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A Secret in Salem (Days of Our Lives Novel)

A Secret in Salem (Days of Our Lives Novel)

Marlena & John have never been so close, and yet so far apart… Marlena’s love, John, has been paralyzed for two years, and she is becoming desperate. Although her love for him has never waned, she must find a cure before they drift too far apart a

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  1. Aunti Marie "Aunti Marie" says:
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Days Fan, November 29, 2010
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    Aunti Marie “Aunti Marie” (Plympton Ma USA) –
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    This review is from: A Secret in Salem (Days of Our Lives Novel) (Paperback)

    I have watched days off and on (more On) for all 45 years. I have enjoyed it and hated it at different times and story lines. I still miss John & Marlena and family so it was nice to put them to bed- so to speak. Looking forward to the two books coming. They may not be the best written books I have ever read, but I enjoyed the book (its nice to be able to put faces to characters while reading…) I would recommend it to any Days fan, especially if they miss the Black family.

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  2. Erica B says:
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Loved it!, November 17, 2010
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    Erica B (Norcross, GA) –
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    I bought this book on the recommendation of a friend. She’s a huge Days fan and I’ve heard wonderful things about Ms. Anderson’s writing. The book was wonderful! The characters were richly developed and the imagery was vivid. I was enthralled with the surprising plot twists and all in all, it was a very entertaining read. I’m going to be checking out Days. If the show is written as well as this book, I’ll be tuning in regularly. I can’t wait for the release of the sequels!!!

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  3. Angela Cook says:
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A Rich Return to Romance by the Woman Who Knows the Story Best, November 19, 2010
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    Angela Cook (Atlanta, GA USA) –
    This review is from: A Secret in Salem (Days of Our Lives Novel) (Paperback)

    Sheri Anderson is well known as one of the most gifted and successful head writers that “Days of Our Lives” has had in the last 30 years. Therefore, it is exciting to know that she is the writer engaged to pen this 3-part series of romance novels based upon iconic “super couples” from the classic daytime soap opera, “Days of Our Lives.”

    In this first novel in a series of three, the audience is introduced to well known characters from the show and new, intriguing characters which will likely reappear in subsequent novels. The characters of John and Marlena Black are well sketched in a luxury and mysterious life set in Switzerland. The novel takes up where these characters left off when leaving the on-air program in Januaury 2009. Anderson is very descriptive and thorough in her research of the characters and locale. It easy for the reader to envisage the iconic couple in a highly glamourous environment. John and Marlena struggle with their life since John’s paralysis. Anderson cleverly details the history and background of these characters for readers who may be unfamilar with the couple from the show. Anderson also re-introduces other beloved characters that are not currently on the air with “Days of Our Lives”, like Belle and Shawn Brady, their precocious child – Claire, Chelsea Brady and Abby Devereaux. Each of the characters are well-defined and smartly tied to a past that readers will enjoy whether they have seen the on-air show or not.

    The novel also introduces an handsome and engaging physician, Dr. Masters, who more than intrigues Marlena as she settles into a life very unlike her accomplished and grounded life back in Salem USA. For a life long Marlena fan – it was fascinating and fun to see how the character uses her fortitude as a physician and psychiatrist and vulnerablity of a wife longing for the husband she loves and wants to support in all of the ways a woman wants to care for the love of her life. John Black, Marlena’s husband and his attraction to danger and paternal integrity are established and expounded upon in a way the reader may find surprising. John Black will always be “the Pawn” – in Anderson’s first novel she cleverly keeps the readers wondering if he will stay true to the man he has become and the woman he has loved so deeply for so long. There is the struggle that many patients struggling with long and sometimes unpromising rehabilitation face — the fear of not being the “super man” that he knows he is on the inside — and fights to become again. But the question that Anderson plants with her readers – is that always possible — and will the strain draw them closer or build a wedge that slowly hides fears and vulnerabilities taht come with physical disability and age. Younger and older characters are effectively mixed throughout with Chelsea, Abby, Shawn, Belle and a great new character – Charlotte aka as Charley. Charley serves in a role similar to the role of a Nick Carraway character in the “The Great Gatsby” – slowly introducing the good and the evil people who compose life in the glamorous locales of Monte Carlo and wealthy villages of Switzerland. Sadly, all hearts are not so glamourous and life has struggles regardless of the street address. For the fans of “Days of Our Lives” who have missed the high romance and glamour of the 1980s and 1990s stories told so well on-air – you will enjoy this face paced and descriptive novel- while also recognizing the caring treatment that can only come from someone as unique and talented as the former headwriter and creative consultant for many years for the on-air program. Anderson is meticulously detailed in her research and it shows.

    The novel is not perfect. Yet, the story flows well and offers a peak into lives that many fans already love and miss. Anderson’s next story will include new characters introduced in this first novel as well as adding more beloved “Days” characters on quite another sojourn far away from the city of Salem. During this 45th anniversary period, we should all be thankful for classic program which is rooted in rich storytelling. The freshman novel from Anderson is carefully and caringly crafted to ensure new readers and seasoned fans alike will sense the spark and want to stay engaged with characters of real depth and emotion that resonate with real life and a desire for escapism. What more could we or should we expect? The novel entertains and it entertains well with depth of its characters.

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