Before the Storm…

I have not done a book review in a while, as the Fall season has been quite busy with a lot going on. However, with the holidays upon us, it’s always good to take a break and re-energize before the craziness of holiday shopping and parties begin. I have blogged about Diane Chamberlain before, as I love all of her books, so here I go again (click here for the review of my favorite book of hers).  Some of her books are part of a series or trilogy, as are the two that I am reviewing today, Before the Storm and Secrets She Left Behind.  Once again, I do suggest you read them in order, as it always makes it easier to follow the story line. I simply could not wait to read the sequel to see how the story unfolds, and trust me, you will be just as anxious!

Photo Courtesy of Diane Chamberlain Books.

Photos Courtesy of Diane Chamberlain.

Before the Storm (Synopsis)
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 over-protective. Still, she loosens her grip just enough to let Andy attend a local church social—a decision that terrifies and infuriates 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 (Synopsis)
One afternoon, single mother Sara Weston says that she’s going to the store—and never returns. In her absence, she leaves her teenaged 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. Now the person Keith despises most is the closest thing he has to family—until Sara returns. If Sara returns. . .

So, I hope I have peaked your interest in these terrific mysteries.  Now just pick up a copy of these books, or download them to your e-reader, and enjoy a great read!

Have you ever read a novel by Diane Chamberlain?  If you have, I’d love to hear which was your favorite.My Signature

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37 thoughts on “Before the Storm…

  1. Reading is very rare for me. In fact, I haven’t picked up a book in about 20 years, but these sound like really good reads 🙂

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  2. I am so looking forward to a couple of days off so I can sit with a book and just relax. This is a new author for me but from what you have written she sounds like an author I would chose for myself. Looking to see what book #1 is in both series. I have to start from the beginning 🙂

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  3. Reading is something I’ve got to add to my New Year’s bucket list for next year! I love a good mystery and both of these stories captured my interest! You did an excellent job of outlining the books!

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  4. Those are definitely page turners! I am so interested in the second story. I wonder how it ends, but I guess it’s for me to find out!

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  5. Both books sound good and I am sure an enjoyable read on a lazy weekend. The best kind of read. I have not read books by this author before but I have heard about her. I might just have to catch one of these over the holidays when I have some down time.

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  6. I haven’t read any of Diane Chamberlain’s novels. I am more of a crime and suspense novel kind of reader, but I am open to other genres. I will take your word and look for these books. Thanks for the synopsis. They do look like a promising read.

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