Author: Diane Chamberlain
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Copy: Courtesy of the Publisher
The silly season came and slapped me in the face, I am so far behind on EVERYTHING that there is just no way I am going to be able to get through all the December books in time to get readers feedback links. I am 3 days out from my holiday with no packing and no cleaning but now wrapping completed.
So, I have decided the best way to tackle the holiday season book club reads is to get a post up for readers to leave their feedback on and I will read and review separately. It helps ease the pressure on me and that is what I am in dire need of right now.
Diane Chamberlain is a bestselling author from North Carolina whose back catalogue tops 25 novels, and I have read a couple. I think they were both re-releases, though I didn’t know that at the time. The Stolen Marriage is a brand new story set in the small town of Hickory, North Carolina; a town where she is a stranger and an outsider and her new husband is loved and respected.
The Stolen Marriage is an historical fiction that is an emotionally captivating story filled with secrets, betrayals, prejudices and forgiveness.
Tess DeMello is a 23 year old nursing student who is engaged to the love of her life, until she abruptly ends it and marries Henry Kraft. This is intriguing enough to want to know what’s happened and discover the events that lead to a broken engagement in 1944.
The marriage to Henry Kraft is quick which means there is a lot the two don’t know about one another and Tess soon finds herself out of her depth in a new small town that loves her husband and is suspicious of her.
A polio outbreak rips through the town and sees the townspeople band together to build a polio hospital. Tess works at the hospital, against the wishes of her husband, and finds meaning in this new life as she treats the victims.
Life at home becomes ever more alarming as Tess is left trying to save her patients by day and work out what’s going on with her husband by night.
The reviews I have just checked out are predominantly positive with the view being that this was well researched and shines a light on some of the issues faced in wartime North Carolina.
The Stolen Marriage is first person narrated by Tess and I think that will give a deep insight into her mind and heart, hopefully it will still offer a complete picture of other characters in the novel.
I am really looking forward to reading this one, and sharing my views in a separate review. I am also looking forward to hearing what our readers think.