Throwback Thursday – The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes by Diane Chamberlain


Throwback Thursday is a meme created by Renee at It’s Book Talk to share old favorite books rather than just the new shiny ones. This is a great idea to bring back to life some much-loved books. Please feel free to join in.

My choice for this week is: 

The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes by Diane Chamberlain


Published January 1st, 2006 by Doubleday

Goodreads Description:

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 Russell died, because she was there. And she knows what happened to her missing infant, because two decades ago she made the 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 lies.


My Thoughts:

Having just read Diane Chamberlain’s upcoming book “The Dream Daughter“, I have been reminiscing about her previous novels as well. Some I read years ago and though I know I enjoyed them, I can’t remember a lot from the story. But there are a few that really stick out in my mind. “The Secret Life of Cee Cee Wilkes” is one of them. It was over 500 pages long, but it didn’t feel long to me at all. A very emotional and thought-provoking read with an amazing cast of characters.

This novel was re-released in 2009 as “The Lost Daughter“. When I came across it online, I was excited as I thought it was a book that I hadn’t read. However, after reading the description, I quickly realized it was this book just with a new cover and title.

The ratings and opinions of this novel are varied, but it’s one that I enjoyed. “The Secret Life of Cee Cee Wilkes” is definitely one of my favorite reads from Diane Chamberlain, and I hope to read it again soon.



10 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday – The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes by Diane Chamberlain

  1. I’ve not read this one! But I’m going to have to now, lol! I just need to read all of her books and Kristin Hannah’s books, and then I’ll be happy since they are both among my faves ❤ I really want to read Dream Daughter, but I haven't seen it on NetGalley yet…but it's been weeks since I was on there too! It sounds SO good from your review! 🙂

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      • I’m slowly working on KH! I own all of her books, so that makes it easy, lol! I just devoured Night Road in a day last week, and my goodness I just bawled my eyes out! I may not be able to read her books back to back, LOL! I’ll be a mess! Or DC! They always make me cry too. I hope to see it on Dream Daughter on NG soon too! You too! ❤

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  2. I love Night Road! I wish I had a whole bunch that I hadn’t read already. Although I’ve probably forgotten some of the earlier ones. But I would start remembering as soon as I started reading I think. So many great books but like you said you might have to break it up with something funny in between. I’m glad you got the whole collection.
    I hope you enjoy them all! ❤️❤️❤️


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