Judging a Book by its Cover

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I received an email from my publisher in the United Kingdom, where they’re getting ready to publish The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes under the title The Lost Daughter. In her email, the editor said she was attaching a picture of the new cover, and I thought, Oh no! Why are they changing CeeCee’s cover when many–if not most–of my readers were drawn to the book because of it??

Then I opened the attachment and saw this adorable image! I absolutely love the painted toenails! Is that the cutest thing or what?

I’m not sure exactly when The Lost Daughter will be released in the UK, but they are doing it up right!


  1. Gina on November 6, 2008 at 8:23 am

    OH MY! Is that an adorable picture or what? That caught my eye Diane. It’s beautiful. I actually think I might like it better the the US cover. Is that possible?
    I’m sure it’s going to do well in the UK. It’s a beautiful story.

  2. Denise on November 6, 2008 at 10:44 am

    I would not have thought it possible to create a cover that was as eye-catching as the U.S. CeeCee cover…but this one is absolutely adorable! I love it.

  3. Ann on November 6, 2008 at 10:53 am

    LOVE that cover!!!!!

  4. Margo on November 6, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    I would most definitely buy this book even if I didn’t know Diane…the cover says it all.

  5. Trina Allen on November 6, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    Congratulations, Diane. I also love the new cover. How clever. I also like the title. It fits.

  6. Julie on November 6, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    Oh, it’s beautiful, and I really love the title! And guess what … can they hurry up and publish it? I’m here in the UK until November 16! Wandering around for 2 1/2 weeks while my husband’s on business. We were in Wales last weekend and are off to Edinburgh tomorrow. I made a trip by myself to York for two days this week.
    I’ve already bought six books, including some that aren’t out yet in the U.S. (including Therese Fowler’s new one, Reunion!)
    Going to hear Maggie O’Farrell (The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox) speak at the Bronte museum next week.
    Pinching myself every single day.
    And seriously, that cover is really beautiful.

  7. DIane Chamberlain on November 6, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    Julie, I’m drooling with envy! 2 1/2 weeks! Have you noticed there are no quotation marks in the British books? Does it make the reading experience any different?
    Enjoy the rest of your trip, and thanks for stopping by while you’re traveling.

  8. Margo on November 7, 2008 at 7:53 am

    Julie, you make me yearn for the UK…we were there 15 years ago and it was one of my husband’s fav trips.
    Have a wonderful time!

  9. Denise on November 9, 2008 at 10:11 am

    Julie, my brother has been working in England for the past few weeks. I can’t think of the name of the city. All I’ve heard, though, is that his bed is too soft and that he only has 5 t.v. channels to watch in his hotel. Lol

  10. brenda on November 9, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    Such a lovely cover…the little girl…I am taking a l0 minute break from grading essays/memoirs…high school students (9th and llth) and two different colleges-and their classes. Next semester, I plan to teach high school, work on some projects…do the Y…and not work so hard. Next fall-back to the more than one job…
    When I read the memoirs, I am amazed at what some of the kids have experienced…these are the college kids at this time…they usually write about the tragedy of divorce, a death of a grandparent, beloved coach, etc…heart wrenching stories…
    Today, I have dedicated this whole day to grading…
    Hope all of you are having a good weekend…yesterday=went on a shopping marathon-good for the soul.
    As for England-loved it in 2006 and 2008-both on grants to “do/study” Shakespeare…loved the people…everything about it…could live there…

  11. Diane Chamberlain on November 9, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    Glad you have plans to take it easier next semester, Brenda. You deserve it.

  12. Julie on November 9, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    Diane, I haven’t really noticed anything difficult in reading the UK versions, but I think I have off and on for year as I sometimes buy overstock books online that come from here.
    Started an interesting second person point of view book at the Edinburgh b&b called The Crimson Petal and the White. Going to have to track it down before I leave. (Didn’t figure I should make off with their copy!)
    And yeah, beds, water in bathrooms, etc., have been an adventure in some locations, but fine overall. Getting used to the two spigots in nearly every bathroom is interesting. Haven’t experienced that since I was a kid!
    Five tv channels, yup. Not a big tv watcher, so not too big a deal for me.
    Edinburgh Castle was simply amazing.

  13. patricia thorne on February 27, 2009 at 9:46 am

    I have read and enjoyed most of Diane Chamberlains books i looked forward to reading THE LOST DAUGHTER as i was under the impression it was a sequel to THE SECRET LIFE OF CEECEE WILKES what a disappointment on starting to read it to find it was a reprint.

  14. Diane Chamberlain on February 27, 2009 at 10:27 am

    Pat, I am so sorry for the misunderstanding regarding CeeCee/The Lost Daughter! I’m not sure how you obtained a copy of The Lost Daughter, but it is the UK/British edition of CeeCee, not what one would actually call a reprint. To complicate matters more, Australia published the same book as A Beautiful Lie. Different countries feel that different titles work better for their audiences, thus the confusion.
    I do hope you’ll continue to enjoy my books. Feel free to email me anytime if you want to be sure that a particular book is not just the same book under another title. You can usually tell because it will say “UK edition” or something like that.

  15. Jo on March 13, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    Pat! The same thing happened to me 🙂
    I live in Canada. I read all of Diane’s books & have gotten several friends & family members hooked on her work.
    I bought The Lost Daughter off of amazon.ca thinking it was a new story (I already own Cee Cee, it’s still sold here under that title too). I thought, how could I have not known Diane has come out with a new book? LOL.
    It arrived & I realized it was the same book with a different title. I was a bit sad as I was looking forward to diving into a new Diane Chamberlain master work…but it is so crisp and lovely and the picture is so sweet. I plan to give to my Mom as a Mother’s Day gift…I just shopped a bit early 🙂

  16. Nicole on May 25, 2009 at 10:36 am

    So glad I happened upon this page as I’ve just read The Lost Daughter and loved it so much that I went in search of more Diane Chamberlain books online and came across The Secret Life of Cee Cee Wilkes and A Beautiful Lie among others and was about to order them. Although I loved the book I am not the kind of person that reads the same book 3 or 4 times. I had thought they were kinda like a sequel or the story told from somebody elses point of view. So my next one to read will be Before the Storm, can’t wait x

  17. Diane mitchell on June 15, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Im here in the Uk and have only just discovered the delights of Diane Chamberlain after my mum suggested i might like them. And she was spot on!!!! Breaking the silence was the first i read and i could not put it down!!!!!!! 🙂 ive just finished The Lost Daughter and i have to say that it was prob one of the best books ive ever read!! It captivated me from the start. I grew to love all the characters very dearly and cried a little at the end!! I cant wait to get started on the nxt book lol keep them coming Diane-your’re fantastic 🙂 and i must say you have the best name as well lol 😉 thank you so much xxxxxxx

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