What is 'Stepping Off'? Read The Dream Daughter to Find Out! (And Win a Candle!)

Here’s a little video John and I put together to entice you to read my new book, The Dream Daughter. Have fun! EDITED: The winners of the candles have been randomly selected. Congratulations, Kathy Nester and Martha!

And here’s a yummy citrus verbena Dream Daughter candle for you! Just leave a comment telling me what would give you the courage to step off, and I’ll randomly select two of you to win a candle. I can’t mail the candles internationally, I’m afraid, so the giveaway will be limited to the US. Good luck!




  1. Pam L on November 19, 2018 at 8:54 am

    I read The Dream Daughter and I LOVED. It. I would “step off” for anyone in my family in a heartbeat. It took me a few chapters to get into this book but once I did I couldn’t put it down. I wanted to be Carly’s friend and keep her safe on her journey.

  2. Heather DelGiudice on November 19, 2018 at 9:21 am

    I would LOVE to time travel, and wouldn’t be afraid to step off anywhere. I would love to visit a much earlier time (Dynastic Egypt (before the Roman conquest) OR the Central Middle Ages (CMA; 1050 – 1300 AD) and then again in the future. But I definitely wouldn’t try to take that 5th trip!

  3. Ashley on November 19, 2018 at 9:24 am

    The dream daughter was a great book! In order for me to step off it would mean that I could see family or a close friend again. Maybe knowing that I could see family again that have passed away. Of course I wouldn’t be able to interact because you can’t mess up the past or future, but just to be able to see them again would give me all the courage I need.

  4. Diana M. on November 19, 2018 at 9:26 am

    What a nice idea Diane. I love all your books and if I could “step off” I’d love to spend more time with my Grandmother. Now that I’m a grandma, I feel she could teach me so much. The Dream Daughter was wonderful. Happy Thanksgiving.

  5. Laurie on November 19, 2018 at 9:35 am

    I would “step off” for my children and my little granddaughter. It’s anazing what you will do to help those you love.
    When I read your book- I found myself holding my breath every time Carly took the “leap”!

  6. Tammie Cash on November 19, 2018 at 9:40 am

    Dream Daughter isn’t my normal read as I don’t like time travel books but I loved yours. I’m so glad that I found you.
    I have very bad anxiety and don’t think I would be able to Step Off.

  7. Lindsey Wall on November 19, 2018 at 9:41 am

    Just started this book and I can’t put it down! So good!! I’d step off for any of my children or close family members. I’d also step off as a declaration of my faith as our pastor spoke of this past weekend in Daniel 3 where Shadrach, Meshech, and Abednego were thrown into the fire. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  8. Allyson A on November 19, 2018 at 9:45 am

    I loved The Dream Daughter! It was an amazing read. I’d step off to go back to be able to have more time with my father. What it would mean to get to tell him that I loved him and thank him for everything he did, again! Thank you for the chance! Happy Thanksgiving.

  9. Christina Taylor on November 19, 2018 at 9:58 am

    I would Step Off if I could go back to the Victorian Era. I have Always had dreams of living in that time. Would be interesting to see if I could find myself there wouldn’t it ?!

  10. Pink Amy on November 19, 2018 at 10:02 am

    I’m so glad so many people embraced The Dream Daughter. I love the video.

  11. Katie Saba on November 19, 2018 at 10:14 am

    A nice sum of money to help my friends and family.

  12. Michele Dooley on November 19, 2018 at 10:17 am

    Some people binge watch tv, I binge read. Dream Daughter is the BEST book i have ever had the pleasure of reading. Now I am reading every book you have ever written and enjoying every page!!!!

  13. Margaret Yelton on November 19, 2018 at 10:20 am

    For me it would have too be something involving my son or grandsons. For them I would do anything if it meant protecting one of them. Great book!

  14. Bev jones on November 19, 2018 at 10:25 am

    Loved Dream Daughter.I would step off but no 5!

