ready for it to end. Overall it was worth a read but not a favorite or a re-read for me.
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It took me a long time to get around to finished the read of this book for some reason, probably because the content was so painful to think about, but I did complete it and liked it. Gave a lot to think about, in terms of people's actions and what the results are many years later.
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Excellent book! Could not put it down! Read it in 3 days. A really good and captivating story.
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I was hooked from the start. Very moving story. Unexpected events throughout the book.
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Awesome book!!! Enjoyed it and couldn't wait to read each chapter!
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PRETTY GOOD BOOK. NOT AT ALL WHAT I WAS EXPECTING, BUT THAT'S THE BEST PART ABOUT IT. IT'S AN ENJOYABLE READ FOR SURE!
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I really liked this book. Being a mother of a child with Down's I could understand and connect with the characters really well.
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I was really dissapointed with this book. The premise sounded so good, but the book fell flat. I kept reading because I thought it had to get better, but it didn't. I found the main characters irritating, they all seemed so self involved and self pitying.
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I really enjoyed this book. There were some heartbreaking parts, but they were balanced with warm moments. I appreciated the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the struggles of a child growing up with Downs Syndrome.
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After all the hype, I found this terribly disappointing. Predictable from the first, no real suspense to make this worth reading.
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Realistic story with lots of vivid word pictures, easy read, very captivating, you'll find you're eager to read more. References to photography, capturing life, secrets, Down syndrome, anger, destructive behavior, affairs, drug use, sex, and drinking.
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i read the book to finish it
in the middle it got boring and the summary on the back paints the book as something it is not
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I really enjoyed this Read.. Oh what a tangled web we weave,etc...
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Was a decent book. A bit slow moving and not as heartfelt that was believed to be.
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This was a very touching story. It will make you emphatize with some of the characters and hate some of them. This book was very well-written and the story was captivating.
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The first half was okay...after that it was just a big yawn. I couldn't even force myself to read anymore. Since it was on the bestsellers list, I thought I would give it a try but I definitely found it lacking in more ways than one.
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Easy reading book, but found it pretty good. I haven't seen the movie.
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this book started out hopeful and intriguing but about a third or half way through it became monotonous and boring- i rarely do not finish a book but this one i decided to not finish
-characters are easy to dislike and i wasn't even interested in finding out what happens at the end, there was not insentive to keep me reading
i enjoyed reading about the down syndrom child and the nurse but there was very little written about them- three or four pages here and there- whereas most of the book was dedicated to the biological mother and i found her very boring and the father self centered (only because the wife was very hard to get along with)
i was not happy with this book
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Very engaging story; great character development. I enjoyed her writing style enough to seek out more of her work.
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A very compelling story beautifully written -- highly recommended.
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Liked this book well enough. it was definalty better then the movie they made
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It starts out at a sprint and slows to a nice jog. All in all, a good read, though I was a little disappointed in a way that I cant really describe.
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This book was a very good read. It had some insight on the choices people had to make due to lack of acceptable options in the 1960s. You need a box of tissue close by when reading this book. The ending is as happy as can realistically be expected.
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What a wonderful book! I love the way the writer uses word to evoke images. I have to read the book slowly, because sometimes it seems like poety to me. The story touches my heart. The basic plot is about twins born to a doctor and his wife. One of the twins has Downs Syndrome, and the doctor decides to send the baby to an institution. The nurse present at the birth decides to raise the baby herself. The rest of the story is about the parallel lives of the twins and their parents.
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A very thought provoking book, well written!
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This was such an incredible tale. Full of love and bad choices and acceptance of the unknown. Thoroughly enjoyed. The movie was very good but as always the book was better!
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One of the best books I have ever read!
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I think Edwards could have written the same story with about 100 fewer pages. The descriptions of feelings and places were poetic, but began to get tedious. Nevertheless, the story was good and I found the characters to be beleivable.
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I really wanted to like this book. But the whole premise turned me off from the start. I just couldn't identify with the characters, and ended up skimming through parts of the book to get to the end.
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It is not the type of book I normally read, but the main characters struggle with the decisions they made was intriguing to me and left me wanting to know more. The ending, however, did not satisfy me, and I felt I was left hanging.
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Excellent. Made me cry!
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This is a MUST READ book, I could not put it down. It was compassionate, heartbreaking and truly unforgettable.
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A very good read with suspense and intrigue.
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This is one of the most depressing books I have read. I did not think it lived up to all the hype.
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Absolutely heart-wrenching, but such a worthy, wonderful read.
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Family saga, keeps you on edge. Seen movie, book is always better.
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really great read
