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James Patterson
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April 19 2006
James Patterson has written a love story! -a powerfully moving and suspenseful novel about families, loss, new love, and hope. Katie Wilkinson has found her perfect man at last. He's a writer, a house painter, an original thinker-everything she's imagined she wanted in a partner. But one day, without explanation, he disappears from her life, leaving behind only a diary for her to read. This diary is a love letter written by a new mother named Suzanne for her baby son, Nicholas. In it she pours out her heart about how she and the boy's father met, about her hopes for marriage and family, and about the unparalleled joy that having a baby has brought into her life. As Katie reads this touching document, it becomes clear that the lover who has just left her is the husband and father in this young family. She reads on, filled with terror and hope, as she struggles to understand what has happened-and whether her new love has a prayer of surviving. Written with James Patterson's perfect pitch for emotion and suspense, Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas captures beautifully the joys of a new family even as it builds to an overwhelmingly moving climax. This is an unforgettable love story, at once heartbreaking and full of hope.
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Renowned suspense writer and Edgar Award winner James Patterson, author of such bestsellers-turned- blockbuster-films as Along Came a Spider and as Kiss the Girls, exposes his sensitive side in his new novel, Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas. Katie Wilkinson's boyfriend Matt dumps her but to show he's not a total cad, he leaves her a gift, a diary kept by Suzanne, his first wife, for their son Nicholas. Though it's not exactly the diamond ring Katie was hoping for, she's unable to make herself destroy the diary-- against her better judgment, Katie begins to read.

Drawn against her will into the other woman's world, Katie learns of doctor Suzanne's heart attack at age 35 and her decision to slow down, accomplished by a move to Martha's Vineyard and a new job as a simple country doctor. When love comes knocking, in the form of housepainter-cum-poet Matt Harrison, Suzanne is ready to listen to her newly repaired heart. Though painful for Katie, she begins to know and like Suzanne and her infant son Nicholas. Suzanne's devotion to Matt and their son shines through, as well as her plainspoken wisdom. While the journal helps Katie understand Matt, whether they can write a future together remains in question. --Alison Trinkle, --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Say what? A women's weepy from the megaselling author of the hard-boiled Alex Cross mysteries? Yes, and it's not the stretch some might imagine. Patterson has demonstrated his flair for female POV and characters in the stand-alone When the Wind Blows and in his current bestseller, 1st to Die and Cross himself has his gooey side. So how good is the novel? Good enough to lightly pluck the heartstrings and to impress with its craft and its calculation. As usual, Patterson mixes first- and third-person narration. Katie Wilkinson is a Manhattan book editor who's been inexplicably left by her lover and star author, a Martha's Vineyard poet named Matt. After he splits, Matt mails Katie the diary kept by his wife, Suzanne, for their young son. Katie reads it (the novel's extensive first-person passages) and reacts to it (briefer third-person interludes). The diary details how physician Suzanne, recovering from a heart attack at age 35, forsakes the rat race, moves to Martha's Vineyard and finds bliss with Matt, a housepainter who reads Moby-Dick and writes strong poems, and with their newborn son, Nicholas. The novel sloshes with sentiment (some of it quite icky) and simple spiritual truths, while acknowledging the reality of pain and loss: rose bushes galore, with thorns. Patterson sustains suspense through clever plotting and by Katie's wondering about the fate of Suzanne and Nicholas; what's finally revealed pushes her, and the novel, to a bittersweet conclusion. Patterson is one smart author (here, he dazzles with his use of refrains, stories-within-stories and romance novel tropes); this jump into another genre won't hurt his reputation as a master of popular lit. (July)Forecast: A lovely dust jacket featuring a title in violet script trumpets this as a love story. Will Patterson's fans buy it? Some mostly women yes. And a 12-city author tour and major print and TV publicity will draw in enough new fans, most of them also women, to float the title onto bestseller lists though not at Alex Cross numbers.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Usually James Patterson novels are good. Feb. 16 2014
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is one of his worst stories, almost as bad as the one with the ship captain who lives on a deserted island with 2 women in his life.with him talking about how he's making toast but can't decide whether to use butter or margarine or jam or jelly. Yawn!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Simple Love Story. 4.5 stars Sept. 7 2001
Patterson has taken a huge leap in genres, and by the reviews I see, his readers are running hot and cold. I personally loved this book and I know for a fact that love like this does exist, if only it could happen to everyone at least once in a lifetime.
