The Diary

The Diary

Book - 2009
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Baker & Taylor
While Elizabeth Marshall lies near death in a nursing home after suffering a massive stroke, her two daughters find an old diary of hers in the attic and discover that the love of their mother's life was someone other than their father. Reprint.

Perseus Publishing
From New York Times bestselling author Eileen Goudge comes an unforgettable tale that you'll want to pass on to someone you love.

When two grown daughters discover their mother's diary in her attic, they are stunned to learn her true love was not their father. But is all as it seems? That's the mystery they must unravel as their mother lies near death in a nursing home.

Only the pages of her diary can provide the clues. In a richly detailed journey into the past, we see the young Elizabeth Marshall lose her heart to one man while remaining devoted to another.

The Diary is a love story. It's also the story of a family and the question that all adult children must ask themselves at some point: how well do you really know your parents? The answer just might surprise you.

Publisher: New York : Vanguard Press, 2009
ISBN: 9781593155704
Branch Call Number: FICTION GOUDG...E
Characteristics: xiii, 207 pages ; 22 cm


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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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