A Diary’s House is about adventure, lost love, and the hope that dreams, even those in the final years of life, can at last prevail. It is of a young boy’s attempt to become a man, the once-lost secrets of a diary, a sweeping romance which transcends time and place. It is more than a boy’s journey into manhood, but the mysteries of so many lives unknowingly intertwined, now brought together in a climatic ending; all from the engrossing world embedded in a forgotten diary; a diary of a woman.
Born in the vast and looming mountains of North Carolina during the 1870’s, Landon Hampshire always remembered the folklore and legendary tales his father told him during his early childhood; about the people of the Kituhwa (Cherokee) and the birth of this tribal nation – an enchanting story he could never forget. Incorporating the aid of an eccentric old French trapper (old man Montague), Landon and his friends set out on an adventure, their initial intention is to discover treasure and become men. But what Landon will eventually come to discover is more than he ever bargained for.
Landon didn’t realize his boyhood adventure would yield the incredible journey he ultimately experiences – going down the mysterious and mystical Randola River. At the base of the river is an island even more mysterious than the Randola itself.
The island releases many of its mysterious, yet even many more are created when Landon discovers, on the island, a diary of a young woman who lived forty years prior during the 1830’s (Trail of Tears). The diary entries are hopeful, though haunting. It reveals, in intimate detail, the life and dreams of this very special young girl who is turning into a woman of beauty and adventure, her love for a Cherokee boy, and the trials she will ultimately face. Her story unfolds through the reading of her diary, and Landon suddenly finds himself caught up in a sweeping, empowering world of re-invention and ultimate redemption.
This book isn’t something that I would typically read, which is precisely why I wanted to read it. I needed a little bit something different. As a mother, it didn’t take long into this book before I was emotionally touched. I’m pretty sure it was before Chapter 1 even began.
Because I’m not used to reading this type of story, it took a bit for me to get into it. The story is a historical fiction about a young boy coming of age and his adventure to explore the legends that his father once told him about. The book includes it all: mystery, adventure, and romance.
The characters in this book are beautifully written and very well developed. The growth they experience is enjoyable to read. The author is currently working on a second book, which I will definitely have to pick up!
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% honest and that of my own.