The Stolen Marriage
One mistake, one fateful night, and Tess DeMello’s life is changed forever.
It is 1944. Pregnant, alone, and riddled with guilt, twenty-three-year-old Te ...more
This is the second time I've rated one of Diane Chamberlain's books
'more' than 5 stars!!!
I thought "Necessary Lies", was phenomenal!! I STILL DO!!!
Yet, "The Stolen Marriage" is absolutely my TOP FAVORITE. Diane Chamberlain
got everything right!!! This is fiction - and historical fiction - and storytelling --- at its BEST!!!
A DARN GOOD READ!!! Curl up and get comfy, because once you start reading--you'll get transported to another life - another time - with other people who ...more
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Diane Chamberlain is one of my favorite authors. So I was very excited to read “The Stolen Marriage”. I’m usually not a big fan of historical fiction novels but I always find that I am pulled in by whatever subject matter Ms. Chamberlain is writing about, and this time was no different.
The book opens in Baltimore, Maryland in August 1943. Tess DeMello is celebrating her twenty-third birthday and her fiancé, Vincent’s complet ...more
Loved it all....from the very first page of the enticing prologue straight through to the Author's Notes at the very end detailing her in-depth research that made the characters and history behind the town of Hickory come to life.
It's 1943 in Little Italy. Tess and Vincent have their whole lives planned out. He's a Doctor....She's a Nurse.....but all does not go as expected.....not by a long shot.
THE STOLEN MARRIAGE takes us from Maryland t...more
From perennial bestseller Diane Chamberlain, a compelling new novel
In 1944, twenty-three-year-old Tess DeMello abruptly ends her engagement to the love of her life when she marries a mysterious stranger and moves to Hickory, North Carolina, a small town struggling with racial tension and the hardships imposed by World War II. Tess’s new husband, Henry Kraft, is a secretive man who often stays out all night, hides money from his new wife, and shows no interest in making love. Tess quickly re ...more
This is my third Diane Chamberlain novel, and I have to say she writes fiction as well as anyone I’ve read. I could easily get in a rut and read several Chamberlain stories in a row. It’s been about a year since I read my last one; it won’t take nearly that long for me to read my next.
The story is set in the mid 1940s, first in Baltimore, then in the town of Hickory, North Carolina. Tess DeMello had a good thing going. She had a wonderful fiancé, a budding career, a ...more
I definitely think the last third of the novel was the best, we got to finally know the characters and what they are made of. Such different times, choices for women so limited. At least Henry p ...more
Pass the sweet tea and sit near the magnolias. That is an understatement.
Tess DeMello flipped the switch on a life she never bargained for. A promising future seems to dim by the minute as a shocking reality grabs her by the hand and won't let go. Too much alcohol, a tall pleasant looking stranger, and a darkened room line up as the very nails sealing her fate. It's 1943 in the Little Italy neighborhood in Baltimore. What follows is a broken engagement t ...more
Powerful and emotive-
The story is set in the 1940’s, and is centered around Tess DeMello, who lives in Little Italy, is engaged to Vincent, the love of her life, and hoping to become a nurse. But, when her fiancé leaves town for a while, Tess makes a mistake that effectively derailed all her plans, sending her life into a tailspin.
Trapped, and all alone after her break up with Vincent, Tess travels to Hickory, N ...more
This was a real page turner! Secrets abounding!
Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the ARC!
Traveling Sister Group Read with Diane, Sarah and Deanna
I read The Stolen Marriage with three of my Traveling sisters as a group read and we were split on how we felt about this book. Two sisters who don’t often read Historical fiction reached out and tried something a little different by reading this one and they ended up really enjoying this novel. With one of the sisters being a fan of Diane Chamberlain and for another sister and myself we had some concerns with this book. ...more
As I wrapped up reading, I went back and forth on a four or five star rating and decided it was an easy five for these reasons: when a book completely consumes my world (I read it in just a couple sittings), and I found myself transported to 1940s Hickory, North Carolina (just about an hour from where I live)...This book was pu ...more
In 1944, twenty-three-year-old Tess DeMello abruptly ends her engagement to the love of her life when she marries a mysteriou ...more
The story follows Tess DeMello who is a 23 year old girl living in Little Italy, Baltimore, MD. She has been madly in love with her boyfriend Vincent since they were teenagers. They are engaged to be married and their families are thrilled. Vincent has just completed his residency at John's Hopkins and now he is Dr. Vincent Russo M.D. and Tess is preparing to graduate from nursing school. They are both preparing for their happily-ever-after!
How does Tess suddenly end up in Hickory, North Caro ...more
Diane Chamberlain is a new author for me and I'm thrilled to have found her work! A Stolen Marriage is a well written historical fiction/romance novel that is heavy on the history and light on the romance which is exactly how I like these books.
Set during the 1940s, the story begins in the northeast but, due to a twist of fate, our heroine soon finds herself pregnant, married to the wrong man and on her way to his family home in the deep DEEP southern US. The war is raging overseas and at home ...more
They go out to dinner with a couple of guys staying at the same place, Tess drinks far too much, and she and ...more
The Stolen Marriage is predominantly set in North Carolina during WWII and is the story of Tess, a young woman who finds her life unexpectedly turned upside down after one night of irresponsibility and the choices and sacrifices she must then make to survive and ultimately find fulfillment, happiness, and unconditional love.
The writing is precise, captivating and fluid. The characters are multi-faceted, genuine, and endearing. And the plot is a sweeping saga file ...more
From the pages of history in North Carolina, during the war years and the turbulent times after, comes a new tale from bestselling author Diane Chamberlain. The Stolen Marriage is an emotionally arresting novel of lies, betrayal, loss, discrimination, love and life.
Twenty three year old nursing student Tess DeMello is the starring figure in Diane Chamberlain’s latest release, The Stolen Marriage. Tess is a young woman who has a perfect life all plan ...more
Predictable at every turn and cookie cutter characters made this another rough read for me, down to the 🍒 on top ending.
Chamberlain wants the reader to sympathize for the choices some of these characters had to make, based on the era they lived in. This fell flat to me though, as I didn't find the culture to be as volatile as it is typically portrayed in this time period regarding race, wedlock, slavery, and stature in the community. It was implied, but ...more
An excellent historical novel. I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
The Stolen Marriage was a heavily engaging read that I found very hard to put down. Diane Chamberlain again delivers fictional characters within a historical fiction storyline to showcase a very nonfiction event: In the summer of 1944, in Hickory, North Carolina, a makeshift emergency hospital was conceived and put into operation within an unbelievable timeframe of 54 hours by volunteers to treat an overflow of polio patients during an epidemic. (For more information on this event, search "M ...more
Tess DeMello, the protagonist in this novel, makes a mistake that will ultimately alter the course of her life ...more
I'll start by saying that I had really high hopes for this book. I really enjoyed Necessary Lies and was hoping this book would be just as good if not better. I struggled with this book. One thing I struggled with was that almost everyone is giving this book high ratings and I thought "Is it me?" but I realize that not every book is for everyone and what one person may feel that the book he/she is reading ...more
Thanks to Netgalley for the advanced copy!