The Midwife has Arrived


Nine months almost to the day after I began writing the story, The Midwife’s Confession is finally in bookstores. The labor (which I chronicled in agonizing detail in my blog) was unusually long and hard, but now all the angst is forgotten and I get to celebrate a milestone: the publication of my 20th novel! (For those of you who want to purchase Midwife as an e-book, you’ll have to wait a few more days. It will be on sale May 1st).

The Midwife’s Confession is a puzzle to be solved–by the reader as well as by the characters. While it’s a story of deep friendships, it’s also filled with mystery and suspense. I absolutely can’t wait to hear what you all think of it! Here’s the trailer John created for it.

On my website, you can find an interview with me about The Midwife’s Confession, along with an excerpt, a Book Club Guide and reviews. I’ll be doing an online booksigning from April 28th-May 7 and I’ll post the link here on the 28th. I hope you’ll sign up to receive a bookplate or, better yet, join me at one of my North Carolina events.



  1. Margo on April 26, 2011 at 7:47 am

    Congratulations on your 20th novel Diane! Today I am SO excited to be able to buy MIDWIFE’S CONFESSION and begin reading tonite. This must be an incredibly proud and happy day for you…with your hectic schedule I hope you and John find time to celebrate…after all, how many people have accomplished what you have…20 outstanding novels, each unique and beautifully written. A career shaped by the gift of creativity, imagination and the poetic word…Bravo Diane! (-O:

  2. Diane Chamberlain on April 26, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Thanks Margo! I’m taking all my work to the beach and we’re going to celebrate there. If we can ever get out of this house. . .

  3. Catherine Rose on April 26, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Diane ~ CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! Enjoy your beach get away and hopefully I’ll be able to make it to NC to meet you at one of your signings 🙂

  4. Chantal on April 26, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    I’m so excited!! I now have my own copy in my hands. Like I told you most of the libraries in my town (montréal, Québec, Canada) are french ones, so when I went this morning it was not on the shelves, so I had to ask and hé came back with it. I really can’t wait to read it. I’m gonna let you know. Go relax at the beach now Diane has we read your new novel. Thanks

  5. Margo on April 26, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    My dear husband drove out to the bookstore today to buy my copy of MIDWIFE’S CONFESSION…which means, I get to start it tonite!…Like Chantal, I can hardly wait to get home tonite and ‘hold it in my hands’ (-O:

  6. Diane Chamberlain on April 26, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Catherine, the would be wonderful!
    Chantal, thanks for persevering!
    margo, give that guy a hug from me!

  7. Margo on April 26, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Will do, D!…on my way home now! (-O:

  8. debbie on April 27, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Diane congrats, wow your 20th novel, looks like I’ll be buying up some backlist selections since I absolutely loved The Midwife’s Confession.
    I’ll repost my review today to help celebrate the release.
    Here’s a link for all you posters

  9. Diane Chamberlain on April 27, 2011 at 10:52 am

    thank you so much, Debbie!

  10. Margo on April 27, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Diane, started the book last nite…can hardly put it down!…I love it!…the words, the descriptions, the suspense…fabulous!!…I’m a slow reader on purpose…I love feeling the moments and the sense of place. People will probably finish it way before I do but I know already that it’s 5 stars…love it, love it, love it!!

  11. Ann Rierson on April 28, 2011 at 2:14 am

    Will be on our way to Topsail Island on Saturday with The Midwife’s Confession in my suitcase! Thanks Diane for making so many of my Topsail Island vacations even better with your latest book in my suitcase!

  12. Margo on April 28, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Ann…will you be attending a book signing of Diane’s at Topsail?

  13. Ann Rierson on April 28, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Margo, I don’t think she is doing a signing while I am there.

  14. Diane Chamberlain on April 28, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    I’ll be doing a signing in Topsail in early June. Ann, I think you and I will be passing each other this weekend as you arrive and I leave! We’re getting the nasty weather out of the way for you.

  15. Margo on April 29, 2011 at 7:51 am

    Ann…enjoy your stay on the Island…and have fun reading Diane’s book!…I love it and am trying to read every free moment I have.

  16. Carol Allen on April 29, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Received the book (pre-ordered from Amazon) in the mail Wednesday! Have already read a few chapter — can’t wait to get back to it — soon! I have all of your books, most of them in hardback. Loaned a few through the years that I didn’t get back so had to replace them from EBAY!! Lesson learned. Keeper of the Lights still my favorite so far.

  17. Ann on April 29, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    Diane, I love crossing the bridge coming onto the island and it is always hard to leave!
    Hope your visit was a good one!
    Am looking forward to reading your book there.

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