Saturday, February 28, 2009

The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes by Diane Chamberlain~★★★★★

Author: Diane Chamberlain
Title: The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes
Release Date: February 1st, 2006
Publisher: Mira
Genre: Fiction

Book Jacket: "Twenty-eight years ago a North Carolina governor's young, pregnant wife was kidnapped. Now her remains have been found and a man charged with her murder. Only one person-CeeCee Wilkes-can refute the charges against him. But CeeCee disappeared years ago...
Eve Elliot (throughout the book Elliott has two t's...bad proofreading, eh?) is a successful therapist to troubled students, a loving wife, a mother deeply invested in her family. But her happiness is built on a lie. When she was a lonely, vulernable young woman, a single decision made in innocence led to a dark night of unimaginable consequences. Now, forced to confront her past, she faces another terrible choice: reveal to her family that she is not who she seems, or allow a man to take the blame for a crime she knows he did not commit. If the choice affected only her life, Eve is certain she would do what is right. But though inaction mean condemning an innocent man, it also means protecting her family from the mistakes of the her past.
Corinne Elliot has always known she was different: the only redhead in a familiy of brunettes, the paralyzing shyness that contrasts with her sister's vivaciousness, the many fears-of highways, of bridges, of public spaces-that constrict her daily life. Still, with a new job possibility and a baby on the way, she's found some measure of happiness-until the day she turns on the television and finds her mother's image on-screen.
Now, as the past explodes into the the present, Corinne must confront the secrets she has always intuited, and find answers from the one person who knows the truth of what happened over two decades ago-CeeCee Wilkes."

Taryn's Review: I started this book and read it through one late evening. Much to my surprise, I was entranced by this book. Chamberlain did a fantastic job of making CeeCee naive and her childishness trickled through to the reader. CeeCee was just a young girl from North Carolina mixed up in something she couldn't have possibility understood nor did she know it would explode into the catastrophe it did.

Eve Bailey was a mother who loved her daughter Corinne, aka Cory, with as much gusto as any mother could have. Cory was her number one priority and Eve protected her child from the harshness of life as much as she could, resulting in a scared, timid Cory. Eve eventually married Jack Elliott and they settled into life in Charlottesville, Virginia, and welcomed another daughter, Dru.

As the girls got older, Cory separated herself from her mother's overburdening protectiveness and searches to find who she is. Cory also felt lost since she never knew her biological father, a man who her mother says was killed in a motorcycle accident. Cory began a relationship with a news reporter and they settled outside Chapel Hill, North Carolina. When Eve finally released the secret she's been hiding all those years, Cory's world was turned upside down.

The book is great. I couldn't stop reading because I had to know what would happen. Don't let the size of the book scare you; I was on page 200 before I even knew it. The words just easily float off the page creating a scene for you to watch. The end might be a little hokey, but it's still a great book that I really enjoyed reading.

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