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Keeper of the Light (Kiss River #1)

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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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♥ 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...more
Denise
Aug 25, 2008 Denise rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Jodi Picoult fans
Recommended to Denise by: Readers at Diane's blog: www.dianechamberlain.com
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.
Sharon
What an amazing story! For the most part, the characters are well aware of how amazingly intertwined their stories are. It turns out that even they are not completely aware of the cause or the implications. It's so easy to feel compassion for the main character Olivia. I couldn't put the book down - I just had to find out if everything would turn out for her!
Sharon A.
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...more
Darby
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.
Lainy
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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...more
Ann
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
Gina
Jul 17, 2011 Gina rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
Phoebe
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
Leslie Lindsay
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...more
Jo at Jaffareadstoo
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...more
Sandra
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...more
Amy
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...more
Linda Munro
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,...more
Ann
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
Judy Collins
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...more
Ellen Tristram
I could almost cut and paste my review for the last Dianne Chamberlain that I read here, and just change the title. Basically? An okay read, but nothing massively special, and the ending was too perfect. Also, the constant comparisons to Jodi Picoult do not do Chamberlain any favours.

So, what was different about this book? What can I pick out to focus on? I found the character of Annie difficult to believe in - we only saw her legacy, and memories of her, rather than her in the flesh, but it wa...more
B Ware
5/9/14. Ok book by this author, I've read others that I liked. Woman ER doctor saves the life of a woman who she finds out her husband is in love I what. She dies and her husband is so distraught he leaves his wife. She thinks it was a platonic relationship he is obsessed with. She becomes acquainted and friends with the widower, still hoping husband will come back.

All takes place in a small town in the outer banks of SC and a lighthouse is involved in the story lines. Eventually we find that h...more
Carol
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!
Donna Irwin
An amazing rollercoaster of a read - the build up of the story with all its revelations was just so well done - some hinted at, some totally unexpected. Brilliant stuff - my favourite Diane Chamberlain yet!
Cant wait for the next in the trilogy to be released for Kindle!
Lindsey Lang
loved it, another great read!!! this one was on par w/the secret life of cee cee wilkes!!! i think it's official, i'm going to have to add chamberlain to my fav authors and start looking for more!! =) this is another one i'd highly recommend!!
Kathy Sandlin
Diane Chamberlain is always a good solid read for me. I had a little trouble getting into this one but once I did I couldn't put it down. There were more twists and turns in this one than in most. I am looking forward to the next one in the series.
Darla Stokes
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...more
Cheryl
Okay, so the only thing that kept me from giving this 5 stars is the thought that I have not read any true classics lately and I somehow hesitate to give this the same rating as those worthier pieces of literature. On a scale of 1 to 5 for sheer readability and "I just couldn't put it down", however, this book is definitely a 5.

A GREAT chick lit, beach read, summer read - - - -whatever you want to call it - - Chamberlain's story of three adults struggling with their pasts and how those struggle...more
Mary
loved this book took me bit long read due to circumstances. fantastic story and characters cant wait on follow up
Denise
I absolutely loved these characters, as well as the secrets revealed in the end. Highly recommended!
Jessi
I really liked this book. Some. Of the love triangle was rather unbelievable but it still was a good read. I've always liked her books and will continue to look for more. Her newer publications are better but this did not disappoint.

When I bought this on my kindle, I didn't realize it was set in 1991 or published in 1992, so for the first few chapters u was very confused why no one had a cell phone, etc which made the story a little unbelievable but as I realized I was reading a book set 20+ ye...more
Erin
While I enjoyed the story line, there were a couple of scenes I would have preferred not to read.
Jessie
"Keeper of the Light", by Diane Chamberlain is about an E.R. doctor, Olivia, who is working on the night a local artist, Annie, is brought in for a gunshot wound to the chest. Annie doesn't survive, and after her death, Olivia discovers that her own husband had an infatuation with Annie. Olivia's husband Paul leaves her so he can deal with his grief, but he becomes more obsessed with Annie. Olivia decides that the only way to win her husband back is to try to become more like Annie. In the proce...more
Meridith
too much sex, and it seemed like a soap opera
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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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