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The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D. by Nichole Bernier
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A beautiful novel. At once an ode to friendship and a page-turning mystery.

Thoughts written in a journal, only to be opened after her death. What secrets will they reveal?

Kate's friend, Elizabeth, was the perfect mom, wonderful wife, and reliable friend. When Elizabeth died suddenly in a plane crash, her friends and family are left in a wake of sadness. Along with their grief, there was doubt. Where was she really going? Who was she going with? What secrets did Elizabeth have?

A line item in Elizabeth's will stated that Kate was to have a locked trunk filled with her journals. Elizabeth asked Kate to read them, and decide what to do with them. As difficult as it was for Kate not to run straight to the most recently written journals to find out what Elizabeth was doing on the plane, she followed the only instructions Elizabeth left: start from the beginning.

One can write all their thoughts, hopes, dreams, fears, and secrets in a journal without ever feeling judged. Elizabeth D. had kept a journal her whole life. She was able to release her anger, frustration, hurt and fear she felt on the inside, without risking the facade she created on the outside. She poured her heart out into the pages of her journal. Now that she's gone, and her journals have been left in the hands of her closest friend, Kate, will she change in the eyes of the people that knew her? Are any of us as honest as we should be with our family and friends?

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