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Secret Lives [Kindle Edition]

Diane Chamberlain
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Disillusioned actress Eden Riley leaves a life of Hollywood glamour and a broken marriage to return to her mother’s childhood home in rural Virginia. In search of answers about her mother, a famous children’s author who died when she was very young, she meets the handsome yet mysterious Ben Alexander, an archaeologist and friend of her Uncle. But Ben has his own demons, and a secret that threatens to destroy their newfound happiness. Now Eden must make a heart-breaking decision as she struggles to lay the ghosts of the past to rest and come to terms with her own future.

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Disillusioned actress Eden Riley leaves a life of Hollywood glamour, and a broken marriage, to return to her mother’s childhood home in rural Virginia. Eden is full of questions about her mother, a famous children’s author who died when Eden was very young. On her search for answers, Eden meets the handsome, yet mysterious, Ben Alexander, an archaeologist and friend of her uncle. But Ben has his own demons, and a secret that threatens to destroy their newfound happiness. Eden must make a heart-breaking decision, as she struggles to lay the ghosts of the past to rest and come to terms with her own future.

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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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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 14 Jan 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
What an amazing book!

The stories going on within the book are complex but riveting. You really feel for the characters and long to find out how things work out for them.

I thought the sections in the book written in the style of Eden's mothers journal entries were an inspired idea. It really helps with the flow of the book and fits seamlessly even though it is jumping between different times.

The twists are excellent and I found myself attached to the characters and felt their emotions. I couldn't put the book down, I was constantly waiting to see what new revelations were waiting for me. I have only discovered Diane Chamberlain's books in the last fortnight and this is the 3rd book of hers I have read. She now definately on my list of must read authors.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Courageous, multi-faceted and wonderfully human 12 Feb 2011
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There's a little introduction to this edition stating that the book is no longer in print, but thanks to the invention of downloadable books it's once more available. This shows how cut-throat and competitive the world of publishing is, because this is a beautifully written and highly accomplished story which deserves to be available to a wider audience.

It's written in a format which I always enjoy: a current third person narrative interspersed with a sub-plot written in the first person. All of the main characters keep their secrets and the gradual and sometimes painful revelations are what keep turning the pages. I'd guessed pretty early on a couple of these secrets, but I started to care so much about the characters that I wanted to find out how things would pan out for them. Of course, for one of them, the enigmatic and elusive Kate Swift, we know right from the start that she has died young and follow her daughter's attempts to understand her life and discover what happened. But we want so much for the past to be healed and an optimistic future for all involved.

Along the way, whilst carrying her own demons, Eden Riley meets and falls in love with a man who also has demons of his own. Ultimately, we learn that we are all victims of victims in some way.

The author very bravely - and fairly graphically - touches on the subject of child abuse. It's enough to make you feel deeply uncomfortable, but doesn't go too far.

It's all about a web of human relationships, each person carrying their own burden and intrinsically linking together. The only minor criticism I have is that as fully rounded and empathetic as Kate's character is, I find her unconvincing in the capacity of a successful children's book author. That is only a little niggle and doesn't detract from the story.

The ending ties things together very nicely, is happy and poignant in equal measures and I'm sure will stay with me for a long time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 22 July 2012
By Kat
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I am a fan of Diane Chamberlain anyway, and had already read most of her books. I bought this one because i was interested in her earlier work and how it was written, and i just wanted to read more by her to be honest!
I loved this book - Diane has the ability to get right to the heart of any issue, with her characters being so well portrayed while keeping a sense of suspence and mystery. This book was no exception -the characters are so well explored, particularly Eden and her Mum, who we get to know through her journal, the same as Eden does. At first she seems very unlikeable but then through the hjournal we are shown a new side to her, and i love stories written in two time frames so this one appealed to me, and was done brilliantly.
The one criticism i have is that i thought the back story of Ben was not as believable as it could have been; Without giving too much away, i thought that the fact that nobody believed his story and were so quick to condemn was maybe not true to reality. I half wish that his back story was different and not quite so traumatic.
Overall, this book is every bit as good as Chamberlains recent work - she has a great grasp of pshychology and human emotion and that shines through in this story. I will read it again and would recommend.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it 22 Jan 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
another great book, couldn't put it down. i spent a few nights staying up reading late in to the night. there is one part of the book that doesn't make easy reading but it is part of the story and was necessary in the story. I couldn't wait until another diary was brought out to read the back story. very enjoyable book
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book 10 Aug 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed this book and couldn't put it down once I started!
Really different from lost chick lit and a very touching story.
After reading this I went on to read more of chamberlain's books which were all excellent, although I think this one remains my favourite!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Secret Lives 10 Aug 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
O my goodness what a fantastic book. I could not put it down. So many complex stories going
on within the one book. Very well researched by the author. I feel as if I know the characters
and can feel their emotions.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down! 19 Jun 2011
By KerryA
Format:Kindle Edition
I wasn't sure if i would like this book since it was from 1991 and my experiences of reprinted books in the past have not been good. So far Diane Chamberlains have been the exception I read Reflection and really enjoyed it and i thought Secret Lives was brilliant i did not want to put it down, when i finished it i had a moment of sadness that i HAD finished it! Time to download my next Diane Chamberlain!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SECRET LIVES 11 May 2014
By Amanda TOP 500 REVIEWER
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When Eden was a child her mother Katherine, a famous author died. Now a successful actress and recently divorced with a daughter she decides to return to Virginia to research her mum's life as she wishes to play her in a film. Eden moves in with her uncle archaeologist Kyle and wife Louise, and is pleasantly surprised when her uncle presents her with a diary her mother had written from a child up to her death. Katherine was a troubled soul with a somewhat tragic life and as incidents unfold Eden feels quite disturbed by some of the revelations. She turns to Ben Alexander, a close friend and colleague of her uncle, and a man she is instantly attracted to. However he is a very sad man with a story of his own to tell and as their relationship deepens it also brings complications which threaten their future.
I cannot praise this novel highly enough. An excellent and emotive read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars waste of money for me
I just could not get into the book....
Published 2 days ago by Ally
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good one by Diane Chamberlain
A bit different to Diane Chamberlains usual writing, some paragraphs of a sexual nature, but thoroughly enjoyed the book as I have loved all of them. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Rickie
4.0 out of 5 stars Took me a while to get into this book. ...
Took me a while to get into this book. Started enjoying it about half way through to the end.
Published 7 days ago by denise
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant book liked the two linked stories between the mother and daughter
Published 11 days ago by susan procter
5.0 out of 5 stars well written story
A very enjoyable read. The plot was very intriguing. A real page turner like most of Chamberlain's books. Read and enjoy!
Published 18 days ago by Carmel Wynne
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
brilliant book a must read
Published 18 days ago by zara
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
Couldn't put down, Kate's diary and going back in time kept me turning the pages. Although I had half guessed Ben's unanswered question by the end.
Published 1 month ago by Rose
4.0 out of 5 stars much enjoyed
I think that Diane Chamberlain books are all very well written and most entertaining, including Secret Lives. Will certainly read
more of them.
Published 1 month ago by Barbara Gosling
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read
I love the writing style of this author. Diane cleverly describes her characters so you begin to really get to know them. Read more
Published 1 month ago by kareneaks
1.0 out of 5 stars Secret Lives by Diane Chamberlain
I just can't get enough Diane Chamberlain and so far have not been dissapointed in any of her books. Looking forward to the next.
Published 2 months ago by Caroline Lloyd
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