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The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes ❮Epub❯ ➡ The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes ➠ Author Diane Chamberlain – In 1977 pregnant Genevieve Russell disappeared Twenty years later her remains are discovered and Timothy Gleason is charged with murder But there is no sign of the unborn childCeeCee Wilkes knows how In pregnant Genevieve Russell disappeared Twenty Life of Kindle Ð years later her remains are discovered and Timothy Gleason is charged with murder But there is no sign of the unborn childCeeCee Wilkes knows how Genevieve Russell died because she was there And she knows what happened to her missing infant because two decades ago she made the The Secret Epub / devastating choice to raise the baby as her own Now Timothy Gleason is facing the death penalty and she has another choice to make Tell the truth and destroy her family Or let an innocent man die in order to protect a lifetime of liesback cover.

  • Paperback
  • 522 pages
  • The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes
  • Diane Chamberlain
  • English
  • 20 August 2016
  • 9780778325314

About the Author: Diane Chamberlain

Diane Chamberlain is the New York Times Life of Kindle Ð USA Today and London Sunday Times best selling author of novels The daughter of a school principal who supplied her with a new book almost daily Diane uickly learned the emotional power of story Although she wrote many small “books” as a child she didn’t seriously turn The Secret Epub / to writing fiction until her early thirties when she was waiting for a delayed.

10 thoughts on “The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes

  1. Karen Karen says:

    Why? Why do I do it to myself? Why do I once a book finds its way onto my bookshelf feel a personal responsibility to usher it safely chapter by chapter to Read dom and its ultimate resting place be that the 'favourites' bookshelf or the charity shop?The cover even warned me For fans of Jodi Picoult this is a must read I've had my fill and then some of JP and her creative writing class assignmentsBut somehow I'm still labouring under the misapprehension that if only I could just get rid of the crap my bookshelves would be an ambrosial orchard heavy with literary fruits ripe for the re readingMore likely I'll be lying on my deathbed saying I wish I hadn't read so much shit

  2. Dem Dem says:

    A solid gripping story heartfelt and beautifully written and good physcholical thriller that kept me turning the pagesThis is also know as The Secret Life of CeeCee WilkesEvery now and then I enjoy a Diane chamberlain novel and this one really did hold my interest There are uite a few novels on the market in the last couple of years where with the premise of missing childre and while this seems to be a popular topic for authors not all of them are well done but I think the Lost Daughter by Diane Chamberlain seems is one of the better ones and a favourite of mine as many of the other novels with this plot line are way too far fetched or just over doneThe Lost Daughter's complex and flawed characters make this book easy to identify with the story is believable with just enough twists and turns to make this a suspenseful and entertaining read Would you live a lie to keep your child? In 1977 pregnant Genevieve Russell disappeared Twenty years later her remains are discovered and Timothy Gleason is charged with murder But there is no sign of the unborn child CeeCee Wilkes knows how Genevieve died because she was there

  3. Julie (jjmachshev) Julie (jjmachshev) says:

    What makes a mother? Genes? Childbirth? Love? And once a mother bonds with her child is there anything that can break that bond? Diane Chamberlain’s novel “The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes” gives us the story of a teenage mother and her child But there’s a lot to it than just that and one small review can’t possibly describe the incredible and fascinating twists and turns the story takesCeeCee’s mother died when she was just twelve But she left her daughter a legacy of letters Each letter intended for different days some special some not in CeeCee’s future life And each chapter in this book that’s about CeeCee opens with uotes or paragraphs from one of those letters An intelligent and gifted child CeeCee completes her schooling early and is currently working towards getting into college and waiting tables when the book opens But CeeCee is starving for love and naïve as only a 16 year old can be Even when the reader sees the train wreck coming you still wince and want to rail at CeeCee for her actions Her love and longing for love results in her involvement in an unspeakable crime—at 16 Now she’s on the run with a newborn and before she can figure a way out of this mess she’s in love againwith the newborn she names Cory Thus begins the live of Eve formerly CeeCeeEve lives as a single mother and eventually loves and marries But she can never stop looking over her shoulder And 26 years later the dead mother’s body is discovered Now a man stands accused of murder and CeeCeeEve is the only one who can prevent his death To admit her involvement will destroy her family and their careers To do nothing will destroy herAs I read this story I found myself trying to think of what I would have done if I were CeeCee Lured into something she would never have consideredexcept for love Forced into circumstances she could never have imaginedexcept for love Then trying to build a life and find some happiness And finally having to make decisions I couldn’t imagine in my worst nightmare Does this make her strong? Or weak? Ms Chamberlain’s ability to blur the absolute lines of right and wrong is incredible Her portrayal of life in a southern college town is scarily bang on Her characters become people you know or people you would like to know to talk to to ask uestions of But you’re still aware it’s fiction And you uietly thank whatever deity you prefer that it is “the Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes” is about motherhood and mothers It’s about family and what makes a family It’s about love and forgiveness and repentance This is a book I’m glad I read It made me think and made me reconsider absolutes This is one I can’t recommend highly enough for those who are looking for than a uick escape readbecause this is surely not that But it is a book that will draw out your emotions from one end of the scale to the other And sometimesthat’s just what we need

