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Keeper of the Light (Kiss River #1)

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  6,081 Ratings  ·  507 Reviews
Dr. Olivia Simon is in the middle of treating a gunshot victim while on duty Christmas night when she realizes that the patient is Annie O'Neill, the woman with whom her husband, Paul, is in love. Despite Olivia's best efforts to save her, Annie dies in surgery. For Olivia, Paul and Annie's husband, Alec, life will never be the same.
Paperback, 480 pages
Published December 1st 2002 by Mira Books (first published January 1st 1992)
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Missy Definitely!!! It will make complete sense when you read in order.

I started with the 3rd book and then realized it was part of a trilogy. I then…more
Definitely!!! It will make complete sense when you read in order.

I started with the 3rd book and then realized it was part of a trilogy. I then started to read the first one and it started to make complete sense, correlating to the 3rd book I had beem reading.(less)

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♥ Marlene♥
What a horrible book. I am sorry. A very weird love triangle, oops How do you say that but then with 5 people? ;) fiveangle?

I have read some of this author's books and I did enjoy some but this I had to stop reading.

The begin is quite interesting but then when you get to know the other characters (and they are all very unlikable!) it gets weird. Real weird and stupid.
Apparently everybody and their dogs loves this one red head woman. Men hate their wives because they compare them to her. Women t
May 16, 2015 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another Diane Chamberlain novel I totally enjoyed even though it was just a little outdated (originally published in 1992). It did not, however, detract from the story as the 500 pages just flew by. Certainly look forward to reading more of DC's books!
Aug 25, 2008 Denise rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Jodi Picoult fans
Recommended to Denise by: Readers at Diane's blog:
This is the first book in a trilogy (other novels are Kiss River and Her Mother's Shadow).

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.
Jan 28, 2016 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was not my favorite of her books but it was still a good book. A friend who recently read this said it was too long and I couldn't agree more. Overall though Diane Chamberlain writes damn good stories that keep you engaged and wanting more at every turn of the page.
Trish at Between My Lines
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I'm trying a new book review format. I just want to give you a short message on how Keeper of the Light by Diane Chamberlain made me feel. And what better way than sending a postcard.

Quick Thoughts on Keeper of the Light by Diane Chamberlain

Not many authors could have handled the complicated relationships without turning it to a farce. But in Diane Chamberlain's capable hands, it becomes an emotional and heartfelt story. But be warned the r
Mar 31, 2013 Lainy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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As your husband grieves his mistress, You find yourself falling for the family she left behind. But she hid secrets that will destroy him...or you. Do you tell? I m going to die as punishment for all the bad things I ve done... You are on duty in the emergency room when, despite your desperate effort, the victim of a gunshot wound loses her life. She is Annie O Neill. The same woman your husband is in love with... Olivia can't watch any longer as her hu
Jul 17, 2011 Gina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Gina by: Book Club
Chamberlain spins an absorbing tale of romantic obsession and betrayal. Beautiful artist Annie O'Neill is known as St. Anne on North Carolina's Outer Banks for her selfless devotion to any cause that comes down the pike--she's even donated bone marrow to a stranger in need. Her murder leaves her husband, Alec, shattered. Also broken are Olivia Simon, the emergency room physician who tried to save her, and the good doctor's husband, Paul, who idolized the victim. To recapture Paul's love, Olivia ...more
May 04, 2011 Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I cannot even attempt to properly describe this book to you, because it is way better than even the description on the back cover of the book! Really, the description of this book is the bare minimum of what it is really about. Yes that is the main idea, but there is so much more to it! Slowly throughout the novel, connections between people, events, and places are being made. As I read on, I was realizing more and more the weaving of the characters and their lives. The only way I can describe t ...more
Jul 30, 2011 Denise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.0 out of 5 stars -- Soap opera at the Outer Banks!

The one thing that can ruin an otherwise good book for me is the ending of it. I don't know why I am so picky, but that is the big thing for me. I want the characters to be people I can admire and whose actions follow that quality. I was really looking forward to this book as I have come to expect great stories and in-depth relationship development with a Diane Chamberlain book. As this was one of her earlier novels (1992), I can see how she ha
Dec 10, 2015 Linda rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio-book
I have mixed feelings about this book. I am surprised that it hasn't been turned into a movie because it is such a soap opera. If I could give it 2 1/2 stars I probably would have done so.

Dr. Olivia Simon is treating a gunshot victim who cannot be saved by anyone. The woman who dies is Annie O'Neill, a free spirit who is loved by an entire town. Annie can do no wrong as far as anyone is concerned.

