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The Shadow Wife

Narrated by: Arika Rapson
Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
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Summary

Joelle D'Angelo's best friend, Mara, is left with brain damage after she suffers an aneurysm giving birth to her son. Alone and grieving, Joelle turns to the only other person who understands her pain: her colleague - and Mara's husband - Liam. What starts out as comfort between friends gradually becomes something more.

Torn by guilt and the impossibility of her feelings for Liam, Joelle sets out determined to find help for Mara, no matter how unconventional the source. Her search leads her to a mansion in Monterey, California, and into the life of a woman shrouded in mystery. Carlynn Kling Shire is a healer and, according to Joelle's parents, saved Joelle's life when she was an infant. As Joelle is guided down an unfamiliar path by a woman keeping her own shocking secrets, she discovers that while some love is doomed, some love is destined to survive anything.

©2002 Diane Chamberlain (P)2016 Tantor

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A great read

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. It kept my interest the whole way through and was beautifully narrated. Can't wait to read more of her books😀

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great story

loved it. full of twists and turns. it lasted me through several insomniac nights. I would recommend it highly on all counts

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Another good book by Diane Chamberlain

I enjoyed the book and the narrator who had a nice American accent :) It's a gripping story about a few women. I really liked it.

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  • Roxanne Gross
  • 02-03-16

WONDERFUL BOOK!!

Another great book and story by Diane Chamberlain. Enjoyed from beginning to end. Lots of twists and turns that keeps you drawn in which is always typical of her work. I would recommend for sure. Enjoy!

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  • Wendi
  • 02-05-19

Amazing!

I am a big fan of Diane Chamberlain and I can't think of a single book of hers I haven't loved. The Shadow Wife is no exception.

As most of Chamberlain's books, the story alternates between two time frames. Written in 2010, we are introduced to a nurse in her mid-30s who is divorced and lonely. Her husband left her because she couldn't have children, and her best friend had a brain aneurysm a year earlier while giving birth. These unfortunate circumstances leave she and her best friend's husband devastated, and relying on one another for comfort.

Chamberlain takes us back to the 70s when she was born and almost died as well, but was fortunate enough to be touched by a known healer, and miraculously healed (so the story goes). We hear the healer's story from the 30s going foward, until both stories meet in present time.

Chamberlain is a master story teller. I can't stress how much I adore her books, and I savoured 'The Shadow Wife' as I did all of her others.

5 big stars.

-Wendi

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-08-19

What you don't know!

The old adage, what you dont know can't hurt you stands reasonably true in this story. A mystery inside a mystery that you wont see coming until the end. this story is well versed and easy to follow. If you enjoy trying to figure out what will happen next and emotional rollercoaster rides then this book is for you.

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  • Schvell Williams
  • 22-03-18

Mixed feelings about this

I expected more out of Diane. Her previous books that I’ve read were much more exciting and emotion driven. This was very blah

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  • Fun Mom
  • 29-06-17

not crazy about the narrator

I actually stopped listening to this one after about 5 minutes bc of the narrator s voice and manner of speaking. listened to a different book, came back to this and managed to get past the annoying voice. Very good story, well written and intriguing, not predictable. Good overall.

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  • Courtney
  • 07-03-16

Wow!

I very rarely find a Chamberlain book that I do not enjoy however, the word of enjoy is a vast understatement for this selection. This book takes you through modern day with reflections of the past by intertwining two very compelling stories. The last few chapters is sure to raise your eyebrows then reach for tissues. Loved!!!

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  • callie
  • 28-03-20

Another great Diane Chamberlain

She writes the brat books
Not sure about the ending but maybe I did not pay attention

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  • Kristine S
  • 21-10-19

I love this book!

The Shadow Wife was such a joy! The title doesn’t do it justice. Just when I thought I knew what was happening there was a twist! I love the story.

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  • ruthemily
  • 10-09-19

Another Great Listen

Another easy listen to a Chamberlain novel on audio book. A secret pregnancy, a love triangle, a "healer" who might be able to make the impossible possible. A quick and easy listen.

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  • Andrew R
  • 28-08-19

Don’t give up, Narration gets better

At the beginning of the book, the narrator speaks in a raspy whisper. I thought I’d have to stop listening and return the book but the narration gets better as book goes on and I got used to it and liked it as it played well with characters. Don’t give up