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Publisher's Summary

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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Anne
  • 27-11-2018

Good story and narration

Loved this book, brought the atmosphere of the time it is set strongly to life, and Susan Bennett's narration is excellent, her Yankee drawl for Henry's voice brilliant..well done Diane Chamberlain will definitely be listening to more of your audio books!

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  • Mrs. J. Jarvis
  • 25-11-2018

Excellent story and great narrator

I think this is one of the best books I have listened to on Audible. The story was excellent, and the history very interesting. What a time for people to live through. The narration was also very good so I would thoroughly recommend this to anyone who enjoys this type of book.

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  • R A Holly
  • 20-11-2018

Great read with a really good story

Loved this book and ending with all the twists and turns. The main character was great and really felt for her and the way it was written kept you interested. Narrator was great.

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  • Judy Lovelock
  • 08-11-2018

You have to give this a listen

To think that this is a true story is amazing,so very well narrated,it takes you right back to that time,and how hard it was to survive, I could feel all the frustration and heart break that was going on, thanks for a great story, another bit of history that I didn't know about

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  • Jill Forsey
  • 30-10-2018

Wonderful

Could not put it down , finished in two sittings
Real people real situations
Can’t wait to read more of Diane chamberlain work

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  • becci
  • 17-10-2018

love

I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook, Diane Chamberlain has been a favourite of mine for some years but I haven't read one for some time and this did not disappoint and has only served to lure me back to her more recent material.

I also enjoy Susan Bennett's performance of this book

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  • J
  • 14-10-2018

Thanks to the Daily Deal I found this book

I find the Daily Deal is a great way to discover books and authors I wouldn't usually even know about and therefore when The Stolen Marriage was offered at such a bargain price I gave it a try and I'm so pleased I did. I've already recommended the book to friends and I'm recommending it to you too - give it a try and see if you're also pleasantly surprised how much you enjoy it.

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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 .