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Reflection Mass Market Paperback – April, 1997

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From Publishers Weekly

Lightning strikes an elderly woman in the gripping beginning of Chamberlain's (Brass Ring) latest. Too bad the electricity ends there, as the story slackens into an unlikely, melodramatic, often sentimental tale of tragedy, unrequited love and forgiveness. The plot centers around Rachel Huber, a schoolteacher in her early 40s who has returned to her small hometown of Reflection, Penn., to care for Helen Huber, her long-estranged grandmother and the victim of that lightning bolt. The inhabitants of Reflection, it turns out, despise Rachel because of a tragedy that occurred 20 years earlier. She is harassed by store clerks, though the spunky owner of a beauty salon decides to forgive this prodigal daughter, despite the beautician having perhaps more reason than most to hate her. In time, Rachel reignites a romance with an old friend and secret love who's now an unhappily married Mennonite minister. Further secrets are brought to light, revealing that there's more to Helen than meets the eye. All this takes place without much discernible character development, however, making the sugar-coated finale that much more predictable.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Kirkus Reviews

The time-tested technique of withholding information works admirably in this fifth novel from Chamberlain (Brass Ring, 1994, etc.): a suspenseful (if somewhat unlikely) story of two women's attempts to come to terms with the past. When Rachel Huber--teacher, mother, widow--learns that her grandmother Helen has fallen ill, she returns to her Pennsylvania hometown of Reflection and is forced to confront her demons head-on for the first time in 20 years. The tragedy that left ten of the town's children dead was not really Rachel's fault, but with few exceptions the locals shun her. One key exception is Michael Stoltz, minister of the Mennonite church, who along with Rachel and her dead husband Luke once formed an inseparable childhood trio. The story of how Rachel and Michael fell in love, and of how Luke lost his mind and eventually his life, has its roots in the Vietnam War, when Luke went off to battle while Rachel and Michael, then in the Peace Corps, went to the village in Africa where they both were stationed. Although Luke is now gone, there are complications aplenty as Rachel and Michael strive to consummate the love they've been repressing for decades: Michael's wife Katy is the respected town doctor; his son Jason gets beat up for his dad's association with the stigmatized Rachel Huber; and his ministry would be his first and hardest sacrifice if he ever left Katy for any woman, let alone Rachel. Meanwhile, Helen recovers her health but not her spirits; she, too, has been hiding a secret that only her husband Peter (a famous composer who died ten years ago) ever knew. When Rachel's college-age son Chris comes to Reflection for a visit, the truths emerge; what Helen and Rachel decide will surprise and thrill all but the most jaded readers. A fast-paced, engrossing read focusing on a delightful pair of characters. -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Harpercollins (Mm) (April 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061093963
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061093968
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #393,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Diane Chamberlain is the USA Today and Sunday Times bestselling author of 24 novels published in more than twenty languages. Some of her most popular books include Necessary Lies, The Silent Sister, The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes, and The Keeper of the Light Trilogy. Diane likes to write complex stories about relationships between men and women, parents and children, brothers and sisters, and friends. Although the thematic focus of her books often revolves around family, love, compassion and forgiveness, her stories usually feature a combination of drama, mystery, secrets and intrigue. Diane's background in psychology has given her a keen interest in understanding the way people tick, as well as the background necessary to create her realistic characters.

Diane was born and raised in Plainfield, New Jersey and spent her summers at the Jersey Shore. She also lived for many years in San Diego and northern Virginia before making North Carolina her home.

Diane received her bachelor's and master's degrees in clinical social work from San Diego State University. Prior to her writing career, Diane worked in hospitals in San Diego and Washington, D.C. before opening a private psychotherapy practice in Alexandria Virginia specializing in adolescents. All the while Diane was writing on the side. Her first book, Private Relations was published in 1989 and it earned the RITA award for Best Single Title Contemporary Novel.
Diane lives with her partner, photographer John Pagliuca, and her sheltie, Cole. She has three stepdaughters, two sons-in-law, and four grandchildren. She's currently at work on her next novel.

Please visit Diane's website at www.dianechamberlain.com for more information on her newest novel, Pretending to Dance, and a complete list of her books.

