The Second Diary

The Second Diary


Fiction - Humor/Comedy
262 Pages
Reviewed on 07/26/2016
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Author Biography

Ciara Threadgoode is a pseudonym. The author strongly concurs with a statement attributed to Edgar Degas: “I want to be famous; I also yearn to remain unknown.”
When she isn't writing stories, she can be found reading a good cook book, drawing, listening to music, sewing or playing with her dogs.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Tracy Slowiak for Readers' Favorite

Wow! Just, wow! How's that for a review? Well, it's definitely the way I felt about The Second Diary, the absolutely fabulous work by author Ciara Threadgoode. This book will have its readers obsessively turning the pages from the very first words all the way through to the very last, and will have them laughing and even wiping away tears at times. Follow the story of an unexpected find, that of the second, secret diary of one Dorothy Rose Nolte Hughes, discovered by her granddaughter Cherry after Dorothy had passed away. While her first diary contained the mundane details of her life, those that many would expect to find in the diary of an older woman, this one contained the real dirt and this spunky woman's true thoughts about what was going on around her, often with hilarious results!

I loved The Second Diary. Loved. It. How's that for a review? I loved its fun premise, the characters detailed so well and lovingly by author Ciara Threadgoode, and the investigation of one family's life over the course of two generations. I have never read a book quite like this one, and since I am a prolific readers, that is truly saying a great deal. Any reader who loves a fun read of fiction, a story about families, or just a story with a great deal of heart should definitely read this book! I highly recommend The Second Diary, and I absolutely look forward to reading more from the very talented author, Ciara Threadgoode, as soon as I possibly can!

Gretchen Jawurek

Cherise Rose Cones, “Cherry” as she is called, and her husband Gene are cleaning out her grandmother’s house when they make a significant discovery: they find a second diary. They have already found a diary, but it was just a mundane recording of daily events. This diary talks about events that happened years ago, as well as a few secrets in The Second Diary by Ciara Threadgoode.

Dorothy Rose Nolte, Cherry’s grandmother, has passed away. Dottie, as everyone called Dorothy, was a sharp, sassy little woman who had very distinct opinions and no compunction about voicing them. I am sure there are many readers out there with a relative just like Dottie so they will understand and enjoy the similarities. So, as usually happens when someone passes away, the family squabbles begin, secrets that were thought well hidden are revealed. The ongoing fight between Cherry’s mother and Dottie takes on a new angle after what is revealed in the second diary. And of course, the question of who is going to get the grandmother’s house and what to do with her things is also part of the plot.

Ms. Threadgoode handles a very sensitive subject in a very real, down to earth manner with compassion. As the reader, you are swept up into the situation with Cherry and Gene as they figure out the mysteries of the family and work their way through the family quarrels. One minute you are saying "Yes! Finally!" The next minute you are urging them to say it, just say it! In fact I did say it out loud as I was reading the book and someone who was nearby replied, "Say what?" It is possible to get swept up into the story as if Cherry, the main character, is telling the story to you over tea one afternoon. The end may not be the triumphant end where everything is straightened out and there are no misunderstandings, but you will realize that even though the end might leave you a little melancholy, this ending is the right ending. This book is a very good read and perfect for someone who has lost someone near and dear to them, or who just wants a good book about families and family relationships.