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#Big Lies In A Small Town by Diane Chamberlain–Review–4.5 Stars

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Big Lies In A Small Town is a captivating and thought-provoking novel. I’ve read several books by Diane Chamberlain and have never been disappointed.

This story is told from two points of view and timelines; Anna Dale, an artist during the 1940s and Morgan Christopher, an artist in 2018. Both women lived through trying times and hardships, and both received assistance from a generous artist, my favorite character, Jessie Williams.

Morgan Christopher was surprised and relieved to discover that she was being released from prison early. Her only requirements were to check in with her parole officer regularly, attend AA, and restore a mural originally painted in 1940 by a woman who disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Morgan didn’t know the first thing about restoring a painting. There was no way, however, that she wanted to go back to prison, so Morgan was determined to learn the art of restoration, quickly.  But the more Morgan cleaned Anna’s bizarre painting, the more confused and intrigued she became. What started as a project to stay out of prison became an obsessive passion for Morgan. She never expected to discover layers of secrets hidden in the painting, but that’s exactly, what she found. 

Big Lies in a Small Town is an emotionally charged, well-written novel with realistic characters, authentic dialogue, and intrigue. It also touches upon some serious subjects, such as depression, alcoholism, rape, and racism. 

Thank you, St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~4.5 out of 5 stars~

 

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Diane Chamberlain is the New York Times, USA Today and (London) Sunday Times best-selling author of 27 novels. The daughter of a school principal who supplied her with a new book almost daily, Diane quickly learned the emotional power of story. Although she wrote many small “books” as a child, she didn’t seriously turn to writing fiction until her early thirties when she was waiting for a delayed doctor’s appointment with nothing more than a pad, a pen, and an idea. She was instantly hooked. 

Diane was born and raised in Plainfield, New Jersey and lived for many years in both San Diego and northern Virginia. She received her master’s degree in clinical social work from San Diego State University. Prior to her writing career, she was a hospital social worker in both San Diego and Washington, D.C, and a psychotherapist in private practice in Alexandria, Virginia, working primarily with adolescents. 

More than two decades ago, Diane was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, which changed the way she works: She wrote two novels using voice recognition software before new medication allowed her to get back to typing. She feels fortunate that her arthritis is not more severe and that she’s able to enjoy everyday activities as well as keep up with a busy travel schedule.

Diane lives in North Carolina with her significant other, photographer John Pagliuca, and their odd but lovable Shetland Sheepdog, Cole. 

Please visit Diane’s website at http://www.dianechamberlain.com for her event schedule and for more information on her newest novel, Big Lies in a Small Town, as well as a complete list of her books.

 

Today’s New Fab Releases-#Dream Daughter & #Consumed

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Check Out Today’s Outstanding Book Releases!

 

 

In Case You Missed My Reviews On These New Releases, Here Are The Links:

 

 

Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain—5 stars
https://write-escape.com/2018/07/08/the-dream-daughter-by-diane-chamberlain-review-5-stars-netgalley

 

 

Consumed by J.R. Ward—4.5 stars
https://write-escape.com/2018/09/19/consumed-by-j-r-ward-review-4-5-stars-netgalley

#The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain-Review-5 stars #NetGalley

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Don’t Miss This Fabulous New Novel by Diane Chamberlain, Coming 10/2/18!

 

The Dream Daughter is an extraordinarily well-written time-travel novel. Once I started this book I didn’t want to put it down, not even for a moment. The author pulled me into her story, right from the start. I loved the realistic characters, the intriguing plot, and the flowing dialogue. 

Hunter Poole is a physicist. He is from the future, 2018 to be exact, but he won’t be returning to the twenty-first century anytime soon, or ever. And, Hunter is okay with that. He loves the simpler life of the twentieth century. It’s 1970 and Hunter is a contented man. He has his lovely wife, Patti, by his side and their beautiful son John Paul. Hunter will always be grateful to Carly, his sister-in-law, for introducing him to Patti. But, it was time for him, to return the favor, and he was nervous.

Hunter never told Patti or Carly that he was from the future, but he was going to have to confess now. He owed it to Carly. Her unborn daughter wouldn’t live long after birth if she didn’t have a heart procedure soon. The problem was, however, that fetal surgery was unheard of in1970. Hunter was going to have to send Carly into the future. And, unfortunately, she was going to have to do it alone.

Carly would do anything to save her baby. She would never have thought that traveling through time was going to be the easy part of her journey. Unfortunately, she was going to need every bit of courage and strength she could muster up, to weather the challenges ahead.  

The Dream Daughter is a fabulous novel. Highly recommended. I loved every page. Five well-deserved stars from this reader.

Thank you, St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~5 out of 5 shining stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Diane Chamberlain is the New York Times, USA Today and Sunday Times bestselling author of 25 novels published in more than twenty languages. Some of her most popular books include Necessary Lies, The Silent Sister, The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes, and The Keeper of the Light Trilogy. Diane likes to write complex stories about relationships between men and women, parents and children, brothers and sisters, and friends. Although the thematic focus of her books often revolves around family, love, compassion and forgiveness, her stories usually feature a combination of drama, mystery, secrets and intrigue. Diane’s background in psychology has given her a keen interest in understanding the way people tick, as well as the background necessary to create her realistic characters.