  4. Cate Cate says:

    The worst sort of crossover novel the only reason I am glad I read it as an ebook is that some trees were spared It is to literature what Cheez Whiz in a can is to a triple cream brie This is not a book for reading; this is a book for avoidingThat's right I didn't like itWhat is it that makes this book so painful to read? Is it the utter unbelievability of the plot? The flatness of the characters? The awkward and embarrassing writing and the gratuitous and entirely off putting romance? Could it be that the mix of all of these is what makes the whole so toxic?The book starts with the late afternoon lovemaking of the presumably agoraphobic Corinne and her fiance of five years Ken Corinne wants to tell Ken her big news she drove on a freeway today But he doesn't like to be talked to before sex or afterwards either He's also not terribly happy that she's pregnant and he's not willing to set a wedding date So after an entirely unsexy sex scene and the nap Ken finds out that he's been taken off a news story for some reason that his boss doesn't explain Cory's phone is full of missed calls and unlistened to voicemails Something is going on with some other people we don't know and there's going to be a press conferenceAnd suddenly we're back in 1977 with a 16 year old diner waitress in North Carolina the titular CeeCee Wilkes She meets her soul mate a 22 year old psychology student named Tim Gleason CeeCee's mother passed away four years ago and CeeCee's only recently sprung from her series of bad foster homes and is living on her own Tim's parents are also dead but he's living in their mansion with his PTSD Vietnam vet brother Marty CeeCee thinks Marty is creepy but finds personal fulfillment in cleaning up after the Slovenly Brothers Dirty underwear draped over the edges of bureau drawers? No problem because they are Tim's dirty underwearBut there's another sibling the missing Andi who is in prison on death row for murdering a photographer who came to the house one day and raped her So the Slovenly Brothers' Brain Trust comes up with a plan to commute her sentence they will kidnap the governor's wife and hold her hostage until Andi is freed I guess? Not clear if they'd accept life without parole But they need CeeCee to be the guardWhy does she agree to do this? Because there would presumably be no book if she doesn't Oh sure there's some twoo wuv mumbo jumbo but it's not even remotely credible They Brainy Boys tell her they are part of a group called SCAPE and some of those members are going to help It's going to all work out just fine they'll get the governor to cave into their demands in about half an hour they'll all go underground and change their identities The only uestion CeeCee really wants an answer to is how will we be together after this all goes down? She never gets it But she agreesAnd at this point? I gave up I went to the library and spent about 40 minutes scanning the rest of the book And I only did that because this is for my book clubThe governor's wife is eight and a half months pregnant and prone to hemorrhaging CeeCee is left alone with no phone no way to contact the Smart Boys and of course the woman goes into labor hemorrhages and dies CeeCee delivers the baby and runs away with it This happens in about 8 hours We are then treated to tedious chapters of how CeeCee changes her name covers her tracks relies on the kindness of strangers and grows up raising the baby Corinne had you guessed it? as her ownBlah blah blah a skeleton is discovered when breaking ground for a subdivision Within seconds dental records confirm it is the governor's wife missing these 30 years Twelve hours later Tim Gleason is located in California extradited to North Carolina and now CeeCeeEve watches the proceedings on television worried that Tim will name herWhen he doesn't she does it herself setting up a mother daughter drama of betrayal and lies of a melodramatic and self indulgent sort Not only did my mom lie to me about who my real family was but she also made me OCD That bitch But Eve's got rhumatoid arthritis so she's especially pathetic in prison so that's enough to reconcile them Plus the governor is easily manipulated into giving up his uest for vengance carefully raised and nurtured all the years his wife was missing after a 45 second conversation with Cory So maybe the scheme to force him to release Andi might have worked?Everybody has a happy ending Cory gets to have TWO families that love her and want to give her money and support and yadda yadda and she finds out her fiance of the last 5 years never actually got around to divorcing his wife and she decides she doesn't need him and by the way she's over her agoraphobia without therapy or medication either But she keeps the baby and blah blah blah resolutioncakesAll this in under 250 pages and I didn't even mention that CeeCee's dead mother wrote her a bunch of letters as she lay dying for CeeCee to open at various times in her life so she could offer guidance Too bad it didn't occur to her to write a letter about not appearing in bad novels