  15. Miranda LaGatta on November 19, 2018 at 10:30 am

    What a wonderful book! I would love to ‘step off’ back in ancient Egypt or to meet my italian family. However, most of all I would love to visit with my grandparents again, ask 10,000 questions and just live in the moment with them. Family is everything!

  16. Raeanne knull on November 19, 2018 at 10:59 am

    Hmmmm. It’s gotta still have your barn to it!! Loved every book and have them to keep!!

  17. Kathy on November 19, 2018 at 11:02 am

    I don’t like heights, but to save my child, I would step off without hesitation!

  18. Kristy Padilla on November 19, 2018 at 11:10 am

    I haven’t read this yet but your short video clip reminded me of 2005 when my son was born with a birth defect that doctors said would have killed him 40 years ago, thank God for surgeons and modern medicine. He is now a brilliant and healthy 13 year old. To answer your question…YES, I would absolutely take a leap of faith. I would jump in a heartbeat.
    I just finished up The Courage Tree and I can’t wait to read The Dream Daughter.

  19. Judi on November 19, 2018 at 11:11 am

    I would step off for a reunion of family & friends that have left this world.

  20. Pat matejcek on November 19, 2018 at 11:11 am

    I just got the dream daughter. Looking forward to reading it. If I could step off I would love to spend more time with my mom and dad who were taken too soon. I was 21 when my mom died. So sad…

  21. Elizabeth Irion on November 19, 2018 at 11:14 am

    Loved reading The Dream Daughter! I would step off to see my maternal grandfather again. However, I would have to be able to interact with him. I was 13 years old when he died in a field on his farm in southern Ohio, the place he loved best. A man with only an eighth grade education, he had a big heart and was loved by anyone who knew him. He loved to tell stories which he made up as he went along. And boy could he play the harmonica! I loved going to visit my grandparents at the farm as a child with my family because it was a special almost magical place filled with a lot of love by the people who lived here. How I would love to be able to sit and talk with my grandfather again and maybe hand him his harmonica to play once more.

  22. Kate Rock on November 19, 2018 at 11:32 am

    This book! So fantastic. I would “step off” for Peace for all living beings.

  23. Martha Minsky on November 19, 2018 at 11:42 am

    Oh Diane how I love all your books. Loved The Dream Daughter. I would “step off” for my daughter in a heartbeat. I would love to see my mom again, she passed on Easter Sunday 2015 at exactly the same time my flight took off on my way to be with her. I spent so much time with her at the end, but she insisted I fly home for my husbands birthday……I wish I could go back in time.

  24. Jeanne schwarzentraub on November 19, 2018 at 11:55 am

    I have requested your book for Christmas. I have read all your books. I know without reading that I would do whatever necessary for my loved ones because that is what life is all about!

  25. Julia Kerr on November 19, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    I know I can’t win, but my answer would be – the right person telling me to, there are a few people in this world that I would trust with my life, if they told me it would be OK then I would believe it with all of my heart and would step off with complete confidence as they would never tell me to unless they were 100% confident that I would be OK

  26. Christy Miceli on November 19, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    I loved meeting you and I LOVE The Dream Daughter! My copy is currently circulating through my office for everyone to read! What would give me the courage to step off would be to save my son – whether from bad decisions in life, mistakes he made that I could correct by time traveling or to save his health or life. I understand Caroline’s decisions and struggles!

  27. Debra Hearne on November 19, 2018 at 12:44 pm

    I would “step off” into the year 1980. Maybe there are things I could have done differently, maybe there aren’t. I do know that I would have made the effort to slow down and enjoy time with my first born a whole lot more.

  28. Jessica Thompson on November 19, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    I would absolutely step off for my daughter if I knew there was the slightest chance it would save her life. That alone would give me the courage to do it, like it did for Carly… but preferably over water like she did… just in case!!

