Friday, March 13, 2009

The Diary by Eileen Goudge

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 wonderous 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!


  1. Such a good book!!! Were you as surprised by the ending as I was?

  2. This vaguely reminds me of a book my mom really loves called The Gazebo. I'll have to mention it to her the next time I call. Thanks!

    Oh and Every Demon Has His Day arrived this morning, thank you again!

  3. This sounds like a beautiful story Wendy. Your review is perfect.

    The cover art is also quite lovely.

    I will add it to my list.

    Best Regards

  4. I love this book. I would actually love to see it as a movie it is so good. Kind of reminds me of my life.


The old grey donkey, Eeyore stood by himself in a thistly corner of the Forest, his front feet well apart, his head on one side, and thought about things. Sometimes he thought sadly to himself, "Why?" and sometimes he thought, "Wherefore?" and sometimes he thought, "Inasmuch as which?" and sometimes he didn't quite know what he was thinking about.

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