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Big Lies in a Small Town: A Novel North Carolina, 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 Assignment 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, Anna Dale, An Artist From New Jersey, Wins A National Contest To Paint A Mural For The Post Office In Edenton, North Carolina 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 m not sure how to put into words how good this book is It s like no other book I have ever read The story is very unique and draws you into the troubled lives of 2 young women from 2 different periods of time but who havein common than you can imagine It is well written and is easily one the best books I ve ever read. NO SPOILERS.only descriptive teasersDiane Chamberlain knows what a good story is about She continues to arrive at new levels of power with each of her novels beingimpressive than the one before A very loved novelist by readers all around the world.I, too, became an instant giddy fan in 2014, when I read Necessary Lies The story itself was a punch in the gut explosive historical awakening Having now read about a half dozenof her novels.what stands out for me is Diane NO SPOILERS.only descriptive teasersDiane Chamberlain knows what a good story is about She continues to arrive at new levels of power with each of her novels beingimpressive than the one before A very loved novelist by readers all around the world.I, too, became an instant giddy fan in 2014, when I read Necessary Lies The story itself was a punch in the gut explosive historical awakening Having now read about a half dozenof her novels.what stands out for me is Diane Chamberlain s humanity It s irresistible In Big Lies in a Small Town , we follow a duo timeline Both timeline stories are equally good.We first meet Morgan Christopher in a Correctional Facility for Women in 2018, Raleigh, North Carolina Morgan had just finished her one year minimum prison sentence.when surprise.two visitors entered 1 Lisa Williams, the daughter of the well known artist Jesse Jameson Williams.who recently died Lisa Williams was a real estate broker She had no experience with art but given she was her father s only child, he trusted his very specific instructions to her written in his will Lisa s father, Jesse Jameson, wanted a 70 year old canvas mural to be restored by the inexperienced 22 year old Morgan who was sitting in prison for a crime she didn t commit and2 Andrea Fuller an attorney..who came along with Lisa to over see the legalities Morgan gets a get out of jail free card in exchange for restoring the mural Morgan had reservations about her own qualifications.but she said yes Lisa brings Morgan to live in her house for the time needed until the project is done On the drive from the prison to Lisa s house with Morgan in the passenger seat This is the new Morgan, I thought sadly to myself The Morgan afraid at the outside world We d ridden ten minutes in silence before Lisa finally spoke The Government never fully paid the artist Anna Dale for the mural, so after she went crazy or whatever happened it essentially became my father s property to do with as he pleased, she said But since the gallery is a gift to the community, your work on the mural becomes a sort of community service She glanced at me, and the smallest of smile s lifted the corners of her lips Anna Dale went crazy Anna Dale was born in 1918 In 1939, she was living in Plainfield, New Jersey Anna entered a competition with a mural she did in her hometown In Edenton, North Carolina, The Selection of Fine Arts was impressed with Anna Dale s artistic talent They wanted her to work on an assignment a mural for the post office in Edenton, North Carolina Anna had never been to North Carolina It was suggested that she familiarize herself with the geographic area surrounding her assignment She had never expected to win the competition and the timing could not have been worse She had just buried her mother who was her best friend However.off Anna goes driving from New Jersey to North Carolina.It was the inner thoughts during that first drive to Edenton where we begin to know Anna and the concerns that weigh heavily on her mind Without the feelings of strength from mother her mother s advice we see just how deeply Anna feels ALONE We also learn background about Anna s mother The south seemed backward to Anna with the segregation They actually lynched Negros in the south Anna was interested in painting the Tea Party but when she met several of the locals all men who looked at her as a pretty little thing and why wasn t she married..Mr Fiering, Manager at the Cotton mill replied Oh, not that tired old Tea Party again Anna was shaken by the sudden outburst and she thought the Tea Party was something that Edenton was proud of Mayor Sykes jumped in and said, We re very proud that our ladies stood up for freedom but..because it was such a long time ago the locals were vocal about how tired they were to be reminded The towns people argued back and forth each wanting their business to be the focus on the mural..be it the cotton mill or the peanut factory or their melons, or fishing.almost anything other than woman s fight for freedom The mayor s cousin Martin Drapple was a well known local artist.The locals were resentful that he wasn t chosen to paint the mural As the reader.we begin to see that problems fall ahead problems that Morgan will face in 2018, and the problems Anna had to contend with in 1939.You know that old saying that whatever you don t complete comes back to haunt you Wellhistory comes