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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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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79 of 83 people found the following review helpful
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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 1 May 2014
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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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
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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41 of 47 people found the following review helpful
TOP 100 REVIEWERon 28 March 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 5 July 2014
it took a couple of chapters before I really got hooked into this book. but once hooked it was hard to put down. Kept me in suspense until the near end who mother and father were.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 6 June 2014
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 5 July 2014
A great read that kept me guessing up to the end, plenty of action and excitement with believable characters with realistic personalities
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on 4 March 2012
During their teenage hood , Daria , her sister Chloé , her cousin , and the neighbors Rory , Linda , Cindy and others used to spend their summer holidays in Kill Devil Hills near the seaside.
One day, after a huge storm Daria,11 years old, found a newborn on the sea side on the morning. She brought her back home . Her parents took great care of her and adopted her as Shelly .
Twenty two years letter, Shelly, Daria and Chloé are still living at shanky house. Shelly who is suffering from seizures is a housekeeper at the local church ; Daria is a carpenter and Chloé is a teacher and a nun . Shelly is morally very fragile and Daria overprotects her.
Rory who works for the television (true life stories program) in California decides to go back to Kill Devil Hills for the summer with his son Jack .He is recently divorced .He has received a letter from Shelly asking him to find her parents again.
When Daria and Chloé knows why he is back they are very reluctant to see him again .
Grace, on her side, lives with her husband Eddie and has seen that Rory is back to found the parents of Shelly, and, Grace will try to enter in Shelly `s life . But why ?
Will Rory will succeed in finding the truth about this morning where this child has been left on the beach ? Will this secret will be discovered?
Will Shelly will find out who are her parents without being hurt ?
Why grace truly wants to intrude herself in Shelly's life ?

I really enjoyed seing the story going by and how Rory is investigating around the cul de sac where they all used to live . I also loved to see how Rory will take care of not hurting Shelly with his results and will promise Daria not to tell her if it will be hurtful
The book was easy and nice to read . I truly love the ending of the story quite unespected, but a lovely ending .

The character I enjoy the most was Shelly so fragile so openhearted to everyone . She tries to be kind with everyone and she knows everyone where she lived . She also meet the summer holidays residents .
My second favorite character Is Daria : she has taken care of Shelly since she found her and she lives with the necessity of Shelly life ; Shelly can't be living away from where she has been found so Daria sacrified her love life to stay with her sister ..
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 11 July 2010
I can't get enough of Diane Chamberlain's books. Summers child was a wonderful book the writing just flows so easily
I had this book on my mind days after I had read it. Diane Chamberlain has fantastic story lines and she makes me feel that I am a part of the story and not just reading it.The only bad thing about this book was that it had to end. Read this book you will love it.
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