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Stolen Marriage

Diane Chamberlain


ISBN: 9781509808533
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A young woman must unravel her husband's secrets and win over a hostile community in 1940s North Carolina, in this gripping mystery.
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ISBN: 9781509808533
ANNOTATION:
A young woman must unravel her husband's secrets and win over a hostile community in 1940s North Carolina, in this gripping mystery.

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A young woman must unravel her husband's secrets and win over a hostile community in 1940s North Carolina, in this gripping mystery.

Publisher Description

The Stolen Marriage is a compelling novel from Diane Chamberlain, the bestselling author of The Silent Sister, Pretending to Dance and The Midwife's Confession.

In 1944, twenty-three-year-old Tess DeMello abruptly ends her engagement to the love of her life when she marries a mysterious stranger and moves to Hickory, North Carolina. Hickory is a small town struggling with racial tension and the hardships imposed by World War II. Tess's new husband, Henry Kraft, is a secretive man who often stays out all night, hides money from his new wife, and shows no interest in making love. Tess quickly realizes she's trapped in a strange and loveless marriage with no way out.

The people of Hickory love and respect Henry and see Tess as an outsider, treating her with suspicion and disdain, especially after one of the town's prominent citizens dies in a terrible accident and Tess is blamed for the death. Tess suspects people are talking about her, plotting behind her back, and following her as she walks around town. What does everyone know about Henry that she does not? Feeling alone and adrift in a hostile town, Tess turns to the one person who seems to understand her - a local medium who gives her hope but seems to know more than he's letting on.

When a sudden polio epidemic strikes the town, taking the lives of some of its children, including a boy well known to the Kraft family, the townspeople band together to build a polio hospital in less than three days. Tess, who has a nursing degree, bucks Henry's wishes and begins to work at the hospital, finding meaning in nursing the young victims. Yet at home, Henry's actions grow more baffling and alarming by the day. As Tess works to save the lives of her patients, can she untangle her husband's mysterious behavior and save her own life?

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Praise for Diane Chamberlain'I love Diane's writing . . . To be so skilled and write a book of such power about shocking social events is truly a gift'CATHY KELLY'An excellent read that will be loved by her fans and anyone who enjoys reading'JODI PICOULT'An incredibly moving story, very sensitively told, rich in character and atmosphere. I truly couldn't put it down'SUSAN LEWIS'I completely LOVED this book'JANE GREEN'An emotionally perceptive, gripping novel and a deft exploration of long-hidden and quietly explosive familial truths' SUNDAY EXPRESS 'Chamberlain puts so much grit, emotion and drama into her books that it's impossible to stop thinking about the plot' HEAT 'She deserves the highest praise for writing this emotionally compelling story of secrets and silence, love and lies' LITERARY TIMES

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Praise for Diane Chamberlain 'I love Diane's writing . . . To be so skilled and write a book of such power about shocking social events is truly a gift' CATHY KELLY 'An excellent read that will be loved by her fans and anyone who enjoys reading' JODI PICOULT 'An incredibly moving story, very sensitively told, rich in character and atmosphere. I truly couldn't put it down' SUSAN LEWIS 'I completely LOVED this book' JANE GREEN 'An emotionally perceptive, gripping novel and a deft exploration of long-hidden and quietly explosive familial truths' SUNDAY EXPRESS 'Chamberlain puts so much grit, emotion and drama into her books that it's impossible to stop thinking about the plot' HEAT 'She deserves the highest praise for writing this emotionally compelling story of secrets and silence, love and lies' LITERARY TIMES

Author Biography

Diane Chamberlain is the bestselling author of numerous novels including Necessary Lies, The Silent Sister and Pretending to Dance. Her storylines are often a combination of romance, family drama, intrigue and suspense. She lives in Northern Carolina with her partner, photographer John Pagliuca, and her shelties, Keeper and Cole.

Review

[An] engrossing mystery -- Hello! on The Silent Sister A gripping story of a girl's relationship with her father -- Women & Home on Pretending to Dance Twisty and smart -- Heat on Pretending to Dance Interracial relationships, Tess's unbearable situation and the secrets Henry keeps all make for a tense, enthralling read. Diane Chamberlain's gift for storytelling never fails My Weekly A gripping and engrossing tale Sunday Mirror

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A gripping story of a girl's relationship with her father

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A young woman must unravel her husband's secrets and win over a hostile community in 1940s North Carolina, in this gripping mystery.

Product Details

Year
2017
ISBN-10
1509808531
ISBN-13
9781509808533
Format
Hardcover
Author
Diane Chamberlain
Language
English
Publisher
Pan Macmillan
Pages
384
Media
Book
Audience Age
18
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Publication Date
2017-10-05
Audience
General/Trade