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The book was intresting, but seemed a little far fetched.
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The book actually took me months to finish. It was interesting to me at the begining but then half way through, the story became to long and I lost interest. The overall story was somewhat sad. The only time the couple were happy was at the beginning when they met.The ending could have been better. I'm glad that the kids were able to met at one point in their life.
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After seeing the Lifetime movie, I had to read the book. It was a very compelling book; I kept squeaking out time to read it a few pages at a time and did read it in about a week and a half just a little at a time. It is about a man who gives his daughter away at birth because she had Down Syndrome. The story then focuses on the lives of Phoebe (the daughter given away), Paul (her 'normal' twin), Dr. Henry (the father), Norah (the mother), and Caroline Gil (the nurse who took Phoebe in when her father wanted her brought to an institution). I really enjoyed this book and found that the character of Norah reminds me of Nora from "A Doll's House."
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Not worth the hype. Had so much potential but really fell flat.
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a story of secrets and regrets. a wonderful page-turner. highly recommend.
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A delightful, thought-provoking, stay-with-you-forever book. Dr. David Henry makes a life-changing decision that will stun you - and it changes everything. Very moving book. Highly recommended.
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I enjoyed this book. I thought it was very interesting how we read about how one person's choice can influence their life and the lives of people around them. We all have our secrets and after reading this book, it makes me want to tell mine just so I won't have to live with that burden anymore. Of course, my secrets aren't as bad as the one that David carried, but I still wouldn't want to lie to someone for the rest of my life. I also liked how the book ended with me, the reader, determining how the future would play out in these characters lives.
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This book was one my wife could not put down. She said it was well written and was a compelling and believable story.
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the book had a story line that was drab everyonce in awhile. In parts in was depressing and sad.
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This book is really popular. But I thought it was kind of boring. I like what the lady did for the child but other than that, it was lame.
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I loved it and then I hated it and then I liked it and then I finally resolved to loving it. Sad, sad, happy, sad.
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Great book for a monthly book club. Quick read and very thought provoking.
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OK, but not as great as the hype.
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I didn't care a whole lot for the book. I wanted to stop seeral times because I was bored and didn't like a lot of things being talked about such as lying and committing adultry and it being OK. But so many people have told me how great this book is so I wanted to finish it hoping that it would improve at the end. Let's just say I wasn't impressed with the book on the whole. However, I did think that the idea was interesting and I give the author props for being able to write about the emotions being shown in the book very well.
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The book moved slowly at times, but the subject matter was very thought provoking... an implusive decision made by one man effects many lives.
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I really enjoyed reading this book! The characters are not strictly good or bad, but much more complex. The language was beautiful and I actually reread passages because they were so beautiful. Sometimes I skip over descriptive passages when I'm reading to get to the "action", but with this book, I devoured them!
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I'm not even sure why I chose this book other than the publicity it had at the time. I found the cover to be very depressing, and I stopped reading about halfway through. I don't like to not finish a book, but I found this one depressing. I didn't like the story line nor did I like the characters and their actions. Not what it's hyped up to be.
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This is the best book I've read this year. Excellent descriptions of events from different points of view. It really makes you think about the things that happen in your life and people's motives.
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This book is one that everyone should read. Also, do not watch the movie first. It will make you laugh, cry, and overall feel a broad range of emotions. Read it to see what I mean.
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This is one of the best books I have ever read. Wonderful story! I could not put it down!
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Great book. I found it intriguing and could not put it down.
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While this book has a hard beginning for parents, it is a great read. It was refreshing to see how love has nothing to do with geneology.
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I enjoyed this book alot. I hear they are making a movie based from the book, I dont see it being as well as the book. You experience the great journey of Dr David Henry and his secret. Great Book, fast read
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pleasant read
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Excellent read! Shows that the changes in educating these children can be rewarding!
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beautiful. made me cry. sucked me right in. well written and very visual.
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I enjoyed this book, it was written well enough that it keeps you interested and you want to find out what happens.
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Great story, easy to read.
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I agree with the woman who is over 50. My daughter (21) and I both read and enjoyed this book. I did explain to her, though, how things were done in the 60's and how I had a friend whose brother was institutionalized at birth "for the good of the entire family". My daughter had a friend with a Down's sibling, so it touched a chord. Also, I knew that my mom had delivered her babies in the 50's and 60's, with no memory of any of the deliveries. How quickly we forget history and a wonderful way to open discussion.
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great book
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Interesting story
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A bland book that started out with a promising plot that just plummeted the further into the book one got. I found the characters unlikeable, their motives for their behaviors never really well explained and their reactions out of the ordinary and difficult to sympathize with.

