The Shadow Wife

Narrated by: Arika Rapson
Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (552 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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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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Amazing!

I am a big fan of Diane Chamberlain and I can't think of a single book of hers I haven't loved. The Shadow Wife is no exception. As most of Chamberlain's books, the story alternates between two time frames. Written in 2010, we are introduced to a nurse in her mid-30s who is divorced and lonely. Her husband left her because she couldn't have children, and her best friend had a brain aneurysm a year earlier while giving birth. These unfortunate circumstances leave she and her best friend's husband devastated, and relying on one another for comfort. Chamberlain takes us back to the 70s when she was born and almost died as well, but was fortunate enough to be touched by a known healer, and miraculously healed (so the story goes). We hear the healer's story from the 30s going foward, until both stories meet in present time. Chamberlain is a master story teller. I can't stress how much I adore her books, and I savoured 'The Shadow Wife' as I did all of her others. 5 big stars. -Wendi

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What you don't know!

The old adage, what you dont know can't hurt you stands reasonably true in this story. A mystery inside a mystery that you wont see coming until the end. this story is well versed and easy to follow. If you enjoy trying to figure out what will happen next and emotional rollercoaster rides then this book is for you.

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Mixed feelings about this

I expected more out of Diane. Her previous books that I’ve read were much more exciting and emotion driven. This was very blah

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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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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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I was hoping for so much more

I listened to the whole book, thankfully through Audible Escape and didn't have to buy it. The Narrator at first was hard to listen too with her pace being so slow and her S's were yikes. That did get better though. It was far below Diane Chamberlain's other books. I was also disappointed with the ending. It didn't measure up for all those hours that I listened to waiting for a WOW ending. Wasn't there at all. Oh well, I still love her books and read more.

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Superb!

I loved the.engaging multiple storylines which the author so effectively wove together. The back-and-forth between different times was not distracting, but deepened the plot and functioned to add suspense and surprising twists. I savored the outstanding and well-paced narration by Arika Rapson, who distinctively voiced each character and brought their identities, struggles, passions, & ethical dilemmas to life. This was a great listen which I highly recommend!

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Stupid story. I’m very surprised from this author

I got four hours into it and I just can’t go any further it’s really boring and not feasible it’s stupid God is the only one that can do miracles. The mother is a quack and I don’t usually say things like that. And I couldn’t decipher what character is who the narrator has a nice voice but doesn’t do the characters well

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Unexpected and easy read

I was not expecting to like this book since there were not as many reviews as Chamberlain's other books but it was an easy listen. I liked the characters and liked the twists in the story.

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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😀

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  • moose
  • 05-20-19

great story

loved it. full of twists and turns. it lasted me through several insomniac nights. I would recommend it highly on all counts

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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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