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Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson – Book Review

Prepare your tissues as this book will not leave you dry-eyed. Full of love and more love and more love and a lot of loss, the book follows two couples who have something in common. Matt has been with both women and both have a baby.

This change-of-pace love story is a powerfully moving novel about families, loss, and new love. When the man Kate loves disappears, he leaves behind a diary, a letter from a new mother to her baby son about how she and the boy’s father met. An unforgettable piece, at once heartbreaking and full of hope. “Compelling… superbly enhanced by Baker’s narration… highly recommended.”—Booklist

The book is sappy, sentimental, full of diabetes-inducing levels of sweet but I must say it kind of works.
Suzanne, 35, after suffering a heart attack in New York, decides to leave her old life behind and move to Martha’s Vineyard where she encounters Matt, the Picasso painter who was re-decorating her house. They fall in love over a summer, go on outings, meet his mom, get married and have a baby together. It’s all revealed in the diary she starts keeping for her newborn son, Nicholas. All of her entries describe her pregnancy, her check-ups, the worries over her heart which might fail during the delivery, the love they carry for the new born.
I was in tears in some parts but I blame this on my female hormones!

While pregnant and even after, doctor Boston (Suzanne) still had a lot of time for her rural practice along with the old doctor and fixing the ailments of others was a great motivator.

I loved Suzanne and Matt’s life, so full of light and love.

The other half of the story is Katie, who has been dating Matt and has been abandoned just when she was about to tell him she was pregnant with his child. The only explanation he gave her was Suzanne’s diary. Why did Matt lie to her? Did he cheat on Suzanne? Was Suzanne even still alive? How about their cute baby boy? As she reads on and the story unfolds, she finds out the truth.

The suspense falls flat, you know what is going to happen as soon as Katie gets the dairy. You have to be slow not to see that there is an issue here, why would someone have a diary that is meant for someone else to read unless both the writer and the recipient didn’t still exist.
Suzanne suffers a strong (catastrophic) heart attack while going over a bridge and she crashes with her car in the water. Matt is the one to finish her diary, to tell Nicholas how much he loved him and this is when the shocker comes! Nicholas died too, in the same accident that killed his mom. He was strapped in her car, on the way into town to pick up his framed baby pictures.
Why leave her at home with the baby after she was on the verge of death so many times?? How many heart patients are there out there who are encouraged to lug a kid around after all she’s been through? That’s basically the stupid thing of the plot.

The story does have a happy end, Katie goes looking for Matt, can’t find him but he comes back to her and kneels ( 🙂 ) in front of the building she works in. He apologizes and they get married. The END.

Best part of the book:

“Imagine life is a game in which you are juggling five balls. The balls are called work, family, health, friends, and integrity. And you’re keeping all of them in the air. But one day you finally come to understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. The other four balls…are made of glass. If you drop one of these, it will be irrevocably scuffed, nicked, perhaps even shattered.”

Worst part of the book:

“Love between two people can last a long time if the people love themselves some, and are ready to give love to another person.”

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