Diane Chamberlain Books In Order

Keeper of the Light Trilogy Books In Publication Order

  1. Keeper of the Light (1992)
  2. Kiss River (2003)
  3. Her Mother’s Shadow (2004)

Before The Storm Books In Publication Order

  1. Before the Storm (2007)
  2. Secrets She Left Behind (2009)

Necessary Lies Books In Publication Order

  1. The First Lie (2013)
  2. Necessary Lies (2013)

Riley MacPherson Books In Publication Order

  1. The Silent Sister (2014)

Pretending To Dance Books In Publication Order

  1. The Dance Begins (2015)
  2. Pretending to Dance (2015)

Standalone Novels In Publication Order

  1. Lovers and Strangers (1990)
  2. Private Relations/Secrets at the Beach House (1990)
  3. Secret Lives (1991)
  4. Fire and Rain (1993)
  5. Brass Ring (1995)
  6. Reflection (1996)
  7. The Escape Artist (1997)
  8. Breaking the Silence (1999)
  9. Summer’s Child (1999)
  10. The Courage Tree (2001)
  11. Cypress Point/The Shadow Wife / The Forgotten Son (2002)
  12. The Bay At Midnight (2005)
  13. The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes/The Lost Daughter / A Beautiful Lie (2006)
  14. The Lies We Told (2010)
  15. The Midwife’s Confession (2011)
  16. The Good Father (2012)
  17. The Stolen Marriage (2017)
  18. Secrets at the Beach House (2018)
  19. The Dream Daughter (2018)
  20. Big Lies in a Small Town (2020)
  21. The Last House on the Street (2022)

Short Stories/Novellas In Publication Order

  1. The Broken String (2014)

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Diane Chamberlain Books Overview

Keeper of the Light

It is Christmas night and a rare snowstorm is blanketing North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Dr. Olivia Simon is on duty in the emergency room of the local hospital when a gunshot victim is brought in. Midway through the desperate effort to save the young woman’s life, Olivia realizes who she is. And from that moment on, nothing is ever the same.

Annie O’Neil is the innocent victim of a senseless crime. She is also the woman Olivia’s husband, Paul is in love with. And when Annie dies on the operating table, her death has a devastating effect on the lives of three people. Annie’s husband, Alec, thought she was the perfect wife and mother; her lover, Paul, saw her as everything he always wanted and could now never have, and Olivia believed she was the rival to emulate.

Lost in his grief, Alec throws himself into the effort to preserve the Kiss River Lighthouse, where he and Annie first met. For Paul, too, the lighthouse connects him to Annie, and he joins the fight to hold back the encroaching sea, as does Olivia, who is intent on becoming as much like Annie as possible.

Joined together by their obsession with Annie and the lighthouse project, Alec, Paul and Olivia became caught up in a stormy whirlwind of love, passion and deception that threatens to destroy all their lives. Only one person has the power to help them…
someone who knows a shocking truth that can set them free. And finally the time has come to reveal it.

Kiss River

In this exquisite new novel, Diane Chamberlain revisits the seaswept finger of land called Kiss River, where secrets give way to the amazing power of love. Gina Higgins has come to the Outer Banks of North Carolina a stranger with a secret. But secrets are a fact of life for some of the residents of the close knit community of Kiss River. Gina is about to learn that those secrets are tied to her own in ways she never could have imagined. Kiss River‘s historic nineteenth century lighthouse has all but fallen into the sea, taking with it the huge Fresnel lens that once served as its beacon. Gina is desperate to find a way to raise the lens from the sea. The glass holds the key to the one person who matters to herd: a child who waits for her halfway around the world. Lacey O’Neill, a talented stained glass artist with a troubled past, lives in the old lightkeeper’s house, a home she shares with her brother, Clay, who is grieving the tragic death of his wife. When Lacey meets Gina, she invites her to stay with them, secretly hoping Gina will help pull Clay from this depression. Eagerly accepting the offer, Gina moves into the lightkeeper’s house and begins her quest to raise the lens. Most of the locals believe the lens should remain at the bottom of the sea. Clay O’Neill, however, finds himself drawn into Gina’s struggle. Though he fights his attraction to this beautiful stranger, as he begins to understand her surprising connection to Kiss River, he too, starts to see things through a different light, and slowly begins to heal. As Gina’s story unfolds, so does the decades old story of a courageous teenage girl swept away by love and plunged into the treacherous waters of espionage during World War II. The shocking legacy she left buried in the light reveals more than Gina expected…
much more. And with it comes new hope for the future…
and for love.

Her Mother’s Shadow

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. As the secrets of the O’Neill family are brought to light, Her Mother’s Shadow explores how the dark corners of the past can be illuminated by the hope that truth brings.

