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Secret Lives
     

Secret Lives

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by Diane Chamberlain, Johanna Parker (Narrated by)
 

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Actress Eden Riley's decision to make a film about her mother plunges her into a shattering confrontation with her own past, irrevocably altering her life and the lives of those she loves. Her mother, Katherine Swift, was a renowned children's author who died when Eden was very young. Now Eden, recovering from a divorce and disillusioned with her glamorous

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Actress Eden Riley's decision to make a film about her mother plunges her into a shattering confrontation with her own past, irrevocably altering her life and the lives of those she loves. Her mother, Katherine Swift, was a renowned children's author who died when Eden was very young. Now Eden, recovering from a divorce and disillusioned with her glamorous life, returns to the childhood home of the mother she barely knew. She moves in with her uncle, archaeologist Kyle Swift, and his wife, Louise.

Eden gets more than she bargained for when Kyle gives her the journal her mother had kept from the age of thirteen until her death. Eden is spellbound by the powerfully written, intimate diary that chronicles a life of hardship, madness, and tragedy. But her fascination turns to horror when she discovers the shocking truth about her mother's life.

Eden turns for comfort to Ben Alexander, Kyle's colleague, not knowing that Ben has a secret of his own that could ruin Eden and her career. Now Eden must make a heartbreaking decision as she struggles to lay the ghosts of the past to rest and come to terms with her own future.

Shifting gracefully between Eden's world and Katherine's, Secret Lives seduces with the power of its images and the lyricism of its prose.

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"The brisk, atmospherically evocative narrative is absorbing [listening]." ---Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781452611952
Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
06/17/2013
Edition description:
Unabridged CD
Sales rank:
961,217
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

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.

Johanna Parker, an AudioFile Earphones Award winner, has earned an esteemed Audie Award and three Audie nominations. She has received high praise for her work in all genres, including her portrayal of Sookie Stackhouse in Charlaine Harris's Southern Vampire Mysteries series.

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Secret Lives 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 61 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all of Diane Chamberlain books. This one had some controversial subject matter but it all works out in the end. She does a great job of getting you to relate to the characters and makes you wonder what you would do in the same situation. Great book! Keep on writing!
Joannscan More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite Chamberlain. The story never let's down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! Eden ended up finding her true self and finding her mom at the end. I wonder to myself what I would have believed in her position about her new loves innocence. Thanks again Diane for another great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this republished Nook e-book, and as usual Diane Chamberlain never disappoints! I was delighted to read Diane’s comments at the end of the book as to the creation of the story. (Even though I have an imagination; this book goes beyond expectations. I enjoy learning how an author uncovers an idea and brings it to fruition with their insights-- will not spoil this for potential readers. ) Secret Lives was most definitely a work of exceptional structure, pacing, and revelations (author’s goal), which was elegantly achieved through Diane’s writing style, usage of characters, different generations, controversial issues-- molestation, sex, agoraphobia, conceiving within families/cousins, love, romance, and particularly liked the first person writing with the journal entries, which makes it so realistic and personal. In addition the author’s past social work really shines with her detail, insight, knowledge, and research within all her books. Even though Kate may have been strange and loved her solitude in the caves; however, can relate as creative (writers, artists, etc.) people tend to like solitude as they need this alone time, as I treasure alone time. This is what made her a talented writer. Lou was a very supportive character and you really sympathize with Ben and Kyle throughout the book. Eden grows on you as the book moves on and especially loved the ending to a very poignant and beautifully written book. I look forward to reading Chamberlain’s older books as they are published via e-book and retaining the original writing adds character.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Chamberlain hits the mark again with this moving tale of a woman who delves into her mother's past, only to discover things about herself she never knew, and that she will have to come to grips with. Beautifully written with enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing.
Anonymous 8 months ago
This book took me hostage from the very beginning totally engrossed in the characters ive read 13 of her books this is my favorite
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I liked the story line and the twists. A little slow, but overall not bad. Not my favorite Diane Chamberlain read, but not the worst.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story, great writing. I became very absorbed into this story and I could not set it down which is a sign of a great story.
J-Cerulo More than 1 year ago
I love all of Diane Chamberlain's stories. This one was great too. There were multiple story lines that all came together. Quick easy read.
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This is the first book I have read by Diane Chamberlain and I am hooked! I loved this book! It was so engrossing and different from anything else I have read. I couldn't put it down and when I had to (reluctantly)I couldn't wait to get back to it. The characters almost became real to me and I hated for it to end!
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Louise Dickinson More than 1 year ago
A little slow at first but once it gets really going you can't put it down. Great ending!
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Tonya Dowling More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this and had a hard time putting it down. Highly recommend it!
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