The Stolen Marriage : Diane Chamberlain

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a book review Sunday!

I think I have around 150 books in my “to review” list, so today I thought I’d ease myself back into it and review a new book from one of my favourite authors: The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain

“In 1944, Tess DeMello abruptly ends her engagement to the love of her life, marries a mysterious stranger and moves to Hickory, North Carolina. Tess’s new husband, Henry Kraft, is a secretive man who often stays out all night and Tess quickly comes to realize that she is now trapped in a strange and loveless marriage. The people of Hickory love and respect Henry and see Tess as an outsider, treating her with suspicion and disdain. What does everyone know about Henry that she does not? When a polio epidemic strikes the town, taking the lives of some of its children, the townspeople band together to quickly build a polio hospital. Tess, who has a nursing degree, bucks Henry’s wishes and begins to work at the hospital. As Henry’s actions grow more baffling and alarming by the day, can she untangle her husband’s mysterious behaviour and save her own life?” Blurb taken from Amazon.com

One of the things I love about Diane Chamberlains books, is that they always feel so long because they’re so packed full of information, and this is no different. The characters have so much depth, and history to them which makes them really intriguing.  We see the story from Tess’s point of view, so we really feel her vulnerability and only understand what she does about the other characters which makes them even more mysterious.

The story is spread over 1943 to 1955 and we follow Tess’s journey from accidentally getting pregnant and the aftermath that follows. Her clashes with her husbands families, several tragedies and several triumphs. There’s so many layers and events to this story I’m scared to write too much in case I spoil something!

This was one of those books where I wanted to carry on reading, but at the same time I didn’t want to read it too fast as I was enjoying it so much , (it didn’t work, I finished it in a day). I’d really recommend this as summer read, it’s not too heavy, but plenty happening to keep you hooked! Once again, a fab read from Diane Chamberlain.

As always let me know what your favourite books are in the comments!

Laura

 

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