Sad that this is what passes for a best seller.
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great book
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This is possibly one of *the* worst books I have ever read. Great premise - terrible storyline and execution. Not only is the writing marginal, but the author re-uses the same hokey imagery over and over "quicksilver child", "thin hair, held back with barettes". There is little redeeming about the characters, and the subplots are simply unbelievable. Don't waste a credit or your time on this one. If I were the publisher, I'd be embarrassed.
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Just as they say, 'Don't judge the book by their cover'. That's exactly the point here. It sounds good, but it just seemed to drag on. If you are a person who likes mild books, then you will like this one. But if you don't, I suggest that you don't. That's how it probably ended up on PBS, nobody wanted it. That's just MY honest opinion.
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I was startled by how little I liked his book. It was predictable and one dimensional.
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I don't know why so many folks hated this book so much. I thought that it was enjoyable, especially for a debut novel. The characters were believable and engaging. Some of the writing is overly descriptive as though trying to be elegant, but this is a first novel so perhaps that is forgivable.
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Brilliant. Sad. Thought Provoking.
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Rather emotional read.
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This was an amazing book. It was emotional and postive. Great to see lifes negative turn out so positive.
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This is possibly one of *the* worst books I have ever read. Great premise - terrible storyline and execution. Not only is the writing marginal, but the author re-uses the same hokey imagery over and over "quicksilver child", "thin hair, held back with barettes". There is little redeeming about the characters, and the subplots are simply unbelievable. Don't waste a credit or your time on this one. If I were the publisher, I'd be embarrassed.
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A decision impacts so many lives in this novel. Well drawn sympathetic characters, degrees of redemption and a good view of how life has changed since 1964
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This was a very good book. Kim Edwards has written a very thought provoking account of one man's split second decision to give up his daughter and how that decision's effect on the lives of others.
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Really good book with a great story.
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I enjoyed this book, but it is depressing, at times. So much dysfunction and so many bad choices. I enjoyed the descriptive nature of Edwards's writing--easy to "get the picture" of her writing.
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A few sappy moments, but overall, a beautiful book.
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Really great read about how one decision can change your life.
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A woman delivers twins but one has Down's syndrome. Her husband who also delivered the twins spirits away the afflicted daughter. The rest of the tale is hypnotic.
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A good book for a discussion group, it is quite thought-provoking.
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Interesting book. Stands on its head what you think about perfection and happiness.
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Being a nurse, I just liked the story and the psycological aspects of each character. It moved very fast for me and I could hardly put it down.
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Beautiful prose, amazing characters - could not put it down.
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A very interesting book. This one is one the Best Seller List.
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Just so-so to me. Kind of forgettable.
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Excellent book!! Beautifully written! This book is a must-read!
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Beautiful prose. I loved this book.
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Regret and redemption told in a personal, touching story describing the effects of actions on different family members over years. Worth the read. The book creates a reflective mood. Has great value in educating the reader on certain moral, ethical issues.
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THIS IS A GREAT BOOK! I WAITED ALONG TIME TO READ IT AND I AM GLAD THAT I DID!
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Amazing book. I could not put this one down. Can't wait for Kim Edwards to write another.
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Excellent! Could not put down!
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I couldn't put this one down, so good and yet heartbreaking.
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This book was a slow in the beginning and hard to get into. It seemed to drag on. The ending was pretty good. But don't think it really warrants being a best seller.
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A bit slow going, but worth the read in the end.
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Slow read but good story
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Although somewhat ragged in parts, this novel also contains moments of breathtaking lyricism. A poignant tale of secrets, distance, love, loss and redemption.
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This is a wonderful book which illustrates how a mistake can affect many lives.
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I was very excited to read this book, I went out and bought it because I was tired of waiting for it on PBS! It was difficult to get into but then picked up after the first 100 pages-or-so. The narrative style was interesting and it read a lot like "the Time Travelers Wife," but it was linear. When I put it down I thought it was fantastic but some of the less positive reviews here do have good points, things that I didn't pay much attention to because I was swept up in the creativity of the story but when I took the time to reflect it wasn't as amazing as it first seemed. A great read for a cold winter afternoon in front of the fire because it is not very deep.
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This is a story of regret and redemption where the characters are haunted by their past. A Dr. delivers his own twins and then sends one away. Very moving!
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This is a wonderful story, I couldn't put the book down. The story of twins that are separated at their birth and the intervening years of their lives are compelling story telling.
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Highly recommended
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A touching, thought-provoking read.
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Excellent read
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I really enjoyed this book. Not like the "easy reads" I'm use to, I am so glad I desided to read this one!!
Sheree
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The beginning and middle of this book were great. I just thought the author could have come to the conclusion much more quickly.
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Enjoyed author's writing style. Story not totally plausible to me.
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Very interesting book!
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This is an interesting book - hard to get into, then you can't put it down.
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This is a fantastic book, that will hook you from beginning to end
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A real page turner
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A haunting story of how one bad choice can ruin a marriage, a family, and all connected lives. If nothing else, this story will leave you with a renewed realization to be honest and have courage in facing the unexpected. And, to have faith in those you love to be able to do the same.
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It was an interesting story but for some reason it seemed to take me forever to read it, so I think that the writing was a little different for me than I'm use to. I would recommend it - it was an emotional story.
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Great story. I was a little skeptical at first since I usually read "chick lit" but I truly enjoyed this book.
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An incredible book. Extremely well written.
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Wonderful book!
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How can one bad decision effect the lives of one family over decades? This novel beautifully tells the story of a family. When a woman gives birth to twins, her husband recognizes right away that his new daughter has down syndrom. In a panic, he tells his nurse to take the child away and informs his wife that her daughter died in childbirth. The nurse decides to raise the child on her own, and his wife begins to decdend into depression.

