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Secret Lives [Paperback]

Diane Chamberlain
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Nov. 28 1991
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.
--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Actress Eden Riley discovers her true relationship to the "uncle" who raised her and embarks on a steamy affair with an archeologist after she returns home to film her deceased mother's life story. "Although one significant secret in this many-layered novel will fail to surprise readers, the brisk, atmospherically evocative narrative is absorbing reading," said PW.
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"The brisk, atmospherically evocative narrative is absorbing [listening]." ---Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a Wow book ! May 19 2013
By joelle
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I had a hard time to stop reading. You go through so many emotions in this book. Since I now own my kindle I was able to bring it everywhere. I tried my best to put it aside but Diane has this talent for writing her books. What I like the best is that she is never afraid to use her faith and make the characters so very important and just real.

Thanks Diane, we can feel your love in each of your books and I am always looking for more. So never stop !

A french reader from Canada who loves to read in English.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Sept. 30 2014
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Great read, as always diane doesn't let her followers down
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5.0 out of 5 stars Secrets Abound! Nov. 29 2001
By Judith E. Pavluvcik - Published on
Secret Lives is the fourth book by Diane Chamberlain that I have read, and the books just seem to get better and better! Eden Riley, a much sought after actress has decided to make a movie about her famous mother, Katherine Swift, an author of children stories. Eden's mother died when Eden was young and she hardly knew her mother, yet Eden heard all kind of stories about her. Eden comes back to the family "homestead" in the Shenandoah Valley, moves in with her uncle Kyle and his wife, and is presented with numerous journals by her uncle, which her mother wrote throughout her life.
Eden comes to discover that things are not what they appear to be, as she discovers her mother for the first time. Secrets are revealed, truths uncovered, not only about herself, but about her entire "family" as well. While seeking the truth, Eden comes to trust and rely on her uncle's colleague, Ben Alexander, and eventually realizes the love that has been missing in her life. Yet, Ben is also hiding a secret, which could eventually be disastrous to Eden, to her career and to her child as well.
Chamberlain weaves suspense, mystery, adventure, and romance all into one page-turner! As always, her ending will surprise the reader and have one asking where one missed the clues!! The story line is intense, yet the characters are powerful, can stand on their own and are able to draw the reader into their lives.
Another great story by Chamberlain!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chamberlain Hits The Mark Again July 20 2010
By Photomixer - Published on
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Chambelain 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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling Story May 19 2001
By suzette phillips - Published on
Secret Lives by Diane Chamberlain is an entertaining, highly original story that like all good novels, stays with you long after you've finished the last page. Eden and Katherine Riley are two intriguing strong willed women, and their stories compelling.
I have read many novels dealing with agoraphobics, but none in which the sufferer took up residence in a cave. Diane Chamberlain makes you understand Katherine's feelings of terror and panic when away from the cave, you can almost experience Katherine's emotions and wish that the story would hurry up and move back to the cave. I have read all of Diane Chamberlain's books and this is by far her best work. If you're new to her writing, this is one book that you can not miss!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Aug. 23 2010
By bkjbfam4 - Published on
Although I finished this book last week, I still cannot stop thinking about it. I almost want to pick it back up and read it again. I know I will at some point. Diane Chamberlain's books have a way of drawing you in and this one certainly did. This book never let me put it down. There were times when I felt like I was in the book. She makes this story so real. Like it could have happened to you. This was only the 4th Diane Chamberlain book I have read and they just keep getting better and better. I have vowed to continue to read all her books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everybody Has Secrets March 8 2011
By Christina R. - Published on
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I have read several of Diane Chamberlain's novels and was pleasantly surprised to discover that some of her older ones had been rereleased for Kindle. Secret Lives was one of these. I think it is one of Ms. Chamberlain's best. It deals with difficukt subjects such as agorophobia, child sexual abuse, unexplained mental illness, and even incest. It focuses on the struggles of the characters to hide all of their secrets from the world and the damage to everyone when those secrets come to life.

I had a difficult time putting this book down.
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