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10 May 2010

Her Mother's Dairy by David Curry Kahn, A Book Review

Title: Her Mother's Diary
Author: David Curry Kahn
Publisher: Wheatmark
Publication Date: April 15, 2010
Paperback: 240 pages
ISBN: 978-1604943597
Genre: Fiction


From the Publisher:

Allison Etcheverry is homeless, estranged from a wealthy family that refuses to acknowledge her, and on the run from the drug lords responsible for her parents' deaths. But she has more than her own survival to think about. To fulfill her late mother's last wish, Allison needs to find the money her mother hid before the killers do. An unlikely haven appears in the form of an elderly man, devastated by the loss of his wife. As Allison reaches out to him and his family, she finds that she has the strength not only to overcome her own struggles, but to help others do so as well. Her Mother's Diary combines suspense and romance in a tightly woven, fast-paced story that you won’t want to put down.

My Review:

The statement: "everything is not as it seems" holds true for the novel Her Mother's Diary by David Curry Kahn. Allison grew up on Holliday Ranch with her parents Allison and Charles until the fateful night her father killed her mother over money. It was rumoured her father and her Uncle Gustav were involved in a drug cartel and Diane stole the money from Charles to open a centre to help children affected by drugs. Allison flees to her grandmother Mary Francis Holiday who tells her that when she dies, Allison will be homeless since Henry Holliday of Holliday Trust considers Mary Francis, Diane, and Allison persona non grata. Kahn has the outlines for an intriguing plot, and it offers several twists, yet everything fell quite flat for me. I had no feelings for the characters and found the events to be contrived to fit the plot. The novel is written at a fast clip with many characters throughout several states. The impression I received from reading the back was more interesting than the story itself. I would have preferred far more character development, a more realistic plot, and Allison struggling, even a tiny bit would have added to the element where she was supposed to be homeless. With these criticism stated, the outline for the book is a good one and the novel is filled with dialogue for those who prefer more dialogue to flowery prose. Her Mother's Diary is short and to the point. I want to make it quite clear, this novel was not what I enjoyed, and every reader has a different reaction to novels. I strongly encourage readers to check out other reviews of Her Mother's Diary and to look at the website for the novel. I was not aware until after the fact this novel is a Young Adult (YA) novel, and not being a reviewer of the genre of YA novels I have absolutely no other YA novels to compare this to, so do look at other reviews.

To learn more about the novel or the author please visit the website.

I received a complimentary copy of Her Mother's Diary by David Curry Kahn from AME, Inc to review. Receiving a free copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.



Lynne said...

Jennifer, I'm not a YA reader either. Enjoyed your honest review, especially your recommendation to read other reviews of this book besides yours. I did that with a book called Making Toast. Just because I didn't care for it much doesn't mean someone else won't :)

Have a great day.

Heather said...

Even the synopsis sounds like a complete stretch...I'm not surprised that the author wasn't really able to make it work.

Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith said...

Thank you for this honest review.

Bill ;-)

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