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Cypress Point (STP - Mira) Mass Market Paperback – 21 Feb 2003

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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Mira Books; Reprint edition (21 Feb. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551666472
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551666471
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 11 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,327,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A deeply compelling and moving new novel from Chamberlain about the lives of two sisters following the murder of their parents."--Heat on The Lies We Told

"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 on The Bay at Midnight

"...a strong tale that deserves a comparison with Jodi Picoult..."--Lovereading.co.uk on The Lost Daughter --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Diane Chamberlain is the bestselling author of twenty novels, including The Midwife's Confession and The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes. Diane lives in North Carolina and is currently at work on her next novel. Visit her Web site at www.dianechamberlain.com and her blog at www.dianechamberlain.com/blog and her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Diane.Chamberlain.Readers.Page.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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This is a truly gripping story. Mara Sommers while giving birth to her son suffers an aneurysm leaving her brain dead. Mara's husband Liam and best friend Joelle are devastated, and in their grief they spend a furtive night together which results in Joelle falling pregnant.
We are taken back to the 60's to a commune where Joelle's parents were living and where she was born, after giving birth Joelle was not breathing and was pronounced dead, however there was a healer by the name of Carlynn Shire at the commune who miraculously saved her and whose story is very cleverly interweaved into this book.
Joelle not only full of guilt but wanting so much for her friend to recover finds and seeks help from Carlynn in the hope that she can cure Mara. We read of the complexity of a woman in love with the husband of her best friend, of Liam and his guilt over his night with Joelle, his struggle to bring up his baby boy, and his love for his wife who no longer seems to know or recognise him.
I was totally engrossed in this novel, have only just started reading books by Diane Chamberlain and love her style of writing.
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I think Diane Chamberlain tackles the subject of family and relationships brilliantly. This is the first of Diane's earlier books that I have read and although its not as gripping as her lastest ones I still thought this was a really good read. I think the previous reviewer covered the story quite well so I won't go into that but the characters are all lovely and really likeable and the relatinship between Joelle and Liam is written really sensitively.
I love the way the book jumps back in time so you get to read all about the healers life from when she was young and you follow her story all the way through the book.
This book touches on many subjects relationships between family and friends, love, grief, healing.
I would definately recommend this book to anyone who is just starting to read Diane Chamberlain or to anyone who likes Jodi Picoult because there are similarities between the authors in how they write.
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I have started reading this author and have only read two other novels by this author.This book was a delightful read, full of interesting charactors, and storyline. Would highly recommend this book, as a good holiday easy read book,
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mara sommers and joelle d'angelo have been best friends for years.theyhave shared everything, including the joy of mara's first pregnancy.butwhen something goes wrong during childbirth, mara is left severely braindamaged.alone and grieving, joelle turns to the one person who understandsher pain: mara's husband, liam. and what starts out as comfort betweenfriends gradually becomes something more.
mara needs more thanconventional medicine can offer.
torn by guilt and the impossibility of her feelings for liam, joelle seeksthe help from someone she's not even sure she believes in: healer carlynnshire. as joelle is guided down an unfamiliar path by a woman who isclearly keeping her own secrets, she discovers that while some love isdoomed, some love can overcome anything.
is it right for two people to fall in love while one person is technicallystill married, even though the other person doesn't know what is going onaround them?
liam and joelle have fallen in love, but won't admit it to each other,liam is still married - isn't he?
he feels guilty for his feelings,feels that he has betrayed his wife, even though he knows that his wifewill never recover enough to beocme a wife, lover and mother again.
this is what essentially this book is about, it's a nice read, with theadded bonus that you learn all about the healers life,but what starts outas nice interludes going back in time, for me became a chore to read,really because i enjoyed reading about joelle and liams story so much.thisstory touches a sensitive subject ans makes you wander what it must belike for people who have to go through what liam is.his wife still looksthe same, she smiles when she see's her huband, i mean she she seems happyto see him, but does she really know who he is, other than a friendlyface.
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I have read a couple of Diane Chamberlain's books and been a little disenchanted, swearing off buying more. However, I bought four in one go so I decided to give The Shadow Wife a go.

I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by how readable this one was. I think I finished it in two or three days. This book "time-hopped" and this is something I normally find confusing, but I was able to follow easily this time. I never had to flip back to remind myself what time I was in. I like the way the stories intertwined and the connection between all the characters.

There were a couple of things that bothered me. One is DC's insistence to include the token gay or gay couple in her stories and the way she CONSTANTLY refers to them as gay. If it's not such a big deal for her, as I'm sure she is intent on proving to everyone, then asserting they are gay ONCE will do.

The other is the way dialogue is handled. I was always taught that each new character speaking their lines of dialogue deserves their own paragraph. And for good reason. It was very confusing working out who was speaking and when.

The final thing I found to be a let down was that I'm sure DC was aiming for a twist and reveal, but for me it was soooo predictable, I worked it out very, very early on in the book.

Therefore, for me, this was a 3 star book. A good, quick read that doesn't require too much effort at all.
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