The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain – Book Review

The year is 1943, and  nursing student Tess, is pining for marriage to her childhood sweetheart, Vincent to finally occur.  While waiting, Vincent, a new doctor, goes to Chicago in order to help out with a new outbreak of Polio.  Tess is left holding the bag, so to speak, as communication with Vincent dwindles to nothing.  Heartbroken, Tess visits Washington with her friend, drinks too much and disaster befalls her.

Caught in a web of her own mistakes, Tess leaves Baltimore, moves to North Carolina, and marries Henry.  Although theirs is a marriage of convenience, Tess is hopeful of eventually loving Henry.  I don’t want to give too much of the plot away, since I want you to read this novel.  There are plenty of problems for Tess and Henry to overcome, just to mention a few:  sexism and racism are the most prominent.

I really enjoyed this novel, and highly recommend it.  Well done, Chamberlain!

Diane Chamberlain

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