The Stolen Marriage

The Stolen Marriage

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Ending her engagement to the love of her life to marry her unborn child's father, Tess quickly discovers she is trapped in a union with a secretive man and is treated with suspicion by her neighbors when a local girl dies in an accident.

McMillan Palgrave

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



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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, 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. 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, 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, the townspeople band together to build a polio hospital. Tess, who has a nursing degree, bucks Henry's wishes and begins to work at the hospital, finding meaning in nursing theyoung victims. 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 her husband's mysterious behavior and save her own life?"--
Impulsively ending her engagement to another man to marry a mysterious stranger from a small North Carolina community in 1944, Tess rapidly discovers that she is trapped in a loveless relationship and is treated with suspicion by secretive neighbors before discovering her talents as a nurse during a devastating polio outbreak.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c2017
ISBN: 9781250087270
Branch Call Number: FIC CHA
Characteristics: 376 p. ;,25 cm.

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ArapahoeDianeM Aug 18, 2018

I just finished this book & it is still "with" me -- I really liked it. Set in the early 1940's, a young engaged girl gets intoxicated one night and the resulting consequences lead to so many changes. There are mysteries involved, love affairs and lots of drama. This is a historical fiction about the polio epidemic in North Carolina.

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Tamihi123
May 14, 2018

Definitely a 5 star story!
I've read a lot of Diane Chamberlain's books and really enjoyed them all, this one rates right up at the top! A story with so many different facets to it and it kept me interested right to the end. After so many adversities along the way, it was very satisfying to have a happy ending.

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tmauragas
Apr 14, 2018

I am so happy to stumble upon this Author. Shes a great writer. I did not get bored and couldn't put it down.

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JacksDaddy
Apr 09, 2018

This book was fantastic! Best book ever!

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1C00lgrannie
Apr 06, 2018

Excellent story! Diane Chamberlain knows how to weave a romantic and intriguing story! Kept my interest throughout. Highly recommend!

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NanCcan
Mar 12, 2018

I am so grateful to great authors like Diane Chamberlain for the hours they transport me away from whatever pain, crises, or just plain overload is going on in my life - and, at the same time teach me about history, cultures, etc., and inspire me as their characters learn and grow!
The description of this title had me putting it off until it was the last book on my "for later" shelf, but the story was so much deeper and more complicated than I expected from a "marriage for convenience" story. Yes, there were hints throughout about the way(s) the story would wrap up, but even they wouldn't have led me to guess why some things happened the way they did, or how they would work out.

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lgraf
Mar 05, 2018

Couldn't put this book down....read it in 2 days. Fascinating story about a time in history that I knew nothing about. Love this author.

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sasie
Jan 03, 2018

This author tells great stories about families in history that are dealing with the social issues of their time. She is a really good storyteller and makes the characters and the time period come to life. I would really recommend this to people who like to read about families.

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