Title: Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas
Author: James Patterson
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
James Patterson, the author who brought us Kiss the Girls, Along Came a Spider, Roses are Red and several other murder mysteries, has given us another clue - he has a soft-hearted romantic side.
His novel Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas is Patterson's first stab at romance, and make no mistake, he goes straight for the heart.
Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas is amazingly well written and isn't the typical romance novel. The characters aren't molded from Fabio or Victoria Holt, and there's no underlying hate or long-standing family feud.
This is a story of love in its truest form. It begins with Katie Wilkinson, an attractive editor at a successful New York publishing house, thinking of Matt Harrison and trying to understand why he left her so suddenly.
The comfortable relationship between Wilkinson and Harrison had been dynamic. It had been perfect and Wilkinson was expecting a marriage proposal really soon. She can't understand why Harrison would dump her when everything was going so great. She knew he had been married before and that he carried painful memories, but was that all calculated lies? Wilkinson wants answers. The day after the break-up, she finds a package from Harrison. It's a diary kept by Harrison's wife for their new son - it's Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas. Harrison warns in an attached note that parts of the diary will be painful to read, but the answers to her questions lay inside the leather-bound covers.
She, as well as the readers, becomes caught up in the beauty and circular flow of life, lost love, hope and new love.
Suzanne writes to Nicholas, "Bad stuff does happen sometimes, Nicholas. Always remember that, but remember that you have to move on, somehow. You just pick your head up and stare at something beautiful like the sky or the ocean, and you move the hell on.
"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 - family, health, friends, integrity - are made of glass. If you drop one of these, it will be irrevocably scuffed, nicked, perhaps even shattered. And once you understand the lesson of the five balls, you will have the beginnings of balance in your life."
Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas is impossible to put down. It leaves the readers wanting more - more for the characters and more for themselves.
James Patterson, give us more.
Patterson makes transition from mystery to romance with Diary
Published: Thu Feb 14, 2002 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 04:05 p.m.