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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.

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Overview


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.

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As their mother lies dying in a nursing home, two sisters find her diary—and a mother they never knew. Written shortly before their parents' marriage, the diary details their mother's romance with another man, and the sisters are moved to discover the depth of their mother's heartache. Slipping between a nostalgic past and the present, the story is suspenseful and surprising, and the versatile Susan Ericksen gives the characters the life, color and personality they deserve, effortlessly and faithfully conveying the middle-class, Midwestern setting. A Vanguard hardcover. (Apr.)
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  • ISBN-13: 9781593155438
  • Publisher: Vanguard Press
  • Publication date: 4/7/2009
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author


Eileen Goudge is the New York Times bestselling author whose novels include Once in a Blue Moon, Domestic Affairs, Woman in Red, One Last Dance, Garden of Lies, and Thorns of Truth. There are more than five million copies of her books in print worldwide. She lives with her husband, entertainment reporter Sandy Kenyon, in New York City.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2009

    One of My Favorite Books....

    I have never read anything by Eileen Goudge before and after reading about this book in People Magazine I decided it interested me enough to purchase the book. I thoroughly enjoyed this book from beginning to end and having just recently lost my father it deeply touched my soul. This is an easy, fast read which will captivate you from beginning to end and will not want to put down. I am now looking for more books written by this amazing author!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 21, 2010

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    A Good, Sweet Story to Escape With

    I have to admit, this is not a typical book that I like to pick up and read. But for some reason, I was in the mood for something nice, and well, this is definitely a story that is sweet and touching and to be quite honest, is a story that I could see developed into a great movie. Told from the perspective of two daughters who come across their mother's diary of the time when she had two men to choose for marriage, it is a touching and feel good story that will tug at your heartstrings. A nice book for rainy days, and it has a couple of really good twists that surprise you.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 18, 2009

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    Good!

    After reading some 'not-so-good' books, it was nice for a change to read something that captured my attention

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 22, 2009

    DID NOT READ THE WHOLE BOOK

    Did not like the book. Was impressed by the cover and inside flap covers detailing information about the book, but did not come to fruition. So returned the book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2009

    Loved it!!!

    Really good story and characters with a great twist at the end. Thoroughly loved it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 12, 2009

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    NOT HER BEST BOOK

    I love Eileen Goudge's books but this one just didn't live up to my expectations and sorry to say I couldn't finish it. Hopefully her next one will be worth reading. The plot was just so-so and the back and forth from the present day to the past wasn't holding my attention.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2013

    Meh

    Not her best

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2011

    Not so great.....

    The story did drag alot. The best chapter was the last two and that was not so good.

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  • Posted March 9, 2011

    Quick read with a twist

    I read this book for book club, and it was a fast read. I didn't like the back and forth between the past and present stories and thought it was distracting from the story. It was fun and interesting to read about life with small town gossip and how reputation and behavior were such important traits. I liked the twist at the end, but near the end, the book started to get predictable. It was still a good story though.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 13, 2010

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    AMAZING story

    Even though its a short read, there is soo much story and life to this book, also with some twists and turns thrown in. I love the ending, by far. Not to spoil it, but its definitely worth the wait. This book reminds me of a Nicholas Sparks book -- the the Notebook. Eileen Goudge does an amazing job keeping you stucked in and feeling the life of these characters. I would suggest this book to anymore, a young girl looking for life, or even a married couple getting ready to celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary. It's a story that would please all ages. Kudos to Eileen on this one.

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  • Posted April 10, 2010

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    A NICE LIGHT READ WITH A TWIST AT THE END!

    I enjoyed reading this for book club and especially liked the twist at the end. That really made it for me. This book takes place in the 50's in a small town with small town gossip alive and well. It's about a woman who is popular, beautiful and has dated the most handsome gentleman through high school. It is expected she will marry him one day except an old childhood friend blows back in town and lights a fire within her!! Great book to take to the beach.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2010

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    A Great Story!

    I have read almost all of Eileen Goudge's books and this one is now one of my favorites. The story was very compelling, so much so that I couldn't put it down. In fact I read the entire book in one sitting. I loved this story especially the surprise ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2009

    A good book to take you away from your every day hectic life.

    I thought the book was well written and held my interest to the end.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2009

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    Different than she usually writes

    I loved this book but love all of her books. She takes you along with her and keeps you wondering where she is going. Cococa

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