Dual timelines, riveting storylines & uncovering a mystery in North Carolina make this a five star read!
Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain
Nothing like southern hospitality!
Anna Dale is a young artist from New Jersey who won a mural competition but for a different state than she had hoped. She takes a trip down south to little Edenton, NC where her mural is to hang in the town’s post office. The sticky sweet southern hospitality sucks her in to stay while she creates the mural. Slowly she realizes the southern hospitality is not a sweet as it seems.
Morgan Christopher is a young artist sitting in prison looking at 2 more years. Then suddenly she’s let out on parole to complete a mural for the late Jesse Jameson Williams’s new gallery in Edenton, NC. She has to complete the work by August 5th or she goes back to prison according to Jesse’s daughter Lisa. Morgan finds herself connecting more and more to the mural’s creator Anna Dale as she restores the painting. Anna Dale left a mysterious history for her and the curator Oliver to uncover.
I might be biased due to growing up in North Carolina but this story was riveting. It was a little slow to start but then it picked up speed and I could not put it down. Diane took her time to develop the characters and it makes the story that much deeper. The ending moments tie all your questions together beautifully and then leaves you wishing you could hear more about these characters’ stories. I am truly a fan of Diane now and was REALLY into this book. I also loved The Dream Daughter by Diane & you can read our review here. Sarah loved The Stolen Marriage.
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