The Memory Keeper's Daughter deserves all of the praise it recieves. The characters are flawed but interesting. The prose style is absolutely enchanting. I highly reccomend this novel.
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Really enjoyed this book!
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loved this book, excellent story
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I loved this book! Our book club read it and the ratings ranged from 6-9, with lots of 7's and 8's (really high for our group). The book raises several issues, not the least of which is whether it is ever justifiable to shield those closest to you from the truth.
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I loved this book! It starts on a snowy night when a doctor has to deliver what he thinks is his only baby. It turns out that his wife is having twins. The first born, a boy, is born perfectly healthy. The second baby, a girl, is born with Down's. He tells his nurse to take the baby away to an institution and then tells his wife the baby died. This is a very sad story about family secrets and what damage those secrets can cause.
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An amazing book. Unlike many of this sort, this isn't a feel good book. Like real life, it is full of bad choices, regrets, tears, fears along with love, life, and laughter. This also means there are unexpected twists and turns which always makes for engaging reading. I had a very hard time putting this one down!
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excellent - The ending caught me off guard. It was also a good pick for our book group.
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I didn't enjoy this book at all. For me, the main characters had very few redeeming qualities at all. And, the story seemed very contrived and overly melodramatic. What was supposed to make me feel sympathetic was really just annoying.
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Great book. Can be a tear jerker at time. Raises awareness of Down's syndrome.
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my book as been read by my book club and a few other friends so it is worn but in good condition....
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The story is very good, it gets a bit tedious in the end, seems to drag on... It could've stopped 2-3 chapters before the end.
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Written in 2005--This story takes you through the lives of twins who were separated at birth and the repercussions that follow becuase of one man's and one woman's actions. I couldn't put this book down. It was a wonderful read.
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Good, but I had a hard time feeling connected to the characters.
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I really enjoyed this book. After the main event the story splits to tell of the 2 separate lives that are involved.
A good read.
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...begins on a winter night in 1964 when a blizzard forces Dr. David Henry to deliver his own twins. His son, born first, is perfectly healthy, but the doctor immediately recognizes hs daughter has Down Syndrome. For motives he tells himself are good, he makes a split-second decison that will haunt all their lives for ever. He asks his nurse, Caroline, to take the baby away to an institution. Instead, she disappears into another city to raise the child as her own. A deeply mving story and beautifully written..
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This was my book club selection for January. It is a very moving story. It made me realize how a split decision can change your life and others around in a split minute.
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Kim Edwards first book was written with much pathos and understanding of complex relationships. Well, how many people wonder if they were adopted or had a sibling who was adopted or take a few minutes to reflect on why they were a single child. Sure, an old story. But not often do we read about a mother who does not know her child was taken away and that leaves us all stunned. Who could do that. Why? This was a good story.
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A NY Times bestseller for months. A "tale of regret and redemption...of characters haunted by their past." Beautifully written. A beautiful book.
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It grabbed me in the beginning and then it got a little slow. It was an ok read.
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Beautiful language. Asks us if it's ever wise to keep a secret from people you love and shows us that the answer to that question isn't as easy as it seems. Looks at parenting issues, including the ties of birth parents vs. adoptive parents and what it means to care for a seriously disabled child. Very worthwhile reading.
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Great read... Goes very fast... Can't wait to read more from this author... Enjoyed very much...
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Great Book. I really enjoyed it. Quick Read
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A story of a husband making a decision to give one of his twins away and how it impacts everyones life. A great and moving story.
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After resisting this in the bookstores for a number of months, I finally picked it up, and can wholeheartedly recommend it. 'Separated at birth' by their overly protective physician-father, a 'normal, healthy' boy grows up with his parents, whose marriage suffers because of the lie between them, while his Down syndrome twin sister- whom the father tells everyone was stillborn - is rescued from institutional care by a lonely nurse, and grows up healthy and happy, knowing nothing of her 'real' birth family. There is suffering, as well as joy, all around as the reader follows both families through the twins' childhoods and into young adulthood. The weight and toll of a lie at the center of a relationship is fully explored with sensitivity. And at the end there is hope for a sort of redemption.
Lots to think about in this story.
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Good read. Well developed characterizations. Story line flows well.
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good book!
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A very good book that was also thought provoking. I really enjoyed this book.
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The premise is intriguing but I found it overly sentimental & heavy-handed. Dialog often struck me as artificial.
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Fabulous book! Beautifully written, this story manages to break the heart and warm the heart at the same time. Unique story that keeps one thinking long after reading the last word.
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This was required reading, and much to my surprise, I found it to be substantial and a very good read.....I'm a better person for experiencing this author's work!
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This book begins in 1964 when a blizzard forces Dr. David Henry to deliver his own twins. His son is born perfectly healthy, but his daughter has Down's syndrome. He asks his nurse to take his daughter away to an institution. Instead she disappears into another city to raise the child as her own. This was a great book that I couldn't put down.
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while the story kept me wanting to find out what happened between all the characters, i wasn't thrilled by the pace of the book. i feel as though there was not enough excitement.
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couldnt put it down
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As someone who has worked with Down's children, I really appreciated the authenticity of this book. It was a very emotional read, and hard to put down.
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Characters haunted by their past-about reqret and redemption. Lovely.
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Bittersweet! Captivated me so I did not want to put it down!
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so unfortunately i succumbed to all of the hullabaloo about this book. ugh! i watched the movie when it was on tv and i didnt like it, but id hoped the book was better. i was wrong.

