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Reflection by Diane Chamberlain

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Reflection is the name of a highly religious American small town in Pennsylvania. Our protagonist, Rachel, returns to care for her ailing, estranged grandmother. Twenty years previously it was alleged that Rachel was the cause of a tragedy and the town has still not forgiven her. Populated by Amish and staunch Protestants, all seem to hold a grudge for we know not what, all except childhood friend Michael, now a minister, and her grandmother who has secrets of her own. Chamberlain has a habit of drip-feeding character’s backgrounds and plot which is really interesting for the style keeps you riveted to the page and often leaves first impressions completely awry. She is very good indeed. This was originally published in 1996.

If you like Diane Chamberlain you might also like to read books by Anita Shreve, Jodi Picoult and Joshilyn Jackson.

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Reflection by Diane Chamberlain

YOU CAN NEVER OUTRUN THE PAST. Twenty years ago, a terrible tragedy shattered the tranquillity of the small Pennsylvania Dutch town of Reflection. The residents of the village have never forgiven the one woman they blamed for what happened - Rachel Huber. After the incident, Rachel left the town and cut off all ties there. But when Rachel receives the news that her estranged grandmother, Helen, is ill and needs her care, she returns to Reflection. But the town has not forgotten the past and amongst the hostility and gossip, Rachel is forced to seek out old allies and new passions. Soon she finds an unlikely advocate in her grandmother, who surprises her with her wise counsel and rare strength. Rachel comes to realize that they are both trying to overcome the past, and in doing so brings private guilt and concealed secrets into the light.

About the Author

Diane Chamberlain

Award-winning author Diane Chamberlain, was born and raised in Plainfield, New Jersey, and attended Glassboro State University. She also lived for many years in both San Diego and northern Virginia, where she still resides.

Diane received her master’s degree in clinical social work from San Diego State University. Prior to her writing career, she was a medical social worker at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego and Children’s Hospital in Washington, D.C. She also was a psychotherapist in private practice in Alexandria, Virginia., working primarily with adolescents. Diane’s background in psychology and her work in hospitals has given her a keen interest in understanding the way people tick, as well as the background necessary to create real, living, breathing characters.

Several years ago, Diane was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, which has changed the way she works: she occasionally types using voice recognition software. She feels fortunate that her arthritis is not more severe and that she is able to enjoy everyday activities as well as keep up with a busy travel schedule.

Diane has three married stepdaughters, three grandchildren and two shelties. She lives with photographer John Pagliuca in North Carolina where she's at work on her next novel.

Author photo © John Pagliuca

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31st July 2014


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