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The Stolen Marriage

Narrated by: Susan Bennett
Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (248 ratings)
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Summary

The Stolen Marriage is a compelling audiobook from Diane Chamberlain, the best-selling author of The Silent Sister, Pretending to Dance and The Midwife's Confession.

In 1944, 23-year-old Tess DeMello abruptly ends her engagement to the love of her life when she marries a mysterious stranger and moves to Hickory, North Carolina. Hickory is a small town struggling with racial tension and the hardships imposed by World War II. Tess' new husband, Henry Kraft, is a secretive man who often stays out all night, hides money from his new wife and shows no interest in making love. Tess quickly realizes she's trapped in a strange and loveless marriage with no way out.

The people of Hickory love and respect Henry and see Tess as an outsider, treating her with suspicion and disdain, especially after one of the town's prominent citizens dies in a terrible accident and Tess is blamed for the death. Tess suspects people are talking about her, plotting behind her back and following her as she walks around town. What does everyone know about Henry that she does not? Feeling alone and adrift in a hostile town, Tess turns to the one person who seems to understand her - a local medium who gives her hope but seems to know more than he's letting on.

When a sudden polio epidemic strikes the town, taking the lives of some of its children, including a boy well known to the Kraft family, the townspeople band together to build a polio hospital in less than three days. Tess, who has a nursing degree, bucks Henry's wishes and begins to work at the hospital, finding meaning in nursing the young victims. Yet at home, Henry's actions grow more baffling and alarming by the day. As Tess works to save the lives of her patients, can she untangle her husband's mysterious behaviour and save her own life?

©2017 Diane Chamberlain (P)2017 Macmillan Digital Audio

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  • Louise
  • United Kingdom
  • 25-09-18

Completely threw me. Loved it!

Bought this book as a trial of a new author and to try a different genre from Crime & Thrillers. Didn’t know what to expect as I’m quite picky on narrators, but I loved it. Had everything in it you could want in a story and had me gripped to the very end. Lovely narration too. Quite sad I’ve finished it.

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Could not stop listening

I did guess the ending, but loved the story. Something a bit different. Now what is my next listen to .

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  • CMH
  • UK
  • 19-08-18

Worth a listen

As deal of the day i bought this. it was not my usual preferred genre but a most enjoyable listen. Covered some difficult subjects in a compassionate manner. I’m pleased I bought it & recommend this, a partially factual book.

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Interesting and capturing read

Listening to this storyline compelled you to want to know how it ends from the moment you start the read. When it finally does end, you want more.

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  • JG
  • 06-03-19

Interesting book

I didn’t really like the narrators voice, although of course it is set in America. I found the amount of racism difficult to cope with but again, it was of its time and that fitted in with the era. The main characters were believable but the general storyline showed the characters to be rather naive.

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  • SA
  • 20-02-19

Brilliant book

I have never written a review before but felt that this book definitely deserved one. It is absolutely brilliant! so much so that I actually looked forward to going to work so I could listen to it in my car! The characters are wonderful and and the story engrossing. Buy it and you will not be disappointed!

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Hard Pass

No depth in this story. Character development was lacking, and when she mentioned she had brainstorming luncheons with other authors, I thought these people are not your friends, because a real friend would have stopped this from storyline.

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I loved this book

The story kept me engaged from start to finish and I’ll be reading more of the authors other books now.

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Good story and narration

Loved this book, brought the atmosphere of the time it is set strongly to life, and Susan Bennett's narration is excellent, her Yankee drawl for Henry's voice brilliant..well done Diane Chamberlain will definitely be listening to more of your audio books!

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Excellent story and great narrator

I think this is one of the best books I have listened to on Audible. The story was excellent, and the history very interesting. What a time for people to live through. The narration was also very good so I would thoroughly recommend this to anyone who enjoys this type of book.