The First Lie by Diane Chamberlain

Completely captivated. Told through the point of view of Ivy in 1958 North Carolina, I can hear the thick southern accent through the pages. Smelling the old dirt roads and the remnants of tobacco lingering transformed my reading experience from casual interest to captivated. This is a short e-story that sets up the story to be told in the upcoming novel Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain. I have marked it as a want to read immediately after reading this e-story.

5 Captivated STARS

Given by St. Martin's Press in exchange for honest review

An e-original short story that sets the stage for bestselling author Diane Chamberlain’s upcoming novel Necessary Lies (September 2013).

The First Lie gives readers an early glimpse into the life of thirteen-year-old Ivy Hart. It’s 1958 in rural North Carolina, where Ivy lives with her grandmother and sister on a tobacco farm. As tenant farmers, Ivy and her family don’t have much freedom, though she and her best friend, Henry, often sneak away in search of adventure…and their truest selves. But life on the farm takes a turn when Ivy’s teenage sister gives birth—all the while maintaining her silence about the baby’s father. Soon Ivy finds herself navigating the space between adolescence and adulthood as she tries to unravel a dark web of family secrets and make sense of her ever-evolving life in the segregated South.  
DIANE CHAMBERLAIN is the bestselling author of twenty-one novels published in more than eleven languages. She lives in North Carolina with her partner, photographer John Pagliuca, and her shelties, Keeper and Cole. Visit

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