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Reflection
     

Reflection

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by Diane Chamberlain, Erin Bennett (Narrated by)
 

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Twenty years ago, a terrible tragedy shattered the tranquility of the small Pennsylvania Dutch town of Reflection. The residents of the village have never forgiven the one woman they blamed for what happened-Rachel Huber. After the incident, Rachel left the town and cut off all ties there. But when Rachel receives the news that her estranged grandmother, Helen, is ill

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Twenty years ago, a terrible tragedy shattered the tranquility of the small Pennsylvania Dutch town of Reflection. The residents of the village have never forgiven the one woman they blamed for what happened-Rachel Huber. After the incident, Rachel left the town and cut off all ties there. But when Rachel receives the news that her estranged grandmother, Helen, is ill and needs her care, she returns to Reflection. On arrival she discovers that the town has not forgotten the past, and, amongst the hostility and gossip, Rachel is forced to seek out old allies and new passions. Soon she finds an unlikely advocate in her grandmother, who surprises her with her wise counsel and rare strength. Rachel comes to realize that they are both trying to overcome the past, and in doing so brings private guilt and concealed secrets into the light.

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"A fast-paced, engrossing read focusing on a delightful pair of characters." ---Kirkus
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The time-tested technique of withholding information works admirably in this fifth novel from Chamberlain (Brass Ring, 1994, etc.): a suspenseful (if somewhat unlikely) story of two women's attempts to come to terms with the past.

When Rachel Huber—teacher, mother, widow—learns that her grandmother Helen has fallen ill, she returns to her Pennsylvania hometown of Reflection and is forced to confront her demons head-on for the first time in 20 years. The tragedy that left ten of the town's children dead was not really Rachel's fault, but with few exceptions the locals shun her. One key exception is Michael Stoltz, minister of the Mennonite church, who along with Rachel and her dead husband Luke once formed an inseparable childhood trio. The story of how Rachel and Michael fell in love, and of how Luke lost his mind and eventually his life, has its roots in the Vietnam War, when Luke went off to battle while Rachel and Michael, then in the Peace Corps, went to the village in Africa where they both were stationed. Although Luke is now gone, there are complications aplenty as Rachel and Michael strive to consummate the love they've been repressing for decades: Michael's wife Katy is the respected town doctor; his son Jason gets beat up for his dad's association with the stigmatized Rachel Huber; and his ministry would be his first and hardest sacrifice if he ever left Katy for any woman, let alone Rachel. Meanwhile, Helen recovers her health but not her spirits; she, too, has been hiding a secret that only her husband Peter (a famous composer who died ten years ago) ever knew. When Rachel's college-age son Chris comes to Reflection for a visit, the truths emerge; what Helen and Rachel decide will surprise and thrill all but the most jaded readers.

A fast-paced, engrossing read focusing on a delightful pair of characters.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781494568825
Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
02/23/2016
Edition description:
MP3 - Unabridged CD
Sales rank:
1,297,266
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)

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Diane Chamberlain is the USA Today bestselling author of over twenty novels, including Pretending to Dance, The Silent Sister, and The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes. A RITA Award winner, she holds a master's degree in social work from San Diego State University. Diane lives in North Carolina.

Erin Bennett is an award-winning, Los Angeles-based voice actress whose passion for storytelling informs her love of narrating audiobooks. An AudioFile Earphones Award winner, she has recorded titles in a wide array of genres. Her voice-over work spans animation, radio plays for the BBC, video games, and commercials.

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Reflection 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read a ton of her books and this is the best one by far!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I took this book out at our local library, and it was so wonderfully written containing a great story line with many surprises that I want to purchase it. To my dismay, this book is no longer available, but I do encourage readers to check their library listing and read this book. Diane Chamberlain is a master mind on secrets with her characters, and surprise endings! The book is a real page turner! Read it in 2 days.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very inspiring story based in Pennsylvania Dutch country of friendship, love, loss, and forgiveness. Without giving away the story, Rachel returns to her hometown of Reflection after being away for over twenty years, due to a horrible tragedy to care for her grandmother. The town where she grew up with her best friends - Luke and Michael hold many memories; however, upon returning Rachel finds people are still angry with her and blame her for the tragedy which happened years earlier. Michael now, (unhappily married) and a minister of Mennonite church picks up his strong relationship with Rachel while they both try to save the land and town from new developments. The grandmother and the granddaughter have more in common than you may think. There are hidden secrets which will change the course of the future; however, to do so may affect many others. A well-written story combining three generations of families with the strength to overcome all obstacles. You will not want to put this book down, as this beautiful story will keep you engrossed with its secrets of the past- as truths unfold with loveable characters who find the strength and sacrifice their needs for the community within a quaint setting.
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A good book but not as good as Keeper of the Light. I would recommend it though..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book to read. I really enjoyed it. This book helps you realize that even if you didn't do anything wrong but someone very close to ou did then people can and will easily blame you because to them ou were also at fault!
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Keri Choat More than 1 year ago
I have read many of Diane Chamberlain's books. In my opnion, this is one of the best. Nice change of scenery from the last couple I have read.
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