  5. Kelly Kelly says:

    Wow I could not put this book down This book would make a great movie I can't wait to read others by Diane Chamberlain

  6. Michelle Michelle says:

    Gripped gripped gripped could not put it down Think this is my favourite Diane Chamberlain so far

  7. Mariah Roze Mariah Roze says:

    This was my July Pick For Me book for Goodreads’ Bibliophile Beauties Group I get really nervous when someone picks a book for me because on my to read list I have a lot of popular reads and they always select one that is extremely popular just like this book Most of the time I end up being disappointed because the hype doesn’t actually match the uality of the book BUT this book’s hype did This was an extremely good book 45 stars I rounded up to 5Now onto the bookThis was a 500 page page turner I felt so attached to this book by the end and caught my self a couple of times tearing up The sadness that CeeCee experienced as a kid and her youngness and wanting for love was heartbreaking I believe a lot of young criminals that act with older people had exactly the same experience that CeeCee had All she wanted was to be loved againThe letters of love and advice from CeeCee's mom throughout the book was really touching and it gave great knowledge to CeeCee’s motherThe love that Eve and Cory had was amazing Reading about how Cory realizes that her mother did the best that she could to raise her and she shouldn't resent her mother for that was amazing As a daughter this really opened my eyes and will stay with me for a long timeThis book also taught me that blood is one thing and that helps set the bond between people but so does being there for each other And being a part of each others’ lives You don’t have to be blood related to be a familyAll in all this book was amazing and I highly suggest it to everyone It had great strong female role models well developed characters and a lot of life lessons without making you realize itI am so glad this book was picked for me because to top it all off it is also my S book for the A Z challenge I just realized that while writing this review hehe

  8. Alison Alison says:

    Overall a really great book Despite the gumption she often showed as a teenager with all of her big plans I really believed that CeeCee was still naieve enough to succumb to Tim's charms My one criticism is in the character development of Cory during the last uarter of the novel CeeCeeEve was incredibly fleshed out as a character but I found Cory a bit lacking First the transition of her from a girl too scared to stay in college at Chapel Hill alone to one that cuts off her family completely to move in with a boyfriend is just too fast Perhaps it would take a separate novel to illustrate the complicated Cory and Ken relationship Then I didn't really believe Cory's inital reaction to the revelation that she was Russell's daughter She got to the Will they accept me? uestion far too uicklyStill a pretty fantastic book

  9. Lisa Lisa says:

    I loved this book It was so hard to put down If I had not needed sleep I would have read it in one sitting

  10. Aoibhínn Aoibhínn says:

    Set in the state of North Carolina The Lost Daughter tells the story of a vulnerable and naive sixteen year old orphan CeeCee Wilkes whose mother passed away when she was just twelve years old CeeCee never knew who her father was and after spending the past four years of her life in various foster homes CeeCee finds herself working as a waitress in order to save money to eventually go to college Due to her mother's death and her years in foster care CeeCee is starving for love and affection This need in her result's in CeeCee falling for a despicable man Tim Gleeson who seduces and manipulates her and gets her involved in an unspeakable crime Soon CeeCee finds herself having to change her name and identity and go on the run with a newborn baby girl CeeCee can never stop looking over her shoulder as she finds herself having to live a life riddled with lies to try to hide her past crime The novel is compelling and captivating with a lot of unexpected twists and turns throughout the plot The book was completely unpredictable; I just couldn't predict what was going to happen next I was engrossed from the very first page which is something that doesn't happen to me very often I found Diane Chamberlain's ability to blur the lines between right and wrong incredible The author has a fantastic writing style which kept me gripped from chapter to chapter The book really made me think about what I would have done in if I was in CeeCee's place The moral uestions it raises over and over again constantly make you uestion your own morals Diane Chamberlain's characters are all complex interesting and well defined especially the characters of CeeCee and Cory I found myself finding it easy to empathise with them The novel follows CeeCee throughout 30 years of her life and I found it interesting how CeeCee changed over the course of the story While I wouldn't make the choices CeeCee made I understood why she done what she did and I truly believed that CeeCee had felt she had done the right thing Diane Chamberlain is often compared to Jodi Picoult but in fact she's is a much better writer than Picoult This is one book that will have you thinking about it long after you've finished reading the final page I really enjoyed this novel and I look forward to reading of this author's books in the future A well deserved five starsPlease note this novel as known as The Lost Daughter in Europe and as The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes in the United States

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