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Her Mother's Shadow (Kiss River #3)

4.06  ·  Rating Details ·  3,451 Ratings  ·  274 Reviews

A loving mother and wife, Annie O'Neill was the heart of the small community of Kiss River. But her generous nature hid a darker side that remained secret for years after her tragic death.


When Lacey O'Neill finally learns the shattering truth about the mother she's spent a decade emulating, the foundation of her life begins to crumble. Then her close childhood fr
Paperback, 416 pages
Published October 16th 2012 by Harlequin MIRA (first published February 1st 2004)
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Jennifer Wardrip
Diane Chamberlain is a master storyteller, able to blend romance with women's fiction in a seamless flow of words. In a trilogy set in North Carolina's Outer Banks, HER MOTHER'S SHADOW is the grand finale to a tale that began with KEEPER OF THE LIGHT and flowed flawlessly into KISS RIVER.

HER MOTHER'S SHADOW focuses on Lacey O'Neill, a woman in her late twenties who has spent the past decade molding herself into the image of her mother. When Lacey was thirteen, her mother, "Saint Anne," was fatal
clio teixeira
Jun 25, 2010 clio teixeira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have officially fallen in love with Diane Chamberlain's writing. I recently read her "Kiss River Trilogy" and highly recommend it bt pleeeaaasseee do yourself a favor and avoid reviews that give away too much- even well-intentioned reviewers often give away too of the plot- and PLEASE read the trilogy in order: "Keeper of the Light", "Kiss River" and "Her Mother's Shadow"..I was blessed, lucky or whatever that I read "Keeper of the Light" first and knew nothing about the book order than the bl ...more
Aug 23, 2008 Darby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama-romance, 2008
This was my favorite of the series and the third and last in the series. It had me in tears and made me feel a wide range of emotions tied to what was happening the characters. I cared about them and what was happening to them. This as the other two in the series was a page turner and easy read. I am really enjoying this authors books and going to keep putting them on my reading list!
May 18, 2012 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book! It really tied up the story of the O'Neill family and it was very enjoyable. I ended up reading the second half of the book in one sitting! There's not much I can say about this book without giving things away, but like most of Diane Chamberlain's books, there were a few twists to the story. I actually figured out two of the twists before they came out, but it didn't detract from the story at all. I can highly recommend reading all of the books in the Kiss River trilogy - you could r ...more
Nov 13, 2012 Kathy rated it it was amazing
Well, the awesome Diane Chamberlain has done it again! I just loved the final instalment of the Kiss River trilogy – Her Mothers Shadow – This one being my favourite of the series. Her Mothers Shadow tied up the three books of the O’Neill family nicely and I thoroughly enjoyed the people, the storyline, the secrets and the setting. Great read!

Aug 25, 2008 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Jodi Picoult
Recommended to Denise by: Readers at Diane's blog:
This was the third book in the Keeper of the Light trilogy. It was excellent, and I wish Diane would follow-up on these amazing characters.

Diane's books are always full of complex interesting characters, good plots, family relationships and drama, suspense and many secrets to be revealed in the end.
May 18, 2008 Liz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
LOVED this book. It is the third in a trilogy. I highly reccomend anything that this author has wrote!
Aug 22, 2008 Denise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the Keeper of the Light trilogy (this was the 3rd book in the trilogy) and one of the best.
Judy Collins
Apr 14, 2013 Judy Collins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow!!!! The Kiss River Series was amazing!!! It belongs on the BEST BOOKS EVER (which I voted) and movie based on Her Mother’s Shadow. I was so sorry to see the trilogy end, as would love to see a continuation of all the loveable characters and the new ones. It is hard to say which one was my favorite as they are all unique; however, Her Mother’s Shadow was excellent and would have to say the grand finale was exceptional and the best!!!

It was a Nook book which I read in two days, and blew off w
Rachelle Ayala
May 10, 2013 Rachelle Ayala rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Healing can't begin until the truth is known. For too long, Lacey O'Neill has held her mother's memory hostage. She compares everything she does against what her mother would have done. When her best friend dies and leaves Lacey as guardian for her trouble preteen daughter, Lacey is forced to reevaluate everything she knew about her mother, her mother's murderer and every family relationship in her web. Secrets are spilled, but healing follows.

