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Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson: "Katie Wilkinson has found the perfect man at last but one day, he disappears from her life, leaving behind only a diary for her to read. The diary is written by a woman named Suzanne and is addressed to her new baby boy, Nicholas. In it she pours out her heart about the joy he has brought her. As Katie reads this moving story, she realizes that the man she's fallen in love with is Suzanne's husband, Nicholas' father. She reads on, filled with terror and hope as she struggles to understand what happened and whether her new love can survive." (Book summary)
If you like relationship stories with strong, complex emotional impact, you may like these titles:
The amateur marriage: a novel by Anne Tyler
Tyler's ambitious sixteenth novel explores a weighty topic, the erosion of a marriage, over an unusually long period of time, 1941 to the present. Once again, you'll enjoy Tyler's trademark light yet insightful touch. The ill-fated couple at the story's center, Michael and Pauline, are as familiar as relatives-just "two good people who are bad for each other," as Tyler puts it. The point of view in the book's 10 chapters shifts from one family member to another, allowing sympathy for all.
The annunciation by Ellen Gilchrist
Follows the desires of Amanda McCarney: an unwed mother on a Mississippi Delta plantation at age fourteen, a wealthy New Orleans matron into her early forties, and now a divorced poetry student living in a university community in the Ozarks. When Amanda finds herself infatuated with an intense young musician, what at first appears to be a sexual intrigue becomes a grand and impossible passion that unfolds with striking parallels to the life of the eighteenth-century French poetess whose work she is translating. (Book description, amazon.com)
A bend in the road by Nicholas Sparks
Miles's life seemed to end the day his wife was killed in a hit-and-run accident. He still rises each morning, but it's all a numb haze. Then Miles meets Sarah Andrews, and their newfound love starts to soothe the pain of the past until a shocking revealed secret threatens them both. (catalog summary)
The Brightest Star in the Sky by Marian Keyes
Fate is on its way to the tenants of 66 Star Street, bringing with it love and tragedy, friendship and heartbreak, and the power to change lives.
The Circus in Winter by Cathy Day
Day strips away the grease paint and costumes of clowns, elephant trainers, and steel-nerved acrobats to reveal lives as messy as any found in mainstream America.
Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
Inman, a wounded soldier, walks away from the front during the Civil War to return to his prewar sweetheart, Ada, who desperately works to revive a struggling farm.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.
Five quarters of the orange by Joanne Harris
From the bestselling author of "Chocolat" comes a sensual literary concoction of tragedy, secrets, and the relationship between a daughter and her mother. Returning to the small Loire village of her childhood to run a cafe, Franboise Dartigen soon finds that hidden among her mother's recipes are clues that will lead her to the truth of long ago. (catalog summary)
The House at the End of Hope Street by Menna van Praag
The house at the end of Hope Street is an enchanted, haunted house unlike any other--a house that finds young women in their time of need and takes them in.
The Lemon Orchard by Luanne Rice
After the death of her daughter, Julie housesits the Mailbu home of her aunt and uncle where she finds herself drawn to Roberto, the handsome man who oversees the lemon orchard and whose daughter was lost but never found.
Marrying the mistress by Joanna Trollope
When an English judge abandons a 40-year marriage for his mistress, his grown sons are shocked. They're even more shocked to discover that they quite like the young woman replacing mum.
Mercy by Jodi Picoult
Police chief of a small Massachusetts town, Cameron McDonald makes the toughest arrest of his life when his own cousin Jamie comes to him and confesses outright that he has killed his terminally ill wife out of mercy. Now, a heated murder trial plunges the town into upheaval, and drives a wedge into a contented marriage: Cameron, aiding the prosecution in their case against Jamie, is suddenly at odds with his devoted wife, Allie -- seduced by the idea of a man so in love with his wife that he'd grant all her wishes, even her wish to end her life. And when an inexplicable attraction leads to a shocking betrayal, Allie faces the hardest questions of the heart: when does love cross the line of moral obligation? And what does it mean to truly love another? (catalog summary)
Minding Frankie by Maeve Binchy
When No?el learns that his former flame is terminally ill and pregnant with a child she claims is his, he agrees to take care of the baby girl once she's born.
The mourner's bench: a novel by Susan Dodd
Thirty-year-old Leandra leads a solitary existence on an island in North Carolina, earning a modest living by fixing broken dolls. But her quiet, isolated life takes an unexpected turn when her sister's husband, Wim, appears, a man she has not seen for ten years, since their urgent love affair ended in tragedy. Wim, now dying of cancer, feels the need to see Leandra one last time. (Book description, amazon.com)
The Pilot's Wife by Anita Shreve
As a pilot's wife, Kathryn has learned to expect both intense exhilaration and long periods alone - but nothing has prepared her for the late-night knock that lets her know her husband has died in a crash.
Once Upon a Time, There Was You by Elizabeth Berg
Sharing nothing in common except their 16-year-old daughter, divorced parents John and Irene reconnect in the wake of a devastating tragedy and discover things about each other that they had not revealed during their marriage.
The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
Becoming friends with Josef Weber, an old man who is particularly loved in her community, Sage Singer is shocked when one day he asks her to kill him and reveals why he deserves to die, causing her to question her beliefs.