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The Stolen Marriage : The Twisting, Turning, Most Heartbreaking Mystery You'll Read This Year - Diane Chamberlain

The Stolen Marriage

The Twisting, Turning, Most Heartbreaking Mystery You'll Read This Year

Paperback Published: 28th November 2017
ISBN: 9781509884650
Number Of Pages: 384

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In 1944, twenty-three-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's 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 behavior and save her own life?

About the Author

Diane Chamberlain is the bestselling author of numerous novels including Necessary Lies, The Silent Sister and Pretending to Dance. Her storylines are often a combination of romance, family drama, intrigue and suspense.

Great book from start to finish


This book was a great read that I found difficult to put down. It had me intrigued from the very first page and the ending was totally unexpected. This was my first Diana Chamberlain and now I am hooked - she has become my new favourite author.

Qld, Australia.


Unusual Novel, but story captivating


The author was able to blend the story with true depictions of what it was like to live in some states of America around 1944 - how the black community were segregated and the affects of the outbreak of Polio before they found a cure.

Western Australia


The Stolen Marriage

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ISBN: 9781509884650
ISBN-10: 1509884653
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 28th November 2017
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.4  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.48