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Secret in Salem (Days of Our Lives Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Sheri Anderson
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Marlena & John have never been so close, and yet so far apart...

Marlena's love, John, has been paralyzed for two years, and she is becoming desperate. Although her love for him has never waned, she must find a cure before they drift too far apart as man and wife. But John's illness may not be all that it seems, and the truth could tear them apart forever.

On the winding roads leading to Monte Carlo...

Charlotte Gaines, daughter of one of the world's richest men and one of the hottest fashion designers, discovers a hidden truth about her family that she never suspected. It sets her on a quest that will uncover long-buried secrets, hidden passions, and dangerous mysteries...all leading to a city called Salem, and a revelation that will change all of their lives forever.

Sheri Anderson is a former head writer for Days of our Lives and is widely credited for co-creating some of the most memorable storylines and supercouples on American daytime television, including Luke and Laura, Bo and Hope, John and Marlena, Patch and Kayla, Shane and Kimberly, and Tony and Anna.

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Decent mystery and romance, this was a fun read.

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Although he'd been halfway around the world, Shawn Douglas Brady had never seen a fleet of ships like this one. While the blue-and-green-striped sails of his 45-foot Nicholson were usually impressive, he felt like a moth in the midst of monarch butterflies. But then, he was in Monte Carlo, the playground of the rich and famous.

Surrounded by Italy and France, it had the smallest, most exciting beachfront in the world at only 3.5 miles. Occupying only 1 square mile of land, the principality was considered the gem of the Riviera, if not the world.

Monte Carlo? Were they really there? It had been over a year since he and his wife had left Salem-on the yacht the Fancy Face IV, bought for them by Belle's magnanimous father, John Black-for their adventure. Shawn, the handsome but oft-troubled son of two of Salem's finest, had married the blonde spitfire Belle and then had an adorable daughter, Claire. But Belle had often fallen through the cracks in their social circle, which was dominated by her manipulative and malevolent half sister, Sami. So she was thrilled to take to the high seas. They needed an escape, and John knew that seeing the world from this vantage point would give his daughter and son-in-law a new perspective.

"Belle, get up here!" Shawn shouted excitedly. "You and Claire have to see this!"

A curly-haired moppet popped out from the galley.

"Mommy's in the head, Da'!" Claire squealed.

"Then you get up here, now!"

Shawn grabbed his daughter and hoisted the little girl onto the beautifully defined shoulders that topped his sinewy, tanned body. Claire giggled and pointed at the mass of sailboats, cruisers, and yachts that filled the harbor. "Wow." Claire giggled. "Even bigger than in Crete! Those sure aren't 'stinkpots.'"

Belle made her way up from below. Though a bit wobbly, when she looked around her, she was totally overwhelmed.

"Unbelievable." She gasped.

"Both the scene and our daughter. For a three-year-old, she's a well-traveled little girl."

"Not little, Da. And I'm four-almost!"

Belle, looking a lovely shade of chartreuse, stroked her daughter's hair.

"How you feeling?" Shawn asked carefully.

She smiled wanly. "As good as I look?"

Uh-oh, Shawn thought.

"But-damned excited to be here."

Shawn knew why. One of those yachts would later be holding a lavish sweet-sixteen party for Dalita Kasagian, the daughter of überrich Serge Kasagian, and Belle's fashion idol was going to be there.

"Olivia Marini Gaines," he stated emphatically. "OMG."

With that, Belle puked all over the deck of the yacht.


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  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1402244746
  • Publisher: Days of our Lives Publications (November 1, 2010)
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  • Language: English
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic soap opera tale from Sheri Anderson.. January 18, 2011
If you are a fan of the iconic DAYS OF OUR LIVES you know exactly what to expect from "A Secret in Salem"...However, if you are reading Sheri Anderson for the first time you can still get swept up in her excellent storytelling style. It delivers in every way possible. You will surely want to read all the forthcoming books from this series as they return the theme back to the glory days when DOOL was a top rated show. Maybe if DOOL brought Sheri back as head-writer the show might not be spiraling it's way to being the next soap on the chopping block.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Book One : A Secret in Salem May 16, 2011
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In her debut novel, "A Secret in Salem," Sheri Anderson roars back to life with her incredible story telling and love for romance. Any fan of the long running soap opera, "Days of Our Lives," will enjoy this quick paced and exciting story. If you're a new fan of the show, this is a great place to begin your journey into the lives of many of Salem's finest residents.

Longtime fans of the show will be thrilled to see many of their favorites brought back to life in this new dramatic and exciting adventure. The opening of the book brings us to the lavish lands of the rich and famous in Monte Carlo, where we are met by Shawn Brady and Isabella Black, who have been sailing around the world with their young daughter, Claire. Elsewhere, John Black and Marlena Evans make an appearance in their new home in Switzerland. The struggle continues for John and Marlena as John works to regain the use of his legs after having been paralyzed for more than two years. Also on hand are Jack and Jennifer Deveraux, who are running "The Spectator," an online publication, with their young and up and coming journalist daughter, Abby and her best friend, Chelsea Brady.

