The Stolen Marriage
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Steeped in history and filled with heart-wrenching twists, The Stolen Marriage is an emotionally captivating novel of secrets, betrayals, prejudice, and forgiveness. It showcases Diane Chamberlain at the top of her talent.
One mistake, one fateful night, and Tess DeMello’s life is changed forever.
It is 1944. Pregnant, alone, and riddled with guilt, twenty-three-year-old Tess DeMello abruptly gives up her budding career as a nurse and ends her engagement to the love of her life, unable to live a lie. Instead, she turns to the baby’s father for help and agrees to marry him, moving to the small, rural town of Hickory, North Carolina. Tess’s new husband, Henry Kraft, is a secretive man who often stays out all night, hides money from his new wife, and shows her no affection. Tess quickly realizes she’s trapped in a strange and loveless marriage with no way out.
The people of Hickory love and respect Henry but see Tess as an outsider, treating her with suspicion and disdain. When one of the town’s golden girls dies in a terrible accident, everyone holds Tess responsible. But Henry keeps his secrets even closer now, though it seems that everyone knows something about him that Tess does not.
When a sudden polio epidemic strikes Hickory, the townspeople band together to build a polio hospital. Tess knows she is needed and defies Henry’s wishes to begin working at there. Through this work, she begins to find purpose and meaning. Yet at home, Henry’s actions grow more alarming by the day. As Tess works to save the lives of her patients, can she untangle the truth behind her husband’s mysterious behavior and find the love—and the life—she was meant to have?
A Library Reads Top Ten Book of October 2017
Praise for The Stolen Marriage:
"[A] well-crafted crime-tinged tale." —Publishers Weekly
"The Stolen Marriage is the kind of story that will grab you and refuse to let you go until you turn the last page." —All About Romance
"Readers will be sucked in immediately...you just can't go wrong with a book with [Chamberlain's] name on the cover." —Southern Pines Pilot
The Stolen Marriage is a captivating novel crafted with complex characters, compelling plot and realistic dialogue.
Tess Demello never thought that her one wild night out would change her life. But it did. She was supposed to be marrying Vincent Russo. That had always been the plan. However, that was before she met Henry Kraft, a businessman from Hickory, North Carolina. Tess’s mother, was beside herself when she heard, that Tess wasn’t marrying Vincent. Tess regretted that the last words, to her mother, were angry words.
Henry, the owner of Kraft Furniture, was a wealthy, well-known and respected man. He was also a private man with a lot of secrets. He cared for Tess, and although he was controlling, he never gave her reason to fear him. Henry treated Tess more like a friend, however than a husband. And she quickly found herself trapped in a loveless marriage. She wanted her old life back, but it was too late for that. Tess begged Henry for a divorce, but he wouldn’t hear of it.
The Stolen Marriage is a fascinating historical fiction novel. Diane Chamberlain transported me to another time and place, where I stayed, captivated, until the end of the book. I will definitely be reading more from this talented author. Highly recommended.
Thank you, St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I loved it!
One of my favorites by Diane Chamberlain.. I read the book in a little over 24 hours! I could not stop! And I loved the ending! No spoilers, but I thought it was perfect!
Best book i have read in a really long time