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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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  • 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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Very good reading

An excellent story, skilfully told.
This author really did her research for this book.. completely authentic and the attitudes of the era were illustrated perfectly.
Sometimes a little too dark though...a little more "lightness" would have been good here and there.
but a superb story and glad I read it.

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absolutely riveting

A truly well thought out and amazing storyline.
about a woman's struggles and kindness.
with a happy ending.

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Fantastic story

Great story, just as you thought you knew the plot it changed in a different direction, keeping you guessing and hooked. Nice that the basis of the story is true also. Definitely recommend.

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Highly recommend

I just kept on finding jobs to keep on listening! I loved the characters and story line, which was not predictable and very much kept you listening to find out more.

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  • Helen
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  • 11-09-18

Mills and Boon meets Victorian Melodrama?

I cannot begin to express how much I disliked this book.It was recommended by Audible and I will look at such recommendations more sceptically from here on in.
One disaster after another; unrealistic characters, implausible plot and frankly a laughable conclusion. I gave the narrator 3 stars as I am sorry that she had to read this drivel.

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Fab book

I’m sorry I’ve finished it ! My drive to work will have be with radio 2 for a while !

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The Sten Marriage

Wasn’t quite sure where this book was going but once I got past the first few chapters I really empathised with Tess; an amazing story well researched and cleverly thought through. Many twists that you do not realise are coming. My first book by Diane Chamberlain and I will be listening/reading to more; thank you.

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  • Aave
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  • 06-09-18

Loved the book, couldn’t put it down.

I throughly enjoyed this book, I usually listen in my car during my commute only but I found myself sitting in my driveway until the end of a chapter and then continuing to listen for most of the evening and listening again while getting ready for work in the morning. Going to search for another Diane Chamberlain book this evening. The narrator was also perfect.

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Thoroughly enjoyable

This is a thoroughly enjoyable book which draws you into the complicated life of the central character and her problems. Susan Bennett's performance is excellent.