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Book of Tomorrow
by Cecelia Ahern
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Harper, 2011 (2011)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

If you knew what tomorrow would bring and you might be able to change the happenings of the day, what would you do? Would you accept what is to be? Would you moan and groan and not get out of bed? Or would you get up with a determination not to let the day control you?

This unbelievable situation is what faces Tamara Goodwin, the daughter of a very wealthy father who commits suicide. His death changes her life forever she is forced not only to deal with living without a doting father but faces the loss of her home, her school, her friends and everything she thought she deserved.

Tamara and her mother move to a small village below Dublin, Ireland where her mother goes into seclusion. Tamara's aunt and uncle, Rosaleen and Arthur, have taken in the two and Rosaleen seems to be guarding Tamara's mother. Won't let her daughter see her.

Tamara falls heir to an old diary through a series of meetings with local people, including a nun. This weighty, leather-bound book has no memories written between its pages. Instead, it has a long To My Diary entry seemingly written in her own hand describing the happenings of the next day! On successive days the writing disappears only to reappear with the future day's events. Tamara doesn't understand how this could have happened, but is beginning to believe.

What the predictions foretell frightens Tamara into action she, in her other life, would have found unimaginable. The Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern does not let itself be put down. The reader must keep turning pages to discover what turn Tamara's life will take. Suspense plays a large role as does the magic of the Book itself.

Cecelia Ahern is the author of P.S. I Love You (that became the basis for a Hilary Swank film). She also has five more brilliant novels to her credit. Enjoy this one!

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