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The Stolen Marriage

Narrated by: Susan Bennett
Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
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The Stolen Marriage is a compelling audiobook from Diane Chamberlain, the best-selling author of The Silent Sister, Pretending to Dance and The Midwife's Confession.

In 1944, 23-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. Hickory is a small town struggling with racial tension and the hardships imposed by World War II. Tess' 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 realizes she's trapped in a strange and loveless marriage with no way out.

The people of Hickory love and respect Henry and see Tess as an outsider, treating her with suspicion and disdain, especially after one of the town's prominent citizens dies in a terrible accident and Tess is blamed for the death. Tess suspects people are talking about her, plotting behind her back and following her as she walks around town. What does everyone know about Henry that she does not? Feeling alone and adrift in a hostile town, Tess turns to the one person who seems to understand her - a local medium who gives her hope but seems to know more than he's letting on.

When a sudden polio epidemic strikes the town, taking the lives of some of its children, including a boy well known to the Kraft family, the townspeople band together to build a polio hospital in less than three days. Tess, who has a nursing degree, bucks Henry's wishes and begins to work at the hospital, finding meaning in nursing the young victims. Yet at home, Henry's actions grow more baffling and alarming by the day. As Tess works to save the lives of her patients, can she untangle her husband's mysterious behaviour and save her own life?

©2017 Diane Chamberlain (P)2017 Macmillan Digital Audio

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loved it

loved it. kept you guessing tbe next step and turn the story would take each time.

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  • Maggy
  • 12-10-2018

Could not stop listening

I did guess the ending, but loved the story. Something a bit different. Now what is my next listen to .

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  • Louise
  • 25-09-2018

Completely threw me. Loved it!

Bought this book as a trial of a new author and to try a different genre from Crime & Thrillers. Didn’t know what to expect as I’m quite picky on narrators, but I loved it. Had everything in it you could want in a story and had me gripped to the very end. Lovely narration too. Quite sad I’ve finished it.

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  • K. Sewell
  • 18-06-2019

Compelling heart candy

I kept listening, all the while aware that perhaps this was not high literature. I didn't care, the story was great. A tad unbelievable, a bit syrupy in places. The heroine was too goody goody, and sometimes I wanted to give her a kick up the backside for being pathetic, but you couldn't help rooting for her.
It was my first book by this author and I just know I will read more of them.

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  • CMH
  • 19-08-2018

Worth a listen

As deal of the day i bought this. it was not my usual preferred genre but a most enjoyable listen. Covered some difficult subjects in a compassionate manner. I’m pleased I bought it & recommend this, a partially factual book.

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  • Melanie Preston Lewis
  • 14-07-2019

Glorious

Isn't it a joy when not only do you thoroughly enjoy listening to an audio book but you also learn new things and it makes you thankful for the freedoms and privileges we enjoy today? I tend to forget the social hardships our ancestors suffered during earlier periods in history. It was so paradoxical, the empathy and the esteem in which I held Tess to then listen to her talking about 'coloureds' and having a separate 'coloured' ward in the hospital. How was that ever considered OK? It baffles me and shames me. The building of the polio hospital in Hickory was remarkable, even more so when you discover, at the end of the book, that it actually happened. What an achievement! The story sweeps you up and takes you along for a gentle ride of heartache and disappointment. Tess evolves like a chrysalis to a butterfly and I felt privileged to watch this fictional character grow in strength. A thoroughly excellent listen that I recommend to all.

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  • Janet leslie
  • 03-07-2019

fabulous

loved this book. A great story, super characters and a well researched and insightful telling of the way in which polio was tackled in Hickory. Could not wait to listen any spare moment i had. well worth a credit . very well read .

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  • Smonty64
  • 25-06-2019

Interesting story, not at all what I was expecting

Really enjoyed this book, great story very insightful
well written and excellent narrator loved it

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  • Jules
  • 18-06-2019

Very Enjoyable

Good story with excellent narration. Perhaps a little tidy at the end, I would have preferred it if they'd set off and left us to wonder, but it didn't spoil it. An easy holiday listen.

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  • James
  • 13-06-2019

A Definite Binge Listen !

Fascinating and insightful examination of 1940’s society through the development of both character and plot. The scrutiny of race and segregation was subtle and reflective.
The war featured on the periphery whilst the pervasive domestic enemy of Polio stalked the home front.

In all a well researched and gently expanded exploration and account of the prejudices of the era.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-04-2019

Interesting and capturing read

Listening to this storyline compelled you to want to know how it ends from the moment you start the read. When it finally does end, you want more.