Saturday, July 9, 2011
Book Review - The Memory Keeper's Daughter
"He closed his eyes and when he could speak again, more words came, unplanned. 'Oh, my love,' he said [to his wife] 'I am so sorry. Our little daughter died as she was born.'
The first chapter of The Memory Keeper's Daughter sets the whole plot into motion. Caroline (who's in love with Dr. Henry) is told to bring the unwanted baby to a nearby sanitarium. But she decides to run away with her instead, after seeing the squalid living conditions there.
As the story progresses, we travel with the characters through time, two families living their separate lives. I don't want to spoil the ending for you. All I'll say is that the character development and storyline is superb and very believable. I think any person can relate to at least one of the characters. The more the story develops, the more involved you'll become. I could hardly put the book down in the end.
The Memory Keeper's Daughter spent 21 weeks on the New York Times Paperback Bestsellers list in 2006. In April 2008, a made-for-television movie premiered on Lifetime Television. A few of the extraneous characters were dispenses with in the movie and the film was released on DVD in October 2008.