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Summer's Child

Summer's Child [Kindle Edition]

Diane Chamberlain
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Early on the morning of her eleventh birthday, Daria Cato found an unexpected gift - an abandoned baby. Unable to leave the child unclaimed, the Cato family adopt Shelly, but the secrets of her birth continue to haunt Daria.

Twenty years later, an old friend of Daria’s, Rory Taylor, returns to his hometown – and something precarious shifts in the community. For Rory will stop at nothing to uncover the mysteries of Shelly’s birth.

As closely guarded secrets and sins begin to unravel, piece by piece the mystery of the summer’s child is about to be exposed. A mystery no one involved is prepared to face.

A chance to uncover the secrets of her past.

A truth that will change her future forever.

Praise for Diane Chamberlain

‘Fans of Jodi Picoult will delight in this finely tuned family drama, with beautifully drawn characters and a string of twists that will keep you guessing right up to the end.' - Stylist

‘A marvellously gifted author. Every book she writes is a gem’ - Literary Times

’Essential reading for Jodi Picoult fans’ - Daily Mail

’So full of unexpected twists you'll find yourself wanting to finish it in one sitting. Fans of Jodi Picoult's style will love how Diane Chamberlain writes.’ - Candis


Twenty years after finding an abandoned baby who is adopted by her loving family, Daria is forced to cope with dark secrets from the past, when her old friend, Rory, now a television producer, returns home and begins to investigate the mystery of her adoptive sister's birth. Original.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2325 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0778328414
  • Publisher: MIRA (4 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (820 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #124 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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72 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and Beautifully Written 10 Nov 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
What an enjoyable story. A lovely read mostly based around one family and the mystery of a newborn baby found on the beach. Each female character could have been the mother and when you think you've finally got it sussed the true mother speaks up to give a surprising end. I've read a few books by Diane Chamberlain and I have thoroughly enjoyed all of them although for some reason they seem to be difficult to get hold of in England. She is a warm, loving and sympathetic writer and her stories reflect this.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Up to her usual standard 21 July 2014
By David H J Ashdown TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Another excellent mystery by Diane Chamberlain where an eleven year old girl finds a new born baby abandoned on the beach in front of the holiday cottage they're staying in and no-one seems to be able to find who had given birth to her. Fast forward twenty two years and the child , adopted by her parents, is still living with the girl in the same cottage and the mystery of her birth still hasn't been solved when the presenter of a program that investigates similar mysteries is contacted by the girl to try and find her birth mother. The presenter also happened to be one of the children who was holidaying at the same place when she was abandoned so he has a vested interest in the case. Plenty of red herrings and false leads make this a book the grabs you from the start and I doubt you'll guess the final outcome - Excellent mystery and brilliant ending.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars On reflection, this made me uneasy 25 July 2014
By Dips
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I am a big fan of Diane Chamberlain, and enjoy her easy-reading style of writing. However, I feel that this book does not quite live up to her usual standards, with some quite unbelievable plot twists. More importantly, though, I feel that the book glosses over what ultimately was a case of child abuse. By my reckoning, one of the parents must have just 13 years old at the time of conception, well below the age of consent, whilst the other was above the age of consent. That does not sit comfortably with me, and it seemed to be dismissed in a glib manner, which is not what I associate with this author. However, I must be alone with in my worries on this score as it doesn't seem to have been raised as a concern by anyone else.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good read 28 Mar 2014
I have a huge soft spot for Diane Chamberlain’s books and I have to say that this is my favourite read of hers so far. I love books that are family orientated with a dash of mystery and romance and I especially like how the author combines all of these factors to produce something that is so enjoyable to read, yet all feels so natural – the romance element never feels as if it is “tacked onto” the main part of the story.

Twenty two years ago, eleven year old Daria found a baby on the beach, Shelly, who was adopted by her family and brought up as one of their own. Now, Shelly has contacted old neighbour, Rory Taylor, presenter of True Life Stories, and asked him to investigate on her behalf, and see if he can find out who her mother was. Rory returns to do just this, but it seems that not everyone wants him to get to the bottom of things.

It is a really good read that you can get lost in, a saga that flows off the page with characters that you really get to like and want everything to work out for them. Halfway through the read the penny drops and you begin to start piecing the puzzle of Shelly’s birth together but, even then, the author still has some surprises up her sleeve at the end of the book. It is a story of family, love, passion and drama and there are some long hidden secrets that emerge throughout the book. A fantastic read.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this fabulous author! 27 Aug 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
FAO 'Judy Blume' I am such a geek, I emailed Diane Chamberlain to ask her why I can't get hold of these books in Ireland. She, or her agent, sent an email back almost immediately to say that there were plans to start rolling out her novels in GB and Ireland early next year. Hooray! I have been ordering them second hand from America and paying the postage. Still works out at 7 so no more than a new book from a book shop. I'd rather a tatty copy I KNOW will be good. DC is a great writer, really enjoyed summer's child by the way. I'm going to order breaking the silence right now.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Enchanting Story 1 May 2014
By Aurora TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I am a huge fan of Diane Chamberlain's story telling and could go over the top with the superlatives for this story. I am not sure what is more enchanting, the characters Ms Chamberlain creates or her descriptions of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Those descriptions have led me to looking at the islands on Google Earth and I am even more smitten by the place, and have extracted a half promise from my husband that we will visit one day - I am still working on the rest of it!
The story is a simple one, beautifully told but with many facets, all of which gleam enticingly. Although the clues are there right from the start, the outcome is never inevitable, but having read all of Diane Chamberlain's Kindle books, I should have known better than to fall for the illusion of truth which she lays before us. I did pick up on the clues but fell for the skilful misdirection which led me away from what would have curtailed the story. I loved the individuality of the characters, even the one I disliked.
Like all of this author's work, the story will stay with you for a long time after you have finished reading it, and at the point when you do finish it, you will feel bereft that it is over. I am eagerly looking forward to more from her, and hope it will not be too long before there is another book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
it was quiet a good book
Published 3 hours ago by Barbara Hitchell
4.0 out of 5 stars ... summer holiday read and for that purpose it was great. Easy to...
I brought this as a summer holiday read and for that purpose it was great. Easy to read and interesting (also a cheap Kindle purchase!). Read more
Published 7 hours ago by SarahAzul
5.0 out of 5 stars t put it down and enjoyed predicting the outcome
Lynn couldn,t put it down and enjoyed predicting the outcome.
Published 9 hours ago by Derek Harding
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read, could barely put it down
Excellent read, could barely put it down! Lots of different twists and surprises meaning it was very difficult to predict the ending! Read more
Published 9 hours ago by Rachel Sharrock
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Not as good as the other books read by same author.Plot a bit unbelievable and messy. Also kill devil hills was mentioned so many times it got annoying, couldn't,t she have just... Read more
Published 17 hours ago by Mrs Elizabeth Jean Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read, I looked forward to reading a bit ...
Fantastic read ,I looked forward to reading a bit more each day.A complex story with a grat finish.Hoppy
Published 17 hours ago by Helen Gore
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Kept me guessing and I liked the characters.
Published 20 hours ago by LHC
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great summer read - recommended
Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A good read
Published 1 day ago by Madeleine taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars A page turner
I have read several books by Diane Chamberlain and they never disappoint.
The book is beautifully written in a picturesque beach setting which provides the perfect backdrop... Read more
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