the story is this- a doctor's wife gives birth to a boy and a girl. the girl is born with downs. the doctor has a bad history with downs in his family so he tells his wife their daughter died at birth and passes their daughter on to his nurse who chooses to raise her.

the book takes course over 25 or so years and pretty much no one gets over the past. the dad is weak and cant get over the lie hes lived with. the mother (who didnt even know she was pregnant with twins) cant get over the death of her daughter, and their son is pretty much ignored.

the characters are so incredibly weak its annoying. you just want to say grow a pair and move on. deal with your grief in a healthy way. its such a depressing book and i forced myself to get through it.

one of the main characters randomly dies and its like- huh? its just casually mentioned in a sentence and it really didnt flow.

sorry i wasted my time on the movie and the book. oh well.
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Edwards's assured but schematic debut novel (after her collection, The Secrets of a Fire King) hinges on the birth of fraternal twins, a healthy boy and a girl with Down syndrome, resulting in the father's disavowal of his newborn daughter. A snowstorm immobilizes Lexington, Ky., in 1964, and when young Norah Henry goes into labor, her husband, orthopedic surgeon Dr. David Henry, must deliver their babies himself, aided only by a nurse. Seeing his daughter's handicap, he instructs the nurse, Caroline Gill, to take her to a home and later tells Norah, who was drugged during labor, that their son Paul's twin died at birth. Instead of institutionalizing Phoebe, Caroline absconds with her to Pittsburgh. David's deception becomes the defining moment of the main characters' lives, and Phoebe's absence corrodes her birth family's core over the course of the next 25 years. David's undetected lie warps his marriage; he grapples with guilt; Norah mourns her lost child; and Paul not only deals with his parents' icy relationship but with his own yearnings for his sister as well. Though the impact of Phoebe's loss makes sense, Edwards's redundant handling of the trope robs it of credibility. This neatly structured story is a little too moist with compassion
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Loved it. Can't wait to see the movie.
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This book was very difficult to put down. It was amazingly written; I felt as though I was looking in on each and every scene.
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A book that immediately grabs your attention and draws you in; that makes you want to keep reading to find out what happens to the characters. You put yourself in the situation, deciding what you would do if you were them. I read this book in just a few days because I wanted to know what happened, it shows how one act can impact our entire life.
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This books has many twist and turns. Some you could never think of having happened. It was wonderful, suspenseful, yet sad. I did keep this copy because I loved it so much for the depth it goes into. Grand Reading.
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One of my favorite books I've ever read. I couldn't put it down once I started. Five stars for this one.
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An amazing book! This book will make you angry and cry all at the same time. Kim Edwards is an amazing author!
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I found the lengthy descriptions daunting and did very little to get me closer to the characters. Edwards writes each character's approach to every task and interaction with such flowery wording at an attempt of introspection and depth and falls so short at painting a picture of meaningful characters caught up in something bigger than themselves in my opinion. She writes of anger between the characters that has grown as a result of one lie after another, but the characters are so predictable, so lacking in the depth she tries to convey with her wordiness that you see them more as clueless rather than complex. I found myself thinking that if the characters were so introspective, than why can't they open up more or figure out why the others are distant. In the end I found their introspection a forced tactic to write something deep.