This is a heart touching story about love, redemptio
Feb 19, 2013 Melanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is the last one in the trilogy starting with Keeper of the Light, then Kiss River. They were all good books, but Kiss River was my least favorite. I liked following the lives of the O'Neill family. It is better to read all three books in order. Diane Chamberlain paints such a vivid description of the Outer Banks that I want to book a vacation there now. She always throws in an unexpected surprise at the end of each book. I'm sad to be finished with all three!
Brenda Whitner
Oct 27, 2012 Brenda Whitner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am sad that this trilogy is over with. The books were very good. I liked the second one the best. I kind of had this one figured out. It was very good though. I love all of the characters in the book. I loved the subject of forgiveness that it faced. Lacey played a very strong part in this book. Her character is very likable. I wish there was another book to tell us how everyone got along. But there is no mystery to that right. Excellent read.
Jan 23, 2013 Barb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my favorite book of the three "Kiss River" series books. All along, I've just loved Lacey. It's taken her some time to come into her own, but she does and shines in this book . . . now, I'm interested to see if Mackenzie will have her own story. I really like how Ms. Chamberlain brings all the characters together and intertwines them through the novels. As for Annie, where the stories all began, I still did not warm up to her character. I recommend reading the Kiss River series ;)
Feb 01, 2015 Jan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll give this one 3.5 stars. Like Kiss River, I just didn't feel the connection to the characters like I did to the older generation in Keeper of the Light. I wasn't convinced of their connection. Still, Chamberlain didn't fail to surprise me with the twists in the end! I like how the trilogy wrapped up.
Jul 10, 2015 Alana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the way this book wrapped up all the questions from the previous books. They weren't obvious questions but thoughts about the characters. Book 1 was great I found book 2 not so compelling but this book as good as book 1 and listened at every opportunity.
Jun 02, 2008 Suz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first of Chamberlain's books I read. This isn't my normal genre to read, but was pleasantly surprised by the way the author weaved multiple story lines into one ccohesive read.
Jun 29, 2012 Deb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had nearly all the twists figured out. It was still nice to read about these characters and wrap the trilogy up.
Jul 17, 2015 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great read, thoroughly enjoyed it.
Jul 16, 2008 Phyllis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Family situations. Takes places in south carolina
Tanya Nekrasova
May 10, 2016 Tanya Nekrasova rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Очень понравилось!
Wendy Jonson
3 - 3 1/2 stars
Jill Manske
"Her Mother's Shadow" is a family drama about damaged relationships and secrets, a theme well-known to Diane Chamberlain readers. In this book, we find Lacey O'Neill, a talented stained glass artist, living in a small Outer Banks community with her brother, sister-in-law and niece. Having witnessed the murder of her mother when she was just 13, Lacey has spent the intervening years struggling to understand the often diametrically opposed aspects of her mother's personality. When her best friend ...more
Dec 05, 2016 anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't realize I picked up a book about the daughter cos I've read the book about the mother. More like about the father lol. The author never disappoints, really. I thought I have it all figured out about the ending; Rick but hoho when they reveal the real father to mckenzie wow. I suspected but doubted it.

Technically, if it weren't for the meddling Lacey, they would sooner or later found out about Mckenzie's real father. And then they decided to keep it a secret. Just because you screw up it
Oct 31, 2016 Grace rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite a boring & slow read but I managed to finish it when I really dived into each character after turmoils began entering their lives which causes actual bonds to emerge. However, I was quite surprised I couldn't at all guess who Rick was until it was revealed word for word.
Nov 03, 2016 Billie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the third book in a series and I loved each one! Lots of secrets. Very enjoyable. I wish there were more in the series.
Nov 13, 2016 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book and each of the character's lives in it. Kept me interested until the end, a good twist at the end that I didn't anticipate. Would definitely ready more by this author.
Oct 29, 2016 Katherine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another wonderful read by Diane Chamberlain....well developed characters, good plot, interesting dialogue....all the aspects of a super read...on to the next one!!!
Lisa Hannon
Nov 27, 2016 Lisa Hannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the first and third of this trilogy better than the second.
Dec 03, 2016 Anita rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Just couldn't get into this one. :(
Nov 05, 2016 Kristi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
really good! lots of twists!
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Sep 12, 2015 09:51AM  
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Diane Chamberlain is the New York Times, USA Today and Sunday Times bestselling author of 24 novels published in more than twenty languages. Some of her most popular books include Necessary Lies, The Silent Sister, The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes, and The Keeper of the Light Trilogy. Diane likes to write complex stories about relationships between men and women, parents and children, brothers and ...more
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Kiss River (3 books)
  • Keeper of the Light (Kiss River #1)
  • Kiss River (Kiss River #2)

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