MOTHER’S DAY GIFT IDEA
The Second Diary
by Ciara Threadgoode
Don’t forget Mother’s Day will be celebrated on Sunday 12 May this year in Australia and the US. This book would make the perfect gift for your mother.
When people keep diaries, they usually record trite tidbits of daily life. Dorothy Rose Nolte Hughes, however, hides a second diary under the polka-dot towels and causes quite a stir in the family. Her use of metaphor, alliteration, and analogies keep readers learning some new turns-of-phrase and laughing while uncovering some family truths that lay hidden from the world.
Dottie’s daughter isn’t interested in the language and turn-of-phrase, however, only the secrets revealed to the one who finds the diary. Dottie’s favorite granddaughter, her husband, and their six dachshunds take care of Granny, but her diary leaves them not only befuddled and confused but also excited and elevated in spirit.
Moving back and forth between the granddaughter’s story-telling and the grandmother’s diary entries, readers are compelled to keep reading to the very end and learn about fairytales as part of the truth. Does the truth hide in fairytales and come forth when least expected or do fairytales hide in truth and just sort of spontaneously spew forth?
My husband was wondering why I kept giggling as I was reading this. I love the way The Second Diary is told by two different generations, past and present. It’s a warm & humorous look at families, love & life that will have you wondering what secrets YOUR family is hiding.
About the Author
Ciara Threadgoode is this authors pseudonym. It’s believed that Edgar Degas once said, “While I want to be famous, I also yearn to remain unknown.” This author would concur. She collects sunsets, colorful fall leaves, evening silhouettes and 1959 pennies. When she’s not traveling, Ciara spends her days feeding the birds, learning to play the guitar and making handmade patchwork quilts for gifts.