Diane was born and raised in Plainfield, New Jersey and spent her summers at the Jersey Shore. She also lived for many years in San Diego and northern Virginia before making North Carolina her home.

Diane received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in clinical social work from San Diego State University. Prior to her writing career, Diane worked in hospitals in San Diego and Washington, D.C. before opening a private psychotherapy practice in Alexandria Virginia specializing in adolescents. All the while Diane was writing on the side. Her first book, Private Relations was published in 1989 and it earned the RITA award for Best Single Title Contemporary Novel. 

Diane lives with her partner, photographer John Pagliuca, and her sheltie, Cole. She has three stepdaughters, two sons-in-law, and four grandchildren. She’s currently at work on her next novel.

Please visit Diane’s website at http://www.dianechamberlain.com for more information on her newest novel, The Stolen Marriage, and a complete list of her books.

 

Best Lit. Fic. New Releases for Oct/Nov/Dec 2017

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Best Lit. Fic. New Releases for Oct/Nov/ Dec 2017 by Diane Chamberlain, Elin Hilderbrand, Alice Hoffman, Kerry Fisher and Catherine Ryan Hyde

 

Released—10/3/17The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain
https://write-escape.com/2017/09/20/the-stolen-marriage-by-diane-chamberlain-5-stars-book-
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Released—10/3/17Winter Solstice by Elin Hilderbrand
https://write-escape.com/2017/09/24/winter-solstice-by-elin-hilderbrand-5-stars-book-review

Released—10/10/17The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
https://write-escape.com/2017/09/19/the-rules-of-magic-by-alice-hoffman-book-review-5-stars

Released—11/29/17The Secret Child by Kerry Fisher
https://write-escape.com/2017/11/11/the-secret-child-by-kerry-fisher-5-shining-stars-book-review

Released—12/05/17The Wake Up by Catherine Ryan Hyde
https://write-escape.com/2017/11/17/the-wake-up-by-catherine-ryan-hyde-5-shining-stars-book-review

 

 

10/3/17 Today’s New Releases!-The Stolen Marriage, Winter Solstice, The Scot Beds His Wife, Holiday Spice, The Orphan of Florence & With This Christmas Ring—Book Reviews

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Check Out Today’s Six Fabulous New Book Releases!

 

In Case You Missed My Reviews on Today’s Fabulous New Releases, I’ve Included the Links Below:

 

Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain-5 stars (Lit Fic)
https://write-escape.com/2017/09/20/the-stolen-marriage-by-diane-chamberlain-5-stars-book-review

Winter Solstice by Elin Hilderbrand-5 stars (Women’s Fic)
https://write-escape.com/2017/09/24/winter-solstice-by-elin-hilderbrand-5-stars-book-review

The Scot Beds His Wife by Kerrigan Byrne-5 stars (Hist. Fic Rom)
https://write-escape.com/2017/09/22/the-scot-beds-his-wife-by-kerrigan-byrne-5-stars-book-review

Holiday Spice by Samantha Chase-5 stars (Holiday Rom)
https://write-escape.com/2017/09/23/holiday-spice-by-samantha-chase-5-stars-book-review

The Orphan of Florence by Jeanne Kalogridis-4 stars (Hist Fic)
https://write-escape.com/2017/09/16/the-orphan-of-florence-by-jeanne-kalogridis

With This Christmas Ring by Manda Collins-4 stars (Holiday Rom)
https://write-escape.com/2017/09/17/with-this-christmas-ring-by-manda-collins-book-review

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain-5 Stars-Book Review

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Don’t Miss This Unforgettable, Heartfelt Novel by Diane Chamberlain.

The Stolen Marriage-Coming 10/3/17

 

The Stolen Marriage is a captivating novel crafted with complex characters, compelling plot and realistic dialogue.

Tess Demello never thought that her one wild night out would change her life. But it did. She was supposed to be marrying Vincent Russo. That had always been the plan. However, that was before she met Henry Kraft, a businessman from Hickory, North Carolina. Tess’s mother, was beside herself when she heard, that Tess wasn’t marrying Vincent. Tess regretted that the last words, to her mother, were angry words.

Henry, the owner of Kraft Furniture, was a wealthy, well-known and respected man. He was also a private man with a lot of secrets. He cared for Tess, and although he was controlling, he never gave her reason to fear him. Henry treated Tess more like a friend, however than a husband. And she quickly found herself trapped in a loveless marriage. She wanted her old life back, but it was too late for that. Tess begged Henry for a divorce, but he wouldn’t hear of it.

The Stolen Marriage is a fascinating historical fiction novel. Diane Chamberlain transported me to another time and place, where I stayed, captivated, until the end of the book. I will definitely be reading more from this talented author. Highly recommended.

Thank you, St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I loved it!

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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