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The Shadow Wife

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  4,365 Ratings  ·  416 Reviews
Joelle D'Angelo's best friend, Mara, is left with brain damage after she suffers an aneurysm giving birth to her son. Alone and grieving, Joelle turns to the only other person who understands her pain: her colleague—and Mara's husband—Liam. What starts out as comfort between friends gradually becomes something more…something undeniable.

Torn by guilt and the impossibility o

Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 23rd 2010 by Mira (first published January 1st 2002)
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Megan Tiscareno
Nov 09, 2010 Megan Tiscareno rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
I absolutely love the way that Diane Chamberlain often presents things that most people would be horrified or disgusted by (infidelity, murder, other illegal activities) and makes the characters so darn likeable that you can't help but not care about whatever bad decisions they make and fall in love with the story and understand them.

And this speaks true for Cypress Point. The novel was so beautifully told and intrinsically heartwarming that I could not put it down and even woke up much too ear
Jun 22, 2015 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
This is my first read of Diane Chamberlain & what an absorbing read set in 1967 in big Sur Liam & maras life changes forever as Mara is left with a brain aneurysm leaving her in a nursing home Joelle Diangelo brings in a healer Carlynn Shire to try & help Mara recover but things change i wont spoil the ending but it was a heart wrenching read & shows one mans love for his wife who he knows will never recover read this you will fall in love with the characters as i did
Nov 17, 2011 Dem rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I thought I lost this book today while I was at my dentist appointment and when I got home I realised it was not in my bag and I was sooooooooo happy........ yeah this is great! can start reading something I really want to read now as have been reading this novel for over a week and it is only 378 pages long, but the book turned up much to my dismay and I just had to finish it for once and for all.

Ok so obviously this was not the book for me and its time I leaned to stick with what I like. I rea
Mar 30, 2010 Jo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really different story than I expected. The sadness permeating the story was really strong. There were times I really wanted the characters to have some fun light moments. Overall a story with depth. Enjoyable. As usual, Chamberlain writes well and offers a great read.
Oct 12, 2014 Elaine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I do like Diane Chamberlain. I know that every time I open one of her books I am going to get a page turner with characters whose lives I can get really involved in, and this is no exception.

In 1967 at a commune on Big Sur, a visiting doctor, Carlynn Shire, saved the life of a new born baby girl. Now, they are going to be reunited in a story that twists and turns with so many different angles.

Joelle is a social worker and caught between a rock and a hard place. Her oldest, dearest friend Mara i
Camilla Whitright
Jun 07, 2010 Camilla Whitright rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always like her books. I've read they call the author the Jodi Picoult of the South, but I don't agree. She is very readable and very much her own author.
Aug 13, 2008 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really heartwarming and intriging book. Interesting concept with real life characters
Jul 12, 2011 Maggie61 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2011
I am reading more and more books by this author, many of which I had already owned and have been scattered in differnt places in my house. While I didn`t enjoy this one as much as `Midwife`s confession`that I had just previously read, I did still enjoy it.
Diane Chamberlain`s books are packed with emotion and bring the reader into that. There`s often deception, secrets, and stories behind the original storyline. I found myself liking the main characters and while I am not always fond of the jumpi
Judy Collins
Mar 04, 2013 Judy Collins rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of Diane Chamberlain as trying to get to all her older books. Loved this book, as Diane has a way of bringing a number of different stories into her novels, connecting characters, and moving back and forth seamlessly between generations and times, filling in the blanks, and always some exciting twists and turns, making it difficult to put it down. I loved the setting, the characters, and the way she tied similar circumstances between (Joelle/Liam/Mara) and (Lisbeth/Gabriel/Carlyn ...more
Rhonda Rae Baker
I'm saving my review for this novel after I've completed The Shadow Wife. It is such a deeply moving story that I can't get my throughts around all of it. Read it a month ago and then won a signed copy of the republished story. Now I'm diggin into the new version and will write my complete review under that title. Will post my reivew after I've read it again...maybe even again...this is that beautiful of a story! There are so many different and important messages in it! I would recommend it to e ...more
Jan 04, 2009 Ruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We discovered this author when we went into a bookstore in the Outer Banks. We were interested because the book that we picked up too place in the Outer Banks. Later, I happened to find two more of her books (hardcover) at Sam's Club and they were both only $4.38! The one I read was good so I figured I would buy these. My daughter borrowed and read this one and really enjoyed it so I think I will read this one next!

I have now completed this book and enjoyed it. The story held some surprises for
another great book by this author. I'm never disappointed by her books ever. there is always a bit of mystery to them, and an unexpected ending.

Cypress Point by Diane Chamberlain. Another great book by this author. I'm not sure how many others I've read in the past, but I always have such a great feeling after reading one of her books. The mystery to them, with out being a 'whodunit' I really like. I'm not fond of mysteries, but I do enjoy her style of writing.
May 22, 2009 Heidi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These books have become my guilty pleasure. They are just fun to read. This story was lovely, with a great twist at the end that I didn't see coming!
Jul 23, 2009 Teresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again i have loved a Diane Chamberlain book!! I have yet to read one that i didnt like.
Aug 06, 2008 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Diane Chamberlain and other fiction fans
Recommended to Denise by: Diane Chamberlain fans
Another terrific novel by Diane Chamberlain!
Jul 24, 2012 Denise rated it liked it
3.0 out of 5 stars - "Healing comes in many forms"

This novel explores the complex relationships of family, friends and lovers in a drama centered on a brain damaged woman's husband and best friend. While they are caring for their beloved mentally unaware Mara, Joelle and Liam find themselves in a familiar predicament.

