by Eileen Goudge

April 2009
ISBN: 978-1-59315-529-2
Reviewer Graphic Button Vanguard Press
Trade Paperback

When two grown women discover their motherís diary in the attic, what secrets will it reveal? That is the premise behind The Diary, a poignant tale from bestselling author Eileen Goudge. This slim volume contains a gentle love, strong passion, and a glimpse back at the culture of the Fifties. Since my own parents married during that era, I felt a keen connection to this story.

Emily and Sarah face a difficult task. Their father passed away a few months ago and now their mother has succumbed to a debilitating stroke. Since her recovery is uncertain, they decide to start going through some of the boxes in the attic, just in case they have to put the house up for sale. When they find the diary, they are intrigued. They cannot remember their mother ever keeping one.

What they find inside is the shocking revelation that their mother, Elizabeth, may have been in love with another man. Determined to learn all the facts, the sisters pour over the journal hoping to find out what shaped their motherís decision to pick one man instead of the other. They learn many things about her life in a small town, her relationship with her mother, and the problems of weighing stability against a grand passion.

The Diary is a gem. Left far too long on my TBR pile, I must apologize to the author, who sent me a lovely autographed copy. If I had only known what I would find inside, I would have read it much sooner. By the end of the book, there were tears in my eyes and a warm place in my heart.

Reviewed in February 2010 by Paula.

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