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Big Lies in a Small Town characters Ç 7 ↠ 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 careeNt 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. In August 2019 we moved to the Anson area and I didn't realize at the time I wrote this review that our little post office has one of these murals The link below will take you to it The artist even snuck a bottle of moonshine into the mural 😁 1940 young Anna Dale wins a contest to paint a mural for the Edenton NC post office Twenty two years old and fleeing the heartbreak of her mom's very recent death Anna throws herself into the job of designing and painting a mural that will be the best representation of Edenton that she can imagine There are resentments towards Anna due to her winning the contest over a local male artist and Anna comes face to face with strong prejudices of some towns folks especially when she welcomes a seventeen year old black budding artist to work with her on her mural In the present day twenty two year old prison inmate Morgan Christopher is released from prison early with the stipulation that she restore an old battered mural that is to be the main feature of a new Edenton art museum Morgan has no idea why a recently deceased black artist picked her a young white woman who struggled with her art in school to do the restoration job The deadline is tight and as she begins working on the mural she wants to know what happened to the artist Anna Dale causing her and the mural to disappear I knew nothing about the making of murals such as the one that was being made in 1940 or about art restoration and enjoyed reading about the process in both timelines of the books These women are young strong and determined and it was interesting reading how the times and situations dictate how each woman presents herself Then there is the mystery of why the black artist picked Morgan to restore a mural painted by Anna so many years ago What happened to Anna What happened to the mural and how did the black artist come to have it in his possession I enjoyed Diane Chamberlain's Dream Daughter and this book and will be looking for of her work in the future Thank you to St Martin's Press and NetGalley for this ARC

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Ina 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. Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain is a 2020 St Martin’s Press publication Another example of why Diane Chamberlain is one of my favorite authors I am always intrigued by stories centered around art I have zero talent in that department so I marvel at those who do As you can imagine this story grabbed my attention right away The story is built around three artistsJessie Jameson Williams who upon his death sets in motion a series of events that will merge the past with the present Anna Dale an artist who in 1940 painted a mural that never saw the light of day and has long since been forgotten Morgan Christopher an artist who has made a spectacular mess of her life but is given a second chance when she is commissioned despite her lack of experience to restore the mural Anna Dale painted2018 When Jessie Jameson Williams passed away he left instructions in his will for Morgan Christopher to restore Anna Dale's mural which must be completed in short order If Morgan fails to deliver Jessie’s daughter Lisa will lose her family home But why did Jessie choose Morgan of all people This is the uestion everyone wants an answer to especially Morgan The mural is in bad shape which means Morgan really has her work cut out for her It’s a challenge Morgan is ready to conuer As she begins her work she becomes interested in the life of the original artist What was Anna Dale trying to convey through her art What message was she trying to send What ever became of Anna 1940 Anna Dale arrives in Edenton North Carolina after winning a contest the prize being the honor of painting a mural which will hang in the local post office However Anna finds herself facing opposition from a few of the locals who had their own artist tapped to do the mural Anna’s story is both a beautiful story of friendship and love and a sinister tale that harbors a horrible sense of foreboding As Morgan works on the mural she tries to unravel the mystery of Anna Dale while also struggling with her part in a horrible crime for which she was sent to prison Her story is one of redemption second chances and hope As the two timelines merge long overdue secrets are uncovered bringing people together through art and history in such a lovely heartwarming way Once again Diane Chamberlain delivers a well written piece of historical fiction and a suspenseful mystery packed with great characters touching all the right emotions Highly recommend 45 stars

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Big Lies in a Small TownFrom 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