There is another plot line going on that involves twins, one of whom has a gift for healing, and the narrative moves back and forth in point of view and time.

I have been a die hard
Dec 09, 2012 TamElaine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comfort-reads

I'm hiding this as a spoiler, not because I'm revealing anything from the plot, but because the knowledge of what I'm going to say could spoil the EXPERIENCE for let me first say that I would definitely recommend this book - and if you wish to read more, or if you've already read the book, here you go: (view spoiler)
Apr 08, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 3rd book by this author that I've read and I really enjoy how they are all similar but different.

They all seem to take place around a choice that was made that most people would disagree with on the surface but may come to change their mind and/or understand how difficult the decision was but how any other choice seemed impossible.

On the other hand, each book is presented differently. In the first book that I read (The Midwife's Confession), you know that there is a secret but you
Barbara Elsborg
Not for me. I have a feeling I'd like other books by this author but this was just okay. I liked the theme of the brain damaged wife, the dutiful friend and husband but I wasn't keen on the healing bit and felt very short changed by the way the ending - supposed twist - was introduced. I don't want to spoil it but why on earth would she agree to that?? For money for something that depended on the person who was no longer there? No - it didn't work for me. I didn't get emotionally invested in the ...more
Apr 22, 2011 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is now called 'The Forgotten Son' and was originally published in 2002 under the above title!

Really loved this book...the story of identical twins Lisbeth and Carlynn, interspersed with the tale of Joelle D'Angelo along with her best friend Mara and husband Liam, was an intriguing tale. Written in the current day with Joelle, then taking us back to the early lives of Lisbeth and Carlynn, and the connection between them all. The twists and turns of their lives, and the intimate connecti
Apr 25, 2010 Jodi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joelle's best friend is in permanent care due to a brain aneurysm during labor. Joelle is now pregnant by the husband of her best friend. Believing that what is best for everyone is have Mara healed, she contacts a well known healer, the woman who brought Joelle back to life. Carlynn agrees to help heal Mara knowing full well that Mara isn't the one in need of healing. What made this novel so interesting is that it was so much more than about mystical healing. It covered race relations, twin rel ...more
Michelle Sibley
Jun 09, 2016 Michelle Sibley rated it it was amazing
As usual this author has not disappointed me. I don't know how she does it but all her books are unputdownable. Highly recommend
Dec 26, 2015 Margaret rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Your best friend has suffered a devastating brain injury – she’s a shadow of her former self. Alone and grieving, you turn to the only other person who understands your pain. Her husband. What started out as comfort between friends has become something more... One illicit night of desperate, engulfing passion. When Joelle discovers she’s carrying Liam’s child she’s torn between grief and unexpected joy. But how can she share her secret? The perfect memory of Mara stands on a pedestal between the ...more
Jun 16, 2014 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good Diane Chamberlain book originally titled Cypress Point, The Shadow Wife is a re-release. This story about the moral dilemmas surrounding one's commitment to a brilliant woman who is now essentially brain dead due to a brain aneurysm is still well done. Her best friend and her husband must soldier on with their lives, and through sharing so much, eventually fall in love. Add a beautiful young toddler to the mix and then an impending birth due to a one-night stand, and you already hav ...more
Nov 15, 2009 Debbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a quick read (less than 2 days) and what I enjoyed the most were all the locations in the story. I have visited the area many times and the place names and descriptions were so familiar I could clearly picture where this was happening. That part was absolutely great. The story itself was good, but not much left to the imagination. I was hoping near the middle-to-end that I would be wrong and there would be some surprising twist, but there was not.
Feb 04, 2013 Gayle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have now read 3 books by Diane Chamberlain and have enjoyed each one tremendously although the subject matter is never light. They all seem to focus on relationships and how even those that may seem conventional will be put to the test. Diane Chamberlain is compared with Jodi Picoult but in my opinion she is better since she is not trying to shock the reader but rather present that life gives us many challenges. Definitely recommend this author!
Leslie Weber
Mar 18, 2016 Leslie Weber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
my copy of the book was called Shadow Wife. however I read this book when I was visiting the area it described and it described it so well that I actually went to visit a few of the places based on the books description.
Diane Chamberlain is a talented writer and this book displayed how the lines are not always clear between right and wrong. I love books that help me question what I think is a defined black and white. this book did that.
Mar 09, 2015 Ellie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 12, 2014 Terri rated it really liked it
I love Diane Chamberlain's books. I often read a few and then forget about her. I recently found 3 of her stories that I haven't read. This is one of them. Two very close female friends have gone through everything together, including Joelle finding the perfect man for Mara. Joelle just happens to work with the man who does marry Mara. All of them spend a lot of time together. When Mara becomes pregnant, something unsuspected but devastating occurs. Mara can not take care of her child so her hus ...more
Marguerite Kaye
Jul 07, 2015 Marguerite Kaye rated it liked it
I'm a big Diane Chamberlain fan, but you take a risk sometimes, reading older titles when you've read more recent ones, and this was a case in point. On the one hand, as a writer, it's reassuring to see that favourites like Ms Chamberlin started out not so good, but on the other, as a reader, you do notice how far she's come when you read her backlist sometimes.

I think the other problem I had with this was the story, which I guessed very early on. I love the way her plots twist and turn, but th
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Diane Chamberlain is the 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 sisters, and fr ...more
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