The Diary

The Diary

Book - 2009
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When the two grown daughters of Elizabeth Marshall discover an old diary of their mother's in her attic, it comes as a shock to learn that the true love of Elizabeth's life was not their father. This is the mystery the two daughters must unravel as they stay up late reading the words penned by Elizabeth so long ago. Their mother can't give them the answers: After a massive stroke, she lies mute and near death in a nursing home. Only the pages of her diary can provide cluesto what really happened.

In a richly detailed journey into the past, we see Elizabeth lose her heart to one man while remaining devoted to another. Finally, she must choose between the stable, loyal Bob...and the electrifying and unpredictable A.J., who spent time in juvenile detention as a teen. When a suspicious fire in the neighborhood is linked to A.J., Elizabeth is faced with another dilemma: She's the only one who can clear A.J.'s name, but to do so would ruin her reputation. Surprisingly, it's Bob who comes to the rescue, forcing Elizabeth to make perhaps the most painful decision of her life....

The Diary is a love story. It's also the story of the unshakable bond between a mother and her daughters.

Publisher: New York : Vanguard Press, c2009
ISBN: 9781593155438
Branch Call Number: GOUDGE
Characteristics: viii, 207 p


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Dec 07, 2016

A light and endearing little romance. Nothing original here but it was a very comforting read.

Apr 08, 2015

Read it in an afternoon. First book I've read by this author, Did not really expect to like it. It was light reading but so much fun. Unexpected ending!! I really liked it.

ladydebv Jul 13, 2014

An easy and fast book to read. Not as complext as most of Eileen's stories, but enjoyable. It is the story of 2 adult sisters who find their mother's diary from when she was a young woman. It reveals things about their mother and father that they never knew before. A heart warming story of love and what if's...

Feb 28, 2011

Sweet, but predictable.

ReferenceChick Feb 10, 2011

The most boring, corniest book I've read. Scenario is simple enough - mom is on deathbed, 2 grown daughters find mom's diary while cleaning out mom's attic. Daughters read diary and find out maybe mom had another love of her life before she married their dad. Handful of pages of daughters' commentary on poor mom who let the love of her life get away.
Circa 1950 - The man who mom loved in the pages of her diary was a rogue, a ner-do-well, he even had a leather jacket. Gasp! Mom is semi-engaged to the local football hunk. Mom finds herself attracted to ner-do-well. Which one does she end up with? {{cue ominous music}}
I found myself thinking "...oh for crying out loud blahblahblah!!" after every line of dialogue.
"Is this a bad time?"
"No of course not."
"How are you? I haven't seen you in ages."
"I'm guessing you're not alone."
"No, but I'm glad you caught me," she said in the same false, bright tone. "It's awfully good to hear from you."
"Same here. I got your message."
"Really? Well, it was nice of you to get in touch."

Awful book. Just awful. I think maybe Ms. Goudge was trying for a Nicholas Sparks tear-jerker romance and missed. BIGtime.

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