The style of the book is not only as a diary, but it is laced with short entries about the life of Katie who has been given the diary to read. The majority of the story takes place on Martha's Vineyard, a small island off the coast of Massachusetts. It is the story of a perfect love, a perfect family and everything one could only hope for in life. Patterson is acutely sensitive in his ability to write as a female character telling her story.
Without ruining it for the reader I will say that the book is an emotional roller coaster, but a ride I wouldn't have missed for anything. Right from the beginning we are left to wonder why Katie is reading Suzanne's diary and we know that there is much more to this story. Thank you Mr. Patterson for a wonderful book and a loving piece of humanity. Kelsana 9/8/01
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and Emotional Sept. 23 2007
One of the fastest books I've ever read. Once I got started I couldn't put it down. This was such a nice, easy read. It was also a very touching book. A real hope to find love again to those who have loved and lost. I recommend reading the book first before watching the DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful love story of life Aug. 17 2005
By A Customer
My heart was breaking when I was nearing the ending of this story. I was unable to put the book down once I started to read. I began to fall in love with the character Matt, every woman's dream of finding that perfect love. Then the unsuspecting twists and turns that it takes you on the roller coaster of every emotion. I felt my heart hurt for Suzanne, and I had hoped so much for the perfect ending for her and wonderful Nicholas, but then the sadness that I felt for Katie, and the anger for Matt from the unanswered questions, I went through every kind of feeling. Then in a way that I didn't expect everything came together, and I have never cried so much in a story before. I would recommend this novel to anyone who is feeling lonely, misses there one love, or just wants to read an amazing love story. 5 Stars!! And the only thing else I can tell you about this story is WOW!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why have you NOT read this book yet?!?! Jan. 13 2005
By Diane B
Format:Mass Market Paperback
OHMYGOSH! You will need the ENTIRE box of Kleenex for this one! It is a heartbreaking story, and even moreso when I found out it was based upon James Patterson's life!! This is the most beautiful love story, but not cheesy Danielle Steele style. You definitly have to read this if you enjoy authors like Nicolas Sparks. I'd like to give it 10 out of 5 stars, but apparently it's not possible...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Who knew Patterson had it in him?!? July 20 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I actually owned this book for a while before I read it. I am a fan of Patterson's other books that are more murder/mystery and I had my doubts about this one. But one day I decided to read it and I am so glad that I did. I read it in one sitting and I just could not put it down! I think this book is not only a love story between a man and a woman, but also a story of the kind of love a parent can have for their child. I have a young daughter and have been writing her a diary since she was born. I saw many similarities between Suzanne's feelings for her child and my own feelings for my child.
This book is a tear jerker! As one reviewer suggested, it probably isn't a good idea to read it while pregnant or if you have a newborn (when emotions are up and down to begin with!)
Bravo to Patterson for a well written love story. I look forward to reading others!
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5.0 out of 5 stars If You Didn't Know Patterson was a Man July 18 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
You might think he was a woman, the way this book is written. The characters are lovingly created and crafted here. The plot is a simple life story, with joy and sadness much as any other life has.
But DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU ARE PREGNANT! My mother gave this book to me to read when I was 8 months pregnant, on bed rest with pre-eclampsia. I am still trying to pay her back for that one!
This book is a must read. There is so much love in this book, you really are able to appreciate the sadness, and still feel how much love the characters share.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, emotional read July 15 2004
I had to write because after reading some of the negative reviews, the main complaints seemed to be the name dropping, and the unrealistic, "cheesy" quality of writing in Suzanne's diary for Nicholas. Well this is supposed to be a diary, folks. James Patterson wanted us to believe that Suzanne was a real woman, not an author, therefore some of the entries included specific reference to her favorite things, Matt's favorite things, etc. Also, I have a baby book written for me by my mother, and what my mom wrote about me 28 years ago sounds very similar to the way Suzanne was writing about Nicholas. A new mother (like myself) thinks her baby is the most amazing, wonderful thing in the world, so of course she is over the moon about her little man, especially considering that she had heart issues, and her healthy pregnancy and baby were a Godsend.
That all said, the book was a super-emotional read, and if you don't like that kind of thing, stay away. If you do, then this book was amazing. It's been 24 hours since I finished it, and I'm still thinking of it - the mark of a good book, in my opinion!
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