Cecelia Ahern was born and grew up in Dublin. Her novels have
been translated into thirty-five languages and have sold more than
twenty-five million copies in over fifty countries. Two of her
books have been adapted as films and she has created several TV
She and her books have won numerous awards, including the Irish Book Award for Popular Fiction for The Year I Met You.
She lives in Dublin with her family.
After Tamara's father commits suicide in the face of bankruptcy, the teen and her mother must live with relatives in rural Ireland. Away from her posh friends and lavish lifestyle, Tamara is bored and can't quite put her finger on why things in her new home seem a little off. To make matters worse, her mother increasingly spends time locked away in a darkened room, assumed to be severely depressed. When Tamara comes across a ruined castle and a locked diary that reveals entries in her handwriting dated one day in the future, things take a supernatural twist. Can she change the future and possibly get help for her mother, or will all the secrets that eventually come to light only make things worse? VERDICT Ahern has made a definite change in her writing with her recent fiction, going from chick lit to modern fairy tales. The supernatural element doesn't work well in this novel, however, with a buildup that falls slightly flat. Better examples can be found in Allison Winn Scotch's novels or Melanie Rose's Life as I Know It. Still, Ahern has fans from her P.S. I Love You days, so purchase accordingly. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 9/15/10.]--Rebecca Vnuk, Forest Park, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Spoiled rotten 16-year-old Tamara Goodwin has everything and appreciates nothing-until her gilded lifestyle shatters with her bankrupt father's suicide at the start of this magic-infused suspense novel from Irish author Ahern (P.S. I Love You). Almost overnight Tamara and the shell of what used to be her mother have to vacate their foreclosed Dublin mansion, relocating to her aunt and uncle's modest digs in the depths of the countryside. But there's more going on in County Meath than meets the eye, as the bored girl discovers while exploring the nearby castle ruins. Then danger lands on her doorstep in the form of the locked leather-bound volume she borrows from the local lending library. It proves to be a diary that appears to write itself-one day before the events described. As Tamara starts to tap the book's powers, exposing some painful family secrets in the process, Ahern's tale-spinning prowess keeps the reader riveted. If only her characters were equally satisfying. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Praise for The Book of Tomorrow:
`A sweet, life-affirming tale' Marie Claire
`A magical, absorbing tale' Closer
'Told with a sprinkling of magic, this is an endearing tale of family, friendship and secrets' Woman
'A real page-turner ... original and with a colourful cast of characters, this is to be another hit for Ahern' News of the World
Acclaim for Cecelia Ahern:
`Utterly irresistible...I devoured it in one sitting.' Marian Keyes
`An intriguing, heartfelt novel, which makes you think about the value of life.' Glamour
'A sensational debut novel that proves true love never dies.' Cosmopolitan
`A heavenly gift that speaks to the heart.' Irish Independent
'A wonderfully life-affirming, witty debut.' Company
'Heartwarmingly good.' Heat
'A wonderfully warm and witty debut from a terrific new writer...This exceptional novel about bereavement, friendship and lost love is both heartbreaking and uplifting.' Express
'A heartwarming, completely absorbing tale of love and friendship.' Company