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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
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  • 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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  • CMH
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  • 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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love

I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook, Diane Chamberlain has been a favourite of mine for some years but I haven't read one for some time and this did not disappoint and has only served to lure me back to her more recent material.

I also enjoy Susan Bennett's performance of this book

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  • J
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Thanks to the Daily Deal I found this book

I find the Daily Deal is a great way to discover books and authors I wouldn't usually even know about and therefore when The Stolen Marriage was offered at such a bargain price I gave it a try and I'm so pleased I did. I've already recommended the book to friends and I'm recommending it to you too - give it a try and see if you're also pleasantly surprised how much you enjoy 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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Dramatic and innocent

I loved this book. The story is captivating, frustrating as you watch them take the wrong path in life and then watch it all develop. Its also an amazing biography of American life during World War II

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Beautiful story, gripping plot, I read in 4 days..

This writer is new to me and I loved the style of writing, the plot developing at a nice pace and at first I could not gave guessed where it would lead. I loved the characters and empathised with their stories. The book tackles the subject of polio in detail of which I knew nothing about and felt I understood it better and how it affected so many lives... it also covers inter racial relationships in the US at the time and at the end of rhe book, the writer explains all the background research based on true events. i would recommend this book and I will now read other books by rhis author. The narration was excellent and and unlike some books with an American narratir, this was a lovely voice.

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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.