The Diary Author:Eileen Goudge When the two grown daughters of Elizabeth Marshall discover an old diary of their mothers 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... more »146;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 clues to 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: Shes 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. Its also the story of the unshakable bond between a mother and her daughters.« less
Wow, the rave reviews for this book have me stumped. I thought that it was awful. Barely 200 pages long, I thought that it was 200 pages too long. Dull, simplistic, boring and written like a young adult novel. I was never drawn into the story and the characters never came alive for me. Eileen Goudge is one of my favorite authors, but this one was a rare disappointment for me.
I picked this book up because it had such a nice cover, but its story was just as beautiful. I came close to crying at one point which says a lot. It is a love story that is told through the diary entries of their mother before she got married. As the diary entries are read by her grown up daughters, a theme of how do you know who is the right person to marry and how well do you know your parents develops.
Terribly sweet and with great characters that I grew to love.
What a beautiful love story.For all you romantics out there you wont be disappointed.The ending took me my surprise.Its also a lovely story about a mother and her daughters.Its also about two sisters learning about their mother and her love life.cant say enough about the book.
When two elderly sisters are packing up their dying mother's house, they come upon her diary. Within, they learn that their mother's true love was not their father. But not everything is as it seems.
Elizabeth Harvey has been dating Bob for four years. With the hints Bob has been dropping lately, she is pretty sure he is going to propose soon. He treats her well and he loves her. She also loves him and is sure they will have a wonderful life together.
When Elizabeth bumps into an old friend at the county fair, she is shocked with her own behavior. She is almost betrothed and handsome AJ has her blushing furiously in no time. Elizabeth knows she is walking a fine line. She does not want to betray Bob, but she has to follow her heart. AJ lights a spark inside of her that she needs to explore. However, AJ eventually leaves, explaining to Elizabeth that he will return when he has something to offer her.
Months later, Bob tells Elizabeth he has enlisted in the Army, but that he still wants to marry her. She tells him she will give it serious consideration. She knows she and Bob would have a wonderful life together. She hasn't heard from AJ in months and is beginning to question herself and her heart. But then suddenly, AJ returns, and Elizabeth must make a difficult decision of the heart and for her life.
THE DIARY is a heartwarming love story with such well crafted characters, I hated to see it end. Eileen Goudge spins a wondrous tale of family, relationships and love with just a hint of mystery. I was drawn in from page one and could not let go until the very end. I absolutely loved it!
When Emily and Sarah find their mother's premarital diary while cleaning out the atic after their mother's stroke, they are shocked to find she was in love with someone else before she married their father. As the diary proceedes the girls get a look at a woman they thought they new but were surprised at the secrets her diary contained. This is a great little love story. The characters are well developed and very likeable.