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Steeped in history and filled with heart-wrenching twists, The Stolen Marriage is an emotionally captivating novel of secrets, betrayals, prejudice, and forgiveness. It showcases Diane Chamberlain at the top of her talent.

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
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Hardcover, 384 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by St. Martin's Press
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Rebecca Also, it seems like a plot prop since they were in love with other people. It just doesn't seem like it would have happened at all.

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Elyse
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5+++++ STARS!!!!!

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
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Deanna
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing


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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
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Paromjit
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is wonderful and compelling historical fiction by Diane Chamberlain set in the 1940s. Tess and Vincent have grown up in the same neighbourhood of Baltimore, Maryland. They are engaged, madly in love and their families are over the moon. Vincent has just qualified as a medical doctor, and Tess is in the process of becoming a registered nurse. A medical emergency in Chicago has Vincent volunteering his help, promising Tess that he will return soon. He stays away longer than expected, making T ...more
Carol
5+.+.+.+.+.+.+ WONDERFUL ENGROSSING UNPUTDOWNABLE STARS!

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

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Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it

Blurb

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
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Christine
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Christine by: Net Galley invitation from publisher
4.5 stars (rounded to 5 stars)

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
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Diane S ☔
Sep 25, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 I am not going to rehash the summary of the plot for this book, you can read that on your own. This was another sisters read and my review is just what I wrote as my final analysis on the sisters thread for final thoughts. The year is 1944, and takes place for the most part in Hickory, South Carolina.

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
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Linda
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
"You are in way over your head," she said.

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
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Julie
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain is a 2017 St. Martin’s Press publication.

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
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Angela M
Oct 06, 2017 rated it liked it
I loved Necessary Lies, the first book by Diane Chamberlain that I read. I have mixed feelings about this one even though she reflects on some important issues of the time she writes about. A view of the polio epidemic in the 1940’s was definitely informative. The historical significance and sadness over forbidden inter racial relationships that were not only unacceptable but unlawful in the South in the 1940’s is depicted. The problem was that I just wasn’t captivated by the story until I was o ...more
Karen
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This novel starts with a young couple in Little Italy, Baltimore, Maryland in 1943, who have grown up together and are engaged. A situation happens, and then the story moves to Hickory, North Carolina, 1944 during the years when polio was first being treated. A really good historical novel!
This was a real page turner! Secrets abounding!

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the ARC!
Brenda - Traveling Sister
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up

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.
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads, arcs
Thanks to Goodreads, the author, and the publisher, for the complimentary copy of The Stolen Marriage on sale 10/3/17. I was ecstatic to win an early copy of this book! 🎉

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
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Dem
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow ! Diane Chamberlain has a talent stirring for up a cauldron of emotions in her novels and her latest The Stolen Marriage is certainly a Story that will give many readers lots to discuss with its tightly woven and highly engaging and at times controversial storyline and I highly recommend this one for book clubs as there is lots here to make for a fantastic discussion.

In 1944, twenty-three-year-old Tess DeMello abruptly ends her engagement to the love of her life when she marries a mysteriou
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Sarah Joint
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm rating this one a 4.5 rounded up to a 5! I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I don't read historical fiction often, and usually books with heavy drama are an automatic pass for me. Diane Chamberlain apparently just does it incredibly well. Some parts of the book are slower than others, but it never lost my attention. I didn't have a lot of reading time once I started it, but couldn't wait to dive back in. The author very clearly does a lot of research about what she writes about ...more
*TANYA*
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow!!! This book dealt with a lot of taboo subjects for the times, it’s based on historical events, very well written. The plot was captivating. This book had everything!!!
Holly  B
3.5

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
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Mackey St

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
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Zoe
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Poignant, candid, and insightful!

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
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
3.75 stars. The Stolen Marriage is historical fiction with a mystery/romance element, set in North Carolina during WWII. In Brooklyn, 1944, Tess DeMello is deeply in love with her fiancé Vincent, a doctor working out of town. But Vincent keeps extending his trip and Tess is getting perturbed, so one weekend she and her bestie Gina take an overnight trip to New York City to see the sights.

They go out to dinner with a couple of guys staying at the same place, Tess drinks far too much, and she and
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Esil
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 stars. It's so hard for me to rate this book. I found it had glaring flaws and yet I ripped right through most of it today. I think that tends to be my relationship with Diane Chamberlain's books. Set during WWII, the story focuses on Tess, who lives in Baltimore and is all set to become a nurse and marry her childhood sweetheart. Through events that I won't recount to avoid spoilers, her life is set off course and she finds herself in Hickory, North Carolina, in a loveless marriage with som ...more
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
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4.5 stars
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
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Pauline
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Diane Chamberlain is one of my favourite authors and I was delighted to receive a copy of The Stolen Marriage. I really love this book set in America during the Second World War. Tess a newly qualified nurse goes for a weekend away with her friend, after a few drinks too many she makes a mistake that alters the course of her life.
An excellent historical novel. I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
Jan
Oct 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, netgalley
The dreaded 3 star curse is still with me ☹

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
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Jennifer
★★★★
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
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Debra
Jul 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I received this book in exchange for an honest review from St. Martin's Press and NetGalley.

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
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Wendy
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Diane Chamberlain is a gifted storyteller. Her writing keeps you on your toes, turning the pages, to find out what happens next. She effortlessly breathes life into the time period, setting and characters.
The Stolen Marriage is a well-written and well-researched novel.
We are transported back to 1944 when 23 year old nursing student, Tess DeMello, suddenly ends her engagement to the love of her life, leaves her home in Little Italy and marries a mysterious stranger. Tess's new husband, Henry Kraf
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Sally Hepworth
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Best book I’ve read in ages.
Erin
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fiction-contemporary-historical
Shelves: netgalley, kindle
Thanks to NetGalley for an uncorrected proof of this book in exchange for an honest review

Diane Chamberlain hits pure gold in her upcoming release that is sure to be a bestseller. At the forefront of our story is Italian-American Tess DeMello, living in Baltimore, a nursing student, Tess is engaged to her childhood friend, Vincent, a doctor that hopes to work in pediatrics and find a way to alleviate the polio epidemic. Vincent is sent to Chicago to continue his work and while away, Tess and h
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Diane Chamberlain is the New York Times, USA Today and Sunday Times bestselling author of 25 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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“Do you love him? I shook my head. “I love you,” I said, before I could stop myself. He looked away from me. “A little too late for that, isn’t it,” he said, and I winced, wishing I’d kept my feelings to myself.” 2 likes
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