I guess I felt the book lacked substance, but was heavy on circumstance and predictable characters. For being titled "The Memory Keeper's Daughter" the author sure did focus much more on the 'memory keeper' and his family and far less on his daughter and I think that would have made for a much stronger storyline because Caroline's anger, doubt, frustration and turmoil is much more believeable than that of the other character's.
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Dr. Henry and his wife are expecting their first child. Little do they know that they are going to have twins. The doctor ends up delivering his own children, one baby boy and one baby girl with downs syndrome. He gives up the girl to be raised in a special hospital where they can take care of her better, but tells his wife her daughter died. The nurse he puts in charge of the baby ends up falling in love with the little bundle and keeps her. Throughout the years, each family deals with the decisions they made.

This was only OK for me. I feel like I have seen this on the Lifetime Movie Network, and it was hard to find characters to relate with. Everyone seemed to be holding grudges against each other.
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This book was well written and held my interest BUT left me in a state of "funk" almost the whole way through. Many of my favorite books have scenes that make me cry, but the book itself makes me feel good. This just was not one of those books and since I read for enjoyment I will not read this again since I got little enjoyment out of it.
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Wonderful book, Kept my interest and was actually hard to put down.
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A very interesting story with complex characters. The author draws some intriguing comparisons between photography and the nature of time.
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Excellent, absorbing. Really enjoyed this tale of how good intentions can destroy a family. This is a good story about the complications of love, between parents and children, siblings, and men and women.
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This is a remarkable book about how family secrets and lies can change the dynamics of a family. It is beautifully written.
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A nice easy to read book.

How important is truth to our relationships? I think that is what this book attempts to touch on.

This book begins set in 1964 where the medical procedures were different, not to mention how we treated people with disabilities. David and Norah's life would have been much different had a different choice been made.
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A story of secrets and their destructive power.
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Great Book!! I really enjoyed this book. Twins born and one with Down's syndrome. The father hasthe child with Down's sent to an institution, forever changing the lives of everyone involved. It is the story of a secret that affects this family forever.
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very engrossing, facinating story. (sometimes a little slow but worth sticking with.)
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this book is simply moving. it kept me in tears, dropping little bombshells when you least expect it to. hate to see it go.
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Poignant story of two families and how all their lives are forever altered in a single moment.
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I loved this book, couldn't put it down until I'd finished it. I didn't want it to be over, I wanted to know what happened next!
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I loved this book. One decision made during a crisis can affect your life and everyone you love. This book proves it.
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It was hard for me to connect the beginning and ending, but that's what happens when a story takes place over 20 years or so. Otherwise, this is definitely a bestseller for a reason.
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Very good book, sad and thought provoking.
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Good story and plot, but I think there could have been more. I wanted to know Phoebe more.
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Good book!
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Story grabbed me right away, but then I lost interest about half way through.
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This one goes onto my "best books ever" list. Exquisitely written, well paced, and heartbreakingly honest.
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Awesome story, it grabed me and I finished it in one sitting. I would reccomend to anyone!
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I loved this book!
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This was a wonderful but sad book. I really enjoyed it....it kept me glued to the pages.
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a quick read...
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Very, very sad!
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Although fiction, this book touches on topics and tough choices that have had to been made in the past, yet are still relevant today...not the choices, but the fact that these types of choices have to be made. It's always interesting to have a bird's eye view of the consequences of these decisions and what impact they have on those who are touched by it. As you read this book it's interesting to ask yourself would you make the same choice?
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What a ride. This book was dark from the very beginning. Well written and a testament to how secrets can ruin a family.
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So, so good! I couldn't put it down!!
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One of the best books of 2006. Can't recommend highly enough!
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What a wonderful, emotional, compassionate book! The detailed thoughts of the characters are so brilliant. A must read -- but bring the tissues!
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very good-unique plot and captivating!
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What a great story. I stayed up late to finish it. Very moving.
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A must read!!
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Touching story with a surprising redemptive ending.
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Wonderful story, wonderful detailed characters. Very moving! I did wish to know a little more in the end.
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Very interesting and there's a twist around every corner.
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This was a quick read that hooked me right away. I was disappointed with the end.
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It is a sad story of how a family disintegrates with lies and betrayal and the power of redemption.
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I had really high hopes for this book, but I didn't love it. It's very long winded, but the story is nice. I read it on a trip, but it was the only book I'd brought. If I'd have read it at home, I'm not sure I would have finished it.
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Outstanding book!
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I'm not much for contemporary fiction, but I thought it was well written. The characters were well developed. But I kept talking to the main character, David, to tell every one his secrets.