  29. Jess Bechtold on November 19, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    The Dream Daughter was such a fantastic book with a unique plot and rich characters. I would step off to save any of my pets, without question. I would love to burn this candle in my book nook as I read some of your other books ♡

  30. Diane Morelli on November 19, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    I loved this book. I know you were hesitant about time travel but you hit it on the nose with this one. I would step off for any of my family members. I have 9 nieces and nephews and 18 great nieces and nephews and I love every one of them. I most definitely, without a second thought, would step off for my niece Jessica. She has been like my own daughter since the day she was born. I had her almost every weekend esp when she got a little older to ask to come to my house. She calls me her second mom. Jessi is always here when I need her as is her husband and they don’t have to ask twice if they need help. She’s at the stage where they are thinking of starting a family and asked if I would take care of her minny me. Without a doubt I’ll be there for her.

  31. Julia lamb on November 19, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    I’m guessing this is only open to US readers. But if someone said I could travel in time and see my mum again I’d do it in a heartbeat.

  32. Martha Kowalski on November 19, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    Stepping off – I could do it to save my cousin’s life. No one saw the danger right in her circle until the unthinkable happened. The clues were there (obvious after the fact) but knowing now I could have made sure it never happened. That is the biggest regret I have and the one event that would get me to step off to the past.

  33. Dawn on November 19, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    My family’s support is all I need for courage. Really want to read this book.

  34. Jenny Collins Belk on November 19, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    I would step off to 2008 to be able to see my husband again even if for just a little while, to see his smile again.

  35. Debbie on November 19, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    Reading this right now!!

    Oh to see my mom again, so much to ask her!!

  36. Julia Stublaski on November 19, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    I lost my beloved dog, Maddie, after having had her for fifteen years. She was my rock. I would step off to be with her again, to smell her, to cuddle her, and to watch her run.

  37. Amy on November 19, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    I loved this book . I would definitely step off to see my mom again . I love all your books !

  38. Maureen on November 19, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    If I could, I would step off to spend time with my mom who is suffering from dementia, heart disease and Parkinson’s. To play music she recognizes and sing our hearts out.

  39. Alana Jette on November 19, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    I think my comments just “stepped off” this page so I will try this again!

    While just the thought of tine travel chills me to the core, there is ONE person i whom I would not hesitate to “step off” —- and that would be my son. I would do it in a heartbeat *even if my heart was jumping out of my chest!*

    Thank you again for another marvelous read. Your work is nothing short of amazing.

  40. Yvonne on November 19, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    Knowing it was the only way that I could help someone that I love. I’m afraid of heights and falling so that would take a huge step of courage from me.

  41. Dana on November 19, 2018 at 9:26 pm

    My grandmother passed away at 96 in 2015, just three weeks before my son was born. I’ve been thinking about her a lot lately, and if I close my eyes I can almost feel myself back in her kitchen. I imagine my adult spending time with her, but years ago when she was whole and healthy. 1992. I’d go back to 1992.

  42. Susan Reedman on November 19, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    What a fabulous read! I think it’s your best one yet Diane. I’d “step off”in a heartbeat to see my parents once again. It’s been a long time even though I think of them everyday.

  43. Kristin Saeger on November 19, 2018 at 9:38 pm

    I’d step off in an instant if I knew it would save one of my daughter’s life!

    • Aileen Gould on February 2, 2020 at 1:40 am

      I recently finished reading Big Lies in a Small Town I loved it so of course I started to look for other books of yours. Last night I came across The Dream Daughter and read it in 24 hours. I also happen to like science fiction so it was a great combination for me thank you. I’ll now go back and read your other 20 some odd novels. I think you’re a great writer and I look forward to reading all you write!

      • Diane Chamberlain on February 2, 2020 at 2:48 pm

        Thank you, Aileen! I’m glad you “discovered” me!

