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Before the Storm by Diane Chamberlain
  

Before the Storm

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May 2010 Book of the Month.

A kids’ social is moved from the youth centre to the local church for various reasons. The church goes up in flames and an autistic child leads most of the kids to safety. He is honoured as a hero …. then it looks as if he might have started the fire himself. This is powerful stuff that really holds tension right through. I loved it. Watch out for its sequel in August.

Comparison: Jodi Picoult, Anita Shreve, Heather Gudenkauf.

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Synopsis

Before the Storm by Diane Chamberlain

Her little boy has been accused of murder. How far will she go to protect him? When the local church is razed to the ground, dozens of trapped children manage to escape - many helped by fifteen-year-old Andy Lockwood. Born with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Andy is more like a little boy than a teenager, but in the eyes of the people he saved, he's a hero. Laurel lost her baby once through neglect and has spent the rest of her life determined to make up for her mistakes. Yet when 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 protect him.

Reviews

'Diane Chamberlain is the Southern Jodi Picoult.' - New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe

'Diane Chamberlain is a marvellously gifted author! Every book she writes is a real gem.' - Literary Times

This was an excellent book, well written and thoroughly gripping. Highly recommended.' 5 stars - NewBooks

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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Publication date

21st May 2010

Author

Diane Chamberlain

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Publisher

Mira Books

Format

Paperback
496 pages

Categories

Family Drama
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780778303381

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