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A Diary's House

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  23 ratings  ·  17 reviews
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, no...more
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Published August 1st 2012 by Digital Publishing Expert (first published July 30th 2012)
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A coming of age story mixed with folklore and adventure in a historic setting makes this book an intriguing read. The author's mix of Cherokee legend and romance gives a dream like quality. You begin with Landon as a boy and end with him as a man and all the while your are engaged as he sets on his journey. A long book but definitely worth the effort to read. The writing itself is captivating and I would not hesitate to read another book by this author.

I was provided a review copy courtesy of Pr...more
Where to start with this reveiw? This book is unlike anything that I've read recently. It is the story of a young boy, Landon Hampshire, coming of age in turn of the century rural North Carolina. It is a complex story filled with well developed charaters. The writing style is unusual and almost has the meter of the dialect of North Carolina. At time it felt like I was reading Huck Finn. It is filled with beautiful descriptions, mysticism, ghosts, and Native Cherokee legends mixed together to for...more
Verna Humphrey
The dedication is both poignant and beautifully written

The book itself starts out slow. As the story evolves, the reader is made aware of many things. The author is quite adept at the usage of metaphors. There is symbolic imagery, mysticism and ghosts, which emerge in the story lines. The story is set in North Carolina and with picturesque descriptions. The reader can be compared to the writing of style of Samuel Clemmens. However, I suggest that this book be place in a young adult genre. I am g...more
What a great book, in plays in the early 1900's in North Carolina.
It tells you about a boy called Landon and his family and friends. They are convinced that to proof they become man to do a very dangerous river trip. it is a wild river with a waterfall drop.
They do have help from a man building their float who appeared later to be a ghost. A insane priest is around and he is so weird and sort of funny in a way too.

You learn about Cherokee history and the trail of tears, when they make the danger...more
A Diary’s House, Where True Love Endures is based in the late nineteenth century in North Carolina and tells the tale of Landon Hampshire, a young boy on the verge of manhood. Landon and his two friends; Jonathan and Thomas set out on an adventure to make them rich, famous and above all into men. Their idea to become these three things is to journey down the dangerous and infamous Randola River to Sebastian’s Island where it is rumoured a pirate’s treasure is hidden! But to get there they need h...more
A Diary's House is unlike anything I have read recently. The author C.David Murphy has a writing style that is quite unique. He is able to bring every character to life with unprecedented detail. The novel was written as a tribute to his deceased son and the story reflects his passion. He definitely puts his heart and soul into every page. It is a story of adventure, true love, romance and coming of age. This is a must read for all.

Disclosure; My company Digital Publishing Expert owns the digita...more
Truth be told, this book took a lot of effort to read. The sheer volume alone is daunting. Not that I am afraid of size having read many books by Stephen King as well as the entire Harry Potter series. But with a new author it made me a bit leery.

I found it difficult to really dive into the book as well. The author has a strong propensity for description with a heavy emphasis on metaphor and simile. Most of the time I felt as though I was reading the love child of a dictionary and thesaurus. I t...more
David Murphy
Oct 02, 2012 David Murphy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author) Recommends it for: everyone
When a writer comes to review their own work, it becomes a tenuous ground to stand on. Any relevant praise will be considered bias if but for the mere lack of constructive criticism that a normal review may ultimately garner. A balanced, even approach is quite often required to fully encapsulate such a work in its correct lighting.

I was reluctant to do as such for the aforementioned reasons above. I would press upon any reader/reviewer to relate and simply understand the immense task and require...more
Gina's Library
This book is the story of Landon Hampshire it starts out as on old man feeding food to birds and thinking about how one bird is very much a southern gentleman and names him Landon. Landon Hamshire ends up in a local diner and thinks back to his youth. The book tells about when he was born and how his father told him a story as a young boy about a Cherokee Legend the legend is a variation on the creation story. When he is a young man about to come into adulthood he decides with some friends to lo...more

A Diary's House did not speak to me at first. I read it on my kindle and the first 20% I kept thinking this is not a book for me. (Sorry C. David Murphy). For myself it started out really slowly and I was afraid it would not grab my attention. However , the story that unfolded was worth the wait. A beautiful tale of family, secrets and one heck of a love story . I loved the history of the Cherokee , the descriptions of the North Carolina lands and the adventures of Landon.

Three boys set out to...more
I’ll be honest and start this review by saying this was not the book for me. But, it will strike just that chord of WOW with other readers, and most of the issues that I had with the story are based in my own personal prejudices garnered from years of reading.

I give this book 3.5 stars: with the realization that other readers will and do love this book – but the length and wordiness did not hold my interest in the way I had hoped it would.

The author has created a beautiful story that feels much...more
Carrie Peeples
A Diary’s House: Where True Loves Endures
I have to say, after reading the dedication; it was difficult for me to pick up this book. My heart hurt for the Author. I found this book to be very descriptive and detailed. Almost as if the details were as important as the storyline. As for the storyline, I enjoyed it. The way he mixed in Cherokee lore with historical fiction really was great. The way he told of the boy becoming a man and the intensity and mixture of plots was interesting. On the whole...more
Jaime Radalyac
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review:

3.75 stars

A Diary House Where True Love Endures by C. David Murphy is the story of a boy from the 1870's who goes out to use his Cherokee history taught by his father to find treasure.

He goes on a treasure hunt with his friends and yes they do come across some not so friendly people on their excursion.

Landon comes across a diary from as previously mentioned from a young woman 30 years prior to his time. His sister catches him and together th...more
Jerri Davis
I was given a copy of "A Diary's House: Where True Love Endures" in exchange for and Honest Review. I have to say this was and Excellent Book. The Paranormal Travels of a Group of Boys to find a vast amount of Interesting Ghost is A Great Read for this time of year Fall. The Group is Destined for Fear and Excitement all at the same time in there meetings with these Ghost. The Book Explains in detail each Ghost Personality and the effects that they have on the Boys. The Boys have a Zest for Ghost...more
Lisa Markson
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"A Diary's House: Where True Love Endures"
By C. David Murphy

I received a copy of"A Diary's House: Where True Love Endures" byC. David Murphy in exchange for an honest review. This was a good book a little hard at times to stay engaged but overall a good storyline. It talks about a boy hear legends from his father and his coming of age. The story is complex with the way he builds the characters to develop them in the directions that he is going. If you are looking for mystery, int...more
C. David incorporates Cherokee Legends within this captivating historical romance which impressed me. While "A Diary's House" is not a fast read, you will have a hard time putting it down. The characters and plot were well written with plenty of adventure.

This review is based on a complimentary copy which was provided for an honest review.
I liked this book very much, but it was very wordy...I am really into descriptive nature passages, but this was a little too much description, to the point of distraction sometimes. I loved the story and characters, though!

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Christopher David Murphy is the author of two Shakespearean-style genre plays 'In the Years of the Ages' and 'Hildengrass'. He is currently finalizing his next novel, 'When Tomorrow Never Comes' and 'The Chronicles of Good and Evil – Dracula’s Lair / The Darkest Tower', both due out in 2012. Also, the sequel to A Diary’s House is in the works – The Long Journey Home due out the first part of 2013....more
More about C. David Murphy...
The Chronicles of Good and Evil - Dracula's Lair / The Darkest Tower The Chronicles of Good and Evil - Dracula's Lair (The Chronicles Series) A Diary's House: Where True Love Endures

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