Before the Storm

Fifteen year old Andy Lockwood is special. Others notice the way he blurts out anything that comes into his mind, how he cannot foresee consequences, that he’s more child than teenager. But his mother sees a boy with a heart as open and wide as the ocean. Laurel Lockwood lost her son once through neglect. She’s spent the rest of her life determined to make up for her mistakes, and she’s succeeded in becoming a committed, protective parent maybe even overprotective. Still, she loosens her grip just enough to let Andy attend a local church social a decision that terrifies her when the church is consumed by fire. But Andy survives and remarkably, saves other children from the flames. Laurel watches as Andy basks in the role of unlikely hero and the world finally sees her Andy, the sweet boy she knows as well as her own heart. But when the suspicion of arson is cast upon Andy, Laurel must ask herself how well she really knows her son and how far she’ll go to keep her promise to protect him forever.

Secrets She Left Behind

One afternoon, single mother Sara Weston says that she’s going to the store and never returns. In her absence, she leaves her teenage son alone with his damaged past and a legacy of secrets.

Keith Weston nearly lost his life in an act of arson. He survived but with devastating physical and emotional scars. Without his mother, he has no one to help him heal, no money, nothing to live for but the medications that numb his pain. Isolated and angry, his hatred has one tight focus: his half sister, Maggie Lockwood.

Nineteen year old Maggie Lockwood spent a year in prison for the acts that led up to the fire. Now she’s back home. But her release cannot free her from the burden of guilt she carries. She grew up with Keith Weston, played with him as a child and recently learned they share the same father.

Now the person Keith despises most is the closest thing he has to family until Sara returns. If Sara returns .

Lovers and Strangers

With their perfect marriage being torn asunder by their mutual grief, blame, and guilt over the death of their little girl, Shawn and David Ryder journey to the jungles of Peru, where they are forced to confront their intense feelings for each other.

Fire and Rain

When Jeff Cabrio arrives in Valle Rosa with ideas for revitalizing the dying town, he encounters Mia Tanner, a woman intent on escaping her past, and Carmen Perez, an investigative reporter struggling to gain respect. LJ.

Brass Ring

Two women, three thousand miles apart, share disturbing images of carved wooden carousel horses following another woman’s bridge jumping suicide and find their lives drawn together in a violent collision of memories. National

The Escape Artist

The author of the highly praised and bestselling novels ‘Reflection’ and ‘Brass Ring’ delivers an absorbing and emotionally charged page turner of one woman’s dark past and desperate desire to keep her child. Masterfully weaving together the strands of one extraordinary woman’s life, Diane Chamberlain creates a riveting story of betrayal, deception, and romance a timely human drama torn straight from today’s headlines.

Breaking the Silence

Laura Brandon’s promise to her dying father was simple: to visit an elderly woman she’d never heard of before. A woman who remembers nothing except the distant past. Visiting Sarah Tolley seemed a small enough sacrifice to make. But Laura’s promise results in another death. Her husband’s. And after their five year old daughter, Emma, witnesses her father’s suicide, Emma refuses to talk about it to talk at all. Frantic and guilt ridden, Laura contacts the only person who may be able to help. A man she’s met only once six years before. A man who doesn’t know he’s Emma’s real father. Guided only by a child’s silence and an old woman’s fading memories, the two unravel a tale of love and despair, of bravery and unspeakable evil. A tale that’s shrouded in silence and that unbelievably links them all.

Summer’s Child

Early on the morning of her eleventh birthday, on the beach beside her North Carolina home, Daria Cato receives an unbelievable gift from the sea an abandoned newborn baby. When the infant’s identity cannot be uncovered, she is adopted by Daria’s loving family. But her silent secrets continue to haunt Daria. Now, twenty years later, Shelly has grown into an unusual, ethereal young woman whom Daria continues to protect. But when Rory Taylor, a friend from Daria’s childhood and now a television producer, returns at Shelly’s request to do a story about the circumstances surrounding her birth, something precarious shifts in the small town of Kill Devil Hills. The more questions Rory asks, the more unsettled the tiny community becomes, as closely guarded secrets and the sins of that long ago summer begin to surface. Piece by piece, the mystery of Summer’s Child is being exposed, a mystery that no one involved not Shelly, Daria, not even Rory is prepared to face.

