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Bestselling author Diane Chamberlain delivers a breakout book about a small southern town fifty years ago, and the darkest—and most hopeful—places in the human heart

After losing her parents, fifteen-year-old Ivy Hart is left to care for her grandmother, older sister and nephew as tenants on a small tobacco farm. As she struggles with her grandmother's aging, her sister's mental illness and her own epilepsy, she realizes they might need more than she can give.
When Jane Forrester takes a position as Grace County's newest social worker, she doesn't realize just how much her help is needed. She quickly becomes emotionally invested in her clients' lives, causing tension with her boss and her new husband. But as Jane is drawn in by the Hart women, she begins to discover the secrets of the small farm—secrets much darker than she would have guessed. Soon, she must decide whether to take drastic action to help them, or risk losing the battle against everything she believes is wrong.
Set in rural Grace County, North Carolina in a time of state-mandated sterilizations and racial tension, Necessary Lies tells the story of these two young women, seemingly worlds apart, but both haunted by tragedy. Jane and Ivy are thrown together and must ask themselves: how can you know what you believe is right, when everyone is telling you it's wrong?

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Necessary Lies
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4.4 / 5
Excellent book
January 11th, 2016
Feels like you are in the story, along for the ride. You can totaly relate to the characters. A must read.
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Great book!
November 4th, 2015
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were truly individuals and well thought out. The fact that I didn't know about this event then read a fictional book to find out is amazing. I never knew what would happen from page to page.
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Great read!
October 4th, 2015
I really enjoyed this book. Dealing with a sensitive, controversial subject the book could have been preachy and overly biased. However, the theme is introduced via an impoverished family and a young, inexperienced social worker. The reader becomes involved in the lives of the main character. The protagonist is idealistic and makes some poor choices, but this makes her relatable. The book is easy to read, yet the characters have depth and are likeable making this a difficult book to put down. If there was a 4 plus rating, I would have given it that.
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Necessary lies
September 13th, 2015
Great book! you really care about the lives of these people, they seem real. Disturbing to think it was based on a program that was legal for many years.
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Necessary Lies
September 9th, 2015
An excellent read and attention grabbing from the beginning! True to life characters and the writer makes you feel as though you're a part of the family! Loved it!
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Great read
December 31st, 2014
A great read and a page turner. I enjoyed being taken back into time. Although it is fiction the novel seem very accurate with regards to issues and things that take place in this time period. I couldn't wait to see the outcome for the characters as I felt I really got to know them.
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Necessary lies
July 17th, 2014
Great book ordered it awhile ago and was almost not going to read it. Soooo glad I did.
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Necessary Lies
April 27th, 2014
I could not stop to read. It is one of the best books I have ever read. Highly recommend.
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Necessary Lies
February 13th, 2014
Necessary reading for everyone. Great.
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February 4th, 2014
This is a fantastic book...Diane chamberlain at her best...you want a great book, guaranteed not too put down until the last page is turned.
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January 28th, 2014
This is by far one of the best books I've read lately!!! I highly recommend it
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1 review
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
January 1st, 2014
Characters seemed so real. Loved the book
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1 review
Good
November 20th, 2013
Excellent book. Kept me wanting more.
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1 review
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
October 23rd, 2013
Loved it!
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1 review
Incredible
October 4th, 2013
Wonderful!!! Loved every minute I spent reading!!
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Incredible
October 4th, 2013
Wonderful!!! Loved every minute I spent reading!!
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