An engrossing story told about two women in two different times in Edenton, NC

Big Lies in a Small Town: A Novel

By: Diane Chamberlain

Rating: 5 of 5

I’ve read only a few books by author Diane Chamberlain. Each book has caught my attention and left me wanting to read more of her works. Thus far, this book is my favorite.

This is the story of two young women. In the past, Anna Dale, an artist. In the present, Morgan Christopher, an art student who is also in prison when we first meet her.

Morgan has been given a job to do that she doesn’t feel and, in fact, is not qualified to attempt. She is given the choice of staying in prison and serving her time or doing the work, by an impossible date in Edenton.

The work is to restore that of a mural painted by Anna Dale, which was lost and recently discovered.

We “hear” the story of Anna and see how Morgan becomes more and more compelled to bring Anna’s work back to its glory, though it is more than a bit strange.

We learn about these two young women, their dreams, their new relationships and their old ones.

There is heartache and laughs but above all, there is a compelling story. While it is fictional, I felt like I knew these two women by the time I had finished reading the book.

I was provided a digital advance reader copy of this book by the publisher via Netgalley.

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