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The Shadow Wife (formerly known as Cypress Point) [Paperback] Unknown Binding – 2010
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It spans different time periods, but it moves seamlessly back and forth.
The so called surprise element is not so much of a surprise, you work it out almost at the beginning itself. But the author keeps you invested in the lives of all the main characters.
Some things are repetitive - like the naming of kids by joining parts of Father & Mother's name. At least three times. Do not know if that was a fad during that time period or just something used by the author to connect?!/?
The character of the twins mother (Delo...wicked witch) was a nasty piece of work. Really wanted her to get her comeuppance, but there was none of that .... Also, no matter what, a mother (even the evil witch with poor/lost eyesight) would know her much loved daughter. Small things gives it away. This aspect is not touched upon. It does not seem plausible that a mother could be fooled for a long period of time. Wish the author had addressed this.
But wait...there's more......
Carlynn and Lisbeth are twins that grew up privledged in Cypress Point/Big Sur California. At a very early age, it becomes apparent that Carlynn is a is a metaphysical "healer" of sorts and obviously the golden child, (the girls' mother, Delora having made it abundantly clear that there is only room in her life for one child. So, it is Carlynn that goes to medical school and enjoys many more of the good things life has to offer. Lisbeth must be content with a much lesser education and a much rockier path in life. But, we must never discount the bond between sisters. Carlynn works at a Monterey hospital during the 1950's and 60's secretly healing people. She meets and marries fellow doctor Alan Shire and together they embark on groundbreaking medical research and ways to try to teach other doctors Carlynn's talent.
One weekend, Carlynn is called to a commune to help a friend in need, she ends of staying a while and helps out at a particularly difficult birth, the birth is that of Joelle D' Angelo.
Years later, Joelle and Carlynn's paths converge again when she Joelle asks for Carlynn's help with Mara. Liam is not happy with this intrusion, and, Joelle herself is skeptical--but both parties have lost their vibrant best friend so anything is worth a try.
Diane Chamberlain is a fairly new author to me having only read one other book of hers. She is a welcome addition to my list of favorite women's literature, fiction author's. The setting of this story was beautiful, the characters so real and flawed and likable that it was easy for me to be swept up and taken for the ride.
Otherwise, this is a lovely, gentle book about relationships and friendships, where characters are well-rounded. A very enjoyable novel.
Carlynn is at the right place at the right time, a commune, where she saves a baby's life. Years later, the truth comes out about the time after their paths have crossed and the impact it has on Carlynn and her sibling's life.
I thought this was a good story. It kept me reading with the plot twists, the character development and the interesting storyline.
Diane Chamberlain's books never disappoint.
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