David Curry Kahn always knew he was going to achieve success as a writer. From his high school days through his WWII experience as journalist, then in Los Angeles in radio, writing for such dramas as The Whistler and others. After moving to Portland, Oregon working as a freelance writer and magazine editor, he took a career change and went into the business world of sales and sales management. However, he never lost sight of his goal of writing a novel that would inspire young people to have a continuing positive outlook, to always believe in themselves and understanding that failure- repeated failures- are only stepping-stones to success. Success always comes to those who perservere. Lord Buxton said, "with ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance all things are attainable." Now, semi-retired with time to give to writing again, he has produced the book he always dreamed of doing. It's proof that you can achieve whatever you want to if you believe you can and take the time to do it.
Kahn lives Southern California with his wife Zeta; he has two beautiful daughters and thee adorable grandchildren.
This book is fast-paced from the very beginning. In the first few pages we witness Allison's mother being murdered by Allison's father, while Allison is peeking through a slit in the door. Allison is 17. She runs to her grandmother's house in the middle of the night, wakes her up, and calls 911 to inform them that her father has killed her mother. And this is only the beginning.
Allison learns family secrets after her mother's death, which are both confusing and just too much for a teenager to bear. The secrets include unwed pregnancy, drugs, and money. Lots of it. Millions, even billions. Plus, while her father is in jail for the murder of her mother, Allison's grandmother is on her deathbed. Allison's one comfort is The Diary of Anne Frank. It is her favorite book, which she reads in her favorite place - and old, broken down building on her family's land.
Allison must leave the only home she's ever known, with only a few hundred dollars to her name, and the clothes on her back. She's hoping her aunt, whom she has never met, will take her in. Her aunt is a Hollywood actress. And she's dying as well, but Allison doesn't know that - yet.
Allison hitchhikes her way to California, and learns just before she leaves home that her father has been murdered while in police custody. She also learns that the secrets her grandmother warned her about are really real. She's being hunted by major drug dealers who think she knows the secrets of her parents.
This girl goes from one tragedy to another and has the most positive outlook on life that you could ever imagine. She makes lemonade from lemons, and she learned this from her grandmother.Read more ›
This book is only 240 pages long, but gives you about 800 pages of information in that little bit of space. My fiance has the kindness in his heart to ask me about each and every book I read (and it's rather many of them actually, at least 3 a week) and when I started telling him about this book, he was shocked.
"All of that has happened in that short amount of time?" He asked me, because I was only 40 pages in at the time.
If you enjoy books that keep you on your toes every second of every page, then this book is for you. Mr. Kahn has succeeded in showing us that no matter what happens in life (and it can be a flippin' lot) good can come out in the end.
Just when you think that nothing else can happen to poor Allison, it does - and Mr. Kahn grabs you by the throat and won't let you go till you read to the very end.
Events happened so fast in Allison Ercheverry's life that she didn't have time to feel the monumental grief she experienced in Her Mother's Diary by David Curry Kahn. In fact, she had to keep running for her life!
Fortunately, the love and life she shared with her mother and grandmother had provided the strength and maturity to handle what happened.
That, and having her mother visited her in her dreams...
For her mother had been murdered by her father. Her mother had found a large amount of money in their home and she knew that her husband was still selling drugs with his uncle. She hid the money! It was both anger and, more, fear that set Allison's father off. He tried to explain that if he didn't turn over the money that he would be killed. Before he realized it, his wife was dead...
Allison ran out of the house to her grandmother who lived nearby. As her grandmother tried to deal with her daughter's death, the burial and worry for Allison, she pointed out that Allison was now an orphan. Not understanding, Allison proclaimed that she would stay with her...but her grandmother knew that her life was near its end. Indeed she died soon after her daughter was buried. But she had told Allison about two possible family connections; i.e., other than her father's brother, with whom they didn't want her to live, due to the drug connection.
But the aunt in California, to whom she went was found to be in a hospice and she died before Allison could even get to her. And as she traveled, she had learned that her father had been killed--the police felt that it had been a hit and probably drug related.
The Holliday family were billionaires, with Henry being the family head at the moment.Read more ›