71. The Diary by Eileen Goudge (2009)
Length: 207 pages
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Started/Finished: 4 August 2014
Where did it come from? From Bookmooch
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 2 August 2014
Why do I have it? I like contemporary fiction and have read and enjoyed several books by this author in the past.
When Elizabeth Marshall’s two grown daughters – Emily and Sarah – discover their mother’s old diary stored in her attic, they are stunned to learn that their mother’s true love wasn’t their father. By reading Elizabeth’s private thoughts and feelings about her life, a whole host of questions are kindled in their minds: is all as it seems? This is the mystery that Emily and Sarah must unravel as they stay up late reading the words penned by Elizabeth so many years ago.
Unfortunately, Elizabeth can’t give her daughters the answers they so desperately seek. After suffering a massive stroke, she now lies mute and near death in a nursing home. Only the pages of her diary can provide clues as to what really happened.
In a richly detailed journey into the past, young Elizabeth Harvey loses her heart to one man while remaining devoted to another. Finally, she must choose between the devoted and steadfast Bob – who represents loyalty and stability…and the electrifying and unpredictable A. J. – who holds Elizabeth’s heart, and who spent time in juvenile detention as a teenager. When a suspicious fire in the neighborhood is linked to A. J., Elizabeth faces another dilemma: she’s the only one who can clear A. J.’s name, but to step forward would ruin her reputation. Surprisingly, it is Bob who eventually comes to her rescue, forcing Elizabeth to make perhaps the most painful decision of her life…
The Diary by Eileen Goudge is an intricate love story. However, it is also the story of the unshakable bond of love between a mother and her daughters. This is actually the third book by Eileen Goudge that I’ve read, and I must say that in my opinion, she really is an excellent writer. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as I like stories about families; and specifically stories about relationships between mothers and daughters. I appreciated that Ms. Goudge’s characters were so vulnerable – they each really resonated with me, and I found myself sympathizing with all of them. I give this book an A+! and look forward to reading more from this author in the future.
A+! – (96-100%)
Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight