As the omniscient narrator puts it,. When she returns, the novel will end. But as long as she is not back, the book will continue. Getting back to this issue of Granta though. Once, I got lost. I was six or seven.
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I was scared, but I immediately found the way home and got there before they did. They kept looking for me, desperate, but that afternoon I thought they were lost. Papa watched placidly from the armchair. Sometimes I think he spent all his time just sitting there, thinking. Maybe he just closed his eyes and received the present with calm and resignation. Back then, I had no idea what adversity could possibly mean.
I lay back on the chair across from him and pretended to be asleep. I heard them argue, always the same pattern. Mama would say five sentences and Papa would answer with a single word. That you know how to walk alone in the street. But you should concentrate more on the way. And even if it became public knowledge that Ben was falsely accused, I don't see him getting his job back that quickly or everyone being so apologetic so soon My thoughts are becoming scattered as I have a toddler pulling on my pant leg right now All in all, as with all Diane Chamberlain books, it was worth the read.
Jul 09, Becky rated it really liked it. Despite grasping early on the big "secret reveal" of Eden Riley's mother, Katherine, whom Eden has decided to make a movie out of, I very much enjoyed the book. Eden is a film actress, who has made quite a name for herself. After her 15 year marriage dissolves, she decides to write a screenplay based on her mother's life. Her mother was decidedly introverted, strange, and talented, being a prolific children's book writer. She died when Eden was four years old. Eden returns to her family home in Despite grasping early on the big "secret reveal" of Eden Riley's mother, Katherine, whom Eden has decided to make a movie out of, I very much enjoyed the book.
Eden returns to her family home in Virginia to live with her aunt and uncle while she researches her mother's life, helped along by hand-written journals her uncle gives her. There are a lot of plot twists in this book, and as said earlier, although I knew what the big reveal was going to be, there were a few others that were quite shocking.
Eden takes up with an archaeologist on her uncle's site who is a convicted child molester - who claims to be innocent. Some of the descriptions surrounding his story are a little disturbing, but everything is revealed in the end.
I had a hard time putting the book down and enjoyed it more than I thought I would. Jul 29, Laura rated it it was amazing Shelves: drama. As with other Chamberlain books, I loved it! She does an amazing job of really pulling you in with the characters. I read this one almost in one full day.
The story follows Eden, a Hollywood star, who came to her family home to research a screenplay based on her author mother and in the meantime gets much more than she bargained for, including a growing relationship with her aunt and uncle and a man who is working for them, with secrets of his own.
The story is well written and rather sad in As with other Chamberlain books, I loved it! The story is well written and rather sad in parts, especially towards the end. So she retreated to her cave where she wrote and lived her life quietly. Still she lived a great short life inspiring children all over the world with her books.
And I found it to be ultimately a very uplifting tale However, the last book I read by her I just wasn't very impressed so I began this book with trepidation. Once I started reading though I was totally sucked into this story. I could NOT put it down!!
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This book had lots of elements - a mystery, a love story, a family tragedy, mental illness This book packed lots of issues into its pages. Eden, the main character, is a Hollywood actress that has Before I start with my review, I want to say once more how much I enjoy Diane Chamberlain's writing. Eden, the main character, is a Hollywood actress that has had a hard year. Her husband left her, and she decides to return to her childhood home to unearth the truth about her long deceased mother. As she researches her famous Mother's past, she finds a mysterious man named Ben with a secret.
This book had me hanging on to the very end -- and I wish there were another book about these characters for me to immediately jump into. Apr 18, Paula rated it did not like it. I usually love Diane Chamberlain's books but this one was just plain terrible. I usually like the past vs. Eden Riley's character is just plain ridiculous.
This book was too damsel in distress whiny. This is the second book by Diane Chamberlain that I've been impressed by and my favourite of hers by far. This is interesting to me considering that this was one of her first novels and she's written many since this one. I really loved this book. I lost my motivation for reading this month for some reason and so it took me a long time to finish it but regardless of that fact, this was truly wonderful work.
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I got so wrapped up in the romance of Ben and Eden and I was really rooting for them to This is the second book by Diane Chamberlain that I've been impressed by and my favourite of hers by far. I got so wrapped up in the romance of Ben and Eden and I was really rooting for them to work things out. Theirs was one of those rare love stories that are a balance of passion, drama and credibility and I believed in every word of their discovery of each other. The scene with the storm when they gave in to the strength of their feelings for each other was stunning.
I could see both of these characters so clearly and it was a pleasure to read about their own story alongside Kate's via her journals. I felt such empathy for Kate and I found her journal entries gripping and often quite intense in their revelatory nature. This was a deeply fascinating and often quite beautiful story and I am only too happy to give it five stars.
I may finally be warming to Diane Chamberlain's work. Perhaps her real magic is in these earlier novels. Jun 29, Michelle rated it really liked it. And while this book felt a bit raw, I felt I could see just how far the author has come in her writing and I loved that insight. Aug 17, Katie rated it liked it. This book was fine, a decent palate cleanser between heftier reads. It definitely sucked me in, though I found my enthusiasm wavering toward the end. Mar 04, Judy Collins rated it really liked it.
Loved this republished Nook e-book, and as usual Diane Chamberlain never disappoints! 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. Even though Kate may have been strange and loved her solitude in the caves; however, can relate as creative writers, artists, etc. 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.
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This was a surprising find for me, and what a gem! I picked this up when I was in treatment and we were out on a supervised-5 minutes-in-each-shop-don't-even-think-about-buying-alcohol-or-anything-over-the-counter-in-boots trip, and I was running out of books- fast, so I grabbed the first 3 I could see that had a vaguely intriguing title and went with them. Anyway, someone saved me and bought some books in on a visit, and I shoved this to the back of my room when I moved out and voila!
Ok enough with the back story I wasn't expecting it to be, since it's one of her early ones but once I picked it up I couldn't put it down. The main story focus' on Eden Riley, who finds herself in the backend of beyond following a divorce, getting away from the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, following her late mothers story.
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Her mother, who is something of an enigma to start with turns into a parallel main character and my favourite in the book. Alongside this story, there is the her mother, Kates story, told through her journals, and another side line story around Eden's love interest. All of them work incredibly well and compliment each other, and are engaging in their own right, but all together it makes for a brilliant novel. I love anything that's a bit dark, so if you're after something with twisty morals and a bit of grit this is one for you not so much one for sitting around discussing with your nan over a cuppa Loved it!
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Having enjoyed those two, I presumed that I would enjoy anything written by this author. Just goes to show, never presume anything about novels! Listening to this book, I was reminded of the years when I used to read "bodice ripping" romance novels. As a teenager and a twenty-something, those were great reads, but as a woman of a certain age, that is no longer what I look for when reading I listened to this novel after listening to The Midwife's Confession and Breaking The Silence in the past. As a teenager and a twenty-something, those were great reads, but as a woman of a certain age, that is no longer what I look for when reading novels.
This one was remarkably predictable In the future, I will stick with the author's more recent work, as she seems to have matured throughout her career. Mar 24, Zoe rated it it was amazing. It was a little slow to get into at first when I say a little, I mean it wasn't as instantaneous as her others but by around chapter 3, I was hooked.
I couldn't wait to read all the journal entries and I started forming a real image of all the characters in my mind.
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