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review Big Lies in a Small Town 103 ã From bestselling author Diane Chamberlain comes an irresistible new novel North Carolina 2018 Morgan Christopher's life has been derailed Taking the fall for a crime she did not commit she finds herself serving a three year stint in the North Carolina Women's Correctional Center Her dream of a career in art is put on Nt restore an old post office mural in a sleepy southern town Morgan knows nothing about art restoration but desperate to leave prison she accepts What she finds under the layers of grime is a painting that tells the story of madness violence and a conspiracy of small town secrets North Carolina 1940 Anna Dale an artist from New Jersey wins a national contest to paint a mural for the post office in Edenton North Carol. NOW AVAILABLE YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED IN THIS ONEThis is only the second novel that I have read by Ms Chamberlain This book is uite different from “The Dream Daughter” which involved time travel and a woman’s decision about the fate of her unborn child What this book shares with the previous book that I read is a dual timeline once again and strong character development I would classify this as a mystery with a very uniue story I found the flow to be wonderful and it was easy to move from one timeline to another I really enjoyed itWe first meet Morgan Christopher as she is serving a sentence for a crime that she didn’t actually commit in Raleigh North Carolina but I will leave you to discover the details of that crime it is 2018 What happens next sets us up for the entire story Two women one the daughter of a famous painter Jesse Jameson named Lisa and her attorney Andrea Fuller come to visit Morgan they have a proposition for Morgan They want her to restore a mural that had been painted for a post office and has been hidden in Jesse’s home and now is a pivotal issue in the details of his will as he has recently passed away There are strict guidelines and dates for when the mural must be restored and placed in a new gallery and he wanted Morgan Christopher to do the restoration We don’t know how or why he insisted that Morgan do the work at this point Even though she has never done any work of this type she was an art student for 3 years and of course wants to be released from prison We will follow Morgan as she lives with Lisa and proceeds to restore the mural which is badly damaged and so grimy they can hardly make out the scene it depictsIn the other timeline we are introduced to Anna Dale an artist from New Jersey who has won a contest to paint a mural for the post office in Edenton North Carolina it is 1939 She was not actually expecting to win the contest so she drives there to see what the area and the people there are like She finds the “south” to still be small minded with lots of racial prejudice and ideas of where a woman should be and they feel that is at home They are unhappy that a local man Martin Drapple didn’t win the contest and we will find out just how many obstacles that Anna has to face in proceeding to paint the mural We are also left with the uestion of what happened to Anna Why wasn’t the mural ever installedWithout giving away any of the plot I can tell you that this book has strong competent and complicated women who “rise to the occasion” and many issues will be addressed including racism abusive family situations mental illness injustice and the deeply seated prejudices of the town There are other strong characters in the book which are all believable and I cared deeply about the outcome of the storyI can highly recommend this book I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through Netgalley It is set to publish on January 14 2020

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From bestselling author Diane Chamberlain comes an irresistible new novel North Carolina 2018 Morgan Christopher's life has been derailed Taking the fall for a crime she did not commit she finds herself serving a three year stint in the North Carolina Women's Correctional Center Her dream of a career in art is put on hold until a mysterious visitor makes her an offer that will see her released immediately Her assignme. Diane Chamberlain writes a compulsive and gripping novel that skillfully weaves the stories of two women from the past and the present In 2018 22 year old Morgan Christopher is serving a prison sentence at the North Carolina Correctional Facility in Raleigh for a crime she did not commit Out of the blue she receives a visit from Lisa Williams whose father the artist Jesse Jameson has recently died and the lawyer Andrea Fuller He left behind a will in which he makes it clear that he wants Morgan to restore a 70 year old mural canvas There are conditions attached but it offers Morgan the opportunity to be free from prison and whilst she seriously doubts her abilities are up to the task reuired she acuiesces to the demanding challenge In the past Anna Dale enters an art competition this leads to her being offered the opportunity to paint an art mural for the Post Office in Edenton North Carolina She goes there to get a feel of the place and whilst experiencing some Southern hospitality she encounters hostility too It is mainly the men that are so unwelcoming and locals who would have preferred the local artist Martin Drapple to have been doing the mural They are many who are not happy with Anna's idea of painting The Tea Party having their own ideas instead many of which are self serving She depicts her own controversial interpretation of The Tea Party based on her perceptions of the truth about the place However strangely Anna and the painting both disappear Morgan is discouraged when she sees how much work the mural needs but is aided by a museum's art curator Before long she becomes consumed by the task and by Anna wanting to do her justice Can she solve the mystery of Anna and uncover the truthChamberlain writes an emotionally engaging story richly detailed of a town with plenty of intrigue secrets and lies It is thought provoking in the serious issues it covers of art abuse racism misogyny justice prejudice and mental health Morgan and Anna are connected through time and art and I became completely immersed in the challenging lives of both women The characterisation is captivating and both timelines are eually enthralling This is another fantastic read from the author and one which I recommend highly to others Many thanks to St Martin's Press for an ARC

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Big Lies in a Small TownIna Alone in the world and desperate for work she accepts But what she doesn't expect is to find herself immersed in a town where prejudices run deep where people are hiding secrets behind closed doors and where the price of being different might just end in murder What happened to Anna Dale Are the clues hidden in the decrepit mural Can Morgan overcome her own demons to discover what exists beneath the layers of lies. I got interested in this novel beacuse of the mention of mural art The city where I live has become known to its murals on the walls of tenement houses and they always draw my attention whenever I get around the city Also I associate murals with the American culture and I thought that a novel which has this art as the central point must be interesting And I was not wrong I am not a fan of dual timeline however with this novel it went smoothly for me The stories of two young women Anna Dale and Morgan Christopher set in 1940 and 2018 respectively are connected by a mural which was hidden for decades and the will of a famous artist forces his relatives tohave it restored and then show it to the public again The mystery behind restoration is the core of the novelI admit I got invested in both stories however observing the life of a small town in North Carolina was engaging for me as through Anna's eyes we are able to compare the differences between the North and the South in those days Anna appears to be delicate and fragile but in fact she is strong and finds a way out with a little help from her friendsMy first novel by Ms Chamberlain that encourages me to add of her novels to my trlMany thanks to Diane Chamberlain St Martin's Press and NetGalley for arc in exchange for my honest review