Thursday, October 4, 2012

A Diary's House Book Review

A Diary's House: Where True Love Endures

A Diary’s House is about adventure, lost love, and the hope that dreams, even those in the final years of life, can at last prevail. It is of a young boy’s attempt to become a man, the once-lost secrets of a diary, a sweeping romance which transcends time and place. It is more than a boy’s journey into manhood, but the mysteries of so many lives unknowingly intertwined, now brought together in a climatic ending; all from the engrossing world embedded in a forgotten diary; a diary of a woman. Born in the vast and looming mountains of North Carolina during the 1870’s, Landon Hampshire always remembered the folklore and legendary tales his father told him during his early childhood; about the people of the Kituhwa (Cherokee) and the birth of this tribal nation – an enchanting story he could never forget. Incorporating the aid of an eccentric old French trapper (old man Montague), Landon and his friends set out on an adventure, their initial intention is to discover treasure and become men. But what Landon will eventually come to discover is more than he ever bargained for. Landon didn't realize his boyhood adventure would yield the incredible journey he ultimately experiences - going down the mysterious and mystical Randola River. At the base of the river is an island even more mysterious than the Randola itself. The island releases many of its mysterious, yet even many more are created when Landon discovers, on the island, a diary of a young woman who lived forty years prior during the 1830’s (Trail of Tears). The diary entries are hopeful, though haunting. It reveals, in intimate detail, the life and dreams of this very special young girl who is turning into a woman of beauty and adventure, her love for a Cherokee boy, and the trials she will ultimately face. Her story unfolds through the reading of her diary, and Landon suddenly finds himself caught up in a sweeping, empowering world of re-invention and ultimate redemption.

 My thoughts:  

A Diary's House did not speak to me at first.  I read it on my kindle and the first 20% I kept thinking this is not a book for me.  (Sorry C. David Murphy).   For myself it started out really slowly and I was afraid it would not grab my attention.  However , the story that unfolded was worth the wait.  A beautiful tale of family,  secrets and one heck of a love story .  I loved the history of the Cherokee , the descriptions of the North Carolina lands and the adventures of Landon.  

Three boys set out to become men and tackle the mighty Randola River. Instead these three uncover so much more.  A  Diary's House shares family secrets,  legends and folk lore , bad and evil.  There is even a ghost or two and don't forget about the pirates.  Landon faces all sorts of things in his quest to become a man.  Landon's adventures for treasure and manhood bring him across a diary.  Murphy does a great job of character and plot  bringing the past and its secrets back to life .  Each character sheds new light and gives something truly different to the story.

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