The official plot description: “Tamara Goodwin has always lived in the here and now, never giving a second thought to tomorrow. Until a traveling library arrives in her tiny village, bringing with it a mysterious, large leather-bound book locked with a gold clasp and padlock.
What she discovers within the pages takes her breath away and shakes her world to its core.
A mesmerizing story about how tomorrow can change what happens today.”
That is almost nothing like the plot. Who comes up with these things?
Anyway, set in the Dublin area, it is about a 16-year old teen girl, the only child in a very wealthy family whose world is suddenly set on end by the suicide of her father, who, it turns out, was about to go bankrupt. The bank stepped in and took everything, and the mom and daughter, after a short stint in the home of a friend, ended up having to go to a small village to live with the mom’s brother and his somewhat creepy wife.
Told in the first person of the teen, she admits she had always been selfish, self-absorbed, and self-indulgent, and now has to deal with having almost no possessions, nothing to do and no way to get into the nearby village from their rural home, since it is too far to walk.
Part of the grounds of this place is a ruined castle, which had burnt mysteriously almost twenty years ago, killing a young man in the process.
Along comes one of those libraries on wheels, driven by a young man whose father is a big deal lawyer in Dublin. In the library, the girl finds a locked diary, and after a local nun helps her pick the tiny padlock to open it, she is disappointed to see that all the pages are blank. Later, she decides to keep a journal in it, and opens it to discover that that pages are filled! With her own handwriting! And the date on the page is tomorrow!
Her mother is basically catatonic from grief, sleeping all day and night in her room, and the girl is left in the dubious care of her aunt, takes to wandering the grounds, meets the local nun and their convent of four elderly women, and the young fellow working on the grounds for her groundskeeper uncle.
Oddness, mystery, some poor decisions, and other strange activities make this a fine read, although frankly, it would have been just as good without the quasi-paranormal shtick of the diary. Every day she reads what will happen tomorrow and tries to avert some of the incidents, etc. Eh. But nevertheless, I enjoyed it very much.