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“A really fun story. Cecilia Ahern has a way of bringing out a bit of magic in her stories, weaving in a bit of mystery and interesting characters. A magical diary is found on a library bus by Tamara, a young girl, who after having lost her father, she and her mother leave Dublin to live with the...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“Audio book narrated by Ali Coffey
“A really fun story. Cecilia Ahern has a way of bringing out a bit of magic in her stories, weaving in a bit of mystery and interesting characters. A magical diary is found on a library bus by Tamara, a young girl, who after having lost her father, she and her mother leave Dublin to live with the mothers family in the country. Bored out of her mind 16year old Tamara, wanders the estate and the ruins of an old castle, meeting different people on her outings who help fill her days. The diary mentioned above is magical in that each day before Tamara even gets to write in it, the diary will have an entry written in her handwriting about what is going to happen the next day, thus the title of the books. This story did have a lot of interesting twists to it and kept me very entertained. This is my second book by this author and I will definitely read more. ”alison d wrote this review Sunday, October 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I really liked it until I got to the end. Think the ending was a bit spoonfed. Wanted to read more in real-time instead of all the recapping. But it was a very engaging story and I did enjoy it a lot.”Pamela A wrote this review Sunday, October 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was a fun and fast read. I won't say it was the best book of all time, but it was rather enjoyable. ”spirolim wrote this review Saturday, September 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It was ok, but not one that I would recommend.”Denise Rolfes wrote this review Monday, August 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Enjoyed this book very much”Jenelle wrote this review Monday, August 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Slow start but fantastic read! I'm a wimp so it totally spooked me but I loved it! Another great recommend from my sister Jen!”Krista C wrote this review Wednesday, July 31, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Excellent book. Unexpected twist at the end”missy96 wrote this review Monday, July 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“While I strongly dislike long chapters with no pause, I did enjoy this book a lot. It was very mysterious and interesting. I absolutely detested the main character, Tamara, at first. She was far too crude and hateful. I assume that was intentional, since I grew to like her a lot as she changed into a more appealing teenager. Tamara was a spoiled, mean, rich girl, until her father took his own life and their wealth was completely lost. She and her mother end up living with relatives, who happened to live near a ruined castle. I liked the whimsy of that. Tamara's mother is severely depressed, and mostly unresponsive, which concerns Tamara. When she discovers a book in a traveling library van, she is completely shocked to find her own handwriting inside several days later. All of a sudden, she has a chance to change the future, and unravel the mysteries that have plagued her since arriving at her relatives' home. It will also help her to bring her mother back from whatever dark place her mind has taken her to. I enjoyed the English scenery, the various characters, and the way the author kept the mystery hidden until the very end. ”Weena wrote this review Monday, July 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Audio book narrated by Ali Coffey
Tamara Goodwin is a child of privilege, living with her mother and father in a seaside mansion just outside Dublin, with her own suite of rooms. Nearly seventeen, she’s looking forward to getting a car for her birthday. But all that ends when her father goes bankrupt and takes an overdose of sleeping pills, leaving Tamara and her mother with the ruins of a life they once knew. Selling everything they can to pay off debts, they move to the small Irish village where her mother’s brother and sister-in-law live in the gatehouse of a once elegant but now burned ruin of a castle. There is NOTHING to do here. The nearest village (barely more than a tavern and a couple of houses) is a 15-minute drive away, and Tamara hasn’t a car. Her mother is lost in a fog, spending her days sleeping and virtually never leaving her room, let alone the house. Her aunt and uncle are busy with their own lives and never answer any of Tamara’s questions. Things begin to change when the local bookmobile stops and she finds an odd book with no title. It turns out to be a blank journal/diary with magical properties. Each night the diary writes itself – in Tamara’s handwriting – describing what will happen tomorrow. Following the diary’s lead, Tamara uncovers a major family secret.
There is a decent plot (or three) hiding in all this mess. How Tamara and her mother recover from the suicide of their father/husband, and return to some sort of normalcy would make a good story in itself. The secrets of the Kilsaney family and how their castle came to burn down provide enough intrigue and plot twists for a good book. Tamara’s change and maturation from a spoiled, tempestuous teen to a young woman who thinks of others and may have found happiness (and a boyfriend) in a small Irish village could also have been developed into a decent book. But all these plot lines and magical elements seem to have been thrown together without thought. Instead of a hearty stew that melds different ingredients into a delicious and substantial dish, we get a slop jar of leftovers.
I give it two stars because 1) there were parts of the story that I found interesting and engaging and 2) Ali Coffey did a good job of the audio version. I don’t think I’d recommend the book to anyone, and, although I know Ahern is a very popular author with several bestsellers to her credit, I’m not interested in reading anything else by her.