  44. Jennifer vangundy on November 20, 2018 at 7:58 am

    I would step off but would love to go back in time. I would step off in a second to be with my late husband. I loss him 4 years ago to a 29 day fight against a tumor in his brain stem. I would step off, run off, leap to see him again, hear him snore lol, and to feel his love.

  45. Kris Dustin on November 20, 2018 at 8:32 am

    Probably for a family member.

  46. Marlene Perdue on November 20, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    This book is amazing! I am so hooked …. couldn’t wait to jump in my car to listen! The narration is perfect too!

    There were many unexpected turns in this book and I was so involved – I felt like I was Carly and could feel what she was feeling. I would “step off” in a heart beat to save my sons! There are times when I wish I could go back to when they were babies and raise them all over again. Thank you Diane – the most awesome book I have listened to in years!!!

  47. Lori Gilman on November 21, 2018 at 7:45 am

    There’s nothing like a piece of your heart needing your help to get you to do what you normally never would. I loved this book, and understood how Carly could take this “leap of faith” for her baby. Like Carly, I would have needed water or something soft to step off over, just in case. What a wonderful story Diane. I really enjoyed this book and how it came full circle in the end.

  48. Krista on November 21, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    Stepping off would definitely involve a leap of faith but if it were for my family or my friends that I have chosen to be a part of my family, in a heartbeat.

  49. Marilyn Esnes on November 22, 2018 at 9:42 am

    Like Carly and many other readers, I’d take that Leap of Faith only for a loved one. Carly had “proof” that Hunter did time-travel and I also would need some kind of proof that the leap would work, that I’d not end up dead or injured at the bottom of the leap.
    I read “The Dream Daughter” a little while ago and I still think of the characters and the story every so often. In my opinion, that’s a sign of a very good book to me.

  50. Kayla on November 23, 2018 at 12:59 am

    Like Caroline, I would step off for my son without any hesitation! Wonderful book!

  51. Kathleen Johnson on November 25, 2018 at 11:12 am

    For my loving pet, Sunny. Would do anything for him.

  52. Loni Wetherell on December 3, 2018 at 1:57 pm

    I would step off to see my best friend again who died in a car accident 2/4/2004. This was such an amazing book!

  53. Charlotte Orth on December 24, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    I would love to step off and go back to when my son was a baby, just for a few days. I would also like to go back and explore my Native American heritage and meet my ancestors. Please enter me to win. I love your book, The Stolen Marriage almost as much as The Dream Daughter and look forward to reading some of your others soon.

  54. Carol Ann Taggart on January 4, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    Dream daughter was the best! and that’s hard to do because I love all of your books. I never imagined how many twists the story would take. Loved it, And am mad that I didn’t recognize the date. aargh!
    Love, your yoga buddy, Carol Ann

  55. Mary on December 11, 2020 at 7:58 am

    I have to know where you got the idea for this book! I am reading it for the second time as I recommended it for my book club and want to remember every detail. I’d like to step off in 1956 when my parents met to see it unfold. Or, maybe ahead into the future to see how we get through this pandemic and the toll it takes on America. I am amazed at your writing. Thanks for giving me a lift! I always know that time spent with your books, is time well spent!

    • Diane Chamberlain on December 11, 2020 at 2:46 pm

      I’m glad you let your imagination go free as you read The Dream Daughter. It was a fun book to write!

  56. Nanette Saeva on June 3, 2021 at 10:35 am

    I just finished “The Dream Daughter” and I was so touched by the entire book. Throughout the book, I was trying to imagine how was the ending going to be like? Well to my surprise, it was nothing but the best EVER !!! Thank you Diane for returning and writing such a dynamic, wonderful, creative, and touching novel. I honestly didn’t want it to end! I am recommending all my “reader” friends to take the opportunity to enjoy this book as much as I did. I am hoping there will be a second version??

    • Diane Chamberlain on June 3, 2021 at 11:04 am

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Nanette, and thank you for recommending The Dream Daughter to your friends!

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