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January 2010, Breaking The Silence, Diane Chamberlain

January 2, 2010 by thinkhappy

Breaking The Silence

Diane Chamberlain

Fiction, 416 pages

Review

A dying father's last wish. A husband's shocking suicide. A daughter's inexplicable muteness. Laura Brandon finds herself plunged into a nightmare she doesn't understand. Laura promised her dying father that she would take care of a woman she had never heard him mention before. The woman is Sarah Tolley, she lives in a retirement home and suffers from Alzheimer's disease so she can't even tell Laura how she knew Laura's father. Laura's promise to her father upsets and infuriates her chronically depressed husband Ray. Laura never would have believed Ray would commit suicide over such an innocent act as visiting an elderly woman. But now Ray is gone and Laura's young daughter Emma has slipped into a silent world. At the suggestion of a therapist, Laura contacts the one person who may be able to help Emma- Emma's birth father. Though she only spent one night with the man, Laura hopes that he can somehow help Emma. Dylan Greer is a confirmed bachelor tormented by a tragic incident in his past. He doesn't want a daughter, but now that he has one he can't turn his back on her. As Laura and Dylan try to unlock the secret to breaking Emma's silence, Laura begins to unravel the mystery of Sarah Tolley and the secrets of her past. Diane Chamberlain has written a wonderful, heart-wrenching novel. Readers will be drawn into the lives of her memorable characters. Sarah Tolley is an especially poignant character and her story will haunt you. Ms. Chamberlain deserves the highest praise for writing this emotionally compelling story of secrets and silence, love and lies. Diane Chamberlain is a marvelously gifted author! Every book she writes is a real gem. Breaking the Silence is as real and emotional as a novel can be. A powerful story you won't forget! Readers who have been waiting anxiously for Diane Chamberlain's newest book will be electrified by this touching story. This is a book you won't want to miss. Kristina Wright -- Copyright © 1999 Literary Times, Inc. All rights reserved -- From Literary Times

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