The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain

the stolen marriage

Pages: 384

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Published: October 3, 2017

Tess DeMello has only known the world of Little Italy and the love of one man, her next door neighbor, Vincent. They plan on getting married, living in Little Italy, raising a large family, while working together, he a doctor and her a nurse. While she is finishing nursing school, Vincent volunteers as a doctor at a polio hospital in Chicago. After a tense disagreement with Vincent, Tess decides to go to Washington D.C. with her best friend for a weekend of fun. While in D.C. Tess makes a decision that will alter her life forever. Will Tess and Vincent find there way back to each other or is the sin too great?

I could not put this book down. I was reading it every free moment I had available. I found it very thought-provoking and educational. Diane Chamberlain covers the time of 1944/1945 in an extremely educational but entertaining fashion. While our men are overseas in the Pacific fighting WWII, the families back home are fighting the polio epidemic that is taking anyone, but especially the younger generation, the children. What is causing this crippling, life-taking disease? As researchers are working toward a cure, people are working together in ways like never before to save lives. Especially in Hickory, North Carolina. In 54 hours a polio hospital was built and running. Without regard to race, socioeconomic background or religion. A town came together with one goal in mind: saving lives. I was impressed that this was true and am interested to read more about this “miracle town”.

Chamberlain also tackles the taboo subject of that time, interracial love. In the South, one could not marry outside their race without facing fines and jail time. Trials were even held to decide how serious the offense.

The Stolen Marriage is one of the novels you will be happy you read and will want to share with all the readers in your life.

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for an advanced copy in exchange for a review based on my own honest opinion.


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