The Stolen Marriage: A Novel Hardcover – October 3, 2017
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Praise for The Stolen Marriage:
"[A] well-crafted crime-tinged tale." ―Publishers Weekly
"The Stolen Marriage is the kind of story that will grab you and refuse to let you go until you turn the last page." ―All About Romance
"Readers will be sucked in immediately...you just can't go wrong with a book with [Chamberlain's] name on the cover." ―Southern Pines Pilot
Praise for The Silent Sister
“Chamberlain has written an excellent novel with well-thought-out plotlines that never lose the suspense lover’s interest for one solitary second.” –Suspense Magazine
“Chamberlain’s powerful story is a page-turner to the very end.” –Library Journal
“A story of redemption, paranoia, and the power of shared bonds, The Silent Sister is a powerful and thrilling novel… Tautly paced and emotionally driven.” –Booklist
“Hard to put down.” –Better Homes & Gardens
Praise for Necessary Lies
“A well-researched page-turner. The stakes mount to dizzying heights . . . Chamberlain certainly knows how to escalate tension.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Absorbing and haunting, this should strongly touch Chamberlain’s fans and draw those who enjoy Jodi Picoult and Barbara Delinsky.” ―Booklist
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Set in 1944, the storyline revolves around three major issues of the era: the taboo of out-of-wedlock pregnancy, the laws against interracial marriage, and the epidemic of infantile paralysis (polio). Chamberlain's tightly-woven plot kept me turning pages. "The Stolen Marriage" is replete with multi-dimensional characters who are certainly not who they seem to be, but I won't disclose the ending. I will say that the twist outdid Jodi Picoult. I commend Diane Chamberlain on her graduation to the next league of literary fiction writers. Highly recommended!
This is exactly what happened to the main character of The Stolen Marriage.
Tess DeMello comes from an Italian family. She's Catholic and she has been in love with the same boy she grew up with as far as she can remember. This boy, now a man is a doctor and they are engaged. Tess in planning her wedding when he decides to volunteer in a different town and he leaves Tess alone for weeks making her wonder if he has changed his mind about marrying her.
In one night, a wrong decision and Tess will have to leave the town and the people she loves. She will marry Henry Kraft and move to Hickory, North Carolina. Henry's mother and sister are not thrilled about the wedding. The town doesn't like Tess either. Everyone, will make her life difficult and make her feel like nothing but an outcast. It doesn't help that Henry keeps many secrets and he doesn't seem inclined to share them with her. He doesn't seem to want to share their bed either!
The Stolen Marriage had a good mystery going on. I wanted to know what Henry was hiding and why were so many people were against Tess. I think Diane Chamberlain did a good job in leading us into the big reveal. I personally liked the outcome. It made sense to me.
Tess was a good character to root for. She tried her best to continue with her career despite Henry and his mother not wanting her to pursue it. I didn't hate Henry but I didn't like him most of the time. I thought he let his mother and sibling get away with too much instead of defending Tess from them.
Overall, I enjoyed the Stolen Marriage and wouldn't hesitate to grab another novel by Diane Chamberlain.
Minor synopsis : moronic woman is taken advantage of by everyone she meets and blames herself because, well, she is very moronic.
I only gave it three stars because, although I found the book predictable and hated all the characters, I was able to finish it without feeling completly bored.
The characters are so realistically portrayed that your heart and mind cares what happens to them. Diane Chamberlain writes, plots, and weaves stories that will keep you up long past your bedtime and you 'll find them hard to forget.
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However this all changes when she is forced to go in a different direction, as on a night out with her friend Gina, she meets Henry, and circumstances prevailing, she feels that she has no choice but to break off her engagement, move to North Carolina, and marry this man. Before long Tess realises that she is living with a family surrounded by secrets and lies, and where nothing is as it seems, especially where her new husband is concerned.
As always with Diane Chamberlain this is yet another well written, moving and poignant novel.
The actual story revolves around the horrors of polio before the discovery of the vaccination for this terrible disease. It also records a very good account of a real life miracle i.e. Hickory polio treatment hospital.
However, the plot is not very credible and it all wraps up too neatly for my taste. I would describe it as a light holiday read.