The Shadow Wife

The Shadow Wife

Book - 2002
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"Joelle D'Angelo's best friend, Mara, is left with brain damage after she suffers an aneurysm giving birth to her son. Alone and grieving, Joelle turns to the only other person who understands her pain: her colleague--and Mara's husband--Liam. What starts out as comfort between friends gradually becomes something more...something undeniable. Torn by guilt and the impossibility of her feelings for Liam, Joelle sets out determined to find help for Mara, no matter how unconventional the source. Her search leads her to a mansion in Monterey, California, and into the life of a woman shrouded in mystery. Carlynn Kling Shire is a healer and, according to Joelle's parents, saved Joelle's life when she was an infant. As Joelle is guided down an unfamiliar path by a woman keeping her own shocking secrets, she discovers that while some love is doomed, some love is destined to survive anything."--Page [4] of cover.
Publisher: Don Mills, Ontario : MIRA, ©2002
ISBN: 9780778328445
Branch Call Number: CHAMBER
Characteristics: 378 pages ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Cypress Point

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Liselara
Dec 19, 2016

Get ready because this is one of those weird books that has you wondering why the description at the back of the book doesn't quite make sense with the prose. You have Joelle who is divorced because she couldn't get pregnant. Mara (Joelle's best friend) is brain damaged after giving birth and Joelle and Mara's husband have a one-night stand and now Joelle is pregnant. And then there is this truly bizarre sub-plot about Joelle's near-death birth in a commune and this really great healer who has a twin sister and Joelle contacts the healer to help Mara. Oh and if you come across the book "The Shadow Wife" - it's the same book.

Mini-spoiler alert: I saw the end coming a mile away. Diane has written much more coherent books.

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