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Breaking the Silence (Love Inspired) Mass Market Paperback – 19 Mar 1999


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 411 pages
  • Publisher: Mira Books (19 Mar. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551664844
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551664842
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.8 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (270 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 910,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Award-winning author Diane Chamberlain, was born and raised in Plainfield, New Jersey, and attended Glassboro State University. She also lived for many years in both San Diego and northern Virginia, where she still resides.
Diane received her master's degree in clinical social work from San Diego State University.

Prior to her writing career, she was a medical social worker at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego and Children's Hospital in Washington, D.C. She also was a psychotherapist in private practice in Alexandria, Virginia., working primarily with adolescents. Diane's background in psychology and her work in hospitals has given her a keen interest in understanding the way people tick, as well as the background necessary to create real, living, breathing characters.

Several years ago, Diane was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, which has changed the way she works: she occasionally types using voice recognition software. She feels fortunate that her arthritis is not more severe and that she is able to enjoy everyday activities as well as keep up with a busy travel schedule.

When not writing, Diane enjoys fixing up her house, playing with her three-legged Bernese Mountain Dog, Bruin, getting together with her friends and grown stepdaughters, and singing with an interfaith gospel choir.

Diane is the author of the bestselling Midwife's Confession. Her new book Keeper of the Light is out in January 2012


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"Chamberlain deserves the highest praise for writing this emotionally compelling story of secrets and silence, love and lies." - Literary Times "The story offers relentless suspense and intriguing psychological insight (Chamberlain is a former psychotherapist) as well as a satisfying love story." - " --Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Diane is the award-winning author of 14 novels. Her background in psychology and work in hospitals has given her a keen interest in understanding the way people tick, as well as the background necessary to create real, living, breathing characters. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Lincs Reader TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Jan. 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
What a fabulous story! I was hooked from page one and found it hard to put this one down! Diane Chamberlain has written a riveting story, with likeable, believable characters and a plot that twists and turns on every page.

The story is about love, family, betrayal and relationships. Very cleverly, she has written the story in a dual-time narrative. The modern day tale of Laura and her electively mute daughter Emma, and how Laura tracks down Emma's real father in the hope that he can help her.

Sarah Tolley, the old woman who Laura's father asked her to look out for tells her story of working in 1950s psychiatric hospitals alongside - the stories of ECT, lobotomies and radical drug treatment is brutal and shocking, and the effects on Sarah and ultimately on Laura and Emma are heartbreaking.

An excellent read - highly recommended.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Judyblume on 5 Jun. 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I bought this book after reading Diane Chamberlain's "The Lost Daughter" which I absolutly loved. Breaking the Silence is not as good as The Lost Daughter but still a fantastic read. DC is gifted at creating likeable characters and her style of writing makes you want to turn the page to find out more.
This book has an outstandingly original story with enough twists to keep you reading. The ending is perfect and you dont feel let down when you have finshed the book, DC ties up all the loose ends.

I highly recommend this book, a great read.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By tigger on 10 Jan. 2011
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I had never heard of Diane Chamberlain prior to reading this book, which I randomly picked off the shelf. I absolutely loved it and couldn't put it down. I stayed up late and started reading early! In two days I had finished it!
I passed it onto a friend and she read it even quicker and also absolutely loved it. Would definitely recommend this book to anyone.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Dec. 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The hospital calls Laura Brandon to tell her that if she wants to say her good-byes to her dying father, she must come immediately. Her spouse Ray offers to accompany her, but Laura says she would rather he stay home with their child Emma. With his last breath, her father manages to get Laura to vow that she will look after Sarah Tolley, a resident of Meadow Wood Village. Though Laura agrees to his dying wish, she wonders who this Laura is.
When she informs her spouse about the strange request, he passionately pleads for her to not honor her deathbed promise. However, Laura feels she must visit Sarah. She returns home from seeing Laura, an alzheimer's victim, only to find Ray killed himself in front of Emma., Witnessing the horror of her father's suicide causes Emma to become mute. Clueless as to what to do for her beloved daughter, Laura turns to Emma's biological father, Dylan Gert, who is unaware that he sired a child, for help. Though angry at her for keeping Emma's birth a secret from him, Dylan tries to reach his little daughter. At the same time, Laura tries to learn what Sarah's link to her family really is?
BREAKING THE SILENCE is an incredible work of art that proves why Diane Chamberlain has won so many awards. The brilliant story line slowly simmers as the intrigue mounts until readers want to know the secrets. Ms. Chamberlain shows her deft skills by tantalizing while entertaining the audience before revealing the shocking truths. The characters form a wonderful cast and fans will be heartbroken over Emma's tragedy. This is a great novel by one of the best writers of relationship tales.

Harriet Klausner
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89 of 98 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 May 1999
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Breaking the Silence was such a good book, I spent my Saturday night reading until 1:30 a.m., got up again at 7 a.m. and started reading. I absolutly loved it!
When Laura's father is on his deathbed he asks her to take care of an elderly woman, whom Laura has never met or heard of. Knowing this is her father's last wish, Laura agrees. When she goes home to tell her husband what she agreed to, he is furious. Demands that she doesn't go. Because this is his last wish, Laura goes to visit Sarah Trolley. Upon her return home, she finds her husband has comitted suicide and her daughter witnessed it.
After the suicde Emma becomes mute. After bringing her to several physchologists, realizing that Emma is afraid of men, one talks Laura into contacting the man who is Emma's birth father.
Dylan never knew he had a daughter and when he first learns of her, he denies it. After Laura leaves a picture with him, he finally admits she is his daughter and wants to become part of her life.
Meanwhile, Laura is still meeting with Sarah Trolley and is discovering some incredible stories that Sarah is telling her. Stories of government cover ups and mind control. Determined to figure out the entire story, (and her father's relationship with Sarah) Laura becomes more and more involved.
This story has many, many twists and turns. The love story between Dylan and Laura is more in the background, but very well written.
I believe that any book that can keep me up all hours is worthy of a high recommendation!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JH on 26 Jan. 2011
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I really enjoyed this book and foundthe story very gripping. The character and love story of Sarah were very moving. But...I just didn't find Dylan's sudden interest in and devotion to Emma remotely believable. It seemed just too good to be true and ended up irritating me. This was the first book by this author that I had read, and maybe it is characteristic of her? But I would recommend it anyway.
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