However, no one knows but elderly, former lighthouse keeper, Mary Poor, what betrayals Annie has wro
Darla Stokes
Jan 16, 2014 Darla Stokes rated it it was ok
I absolutely hated this book at first. A married couple separates because the husband is in love with a woman who has died, and with whom he apparently had only a superficial relationship. He reminded me of when my daughter was about 12 and was "in loooove" with a boy she'd never spoken to.

But I can't NOT finish a book, so I pushed on. Surprisingly, it did pick up in the last half of the book, with revelations that made the characters make more sense. But this was accomplished by the heavy use
Sharon A.
Aug 30, 2010 Sharon A. rated it really liked it
Shelves: current-fiction
Chamberlain has an amazing gift in her ability to script believable characters, all whom have flaws, all of whom are sympathetic. This is the story of a love triangle (actually, more of a rectangle). Olivia is married to Paul, who still carries a torch for Annie, who is married to Alec. Annie dies and Paul leaves Olivia, who then begins a friendship with Alec.

Still keeping up? It's somewhat convoluted, but Chamberlain manages to keep it all in check, and honestly I wasn't sure what was going to
Judy Collins
Feb 14, 2013 Judy Collins rated it it was amazing
Amazing!!! I do not believe Diane Chamberlain could write a bad book – everything she writes is extraordinary! I loved the book and looking forward to reading the other two in the Kiss River series, as just purchased the next two Nook books.

My favorite characters were Olivia and Alec!!. Wow, did Annie have everyone fooled along with Mary, the old lady! Loved the setting the lighthouse, and the twists and turns which were page turners! Highly creative writer and each of her books are different a
Aug 23, 2008 Darby rated it really liked it
Shelves: drama-romance, 2008
This book was a very easy read. I really enjoyed the story and how it unfolded. I thought the characters were developed well. And the story had a really good pace. It was a page turn as I wanted to know more about the characters and the story that was unfolding. It is the first book of 3 books. I have the next two ready to read. I am sure I will enjoy them just as much as the first book and am sure I will enjoy other books by this author.
Heather Fineisen
Overall, a good read. The flashbacks were sometimes awkward but the storyline delivered and the characters were developed enough that I cared about what happened to them. I have heard good things about Chamerlain and since this is an early effort, I will definitely read more, even in this series. Solid.
Nov 10, 2014 Sue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, what a tangled web the author weaves in this novel, excellent. I now can't wait to read 'Kiss River'which seems to follow on in the same area.
Jul 07, 2011 Meridith rated it it was ok
too much sex, and it seemed like a soap opera
Oct 04, 2016 Kirstie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club

This is obviously one of her earlier books. It's good but not as good as her more recent books. This is part of a trilogy and ive read the last one first! May have to revisit it now I know Lacey and Annie's pasts

This is based on the lies that everyone tells. They all live happily ever after but who ends up with who???? Annie certainly cast her spell on all the men around her but with devastating consequences
Sep 09, 2015 Pamela rated it liked it
Olivia Simon is working in the ER when Annie O'Neill is brought in with a gunshot wound. Knowing Annie won't make it to the closest hospital, Olivia decides to operate... and Annie dies in the process. Olivia breaks the news to Annie's husband, Alec, his daughter, Lacey, and his son, Clay. The entire town mourns the loss of Annie, who was a humanitarian and philanthropist, always volunteering and helping others. She was also known for her exquisite stained glass, which is displayed throughout Al ...more
Elizabeth Emily Browne
She wrinkled her nose. “Yes. Turns out she’s a windsurfer herself. She said the only risk she could see was that I might actually have fun for once and not know how to cope with the experience.”

You know what? At the beginning of this book I really didn't think id be able to get into it. Stick with it! Once I got to about a quarter of the way in everything was starting to make some sense and I was starting to enjoy the book more and more.

Olivia was a good character for me she was insecure and I u
Jun 12, 2015 Danielle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book captured my attention after the first 100 pages or so. For me, the unlikeable nature of character Paul and the annoying Saint Annie mantra throughout the first bit of the novel was hard to enjoy. Paul doesn't change much throughout the novel, but Annie's past reveals a completely different character and it was that which captured my attention!

I think the thing with Chamberlain is that her novels focus on family, the relationship between friends and family is heavily focused on - it's r
Jan 17, 2016 anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bbw-2014
I innocently thought that it would take me weeks to finish this book cos A) it's 500+ pages; and B) thick book intimidate me. But oh my God how wrong I was. It took me less than a week to finally know who's Olivia gonna choose. It's quite obvious towards the end but judging from 70% of the book, she really really wanted to get back together with Paul.

