The Diary by Eileen Goudge
When the two grown daughters of Elizabeth Marshall discover an old diary of their mother’s in the attic, it comes as a shock to learn that the true love of Elizabeth’s life was not their father. But is all as it seems?
That’s 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 provide 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.
When Sara and Emily’s mother has a massive stroke and is not expected to live, they go to their mothers house to sort through things and get it ready to sell.
As they are going through her stuff they are surprised to find a diary that their mom kept when she was in high school. As they start reading they are shocked to find out that their mom, who was dating their dad, was also seeing a boy named A.J. who they had never heard about.
Both Bob and A.J. wanted to marry Elizabeth. Bob was the star athlete and A.J. was the bad boy. Nobody in town knew she was seeing A.J. until a tragedy struck a nearby farm. Everyone in town was shocked to learn about Elizabeth and A.J., especially Bob. A.J. ends up leaving town for a while and Bob ends up going into the service. Everyone in town starts giving Elizabeth the cold shoulder and she feels alone, and she still has to decide who to marry.
She makes her decision and they have a great life with their daughters.
Then… Elizabeth dies and what happens at her funeral literally made my jaw drop. I couldn’t continue reading for quite a while. I just sat there thinking about what I had just read, in shock.
The ending of this book was the most shocking ending of any book I’ve ever read. It was an amazing end to a very good book! It will be at the top of my favorite books of 2021, and in my list of my all time favorite books.
If you like books that will give you bug eyes at the end, read this book.