The ending was way too soon, but some of that was the expectation of more story on the last pages of the book. Instead the last 13 pages is a section called A Penquin Readers Guide to The Memory Keeper's Daughter.
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Excellent book.
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A very compelling novel which is both heart-breaking and heart healing. A doctor/father delivers his son and his daughter one snowy night. His son is fine, but is daughter is not perfect and the doctor/father has to make a decision as to what to do with his new born daughter.
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a tale of regret and redemption of characters haunted by their past. A brilliantly crafted story of parallel lives, familial secrets and the redemptive power of love. I enjoyed this book
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Thought provoking and sad story. Great and fast read.
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I decided to buy this book after hearing all the hype that surrounded it. I was not disappointed. I read this book in less one day, it was impossible to put down.
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Excellent novel. I have never read a book by this author, but I definitely will be checking out to see if she has written more books. Highly recommend.
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Excellent read!
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Such a wonderful book! I loved how the characters were so real and vital.
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A very well written book. I thoroughly enjoyed this story right up until the end.
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Interesting story line but very slow and somewhat lacking. I just expected so much more, it could have been great.
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An excellent, well written book. Very powerful and thought provoking. A fast read.
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Wonderfull Book. A must read.It will keep you up reading late into the night.
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I enjoyed this book, but I expected more due to all the hype!
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I absolutely LOVED this book and highly recommend it to anyone!
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The story of a family,and the walls they build to protect themselves from pain.It was a good read,not great,but I did enjoy it.
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Somewhat dark, but beautifully written.
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Great book!!!
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Beautifully written and moving. The best book I've read this year.
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A sad, heartbreaking story...
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A tale of regret and redemption...characters haunted by their past. A beautifully written page-turner. Loved it!
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Well read by several of my book club members. We all enjoyed it!
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Loved this story!
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very very good story
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The ending saves this book that is getting rave reviews and i'm not sure why.
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Interesting study of secrets and how they damage a relationship.
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This book was/has been on various Best Sellers Lists over the past year or two.

The plot concerns a father's decision to give up his twin daughter at her birth, when he realizes she suffers from a birth defect. At the same time, he and is wife raise her twin brother, who is healthy.

