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Joelle D'Angelo's best friend, Mara, is left with brain damage after she suffers an aneurysm giving birth to her son. Alone and grieving, Joelle turns to the only other person who understands her pain: her colleague - and Mara's husband - Liam. What starts out as comfort between friends gradually becomes something more.

Torn by guilt and the impossibility of her feelings for Liam, Joelle sets out determined to find help for Mara, no matter how unconventional the source. Her search leads her to a mansion in Monterey, California, and into the life of a woman shrouded in mystery. Carlynn Kling Shire is a healer and, according to Joelle's parents, saved Joelle's life when she was an infant. As Joelle is guided down an unfamiliar path by a woman keeping her own shocking secrets, she discovers that while some love is doomed, some love is destined to survive anything.

©2002 Diane Chamberlain (P)2016 Tantor

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Must listen!

I hardly find any audio books that keep me listening till the end. This book did just that! From the soothing narrator voice throughout to the likeable characters. Very easy to follow and simply entertaining. Would definitely recommend!

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Wow!

I very rarely find a Chamberlain book that I do not enjoy however, the word of enjoy is a vast understatement for this selection. This book takes you through modern day with reflections of the past by intertwining two very compelling stories. The last few chapters is sure to raise your eyebrows then reach for tissues. Loved!!!

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WONDERFUL BOOK!!

Another great book and story by Diane Chamberlain. Enjoyed from beginning to end. Lots of twists and turns that keeps you drawn in which is always typical of her work. I would recommend for sure. Enjoy!

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not crazy about the narrator

I actually stopped listening to this one after about 5 minutes bc of the narrator s voice and manner of speaking. listened to a different book, came back to this and managed to get past the annoying voice. Very good story, well written and intriguing, not predictable. Good overall.

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Story interesting, Narrator was terrible.

Narrator ruined the book for me! Good story but the voices were irritating. Would not buy another book with this narrator

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Different

This one was a little different. Some alternate healing involved and a big twist at the end.

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  • Amie M
  • Phoenix, AZ, US
  • 09-01-16

Wow

This book had me riveted by the second chapter. A compelling and interesting story with rich characters.

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Bittersweet

Great book with wonderful unexpected twists and turns. I loved this book. the multiple life and love stories in the book were relatable and well defined.

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loved it

what a great listen I truly enjoyed this book can't wait to hear more from this author

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A perfect mixture of sorrow and joy

Where does The Shadow Wife rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Probably in the top 15-20

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Shadow Wife?

The moment when you find out that Carlynn died and Lisbeth spent her whole life living as her sister.

What does Arika Rapson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I really enjoyed her as an narrator even as the male parts. She brought life and emotion to the characters.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The lines of life aren't always black and white, but in the end, love always prevails.

Any additional comments?

A true mix of sorrow and joy just like the characters in the book.<br/><br/>I enjoyed this book far more than I suspected I would. Just when you think you know exactly what is happening, you are reminded you are on a rollercoaster that the author, Diane Chamberlain, created and you better hold on for a wild ride.<br/><br/>I listened to this book on audible, and this narrator is one of my all time favorites.<br/><br/>This book reminds us that life and love aren't always black and white. Sometimes love takes you places that you never expected and that is perfectly ok.<br/><br/>I won't write an extremely long review for fear of giving away spoilers, but pick up this book. You won't be sorry.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-29-17

Another good book by Diane Chamberlain

I enjoyed the book and the narrator who had a nice American accent :) It's a gripping story about a few women. I really liked it.

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  • Jennifer MacIver
  • 02-22-17

A great read

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. It kept my interest the whole way through and was beautifully narrated. Can't wait to read more of her books😀