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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: MIRA (4 April 2014)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1848453078
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848453074
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (995 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,743 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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79 of 83 people found the following review helpful By A. Rose TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Nov 2006
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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David H J Ashdown TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 July 2014
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jolene on 6 Jun 2014
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This was what I thought it would be - a good pacey read with lots of plot, a bit of romance and some human drama. I enjoyed it, I liked the way you got a few different points of view, and I liked the setting so much I'd love to visit. So it did exactly what it said on the tin, basically. My only complaint is the way the ending was handled. I didn't appreciate the very sudden cut from the drama to an epilogue tying up all the loose ends, felt really cheated. But other than that. a good beach story which would make a good beach read. if only we had a beach here at home and some sunshine to go with it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Aurora TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 May 2014
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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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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By GreenElizabeth on 27 Aug 2009
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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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39 of 45 people found the following review helpful By ElaineG TOP 50 REVIEWER on 28 Mar 2014
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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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