The book explores the ramifications of his decision upon all involved -- himself, his wife, his son, the woman who cares for the daughter, etc. The writer wrote with clarity and compassion, while observing the inevitable conflicts in the family.
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I don't know how to give a rating, but it would be 5 stars. This book had so much human compassion. All the characters pulled at my heart. I loved the book so much it's one of the few paperbacks I won't list to share!!
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I really liked this book. it had alot of twist and turns and kept you interested to the very end.
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A physician delivers his twins during a snowstorm when they are unable to get to a hospital. He makes it to his clinic, where his son is born first, without any problems. However, he delivers a twin daughter who has Down's syndome, and tells his wife the baby was stillborn. He has his office nurse take the baby girl to an institution. Instead, she keeps the baby and moves away, without telling the doctor what she has done. The story follows the lives of both the nurse and the doctor, as well as the children as they grow up. I loved this book!
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Excellent book! Easy to read, characters are believable + instantly heartwarming! Now I have proof that you really truely never know someone...indeed very sad!
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I did not care for this book, but it did have a shocking twist at the end.
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Beautifully written....very satisfying all the way to the end.
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I was skeptical at first that this would be a book I'd enjoy. Was I ever wrong, I loved it! Kim Edwards has a great style of writing. Lots of detail and imagery without being overwhelming. I would definately recommend this book!:)
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This was a quick read and very enjoyable. The characters, though a bit predictable, were very endearing and interesting. A good study on private lives and how a committed family can still be distant and secretive.
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Edwards really gives the reader something to think about! A doctor's wife gives birth to twins, and while she is still under anesthesia, he decides to save her the pain of raising a mentally challenged child and gives her away! The story unfolds from there and keeps the reader riveted.
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In 1964 during a Blizzard, a doctor delivers his own wife's twins. The boy is perfect, however he immediately notices the girl has Down's syndrome. He tells his nurse to bring the baby to an institution, instead she runs away with the child and raises it as her own.
This book was very well written and shows how lives can be forever intertwined with a spur of the moment decision.
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Excellent! Really well written story of secrets and regret.
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An interesting story of the effects of a split-second decision, made with the best of intentions.
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I'm not into novel reading.But this really got to me because of having a cousin who came into our lives in almost the same situation.
The decisions that were made,the institutions and the years are similar.It brought memories on how much a family secret can hurt, heal and learn to love..
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I loved this story. Start reading it on a Friday evening so you can spend the whole weekend reading it.
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A multilayered look at the impact of a sudden choice and decision on many lives. The study of how a secret has power more profound than any of the "facts" of our lives. This is a book that resonates on many levels and surprises us with its twists and turns. Not a book to be forgotten quickly.
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What a story! Well written and captivating. One of those books that you'll just never forget.
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Great read
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A father makes a choice at the moment of his daughter's birth that has far reaching repercussions on the lives of his family and himself.It is both heartbradking and uplifitng,
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A tragic tale of a family and the power of a secret. I wanted the story to end up a certain way but Kim Edwards tells a tale that is more true to life. A story that will stay with you.
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In the style of effective women writers like Sue Monk Kidd and Jodie Picoult, this story is beautiful and heartbreaking. How a man's decision can effect the many people who are part of his life. Love this author!
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This was an easy quick read, but I didn't love it as much as the previous reviewers. I found myself annoyed by the main characters - they had ample opportunity to FIX the wrongs that were committed, and I felt they spent their entires lives whining about it. The mother, in particular, I found annoying.
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I couldn't put this book down. The characters are fleshed out and it's hard to imagine how things will turn out. Not a book to read if you're having troubles in your own life.
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Haunting novel about a family's horrible secrets that causes a lifetime of pain. Great characters, well written.
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A story of betrayal, secrets, and guilt. Dr David Henry delivers his own twins on a snowy night. His son is perfect and healthy. His daughter has Down's Syndrome. He gives his daughter to his nurse Caroline to put in an institution, and she disappears to raise the child as her own. Great book!
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One of the most entrancing novels I have read in a while...some passages are so beautiful you will find yourself re-reading them again & again. The characters are incredibly alive, real & pulsating with inner fires. You feel as if you have entered their world as a spirit might. Beautiful, moving & true to life.
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A poignant story. You are quickly drawn in, but then it moves kind of slowly. Everything turns out ok in the end, but it is still a sad situation. I liked the book, but I don't think it warrants all of the hype.
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Slow at the start but engaging after you have been reading a while.
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a flashback in time through families and special needs.
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Great Story!!!! I was sad, angry, and happy for the characters throughout the book. It is a great story and very heartfelt.
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This was perhaps one of the best books that I have ever read and I read a lot!
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One of the best books I have read in a long time. The intricate story of a family and how one secret can haunt them for decades, is so memorable that I could hardly take time out to do anything but read.
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I had a difficult time with this one, for it didn't grab me and force me to want more. The characters are depressing.
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Fantastic! A young doctor has to deliver his wife's baby because of the snowstorm. The first one is a perfect son, the second, which was not expected, is a girl with Down's Syndrome. The wife is not told...but the secrets almost spoil the marriage.
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A great story, a little heart breaking and I simply loved it!
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A tear-jerker and page turner in one!
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Very good read - I didn't want to put it down! Complex characters, great metaphors and very strong writing.
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I loved this book...it pulled at my heart strings and made me really interested in the characters and how they made the decisions they did. Excellent read.
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Excellent book. I thought it was very interesting and keep you wanting to know what would happen next.
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Easy and engrossing read. Though it could be a bit shorter (better editing), it's still worth reading!
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A tale of regret and redemption...of characters haunted by their past.
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Great book full of surprises. Its about how family isnt always blood.
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A Doctor is forced to deliver his own twins in a blizzard. One of them is born with Down's Syndrome, and he makes a choice that forever alters his relationships, and the lives of many people.

I thought this book was excellent, but it's the kind of book I only want to read once or twice. I bought it because I remembered it was my book club reading the day before the meeting (I'm usually much more dilligent) and the library was closed.
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I enjoyed this book.. it is not a light hearted book.. but the story is captivating and interesting..
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A doctor gives away one of his newborn twins, born with Down's syndrome, telling his wife that the child died. The book shows how that decision affects his family and the woman who raises the child.
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This is a great book...
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Took a bit to get into but ended up being pretty good...makes you really think about the choices you make in life.