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I will preface this review by first saying this book has an aspect which sometimes bothers romance readers, but I will also say this book will go in my top five of all-time favorite reads. If you are adamantly opposed to infidelity in the novels you read, in any way, shape or form, you might want to skip REFLECTION. However, if you're like me and can forgive infidelity in certain circumstances read on. And remember, this book is marketed as "Fiction" rather than "Romance" probably more because of its broad range but also because of the sensitive issues. However if the concepts of lost loves, putting the past behind, forgiveness, and learning to live again appeal to you, run -- don't walk -- to find this fabulous book ASAP.
Schoolteacher Rachel Huber has returned to her hometown of Reflection, Pennsylvania, deep in Amish country, to care for her ailing grandmother. She had fled the area 21 years earlier, immediately after being involved in a horrible tragedy. Her return is bittersweet as she is not exactly made to feel welcome by many of the town members who blame her for the terrible event occurring over two decades earlier. However there is at least one very big exception - her childhood friend, Michael Stoltz. Michael, Rachel, and Luke Pierce had been inseparable in childhood. It was always known that Luke and Rachel would marry but shortly afterwards, Luke was drafted and sent to service in Vietnam. Michael, a conscientious objector, and Rachel join the Peace Corps and are sent to Rwanda. Michael and Rachel have always shared a deep friendship and love but have never acted on their romantic feelings. Michael eventually marries another woman from their town, Katy, who he doesn't love but needs to forget Rachel.
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I have read all of Diane's books and have had mixed feelings about a few of them. However, this one has been VERY enjoyable. Someone called it a slow read, well duh, whats so wrong with reading and absorbing the story. Diane writes books that have depth to them, its like watching a long movie and enjoying each character. The closer I get to the end I am anxious to know how it ends. Personally, I liked it very much, and encourage others to read her works.
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I have read every one of Diane Chamberlain books and she is my favorite author. I have found no other author to compare to her style, and really loved all her previous books (except Brass Ring). This one fell really short for me, it dragged, and was so predictable. I didn't care for the characters, and honesly, I finally gave up about 2/3 of the way through the book and just skimmed ahead to the end. Sorry Diane. I will buy your next book....please write in your "old style" - those were absolutely thrilling. Can't wait for the next book.
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I have read many of Ms. Chamberlains books and this one fell far short of her others. It was very slow and I almost gave up trying to read it. Another thing that bothered me was the fact that almost everyone in this book is married and all of them are unfaithful. I don.t like a book that gives the impression that marital infidelity is acceptable. Then on top of everything else laughed out loud at the ending. It was completely unrealistic.
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Everytime I read one of Diane Chamberlains books I think she has done it again! She is an incredible writer. This book really covered so many topics and made you fall in love with the characters. I hard a very hard time putting the book down. This is one of my favorites!I am sure that if you have liked her style in the past, you too will love this book!
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I love Reflection, you will too! A must read...Diane always delivers an amazing tale full of details and twists that you can not book the book down, she keeps me up late reading more than an other author. It was an amazing adventure into many realities that occur in real life today. Diane wrote about hypocrisy and the entrapment that many find themselves involved in where they can not let go of the past and move on with their lives. The majority of people in Reflection held onto anger, resentment and hatred for many years instead of forgiving and moving on. When Rachel returned to Reflection after being away for decades the people were forced to deal with their inner demons. Rachel had to be brave and not back down on who she was and forced herself to do things that most would rather run away from. She was amazing! Michael had to face his true self and realize how hypocritical he was being feeling one thing and doing the opposite, I applause him for finally coming to grips with his inner self and following his heart rather than the towns peoples expectations and desire for him. He in the end followed his own heart after denying himself for years. I thought to myself such a waste to end up in his 40's and not followed his heart, love and dreams for himself. I loved Helen, she reminded me a lot of my own mom [her name was Helen also], but she kept too many secrets that should have been made known years ago. It was understandable why she did but I think it is bizarre she allowed fear to stop her from following her heart and dreams... A sad reflection for me. The people of Reflection were in turmoil for way too many years and in the end Rachel who was ostracized for the mistakes of another was the very person who saved the town by her bravery!Read more ›
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