Suzanne’s Diary For Nicholas by James Patterson

When I started this book I had a full schedule and had no intentions of reading more than a few pages while taking a quick break…. 3 hours later with tears in my eyes I closed the last page with a satisfied sigh. ~ Sheila

diary forSuzanne’s Diary for Nicholas begins with an introduction to Katie Wilkerson. She works for a publishing house and lives in New York City. The love of her life is poet/house painter Matt Harrison. The couple is about to celebrate the publication of Matt’s book and the beginning of their lives together.

At least, that’s what Katie thought. She’s stunned when Matt abruptly terminates the relationship and heads home for Cape Cod, taking several painful secrets with him. His explanation is contained in a personal diary that he gives Katie to read.

Matt’s wife, Suzanne, is the author of the journal, which was originally written for the couple’s son. Katie knows she has to read the diary to find an explanation for Matt’s actions, but she must come to grips with what she’s afraid she’ll discover.
The first letter:

Dear Nicholas, my little prince

As I write this very first entry, you are two weeks old. But I want to start by telling you about some things that happened before you were born. I want to start before the beginning, so to speak.

This is for your eyes only, Nick.

This is what happened to Nicholas, Suzanne and Matt.


Now let the record show I am not a sappy love story reader.  This book was purchased at a book sale and the cover of  the book with a sandy  beach just said to me, “Summer Read”.  So I sat down to see what James had to say.

I was so impressed with the book and how James Patterson writes from the perspective of Kate and then from Suzanne as she writes to Nicholas.  The book is touching, gripping, and at the end … lets just say  I think I left a little piece of my heart with this book.

I loved the lightness of the read.  It was refreshing to read a book that really gave the male character,  Matt, a softer side than most of the men I read of.  This book is like no other Patterson I have read, it just flowed differently and the words ran smoother than some of the sharpness most of Patterson’s other work has.  On Friday afternoon  between doing projects around the yard, I started – and finished this book.

Fantastic for a beach read or sitting on your deck with a large ice tea in your super cool sunglasses.  😉
My rating?  Two Kleenex’s Up
This book is from my personal library
I would rate this book PG

15 thoughts on “Suzanne’s Diary For Nicholas by James Patterson

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  2. I read this a few years ago, but I still remember how I found it: My family and I rented a cute little condo near the beach for a few days. After throwing my bags somewhere, I plopped down on the couch and found, to my amazement, the book on the side table next to me.

    “…Is this the James Patterson I’m thinking of?” Honestly, it was my first thought. I read a couple of his books before (i.e. Alex Cross), but I had no idea he wrote romance.

    I decided to give it a chance. I read the first few pages. I read a few more pages. And after that, well, I read the whole book in one sitting–kind of. (I continued it in the car to the restaurant.)

    I agree with what you say about the book. It’s touching, gripping. Fairly heartbreaking–enough so that I cried in the car to the amusement of my family. Embarrassing, yes, but the Nicholas thing got to me.

    Anyway, I just wanted to share that real fast since I also enjoyed reading that book.

  3. I read this several years ago and remember being surprised because it is so different from Patterson’s other work. I enjoyed it – I thought it was a sweet book.

  4. I haven’t read this one, but I have it somewhere on my stack! A friend gave it to me.

    But I remember looking at the cover and thinking…now this looks like a Nicholas Sparks read.

    I’ll have to delve into my pile and find it!

    Thanks, Sheila.

  5. I’m so glad you reviewed this book because I always wondered if it was a good one to read. I hesitated because I am familiar with James Patterson for his mystery/thrillers and wasn’t sure what to expect from his writing of a love story. I guess I didn’t have high hopes! So thank you for your wonderful review. I’m going to look for this book in the bookstore!

    Amy

  6. Lori

    I just saw this book sitting on the shelf at work where we can leave books for anyone who wants them. I jumped up and ran back to get it after I read your post! I’m looking forward to adding it to my collection as well. Thanks!

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