I recently read The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain and was completely blown away.
This was my first book by this amazing Author and she had me hooked on every page.
One mistake, one fateful night, and Tess DeMello’s life is changed forever.
It is 1944. Pregnant, alone, and riddled with guilt, twenty-three-year-old Tess DeMello abruptly gives up her budding career as a nurse and ends her engagement to the love of her life, unable to live a lie. Instead, she turns to the baby’s father for help and agrees to marry him, moving to the small, rural town of Hickory, North Carolina. Tess’s new husband, Henry Kraft, is a secretive man who often stays out all night, hides money from his new wife, and shows her no affection. Tess quickly realizes she’s trapped in a strange and loveless marriage with no way out.
The people of Hickory love and respect Henry but see Tess as an outsider, treating her with suspicion and disdain. When one of the town’s golden girls dies in a terrible accident, everyone holds Tess responsible. But Henry keeps his secrets even closer now, though it seems that everyone knows something about him that Tess does not.
When a sudden polio epidemic strikes Hickory, the townspeople band together to build a polio hospital. Tess knows she is needed and defies Henry’s wishes to begin working at there. Through this work, she begins to find purpose and meaning. Yet at home, Henry’s actions grow more alarming by the day. As Tess works to save the lives of her patients, can she untangle the truth behind her husband’s mysterious behavior and find the love―and the life―she was meant to have?
Completely gripping, this story definitely deserves 5 stars! The Characters are so well rounded, you get to know them, feel for them and want to smack them over the head at times.
The Author takes you on a whirlwind adventure with many twists and turns. She had me guessing a million ways the plot could go. Absolutely intriguing!
The story deals with many issues from racism, polio epidemics to the effects of war on families, but most importantly it deals with how our choices can alter the course of our lives.
The book leaves you examining your own decisions and reminds you how critical making the correct ones are.
An amazing read! Definitely one I would recommend!
About the Author
DIANE CHAMBERLAIN is the international bestselling author of more than twenty novels, including The Broken String and The Silent Sister. She lives in North Carolina with her partner, photographer John Pagliuca, and her shelties, Keeper and Cole.
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