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The Secret Life Of CeeCee Wilkes [Hardcover]

Diane Chamberlain
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Feb. 1 2006 Mira Hardbacks
Bestselling author Chamberlain weaves deep emotion into this electrifying page-turner as she examines the consequences of a mother's desperation, her love gone too far, and a decision that blurs the line between right and wrong. Reissue.

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"Through multiple points of view, Chamberlain skillfully explores the painful memories of the tragedy. The story of what really happened unfolds organically and credibly, building to a touching denouement that plumbs the nature of crimes of the heart."

About the Author

Diane Chamberlain is the bestselling author of twenty novels, including The Midwife's Confession and The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes. Diane lives in North Carolina and is currently at work on her next novel. Visit her Web site at and her blog at and her Facebook page at --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I love stories about sorrid pasts coming back to haunt otherwise good people. "The Secret Life of Ceecee Wilkes" does not disappoint. The characters, especially Ceecee, are expertly crafted. The story is full of twists and turns that keep you intersted. It is easily as enjoyable as "Night" and "My Fractured Life." I give it my highest recommendation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional May 30 2013
By C. Kyle
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is my third Diane Chamberlain novel and so far the best although I also love the first two I read. Now I can't wait to read all her books.
This book was so well written and it made me care about the characters and what they were going through. Once I began reading I had a hard time putting it down but when I had to, I looked forward to when I could escape to reading it again. This novel deserves better then five stars.
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Fabulous writing - so much so that I honestly felt like I was back in the 70s - and it was obvious to me that the author understood those times - there was no guess work, no flubs in her flashback...she understood how far forensics went in those days, and what the characters needed to be careful with in carrying out their plan....which can be researched, but it was more than that - a feeling she created that I believe she would have had to lived through the era to be able to write so clearly from those times. She took me there, back to 1977.... This `flashback' lasted for half the could have honestly been a story all of its own, but what is so genius with how the author wrote this book, is that we get to then forward to the present day to see what becomes of their lives....and become involved in the present day's not a 1977 story with a cheesy's a story with one giant flashback...with one giant secret (or many smaller ones, depending on how you look at it, I suppose).

The entire plot was crafted like a prize winning quilt - fabrics chosen with care, cut with precise measurements and extremely sharp tools, handsewn together in a well planned out pattern. The characters are beautiful people - easy to connect with and relate to....with one exception - Ken. I didn't like Ken whatsoever, but what he brought to the story was a needed lesson for one of the characters.
I loved how chapters began with one of the letters CeeCee's mother wrote to her while on her deathbed....and the role in which these letters play within the story.

It seems to me that if there is an exception to liking a book, it is usually to the ending....I have to say, I can't possibly think of a better ending - it was realistic, tidy and was final, and brought with it some emotion...and it ended quite lacked nothing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite books Jan. 27 2013
By Compost
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I loved this book, it is one of my favorite books.
I have bought it for several friends as gifts for birthdays or Christmas.
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