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Annie

A loving mother and wife, Annie O'Neill was the heart of the small community of Kiss River. But her generous nature hid a darker side that remained secret for years after her tragic death.

Lacey

When Lacey O'Neill finally learns the shattering truth about the mother she's spent a decade emulating, the foundation of her life begins to crumble. Then her close childhood friend dies, leaving her teenage daughter, Mackenzie, in Lacey's care, and Lacey unwillingly finds herself in the role of mother.

Mackenzie

Uprooted by her mother's death, Mackenzie resents her new home of Kiss River. She wants nothing to do with the father who never knew she existed - and especially not her mother's oldest friend. But the person who could understand her best might be the one she resents most: Lacey.

©2004 Diane Chamberlain (P)2014 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Complex, credible characterization. . . . Even readers who are not already fans will sympathize with the flawed but caring people [Chamberlain] compassionately evokes." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Nice ending for the trilogy

The narrator was Terrific! Tempo was right & I always knew who was speaking because she altered her voice for each character.

The story tied up all the loose ends from the other books.

Enjoyed it a lot.

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Slut Shaming

While most of Her Mother's Shadow was well written, the underlying theme was distinctly misogynist. Lacey's kind hearted mother Annie had been promiscuous (due to mental and emotional issues) in spite of being deeply in love with Lacey's father. Since Lacey was a carbon copy of her mother, she unconsciously emulated Annie's sexual behavior.

However, when Lacey's brother and other male characters were sexually active, there was no name calling, shaming or condemnation. Evidently boys will be boys but girls and/or women who have indiscriminate sex are stupid sluts. It wasn't surprising that Lacey did not like or respect herself, which complicated her helping Mackenzie.

While I found Lacey sympathetic, I was frustrated by her lack of confidence even after years of professional therapy. It wasn't until Lacey inherited Mackenzie and tried to create a stable home that Lacey grew a backbone.

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Great trilogy

Diane Chamberlain does it again. I loved hearing how the members of this family grew up & continued on through the stories. I love the twists & turns.
And to hear the same awesome narrator through series kept the stories flowing. Great job!!!

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MUST READ!

I read the triology ( listened ) these books are well written and filled with surprises, I really enjoyed them.

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Love Diane Chanberlain ... but

This is the first book I've come across of Diane Chamberlain that I have loved. It was okay.

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Great Trilogy Ending

This book was my favorite of the Lighthouse Trilogy! I loved the characters (again) and how this story gave an ending to the questions in the previous books. Although I thought this narrator did a great job with different voices, I didn't care for the voice of Lacey...I thought it made her sound too young/immature. She still did a great job with the story though. The only thing missing for me was that they never restored the damaged lighthouse, and maybe it's just not realistic to do that. Well done, Diane Chamberlain!

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Love this author

What a great trilogy. The character’s were easy to love and fun to walk through their lives together

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Great End to the Trilogy

Diane’s books are all very well written but this series was my favorite by far.

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great read except

laceys voice was like fingernails on a chalkboard otherwise i really did enjoy it

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Great series

This is the last book in this series. I must say, this book was the best. The characters are well developed. The storyline is easy to follow. This book has a surprise at the end that I was definitely not expecting! I recommend this series, but don’t stop reading until the end. Like I said, this book is the best in the series!

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great ending

I loved the way this book wrapped up all the questions from the previous books. They weren't obvious questions but thoughts about the characters. Book 1 was great I found book 2 not so compelling but this book as good as book 1 and listened at every opportunity.