Book Review | The Diary by Eileen Goudge

Title: The Diary

Author: Eileen Goudge

From the Publisher:

From New York Times bestselling author Eileen Goudge comes a warm yet heart-wrenching tale of passion, betrayal and family devotion.

When two grown daughters discover an old diary of their mother’s in her attic, it comes as a shock 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 mute and near death in a nursing home.  Only the pages of her diary can provide them.

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. Finally, she must choose between the stable, loyal Bob…and the electrifying and unpredictable AJ.  When a suspicious fire is linked to AJ, Elizabeth is faced with the most painful decision of her life: She’s the only one who can clear his name, but to do so would ruin her reputation and cost her the love of her fiance.

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.

My Review:

I read this book right around Mother’s Day and it got me thinking about how well I really knew my mom.  What was she like as a child? A teen?  Who was her first love?  These are the same questions that daughters, Sarah and Emily, ask about their own mother who can no longer communicate with them.  Their mom suffered a massive stroke and lingers near death so they can’t ask about the diary and the questions they have about its contents.

The author, Eileen Goudge, was inspired by a true story from her parent’s lives.  She wasn’t aware of their love story until later on in life when her and her siblings found a secret cache of old stories and photos.  I liked the fact that the book was based on a true story and I enjoyed reading about the romance between Elizabeth and AJ.  It was a completely different time back in the 1950s to now and society has changed in those 60 years.  I liked reading about the era and found myself thinking if this story had happened in present day, how different it would be.

The book took me a bit to get into but once I had read a few chapters, I was hooked. I liked the drama and felt the pain of the love triangle that Elizabeth faced.  I could only imagine how hard it was for her to choose between two men that she deeply cared for.  I can see how the decision would be difficult: choose the man you are intensely in love with or the man who is the “right” choice for you (as thought by your family and friends) and is dependable and loyal.

Overall, I liked this book. If you enjoy reading romance, you will enjoy this book. The ending was awesome too and I didn’t see it coming. I won’t get into the details, but its a worthwhile read.

*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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