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4.15  ·  Rating details ·  144,235 ratings  ·  4,902 reviews
Beautifully captures the joys of a new family as it builds to an overwhelmingly moving climax. This is an unforgettable love story, at once heartbreaking and full of hope.

James Patterson has written a love story!--a powerfully moving and suspenseful novel about families, loss, new love, and hope.

Katie Wilkinson has found her perfect man at last. He's a writer, a house pai
Mass Market Paperback, 289 pages
Published August 1st 2003 by Vision (first published 2001)
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Jen A very, very easy read, which I must admit I didn't want to put down. Normally I'm a slow reader. I finished this in a couple of hours, if that.

A very, very easy read, which I must admit I didn't want to put down. Normally I'm a slow reader. I finished this in a couple of hours, if that.

**slight spoiler**

I guess it depends on what one likes. It's a tear-jerker, or at least it was for me. I'm not big into those because I already cry fairly easily. I think the only thing that slowed my reading speed for this was balling a good bit of the time.(less)

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Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Katie and Matt had the perfect relationship. They had much in common and a completeness, but when Matt suddenly leaves the relationship, Katie is left with many questions and wonders what went wrong. Matt is someone Katie could’ve shared the rest of her life with. How could she have been so wrong about their relationship?

Not long after Matt’s departure, she receives a package in the mail. She recognizes Matt’s handwriting on th
Jul 26, 2007 rated it did not like it
This book was the worst I've read. I actually felt less intelligent when I finished it. I feel empathy for people who think this is quality writing. Put it this way, the book was so bad that the movie was better. I actually liked the movie a lot, which means it wasn't the story, it was the author. Patterson needs to stick to mystery or whatever he does...

...Did I mention I didn't like this book at all?
Tanya Wadley
May 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas is an amazing love story, for me it was a page turner that I read in less than 24 hours (quite a feat with a nursing baby)! It is an incredible fictional love story set in New York and Martha’s Vineyard. Part of the book includes experiences from the author’s life.

It starts out with Katie, whose lover of 11 months, Matt, (from whom she thought a marriage proposal imminent), unexpectedly leaves with no explanation. He sends Katie an apologetic letter, saying he is to
Jul 26, 2007 rated it did not like it
I've read more of James Patterson's novels than I care to admit, and from what I've observed, their general pattern is a little bit of exposition followed by some drama and suspense, which is mostly boring or unbelievably contrived (or both), followed by some sappy, overly-sentimental, unimaginative, and highly predictable denouement.

Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas is a deviation from Patterson's mode of operation in the following respect: it isn't suspenseful or even remotely thrilling. Not even
Jan 21, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one, Danielle Steele fans
Shelves: trash-bin, fiction
I still rue the day I picked up this book from the library and even more, reading the first page. The overly-contrived plot contains unbelievably "perfect" characters and comes off as just hokey and ridiculous. Oh, how I regret reading to the end. The sappy sentimentality. The over-the-top crude attempts at "tear-jerker moments." I resent James Patterson's theft of the three hours of my life it took to read this (although it would have been less had I not kept putting it down to debate whether t ...more
Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I know opinions vary hugely about this book but I have got to say I really enjoyed it! I must also admit I only read it for a Xmas Challenge - read a book with the name Nicholas in the title:)

In my opinion Patterson took his skills at writing suspense and applied them to a romance instead. There were his short, choppy chapters which always end in such a way that you are forced to go straight on to the next one. Then there was the actual suspense - the fact that the reader has to wait until the v
Merphy Napier
Feb 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
I get why so many people like this - so no shade to all the people who recommended it to me.

But it did not work for me at all.

I know the diary was supposed to make Suzanne endearing because of how positive, happy, and kind she was, but I ended up hating her and all the other characters in this book before the big reveal.
- Nicholas was a super baby. I kept thinking, "Suzanne's either crazy or a pathological liar and she's just writing crap down because NO baby can do this stuff this early" (this
Jan 28, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
I have never read any James Patterson books and after reading this one I don't think I'll ever read another. There were so many things wrong with this book I don't know where to begin. This book is a love story, and I usually love a good romance, but it was so saccharine-sweet it made it unbelievable! I didn't find it at all touching, okay, maybe when the second twist was revealed, but everything before and after that was so sappy and overly sentimental that it was hard to stand. Thank goodness ...more
Lewis Weinstein
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction-general
This is not the James Patterson I knew. It takes a lot of confidence to move into a different genre and Patterson has accomplished that move spectacularly. When I was about half through, I wondered why I was still reading. It was a nice story but ...

... then, with an exquisite sense of timing, Patterson tightened the screws and "nice" became became "hypnotic" and then "riveting" ... Still I was not prepared for the ending, which I will of course not reveal.
Connie G
Katie, a book editor in New York, has been left by the man that she hoped to marry someday. Matt, a poet from Martha's Vineyard, drops off a diary by Katie's door to help her understand his actions. His first wife, Suzanne, wrote this diary to their son Nicholas, telling him about her move to Martha's Vineyard, falling in love with his father, and the happiness she found in motherhood.

When Suzanne had health problems, a friend told her a story about getting better balance in one's life. Life is
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-read
I absolutely LOVED this book from start to finish.

