My first book review on my blog, of my Summer Holiday Read…
The blurb: Lose yourself in the magical and mesmerising story from Cecelia Ahern of how tomorrow can change what happens today. Sometimes tomorrow has to start today… Tamara Goodwin has always lived in the here and now, never giving a second thought to tomorrow. Until a travelling library arrives in her tiny village, bringing with it a mysterious, large leather-bound book locked with a gold clasp and padlock. What she discovers within the pages takes her breath away and shakes her work to its core.
Read In: 4 days (whilst on holiday so more time to read)
My Thoughts: I love the magical & heart warming elements Cecilia Ahern carries through her books. In this one its a magical diary Tamara Goodwin finds when her world is turned upside down through the suicide of her dad, the depression & suffering of her mum and the bankruptcy of her indulgent, selfish and flamboyant life. Resulting in her moving to the middle of no where, with her peculiar Aunt and Uncle, no friends and lots of secrets. For the middle of nowhere and nothing to do Tamara finds there is a lot to be discovered; a castle of ruin – destroyed by fire, scurrying & secrets amongst those closest to her, a playful nun in her 70s who becomes a heartwarming friend and Marcus the hottie who offers her escapism and drives a library bus!
I think I liked this book because I found ways I relate to Tamara personally; I was that spoilt, demanding (yet somewhat more appreciative) teen and as I grew up I experienced my own challenges, traumas, true love & life. I learnt different values and morals maybe not as easily as a life predicting diary to lead my way, but I still learnt them. This book reminded me of that and made me reflect upon that a little more.
My only downside to this book was how abrubtly it ended and how quickly it was all wrapped up in the last few chapters, when I think the secretive elements could of been delved into a little more.
Sidenote: I loved the Q&A session with the author, Cecilia Ahern at the end, she inspires me. I love writing anyway but I relate to her on so many levels, she is the kinda lady I’d love a cuppa (or wine) with.