In the Middle Of: The Book of Tomorrow, by Cecelia Ahern

image The Book of Tomorrow

I always have four to five books “on the go” at any given moment, some of which I admit I don’t actually finish.

But I’m pretty sure I’m going to finish The Book of Tomorrow, by Cecelia Ahern (the author of P.S. I Love You). I found the beginning slow to start, with a lot of telling rather than showing, but I’m now in the middle of the novel and Ahern has me all caught up in the world of her narrator, Tamara Goodwin.

The Book of Tomorrow has an unusual twist to it, involving as it does a magical book. A truly magical book, a book of tomorrow. And there’s a good dollop of mystery, too. Not a mystery in the sense of a crime, but a mystery nevertheless.

Tamara Goodwin has always got everything she’s ever wanted. Born into a family of wealth, she grew up in a mansion with its own private beach, a wardrobe full of designer clothes, a large four poster bed complete with a luxurious bathroom en-suite. She’s always lived in the here and now, never giving a second thought to tomorrow.

But then suddenly her dad is gone and life for Tamara and her mother changes forever. Left with a mountain of debt, they have no choice but to sell everything they own and move to the country to live with Tamara’s Uncle and Aunt. Nestled next to Kilsaney Castle, their gatehouse is a world away from Tamara’s childhood. With her mother shut away with grief, and her aunt busy tending to her, Tamara is lonely and bored and longs to return to Dublin.

When a travelling library passes through Kilsaney Demesne, Tamara is intrigued. She needs a distraction. Her eyes rest on a mysterious large leather bound tome locked with a gold clasp and padlock. With some help, Tamara finally manages to open the book. What she discovers within the pages takes her breath away and shakes her world to its core.

So yes, I’m definitely enjoying The Book of Tomorrow.

And welcome, too, to a “new feature” at Ms. Bookish: In The Middle Of …!

17 thoughts on “In the Middle Of: The Book of Tomorrow, by Cecelia Ahern

    1. Belle

      And it’s a bit like “flavor of the moment” – so much depends on my reading mood.

      I remember last year when you gave “one book only” a try and discovered you were not reading at all as a result! That was an eye opener for me. I stopped trying to resist book temptations after that!

  1. Joanne

    I’ve read a few books like that, where the beginning is slow but I read on, and without even seeing it happening, suddenly I’m immersed in the story, drawn right in. It’s really effective writing to do that, so kudos to the author!
    .-= Joanne´s last blog ..In The Way =-.

  2. Molly

    Oh – I think you should start this as a weekly meme! I never thought of writing a post about books that “I am in the middle of” except on Sunday Salon, but I would to participate in something like this, if you were to host it :)
    .-= Molly´s last blog ..BTT – Why We Read…. =-.

    1. Belle

      Such a tempting idea, Molly! But I know myself too well. The moment I say, “this will be a regular thing I write about”, my inner self will rebel and everyone wanting to do the meme will have no place to post their links because I will have forgotten to write the post :) But please feel free to use the idea – the more the merrier, I say, and I always love seeing what people are in the middle of reading.

    1. Belle

      This is my first book by Ahern, Jill. I do have P.S. I love you on my shelves somewhere – I enjoyed the movie so much (those gorgeous, gorgeous shots of Ireland!).

      1. Belle

        And replying to my own comment – Ahern was 21 when she wrote P.S. I Love You, her first book! Holding back my envy now …

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    1. Belle

      I love your comments, Margot – a bunch of them in a row is fantastic!

      I quite enjoyed this book – the very slight magical element in it was fun, and for general fiction, it was quite suspenseful, with a good dose of the mysterious to it.


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