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Leslie Lindsay
Feb 01, 2013 Leslie Lindsay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
KEEPER OF THE LIGHT may be my third or fourth book I've read of Diane Chamberlain--and she is definitely ranking up there as one of my favorite authors!

This book was originally published in 1992 and re-released in 2011 (perhaps by a different publisher, but I couldn't be certain). Don't let the first pub date steer you away. It does not come across as dated. Okay, two exceptions that come to mind: 1) At one point, a male character is wearing "stone-washed" jeans. 2) Lack of cell phones (the doc
This book was a waste of my time and money, which is too bad because I had gotten into it for the first quarter or so. The story line about Annie could have been all it was-- and it would have been a great book. The extra drama, such as the promotion storyline, was pointless and obvious to the reader and as I later was, the 'skimmer'. It didn't make me think the characters related to one another any better or more convincingly because of the story line as it was such a cookie cutter idea. As to ...more
Jo Barton
Jul 09, 2012 Jo Barton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Emergency room physician, Olivia Simon puts her reputation on the line when she attempts to save the life of gunshot victim, Annie O'Neill - little does she know that this very action to save a life may well cause her own downfall.

Diane Chamberlain has created story of love , lies and deceit, which threaten the very fabric of lives and which will tear away all hope of redemption, leaving behind shattered lives, broken dreams and broken promises.

Beautifully, and emotionally written from the very
May 12, 2012 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm looking forward to reading this. I have read Kiss River before, and had picked up Her Mother's Shadow at the library not realising that they were part of the same trilogy, so I put Her Mother's Shadow aside, and ordered Keeper of the Light and Kiss River from the library so I could read them all together. Something tells me I'm going to be doing a lot of reading in the coming week or so :D

I finished this book within 2 days, as it was so good. I can't wait to read Kiss River again next, as it
Apr 13, 2016 Amy rated it really liked it
I loved Keeper of the Light. It is a stpory about love, loss, betrayal, forgiveness and starting over. There are 4 main charachters: Annie, Alec, Paul and Olivia. These characters lives are deeply weaved.
Annie caused so much pain to everyone even though she is dead. Lacey is Annie and Alec daughter who is doing anything and everything to get attention, Clay who is Annie and Alec's son and ignores everything that is going on. Alec, a father and husband who completely shuts down. Paul who is in l
Linda Munro
Apr 11, 2011 Linda Munro rated it it was amazing
I was excited when I won this book on goodreads; the synopsis sounded awesome, then the book arrived and I noticed the Harlequin symbol on the back cover and wondered how I would ever manage to read the book. The old cliche ' don't judge a book by its cover' is totally appropriate with 'Keeper of the Light.'

My mother would have loved this book; it definatly proved her saying: 'a single lie can create an avalanche.' Unlike the mysteries which I adore; this book keeps you wondering not who did it,
Jan 21, 2012 Ann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A typical, good book from Chamberlain. From what I understand, this is an older novel that has been re-released since the third book in the trilogy is now out. It reads like it's an earlier work of hers. I think her stories and writing have gotten better since this. I found the obsession the characters had with Annie a little far-fetched which, to me, made this seem more like a romance novel than just regular fiction. I have the second book in the series, Kiss River, and will read that next. I w ...more
Jessica Ashe
Nov 10, 2014 Jessica Ashe rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-books
This book is very difficult to write a review for. I wasn't completely captivated by the writing, but it did get more interesting as you progressed to about 50%. Very difficult topic to read.

I did quite enjoy the plot twist. You really never really know what is going on with someone behind closed doors. Everyone faces their own demons and sometimes, the people you think are the happiest and most content with their lives are the same ones who are struggling the most.
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Sisterhood of the...: September 2014: Keeper of the Light by Diane Chamberlain 10 14 Sep 05, 2014 12:13PM  
  • The Things We Never Said
  • Summer Daydreams
  • Watch Over Me
  • The Four Seasons
  • The Son-in-Law
  • Life Without Summer
  • A Sister's Gift
  • Losing You
  • The Flavours of Love
  • Prayers and Lies
  • Cottonwood Whispers
  • Do Me No Harm
  • Split Second
  • Missing You
  • Hurry Up and Wait
  • Song of the Skylark
  • A Piece of Heaven
  • Red
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)
  • Kiss River (Kiss River #2)
  • Her Mother's Shadow (Kiss River #3)

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