The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, by Kim Edwards

I just finished The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, by Kim Edwards. A doctor, unable to get his wife to a hospital during a very bad snow storm ends up delivering his own twins. The doctor realizes that one twin has Downs and the other baby appears to be normal. He gives the baby to his nurse so she can take the child to a “home” but the nurse decides (last minute) to raise the child as her own. The doctor’s wife is told that the child died after birth.

The rest of the story deals with secret that the father holds, and how that secret affects his family, as well as the nurse that ends up raising his daughter. It’s a sad story about grief and loss and although some of it is written in a very touching way, many of the characters seem too horrible, or too good. I watched the TV version of this on Lifetime after finishing the book and the TV version did a much better job of portraying pain and loss within the characters. Also, the nurse is played by Emily Watson and she is always so fantastic to watch.

Overall, it was an interesting premise but the book fell a bit short for me.



Big Day Today

It’s a very big day today. Today is kindergarten testing for my daughter. That means that I get to leave work early. Sshhh! Don’t tell anyone! I have no idea what they will test her on, but hopefully she will be awake enough since I will be picking her up from preschool during her nap time. I know, not good planning on my part. I don’t know what I was thinking actually. I do plan to get her an ice cream cone right before (to perk her up a bit). I know it would perk me up.

Since I will be getting home early maybe I will actually make a dent in my to-do list. Hey, stranger things have happened. I just can’t function when things are piling up all around me. If I get it together, that will leave a nice, long evening of reading time. That’s my motivation!

Until tomorrow..


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