back to haunt in Edenton, North Carolina Since it was going to take several months before the mural would be complete, the townsmen suggested Anna stay in town instead of going back to New Jersey Myrtle Simms, a widow, lived across the street from the railroad building and could host Anna for the few months while she worked Every character in this book big or small primary or supportive are well developed Anna had painted The Tea Party sorta she added her unique interpretation of the subject Her paining was controversialThe locals thought it was sick All Anna did was paint the truth as she saw it When Morgan discovers the 70 year old canvas for the first time.he knew there was a story there It looked like a hacker snatched it from the stretcher The old canvas was damaged and reeked of mold and mildew Morgan had two months to restore it My lips are sealed I say noOther than this is a wonderfully satisfying story the pages turn themselves Troubled women.Troubled times.A villain.And hero s.A passionate town.Twists turns.History to contemplate the real mural competition during the Great Depression Themes racism, mental illness, injustice, poverty, righteousness, secrets.and..as the title suggests BIG LIES..in a small town WONDERFUL Thank You Netgalley, St Martin s Press, and the gracious talented storyteller, Diane Chamberlain Big lies in a small town is the story of two women born in different times dealing with issues which are beyond their control Each woman will have her challenges and her triumphs Each will be tested, and each will have to prove herself.North Carolina, 2018 Morgan Christopher was an art student who made a bad judgement call and ended up serving time in a women s correctional center for a crime she did not commit Then one day she is visited by two women who tell her that she will be released fr Big lies in a small town is the story of two women born in different times dealing with issues which are beyond their control Each woman will have her challenges and her triumphs Each will be tested, and each will have to prove herself.North Carolina, 2018 Morgan Christopher was an art student who made a bad judgement call and ended up serving time in a women s correctional center for a crime she did not commit Then one day she is visited by two women who tell her that she will be released from prison if she agrees to restore an old post office mural She knows nothing about restoration but desperate to have freedom, she agrees North Carolina, 1940 Anna Dale has won an art contest and is chosen to paint a mural for a post office in Edenton, North Carolina She happily accepts and considers this to be an honor and a challenge Little does she know, but there are those who don t want a woman painting the mural, nor do they like the company she keeps while painting Prejudice and false assumptions run rampant.The two women s stories blend perfectly together Usually when there are two timelines, I tend to prefer one over the other, but I loved both in this book Both women were likable, both characters had me rooting for them I watched Anna as she tried to complete her mural and I watched Morgan as she restored a mural which had been hidden away for years.I was fully invested in this story and loved the journey of finding out how the book would end This book was beautifully written and had me on the edge of my seat, not with heart pounding suspense, but with a captivating and enthralling story that I didn t want to stop reading I could literally feel the characters emotions while reading Chamberlain did a great job of transporting me back to 1940 in the South There are some heavy issues dealt with in this book and she handles them with care and sill I love how she carefully guided the reader between the two stories telling the tale of mystery, romance, love, family ties, family secrets, art, music, pain, secrets, and prejudice There a couple of little twists and turns along the way and all felt believable and made sense.Riveting heartfelt, thought provoking story telling This is a MUST read Highly recommend.Thank you to St Martin s Press and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review All the thoughts and opinions are my own I always look forward to Diane Chamberlain s books and I was delighted to receive an ARC of her new book Big Lies In A Small Town This story is told in two time frames.In 1940 Anna Dale wins an art competition to paint a mural for a post office building in a small town When she arrives to work on the painting she feels that she is not welcome because everyone is unhappy that the towns resident painter was not chosen as the winner.In 2018 Morgan Christopher is let out on parole from prison to r I always look forward to Diane Chamberlain s books and I was delighted to receive an ARC of her new book Big Lies In A Small Town This story is told in two time frames.In 1940 Anna Dale wins an art competition to paint a mural for a post office building in a small town When she arrives to work on the painting she feels that she is not welcome because everyone is unhappy that the towns resident painter was not chosen as the winner.In 2018 Morgan Christopher is let out on parole from prison to restore the mural that has never been put up in the town and has been in storage since it was finished I liked both of these characters and thought that the dual timeline worked very well.I really enjoyed this story and can t wait for this author next book Thank you NetGalley and St Martin s Press for my e copy in exchange for an honest review

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