Anderson introduces us to several key characters throughout the novel. The Gaines family is made up of the influential business mogul, Richard and fashion diva, Olivia, and their children Charlotte (aka, Charley), Jackson, and Chase. As the readers get to know these new characters, there is a great deal of mystery and suspense surrounding them. Through the personal turmoil and tragedy of the Gaines family, there is one incredible secret to be told that will change all of their lives forever.

Sheri is off to a great start in her "Salem's Secrets, Scandals, and Lies" series. I look forward to seeing where she takes everyone next.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read especially for Days of Our Lives fans January 6, 2011
A Secret in Salem: A Days Of Our Lives Novel by Sheri Anderson
copyright: 2010
Ppgs: 309

I love the short chapters, and the easy flow of reading. It was not overly done on the description and enough dialogue to help keep the reading easy and fast. I felt like I was watching episodes of Days, each chapter either a scene or even an episode.
I have been an avid fan of Days Of Our Lives since the early 1980's and was ecstatic to win a copy of this novel, and thrilled that it was a personalized autographed copy. I started reading and right away was able to picture the actors doing the scenes on the TV in my mind. Ms. Anderson not only knows the characters, but also knows and remembers how the actors portrayed them and their quirks. She never had a character act out of context from the show. She eloquently spoke of many of the sorely missed characters - including the death of Alice Horton. She introduced new characters in the form of a family and the people who worked with them and almost instantly, we had a rapport with them and cared about them or wanted to see them pay dearly for their actions.
I almost wanted to give Ms. Anderson a piece of my mind, when I believed she was taking two couples (all four are some of my favorite people from the show) and making them do things I wouldn't dream of them doing considering their past. However, I will leave those pieces of my mind private as she explained how and why they did or didn't do those things. I will say that the twist at the end was not to my liking, only because it can't be carried into the show. We do have to remember that the show is still in production and five days a week, we see some of these characters progress in their lives that is not reflected in the book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A secret in Salem. January 14, 2011
A Kid's Review
I had watched this soap since 1965. I love the story. I remember many things that I had forgotten, its a wonderful feeling.Thanks.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Days of Our Lives novel January 30, 2011
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I enjoyed this book. I thought it was clever to continue where the soap opera left off with two of the most appreciated characters on the show...Marlena Evans Black and John Black. It was fast-paced with a love story, of course, and also a mystery. I'm looking forward to reading the next two novels (as yet to be released.) I have pre-ordered them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A Secret in Salem by Sheri Anderson
Contemporary Romance -Nov. 1st , 2010
4 stars

To retain viewers, television has taken the idea of publishing books related to popular series, of which I am now a convert. Sheri Anderson took pains to tie in the televised soap opera "Days of our Lives" characters into a real page turner that reminded me of the days before television.

Marlena, John, Jack, Jennifer et. al. make their prescribed appearances as the story revolves around a new character known simply as Charly. But much of the story centers around Salem's dynamic couple Marlena and John. John is somehow tangled in the web of deceit related to his archrival but still maintains a massive fortune and an armada of resources that exceeds belief. His archrival has taken liberties unbeknownst to our heroes and uses Charly in his plot. Charly is for the most part an innocent bystander blessed with Marlena's good looks.

I found the world of intrigue and mystery in between the pages of A Secret in Salem enthralling. The characters had a lot of depth and complexity. The author did justice to the Days of our Lives cast. Entertaining and easy to read. If you are a fan of the show I would highly recommend it.

Reviewed by Patricia from the Bookaholics Romance Book Club
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Published 16 days ago by Donna Paulsen
1.0 out of 5 stars this is not my thing
my wife ordered it i do not know nothing about it, I do not read it or care about it
Published 6 months ago by Arthur Beaulieu
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful
I have been watching Days of our lives since I was a little girl and so when I found this little gem I was sceptical but I was quickly mesmerized and couldn't put it down. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mindy79
4.0 out of 5 stars Days...
While I don't watch *soap operas* my Grandma loved them, especially this one {Days of Our Lives} and I have to admit to spending many, many of my hours while growing up watching... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Nyxx Raven
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy read
Nice little visit with "friends from Salem". Fun reading and sharing some adventures with Days of our Lives characters in print.
Published 10 months ago by jan
3.0 out of 5 stars It's titillating
Back in the day, I watched Days of Our Lives religiously. I fell in love with the characters of Luke and Laura, Bo and Hope, Patch and Kayla and more. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Wendy L. Hines
5.0 out of 5 stars Days Anniversary
A follow up to the 1st novel, same author. Wonderfull continuation. Fast paced great read like 1st novel....BRAVO!!! Must have for Days fanss.
Published 12 months ago by Steve Simon
5.0 out of 5 stars Days
Days Of Our Lives Fan. I Love Days Of Our Lives it is my favorite show on day time TV
Published 15 months ago by june
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good!
I really enjoyed reading this book. It gives an insight to what was happening to John and Marlena before they came back to Salem.
Published 17 months ago by Linda P
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
The book was OK. Not that interesting, because its a strays from the real Days of Our Lives. If I didn't watch Days I would have rated it higher.
Published 18 months ago by P. Shultis
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