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Summary

The best intentions expose the darkest secrets....

If you're a fan of Jodie Picoult, you'll love Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain, best-selling author of The Midwife's Confession.

North Carolina, 1960. Newlywed Jane Forrester, fresh out of university, is seeking what most other women have shunned: a career. But life as a social worker is far from what she expected. Out amongst the rural tobacco fields of Grace County, Jane encounters a world of extreme poverty that is far removed from the middle-class life she has grown up with. But worse is still to come.

Working with the Hart family and their 15-year-old daughter, Ivy, it's not long before Jane uncovers a shocking secret and is thrust into a moral dilemma that puts her career on the line, threatens to dissolve her marriage, and ultimately determines the fate of Ivy and her family forever. Soon Jane is forced to take drastic action, and before long there is no turning back.

©2013 Diane Chamberlain (P)2015 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

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Gripping and yet moral and informative. Another page turner.

I loved this book. Such a serious topic given insight with a powerful, moving storyline that made me feel excited to return to every time I had the opportunity to continue listening. I have serious worries in my life right now and this book put them in perspective and intense and exciting enough to distract me. Thank you Diane Chamberlain.

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Loved it!

Literally couldn't stop listening to this book. Loved the way it went between characters every chapter.

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A very good listen

I thought the story was extremely interesting. I have visited North Carolina many times and did not realise that a eugenics programme had been practiced until comparatively recently. It was a well constructed story with sympathetic characters and the narrator was excellent. I will listen to more Diane Chamberlain on the basis of this book.

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Lovely story

Really enjoyed listening to this book. The subject was quite different to my usual reading , it portrayed the sterilisation of women by social workers in the 1950's. But had a really lovely story behind it. I was intrigued with this book right up until the end.

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Gripping

I really enjoyed this story . Heartbreaking at times but the characters so came to life with the enjoyable narration . It's hard to believe that this is based on true life .