Diane Chamberlain Book Review and Giveaway


BOOK REVIEW

Maya and Rebecca Ward are sisters who share many secrets. They both have medical degrees and they both share the memory of their parents’ brutal murder. The Lies We Told reveals that all people have secrets and some secrets are those that we don’t even tell the ones closest to us because of the pain that those secrets hold. Diane Chamberlain’s latest novel reveals the complicated nature of the relationship that sisters have and the secrets that they keep; secrets that will either bind them together or tear them apart.

Maya was fourteen and Rebecca eighteen when they witnessed their parents’ brutal murders. As a result of that tragedy, Maya becomes timid and cautious and Rebecca a risk taker. After a devastating hurricane hits the coast of North Carolina, Rebecca and Maya’s husband, Adam, urge Maya to join them in the relief effort with Doctors International Disaster Aid (DIDA). To please her husband, Maya agrees. Maya is on a helicopter transport to a nearby hospital when the helicopter crashes into powerful floodwaters and there appear to be no survivors. After a two week attempt to locate any survivors, Rebecca and Adam must accept that Maya is gone. As time passes, they turn to one another for comfort and then find themselves romantically attached. Meanwhile, miles from civilization, Maya is alive. She is rescued by strangers whom she is sure is not sure she can trust. She struggles to make her way home not realizing that her life is forever changed.

Diane Chamberlain writes in the first chapter that every family has a story filled with secrets unknown to outsiders. In addition, each member of the family holds their own secrets. The problem with secrets is that they are “the lies we tell others” and “we tell ourselves.” We all keep secrets for several different reasons. One is to protect ourselves and the other is to protect the ones we love. The problem with secrets is that they have a way of coming out and usually when we least expect them to and Chamberlain reveals that we can never really hide from those secrets because they continue to tear us apart inside. She describes the memory of Maya and Rebecca’s parents’ death as “unfinished business” because there was a lot “left unsaid between” them. The circumstances of that murder unfold when Maya and Rebecca are forced that accept what has happened; Rebecca believing that Maya is forever lost, and Maya seeing life in a way she never anticipated.

You can read an excerpt from the book at Diane Chamberlain’s website.

http://www.youtube.com/v/FatHghtRMK8&hl=en_US&fs=1&
Diane Chamberlain’s The Lies We Told is available through, Amazon, Indie Bound and most book stores including Barnes and Noble.

MY THOUGHTS

The Lies We Told is an amazing story about two sisters, who as different as they are, are bond by the witnessing the murder of their parents. Diane Chamberlain reveals bits and pieces of the events that led to the murder of the girls’ parents with each sister carrying around a burden of guilt and personal blame and you will never be able to guess what those secrets are. Moreover, the ending is a shocker but you have to read the book to find out. Diane Chamberlain has become a must read author for me and I am sure you will be hooked by just picking up one of her books. The Lies We Told does not disappoint.

GIVEAWAY

To enter to win a copy of The Lies We Told, please leave a comment letting me know who your favorite fiction author is and your favorite novel by that author. (My favorite is “Black River” by Dean Koontz.) Please leave me an email address so that I am able to contact you. For an additional entry, you can tweet this giveaway to OhBoy_Boys.

This Giveaway will end Friday, June 25, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. so get your entry in by then.

The Winner will be chosen by Random.org. I will post the Winner here and I will you email directly. You will then have 48 hours to claim your Prize. U.S. and Canadian addresses only.

Logo/Images Courtesy of 2010 © Diane Chamberlain, YouTube.com

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16 Responses to Diane Chamberlain Book Review and Giveaway

  1. Peggy says:

    I love the books by S.Myers ,Twilight Thanksmatternu@gmail.com

  2. ossmcalc says:

    I loved A Time To Kill by John Grisham.Thank you,Christinewomackcm@sbcglobal.net

  3. Andrea says:

    I love Paulo Coelho especially The Alchemist.andie.v107(at)yahoo(dot)com

  4. Leslie says:

    The alphabet series by Sue Grafton are my favorite. I love the way she tells a story. I read another book by Diane Chamberlain "The Secret Life of Cece Wilkes" and it was awesome! 🙂 My email is blueeyedgrl73@yahoo.com

  5. I love the Sisterhood series by Fern Michales. These ladies kick A..They fight for what they believe in and for women. I wonder if there really is such a group of ladies out there we don't know about.misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

  6. Melissa says:

    I love Wally Lamb and "She's Come Undone" is my favorite. Melissambamster0720@gmail.comI retweeted as both eema2boys and chicklitcentral

  7. Anonymous says:

    I love Karen Kingsbury "A Time to Dance". She is awesome! I love Diane Chamberlain as well! Would love to win this book by her so I can read it. I've read most of her stories!Thanks for what you do!myboyzmom@netzero.com

  8. Anonymous says:

    I love so many authors…oh my, to choose. I'll have to give you some more recent reads…I usually read three to four novels per week so it's honestly difficult for me to name any one author. Hope this will suffice…(-:Kristin Hannah – Winter GardenJude Deveraux – SecretsJodi Picoult – Vanishing ActsLuanne Rics – Last KissSusan Wiggs – Lakeshore ChroniclesBarbera Delinsky – Flirting with PeteStephen King – Duma KeyNicholas Sparks – The Last SongWally Lamb – She's Come UndoneMy email is pianolady_62@yahoo.comThanks for the opportunity to participate in your blog!!!

  9. Linda Kish says:

    Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson.lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  10. Connie B says:

    I read the book. Loved it. Was not expecting the ending and I like that. Lots of endings are predictable. Don't think I can pick one favorite author and book in answer to your question. Diane Chamberlain, Barbara Delinsky, Jodi Picolt, Harlan Coben, Sandra Brown,Laurine Snelling, Leslie Larson, just to name a few

  11. ossmcalc says:

    I tweeted about this giveaway http://twitter.com/ossmcalc/status/16734138114Thank you,Christinewomackcm@sbcglobal.net

  12. Carol W. says:

    My favorite author is Phillipa Gregory, and my favorite book is The Boleyn Inheritance.

  13. BRN2SHOP9 says:

    My favorite author is Meg Cabot. My favorite book is She Went All The Way!My email is brn2shop9@gmail.com

  14. karenk says:

    loved the daughters of boston series by julie lessman :)karenkkmkuka at yahoo dot com

  15. Cheryl B says:

    I loved "I Know This Much Is True" by Wally Lamb.cln1812(at)gmail(dot)com

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