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Her Mother's Shadow (Kiss River #3)

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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. The...more
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...more
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!
clio teixeira
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
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
Aug 25, 2008 Denise rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Jodi Picoult
Recommended to Denise by: Readers at Diane's blog: www.dianechamberlain.com
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.
I loved the Keeper of the Light trilogy (this was the 3rd book in the trilogy) and one of the best.
LOVED this book. It is the third in a trilogy. I highly reccomend anything that this author has wrote!
Judy Collins
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...more
Rachelle Ayala
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...more
I just finished reading "In Her Mother's Shadow" - finishing the "Keeper of the Light" trilogy. Once again, I finished in one big swoop, staying up most of the night with it bt what a journey!! I loved the way Diane Chamberlain concluded the trilogy though I want more and feel that there are still quite a few books left. IMO, Diane did a great job with developing the characters. It was such a delight to see them all evolve and "grow up". I read all the 3 books within a day or so of each other an...more
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 ;)
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
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.
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.
Denise Sales
My edition didn’t make it clear that this was the third book of a trilogy. I actually don’t think it matters much though as it can easily be read on its own. It hasn’t remotely enticed me to read the previous two, or indeed any possible subsequent books in the series.

I’m quite astonished at the glowing tributes it apparently received from a variety of publications; ‘exquisite’, ‘you won’t want to put it down’, ‘gripping summer read’ etc. It irked me somewhat to guess who Rick really was as soon...more
I had nearly all the twists figured out. It was still nice to read about these characters and wrap the trilogy up.
Family situations. Takes places in south carolina
Oct 13, 2013 Sharon rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Melissa, Amanda, Erika, Janet
This is the third in the Kiss River series, and like all of Diane Chamberlain's books, I found it dificult to put down. She is a wonderful storyteller, with likeable (even when they are not) characters, interesting storylines, set at the beautiful coast of North Carolina.

The secrets of the past still hold the characters, and slowly they emerge. Jesssica, Clay, Bobby, Rick - there secrets propel this story forward.

When Lacey O'Neill learns the truth about her "saintly" mother Annie, she vows to...more
Patrick Dawson
Diane's third book in the series had many twists and turns along the way to bring the series to a conclusion, and I was not disappointed. Her characters are fully developed, real, and easy to picture. The story shows the sad fact that people screw up. The sad thing is that it always seems that humans screw up and the results hurt so many others as a result...only if we all could think before we selfishly act. Diane's story deals with the impacts of those decisions, and although nearly everything...more
This was the 3rd book in The Kiss River trilogy and just as good as the last 2. I usually get fed up in trilogys but these stories were different members of the family and tied up all the loose ends. this one had twists that I hadn't seen coming highly recommend all three books
Allison Pendilhe
Decent ending to the Kiss River trilogy, but I enjoyed the first two better. By this book, I was used to Chamberlian's twists at the end, and had this one figured out pretty early on.
Cindy Gargano
I have definitely become attached to the characters in this trilogy after reading all three books in the last few weeks. I liked this one the best but that maybe because I knew so much about the characters by the time I read it. I was able to figure out one of the twists pretty early in this story and guessed another...but I think that most reader probably do. It's the waiting for the characters to figure it out that keep you turning the pages late into the night. I definitely didn't guess the l...more
Julie Hanahan
I've liked every Diane Chamberlain book I've read since discovering her last year. This was not my favorite, but it was still a good story and a worthwhile read. I didn't realize it was the third in a series until I was most of the way through it though, and I'm definitely interested in reading the other two.
This is the final book of the trilogy. I enjoy this author's writing very much. I was excited to re-discover the library as that was the only place I could find these books. But I quickly remembered what I don't like about the library -- the pressure of having to finish books by a certain date. This was further complicated by the fact that when I checked out the first book, I didn't realize it was number two in the trilogy...so had to wait for the first one to come in from another library. Final...more
Didn't realize this was book 3 of a trilogy. Slow start but got better. Light summertime read.
Enjoyed this best of the Trilogy. Tied up all the loose endings and had a good ending
Leigh Mitchell
In my opinion the best book of the trilogy, the other 2 seemed to drag out but this one moved faster.
A good read with interesting characters who you warm to.
I thoroughly enjoyed this series by Diane Chamberlain. Wish there were more!
Heather Hettinger
This was the last in the Keeper of the Light series. This time around, the story centers on Lacey...I can't review too much without giving things away, but it gives an interesting glimpse into the character of Annie-and you are with Lacey as she realizes the implications of her late mother's secret life. This book also brings you full circle with the potential parole of the man who shot Lacey's mother in the first book. Again, Chamberlain effectively weaves romance, mystery, drama, and family dy...more
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I'm the author of 23 novels published in more than twenty languages. I like to write complex stories about relationships between men and women, parents and children, brothers and sisters, and friends. Although the thematic focus of my books often revolves around family, love, compassion and forgiveness, my stories usually feature a combination of suspense, mystery and intrigue.

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