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Livvi Gray, an author who poured her painful childhood into her debut novel, realizes that the road to recovery is much longer than she expected. Though the book has brought her some success, she’s still having trouble letting anyone get close. AnnaLee, a wife and mother living in Long Island, fails to understand how the man she married could have changed so completely, so quickly. Micah Lesser, a famous photographer, realizes that her present success has done nothing to erase the secrets of her past. Dixon’s The Book of Someday follows the parallel stories of three unique women, all struggling with the contrasts between the highs of career success or new love set against the lows of depression, illness, or regret. Dixon gives Livvi, AnnaLee, and Micah each her own unique voice, combining common elements in their pasts to weave a compelling, emotionally driven story. With a tone reminiscent of Jodi Picoult, Kristin Hannah, and Carol Cassella, Dixon pulls at the threads between regret and nostalgia, forgiveness and blame, denial and acceptance. Emotional without being overwrought, The Book of Someday is an enchanting story. --Stephanie Turza

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"Absolutely mesmerizing! Dianne Dixon's The Book of Someday is packed with vivid storytelling and palpable emotion. This novel made me think of all the "somedays" in my own life-the ones I dreamed about as a child, and the ones I've yet to add to my list." - Sarah Jio, New York Times bestselling author of Blackberry Winter

"In The Book of Someday, Dianne Dixon creates a spellbinding landscape, dictated by the haunted memories of a brilliant little girl. Dixon's writing is both lush and restrained; she has a great gift for creating complex, absorbing characters. This is an exciting new writer, capable of creating a well-paced, emotional page-turner of the best kind." - Katie Crouch, New York Times bestselling author of Girls in Trucks and The Magnolia League

"Dianne Dixon's characters are secretive and flawed but warm and loving, and have much to teach us. Highly recommended." - Karen Briggs, Great Northern Books & Hobbies, Oscoda MI

"A mesmerizing book that will keep you up all night." - Beth Carpenter, The Country Bookshop, Southern Pines NC

"I truly enjoyed this...her writing flows through the pages, choosing perfect words to tie the emotions together." - Annie Philbrick, Bank Square Books, Mystic CT

"Dixon creates beautifully broken characters whose stories are as touching as they are invigorating. ... A stunning and heartbreaking story that readers won't be able to put down." - San Francisco Book Review

"This haunting tale is an excellent piece of escapism that will put a pang in your heart--and, sometimes, a chill in your bones... A compelling tale of three extraordinary women facing insurmountable odds." - Shelf Awareness, Starred Review

"With a tone reminiscent of Jodi Picoult, Kristin Hannah, and Carol Cassella, Dixon pulls at the threads between regret and nostalgia, forgiveness and blame, denial and acceptance. Emotional without being overwrought, The Book of Someday is an enchanting story." - Booklist

"The Book of Someday is a novel that will transfix you, captivate you, hold you hostage until you turn the last pages. A story of survival and the compassion to forgive. Highly recommended." - Jenn's Bookshelves

"The Book of Someday is an exquisite novel that looks at how our past haunts us and releases us. These three women's stories will break your heart, making you want to release your past and embrace the present. The stories will make you wonder what happened and what will happen." - Bloggers Recommend
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (September 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402285728
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402285721
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,400,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Dianne Dixon (winner of the Humanitas Prize for Excellence in Screenwriting and double Emmy nominee) regularly received glowing reviews for her work in television: "Her characters dance off the page." (Jane Hewland/Sky Television, UK) "An enormously gifted writer." (LaVerne McKinnon/CBS Television) "Her knowledge of storytelling is both clear and articulate." (Nate Hopper/Sony Pictures).

Now Dianne is receiving equally enthusiastic response to her work as a novelist: "Captivating, fascinating." (Seattle Post-Intelligencer) "Absorbing and provocative." (Huffington Post) "Convincing prose, particularly the dialogue." (Kirkus) "An exciting new writer, capable of creating a well-paced, emotional page-turner of the best kind." (Katie Crouch, New York Times bestselling author of Girls in Trucks and The Magnolia League).

