The Diary by Eileen Goudge

From Amazon ~
diary When the two grown daughters of Elizabeth Marshall discover an old diary of their mother’s in her attic, it comes as a shock to learn that the true love of Elizabeth’s life was not their father. This is the mystery the two daughters must unravel as they stay up late reading the words penned by Elizabeth so long ago. Their mother can’t give them the answers: After a massive stroke, she lies mute and near death in a nursing home. Only the pages of her diary can provide clues to what really happened.

In a richly detailed journey into the past, we see Elizabeth 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 A.J., who spent time in juvenile detention as a teen. When a suspicious fire in the neighborhood is linked to A.J., Elizabeth is faced with another dilemma: She’s the only one who can clear A.J.’s name, but to do so would ruin her reputation. Surprisingly, it’s Bob who comes to the rescue, forcing Elizabeth to make perhaps the most painful decision of her life….

The Diary is a love story. It’s also the story of the unshakable bond between a mother and her daughters. (From Amazon)

 

As Elizabeth Marshall lies in a coma, her daughters take on the daunting task of packing up her home. As they’re cleaning out the attic they come across a diary their mother had written before she had been married and start reading. What they discover rocks them to their core. Their father was not their mothers “One true love.” As they continue to read the story of Elizabeth, Bob (their father) and AJ (her true love) they realize the depths of their mothers love for AJ while trying to balance that with her devotion to Bob. And when AJ gets blamed for something he didn’t do, Elizabeth makes a choice that could ruin her reputation forever. Not to mention destroy whatever relationship she has with her mother. Will it all be worth it? Will she lose out on true love forever? Before long Elizabeth has to make a choice ~ the reliable Bob or the troublemaker, love of her life AJ? Will she do what’s “right” or follow her heart? An emotion filled story of two sisters struggling with the knowledge that they didn’t know everything about their parents they thought they did. A love story that will have the reader turning the pages as fast as they can to find out if true love conquers all. With an ending so surprising, yet tender you’ll be reaching for the box of kleenex

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