Katie Wilkinson has found the love of her life and couldn't be any more in love with Matt if she tried. Matt is a writer and a house painter and he is also very much in love with Katie. But then one day out of the blue Matt disappears with no explanation and Katie is left wondering what went wrong when things were so perfect between the two of them. Then Katie finds a package on the front door step which turns out to be a diary left by Matt. With
Apr 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book is my ALL-TIME favourite book :) I absolutely love it. James Patterson has done a brilliant job with the story and its presentation. I've read this book a thousand times. It makes you think about a 101 things related to life and its twists & turns. The story helped me understand that life is not always sweet, not always fair and things do not always turn out the way we want them to. But if we are patient and just keep going - we'll eventually find things that are sweet, that are fair a ...more
Sep 05, 2007 rated it really liked it
I read this one on a plane and at some point the stewardess came up to my row and gave me tissues. If a book is written well or talks about a touchy subject, I can be a tad emotional. This book did it for me.

Im used to Pattersons murder mystery novels so this was a definite change from the norm. I would say I probably prefer the murder mysteries over the sappy stories but he did a pretty good job with this one.

James Patterson, author of such bests
Apr 20, 2007 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Romance
Shelves: avoidthesebooks
All I know is that it was a love novel written by a man. Yep, this didn't work out one bit. Basically it felt like a book written by one of the guys off of "This Old House." Damn they are good with building things but expressing love and the intricacies of the heart... yeah no. Stick to his crime novels because this one leaves you wanting to kick yourself in the balls for even had read it, if that was possible. ...more
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Quick, I need a blood glucose test to be sure I haven’t developed diabetes! Think Nicholas Sparks and Robert James Waller, but nowhere near so good – and that’s saying a lot, as they aren’t all that great. This is just too awful for words. Patterson is shamelessly cashing in on the trend for male authors to write saccharine tear-jerker love stories. Kate has just been dumped by her perfect boyfriend, M
Mar 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Suzanne's Diary For Nicholas, Katie likes a guy named Matthew who she wants to marry and be with for the rest of her life. For reasons unknown to Katie, Matthew can't seem to commit to her. Matthew leaves Katie a diary to read, a diary which will explain secrets to his past, a diary written by Matthew's ex-wife, Suzanne, to their son Nicholas.

As Katie spends her time reading the diary she becomes more aware of Matthews past life. This diary reveals heart breaking secrets to Katie as she reads
Kristine Lopez
Mar 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Janie Johnson
Aug 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-challenge
So I picked this book up not intending on reading it at that moment but I opened the first page and then the next and then before I knew I was hooked. I am so glad I grabbed this book off of my shelf and started reading it. An emotional roller coaster for sure.

This is a love story between a man, wife, son and a bystander named Katie. Katie is in love with Matt until one day he disappears and she has no idea where he has gone. He leaves behind a diary called Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas. She open
Jan 14, 2008 rated it did not like it
Predictable garbage trying to be deep and passionate. NO! Truly awful writing. Never cared an ounce for the charters. Patterson has written about 800 books. He should really think about quality first. AVOID!
May 18, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a very fast read. I wanted to read a sappy book, and this was sappy at its worst form. However, that being said, I like my sap to be a little more realistic. I want sap that resonates with real life, not one that is so full of perfect people that it never comes across as true.

There were so many things wrong with this book. I hate reading books that I am picking apart as I read them and this book was like that from start to finish.

The book title was a bit misleading for me. I thought th
Jan 22, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: nevermind
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Maria Ella
I first find James Patterson's way of telling a love story in the movie version of Sundays at Tiffany's, where its story is very much different with Capote and Audrey Hepburn. It was about the spirit of a man taking into human shape, given a mission to make a woman happy, but fell in love eventually, torn between his mission for another and his mission for reaching happiness.

In my personal way of browsing the shelves of Book Sale in Market-Market, I was lucky to have found this book. Compromisin
Jun 22, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
And here I thought that LDS fiction was bad. Wow. This book is what happens when an old guy who writes suspense tries to write a book about a thirty-something woman's love story. Wow. So bad. So, so bad. I feel used. Words like: ravishing, french braid, blouse and goof (as in Matt and Katie used to ride the circle line as a goof.) have no place in a book written in the 2000's. Emotional Manipulation at it's highest and most nauseating. The only thing I can think that would come close to rivaling ...more
May 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
I adored this book. It was, to me, a beautifully written story which describes a mothers love for her child and husband in the most colourful fashion. The only criticism I have, is that the conclusion felt a bit blunt. All in all, a good read which touches the heart.
Aug 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
A very emotional story of love not your typical James Patterson, but I truly enjoyed the book :)
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tear_jerker, laguna
Book for which you are going to cry but you must to read
Jennifer Lazareck
Sep 11, 2013 rated it did not like it
This was the worst book ever! I was so extremely disappointed. I hate those sappy sad cancer books, and this was just like it, only this time with childbirth and heart attacks! :P Terrible. Unless you like those kinds of stories...

I only finished it so I could find out why the guy dumped the girl, anything more is a spoiler alert. The secret was a long and tedious read through a woman's diary that she wrote to her baby. Gag.

The one redeeming quality was the life lesson of the "5 balls." Basica
Mary Pat
Jan 16, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: book-club, yuck
I disliked this book so much that I created a new bookshelf for it on my account - yuck. While I was reading it (only because it was a book club pick), several adjectives came to mind - sappy, corny, preditible, shallow, uninteresting, flat. I can't think of one good thing to say about this book. It reads like an overly sentimental Hallmark movie, yet without the Hallmark charm. It amazes me that James Patterson, who is a popular author, could write such an undeveloped, grossly sophmoric book. A ...more
Trixy Lemell
Dec 24, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

A while back someone suggested that I read a James Patterson book to help me get into writing. The first one I picked up was "Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas", thinking that anything by him would do. It was one of the worst mistakes that I ever made. There are just so many issues that I had with this book, I’m amazed that it was published. It seems that Patterson was just set out to insult the intelligence of his readers, hoping that they would see his name and grab up this book, giving
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
The sadness is bottled up inside and I ache to let it out.

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