The Stolen Marriage

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August 2018 – Book of the Month

The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chanberlian


This book has a Reading Room Rating of 5 stars!


I have finished this book, l would describe it as a nice read. It was not particularly complicated. The story seemed to take a long time to describe the situation and then all of a sudden it raced to the conclusion. That was rather disappointing overall, I would try another book by Diane Chamberlain
Val, Reading Room Member

This would not be my usual choice of books, but it improved as the story developed. I was expecting a bit of Chick Lit, but there was more to it than that. From the moment Tess loses the baby you start wondering where the story is going. The mystery surrounding the seemingly loveless marriage had me guessing. There was history, prejudice, romance, betrayal and forgiveness. Not bad - better than I expected
Daphne, Reading Room Member

I very much enjoyed this book - the setting of Southern US in the 1940s was interesting, with the racial and class issues which Tess finds difficult but manages to cut through quite well. The polio epidemic adds a realistic quality to the story and leads to a more positive slant of all pulling together to overcome the challenges, at least temporarily. I was very confused with the typo right at the very first page, the wrong date of 1994 rather than 1944. Overall a 5 out of 5 from me and I have started following the author on FB.
Jackie, Reading Room Member

I very much enjoyed this book. I am now reading this author’s other books. I thought Henry's character was very unusual especially with racial issues and the mother Ruth was so uperclass. The title of the book did intrigue me. Tess was so strong and determined to complete the nursing course. Overall 5 out of 5.
Chand, Reading Room Member

I really enjoyed this book and it had me wanting to read more; unfortunately it meant some very late nights as I couldn’t put it down! I thought it was well written but thought it would be Zeke in bed with Hank rather than Honor! Always nice to see a happy ending.
Catherine, Reading Room Member

This was more than a love story, more than a medical drama, more than prejudice and more than family problems (and snobbery). The problem of viral polio was global in those days and the discovery of a vaccine so appreciated. This was in no way a complicated read but quite a page turner. Still not sure which marriage was stolen
Jacqui, Reading Room Member