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****Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas

by James Patterson

Reviewed 03/03/03.
Little, Brown, and Company, New York, 2001.  266 pages.
Available at Sembach Library (F PAT).

This book has been checked out almost ever since we got it in 2001.  I finally grabbed the chance to read it and was deeply touched.

The book begins with Katie, whose lover Matt has suddenly left her.  The next day, she receives a package from him.  It contains a diary, a diary written by a woman named Suzanne for her baby son Nicholas.

Katie knows that Suzanne was Matt’s wife, but he swore that he wasn’t married any more when he was with Katie.  His only explanation of why he left was to leave the diary.

The diary is captivating and beautiful.  It simply and wonderfully tells the story of how Suzanne met Matt and fell in love.  Suzanne writes with deep love for her baby son, celebrating all the milestones of his little life, telling him how he is loved.  Suzanne, Matt and Nicholas forever.

Yes, this is a tear-jerker, but it’s done tastefully and beautifully and without sentimentality.  Who would have thought that the author of popular thrillers could write such a marvelous love story?

Reviews of other books by James Patterson:
Sam's Letters to Jennifer

Reader comment:  A reader gives this book five stars.

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