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It is 1944. Pregnant, alone, and riddled with guilt, twenty-three-year-old Tess DeMello abruptly gives up her budding career as a nurse and ends her engagement to the love of her life, unable to live a lie. Instead, she turns to the babys father for help and agrees to marry him, moving to the small, rural town of Hickory, North Carolina. Tesss new husband, Henry Kraft, is a secretive man who often stays out all night, hides money from his new wife, and shows her no affection. Tess quickly realizes shes trapped in a strange and loveless marriage with no way out.
The people of Hickory love and respect Henry but see Tess as an outsider, treating her with suspicion and disdain. When one of the towns golden girls dies in a terrible accident, everyone holds Tess responsible. But Henry keeps his secrets even closer now, though it seems that everyone knows something about him that Tess does not.
When a sudden polio epidemic strikes Hickory, the townspeople band together to build a polio hospital. Tess knows she is needed and defies Henrys wishes to begin working at there. Through this work, she begins to find purpose and meaning. Yet at home, Henrys actions grow more alarming by the day. As Tess works to save the lives of her patients, can she untangle the truth behind her husbands mysterious behavior and find the love—and the life—she was meant to have?AUTHOR INFO: Diane Chamberlain is an American author of adult fiction. Her first novel, Private Relations, was started while she was waiting in a doctors office. Although this is when and where she started the novel, she did not finish it until four years later. She focuses all of her novels around relationships, whether they are between a man and a woman, a parent and their child, siblings, or friends. Her books incorporate a mixture of family drama, suspense, and romance.
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