The Courage Tree

Eight year old Sophie Donohue just wanted to be like every other little girl. Which is why her mother, Janine, reluctantly agreed to let her go on the weekend camping trip with her Brownie troop. But when Janine arrives to pick up Sophie after the trip, her daughter is not with the others. Somehow, along the forested route from West Virginia, Sophie has disappeared. But Sophie is no ordinary eight year old. She suffers from a rare disease, and Janine has recently enrolled her in an experimental treatment as a last effort to save her life despite the vehement objections of her ex husband, Joe. Without her medication, Sophie cannot survive long. All her mother’s instincts tell Janine that Sophie is alive, but time is running out. Deep in the Virginia forest, another drama unfolds. Sophie finds refuge in a remote cabin inhabited by Zoe, a woman who wants nothing to do with the child. Zoe is struggling to save her own daughter from the law, and Sophie’s presence jeopardizes any chance of that happening. She is as determined to save her daughter as Janine is to save Sophie and only one of them can succeed.

Cypress Point/The Shadow Wife / The Forgotten Son

It is not a love Joelle D’Angelo would ever have chosen. But it is one she can’t deny. Mara Sommers and Joelle D’Angelo have been best friends for several years. They have shared everything, including the joy over Mara’s first pregnancy. But when something goes terribly wrong during the delivery, Mara is left with brain damage. Alone and grieving, Joelle turns to the only other person who understands her pain: Mara’s husband, Liam. Brought together by their mutual devastation over Mara’s condition, Joelle and Liam comfort each other as they sit by Mara’s bedside in a nursing home. And little by little, day by day, the friendship and caring between them becomes something more. Something undeniable. Now all Joelle needs is a miracle. Torn by guilt and the impossibility of the situation, Joelle seeks help from someone she’s not entirely sure she believes in. Carlynn Kling Shire is a healer, and according to Joelle’s parents, she saved Joelle’s life when she was an infant. Knowing that Mara needs something conventional medicine can’t supply and equally sure that any improvement in her friend’s condition will put an end to the pain of her own longing for Liam Joelle sets out to find Carlynn. Her search leads her to a mansion in Monterey, California, and into the life of a woman shrouded in mystery. Does Carlynn really have the power to heal? And will she be able to help Joelle get her friend back? As Joelle is guided down an unfamiliar path by a woman who is clearly keeping her own secrets, she discovers that some love is doomed, while some love can survive anything.

The Bay At Midnight

Her family’s cottage on the New Jersey shore was a place of freedom and innocence for Julie Bauer until her seventeen year old sister, Isabel, was murdered.

It’s been more than forty years since that August night, but Julie’s memories of her sister’s death still shape her world. Now someone from her past is raising questions about what really happened that night. About Julie’s own complicity. About a devastating secret her mother kept from them all. About the person who went to prison for Izzy’s murder and the person who didn’t.

Faced with questions and armed with few answers, Julie must gather the courage to revisit her past and untangle the complex emotions that led to one unspeakable act of violence on The Bay At Midnight.

With her flawless ability to craft unforgettably real characters, Diane Chamberlain gives readers a simmering, evocative novel about the secrets that families keep, and the haunting legacies they leave behind.

The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes/The Lost Daughter / A Beautiful Lie

Twenty eight years ago a North Carolina governor’s young, pregnant wife was kidnapped. Now her remains have been found and a man charged with her murder. Only one person CeeCee Wilkes can refute the charges against him. But CeeCee disappeared years ago…
Eve Elliott is a successful therapist to troubled students, a loving wife, a mother deeply invested in her family. But her happiness is built on a lie. When she was a lonely, vulnerable young woman, a single decision made in innocence led to a dark night of unimaginable consequences. Now, forced to confront her past, she faces another terrible choice: reveal to her family that she is not who she seems, or allow a man to take the blame for a crime she knows he did not commit. If the choice affected only her life, Eve is certain she would do what is right. But though inaction means condemning an innocent man, it also means protecting her family from the mistakes of her past. Corinne Elliott has always known she was different: the only redhead in a family of brunettes, the paralyzing shyness that contrasts with her sister’s vivaciousness, the many fears of highways, of bridges, of public spaces that constrict her daily life. Still, with a new job possibility and a baby on the way, she’s found some measure of happiness until the day she turns on the television and finds her mother’s image on screen. Now, as the past explodes into the present, Corinne must confront the secrets she has always intuited, and find answers from the one person who knows the truth of what happened two decades ago CeeCee Wilkes.

The Midwife’s Confession

Dear Anna,What I have to tell you is difficult to write, but I know it will be far more difficult for you to hear, and I’m so sorry The unfinished letter is the only clue Tara and Emerson have to the reason behind their close friend Noelle’s suicide. Everything they knew about Noelle her calling as a midwife, her passion for causes, her love for her friends and family described a woman who embraced life. Yet there was so much they didn’t know. With the discovery of the letter and its heartbreaking secret, Noelle’s friends begin to uncover the truth about this complex woman who touched each of their lives and the life of a desperate stranger with love and betrayal, compassion and deceit.

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