Monday, April 6, 2009

Review: The Diary

Book: The Diary

Author: Eileen Goudge

My review: Short, well written and easy to read. Interesting plot.

My rating: 3 Stars

Elizabeth Harvey’s future seems to be pretty stable. She has been dating Bob for over four years and she is pretty sure that he loves her as much as she loves him. Everything seems perfect and in place. Until one day at the country fair, she comes across an old classmate of hers and Bob’s – AJ. AJ and Elizabeth were pretty good friends until his parents passed away in an accident when they were 9. The incident transforms AJ and he slowly withdraws from society and Elizabeth in the process. When she meets him in the country fair, she realizes that she is hopelessly attracted to AJ and he confesses that he was always crazy about her. Elizabeth is suddenly in a dilemma – Bob is rich, stable, and well loved and respected in the society. She knows that he loves her and will keep her very happy. But she always knows that she has never felt as strongly about him as she feels about AJ. AJ, on the other hand, doesn’t have a stable job nor does he have a good reputation in town. He’s just “the keeler boy who burnt his uncle’s car”. Whom should she marry?

About 50 years later, Emily and Sarah are packing up their dying mother’s house and in the attic, they come across an old diary. The diary documents the incidents that happened in the year their parents got married and to their surprise, they realize that their parent’s love story was not the simple perfect one that they’ve always believed it to be. Their mother, Elizabeth Harvey, was in love with two very different men and one of them was their dad!

Through reading Elizabeth’s diary, Emily and Sarah learn more than just the story behind their parent’s happy marriage. They learn more about their parents and about themselves in the process.

“The Diary” was a short, sweet, enjoyable read. It was well written and had an element of suspense that kept you guessing till the end. I picked it up because I loved the cover. It was simple and the colors appealed to me as soon as I saw it. I am glad that the cover wasn’t the only nice thing about the book. The story was pretty interesting as well. I enjoyed reading the book. What added appeal to the book was the fact that the book was loosely based on Eileen’s parents’ love story. Thanks to Kim Miller of Nancy Bernald Public Relations, Inc for sending me a review copy of this book.

It won’t classify as one of the best books I have ever comes across… but I would definitely recommend it if you are looking for a light read!

Have you read “The Diary”? What did you think of it? Were you as surprised by the ending as I was or was it just too obvious for you?


Nicole said...

I was browsing the other day and I saw this one too. I really like the cover, and it looked very interesting but I felt it was going to be a lighter read, so I put it back. I guess I was onto something. Thanks for the review.

Trish said...

Glad you mostly liked this one. The cover is really lovely--love how they incorporated the diary idea into the cover art. Sometimes a light read is just what is needed. Hope your next one is spectacular!

S. Krishna said...

I want to read this one, so I'm glad you mostly enjoyed it. Thanks for the review!

Dar said...

This does sound like a nice, light read. Great review Ramya. I was instantly attracted to the cover when I opened up this post. It's really lovely.

Goms said...

What a lovely cover. Great review Ramya. Sounds like an interesting light read.

Ramya said...

@nicole - you should get to it sometime. It is a light read but a very interesting one!

@trish - it was a pretty nice read and as you said, a light read is ok now and then. I am reading Slumdog Millionaire now and I really like that one!

@swapna - read it! I am sure you'll like it as well!

@dar - the cover was what attracted me first too! I picked it up as soon as it came by mail the other day! The other books in my TBR pile are really angry with me right now:)

@goms - you'll enjoy it. Give it a shot sometime!

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