The Language of Secrets is Dianne's debut novel. Her second book, The Book of Someday, has a September 2013 publication date. And her third novel is scheduled for in summer/fall of 2014.

www.diannedixon.com

Customer Reviews

The story really comes together at the end with lots of twists and turns along the way.
TNYankee
The flashbacks and interconnected stories didn't connect for me the way they could have and too much of the plot was predictable romance novel.
Amazon Customer
Livvi, the survivor of emotional and physical abuse as a child, is longing to fulfill her "someday" dreams of finding love and having a family.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on September 9, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Olivia's childhood memories are ones of loneliness, fear and isolation. Kept at home with her uncaring and fanatical stepmother and educated by her moody and unpredictable father, she longed for a normal and loving home. Olivia kept her wishes in a secret journal she called the Book of Someday, an "evolving map" of her heart. Almost 20 years later, Olivia, now called Livvi, has made her Book of Someday a reality of sorts by thinly veiling her early sadness and abuse in a work of fiction. THE BOOK OF SOMEDAY is the title of both Livvi's book and Dianne Dixon's second novel, which follows Livvi as she moves toward the moment that makes sense of her past and the nightmare that plagues her sleep.

Livvi's story is intertwined with that of two other women, who, at first, seem to be unrelated to each other. Micah is a renowned New York photographer, beautiful, tough and talented. But having just received a diagnosis of breast cancer, she begins a journey to find redemption for an act in her past that torments her. From old friends to her aging parents, Micah turns to those she hopes will help her decide whether or not to seek treatment, all the while she is being asked what to do with her first important photograph.

AnnaLee is a wife and mother on Long Island who is struggling to motivate her head-in-the-clouds husband, Jack, to commit to a career. She is selling off family heirlooms to pay their bills and stressed out about introducing Jack to a well-connected local woman when her niece, Persephone, comes to stay with them for the summer. As the weeks go by, AnnaLee finds a sweetness in Persephone that most people don't see, and a love grows between her and the troubled teenager. AnnaLee is amazed to see love growing between her niece and her young daughter, Bella, as well.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Silver's Reviews on September 3, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Can your childhood affect your entire life?

THE BOOK OF SOMEDAY connects the lives of three unrelated women. Three women with different backgrounds and different lives. Three women with pasts, secrets, and regrets. Three women wanting and needing something that they never had before and are desperately trying to find. Three women looking for answers and an answer to why and to what happened.

Micah, AnnaLee, and Livvie were somehow connected, but what was that connection? Had they met at one point in their lives and were not aware of their meeting?

Who is this woman in a silver dress and pearl-button shoes? Could she be the connection between the three women? The three women who all need basically the same things out of life. Three women who question their relationships and the relationships they really didn't have with family and others they cared about.

The chapters detail the lives of each character with no lull in the story. Libby's story definitely is a mystery with the other women woven in. Micah's story has a health issue. AnnaLee's story has social issues.

You will love Livvie and Grace. Andrew won't be your favorite. You won't like Micah. AnnaLee will pull at your heartstrings because of her unhappiness. Micah was quite cruel, AnnaLee was not happy, and Livvie was always feeling guilty and afraid but was the sweetest character who grew from her hurt.

Each story is skillfully wrapped into one well-executed story that definitely is unique and will keep you turning the pages. The author is amazing in the way she smoothly takes you from one life to the other leaving a tidbit of information at the end of each chapter that kept you hanging until that character appeared again with the continuation of her story.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By grumpydan VINE VOICE on September 20, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This is the story of three seemingly unrelated women; Livvi, Micah and AnnaLee, all who seem to live unhappy lives. As the story progresses we learn of their unhappiness, regrets, losses, loves and everything. Livvi is dealing with an unhappy childhood, Micha may have terminal cancer and AnnaLee has to sell off family heirlooms just to pay the bills. . We also find out later on what connects them. The story is told from each of the perspectives and even takes place in various times. This doesn't make the story confusing, but more stimulating. It is a story with interesting characters who deal with their personal demons.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Susan Johnson VINE VOICE on September 9, 2013
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This is the story of three different women, none of them very happy. Two of them had painful childhoods and one a hurtful marriage. As each separate story unwinds, you are drawn into their stories that keep you turning pages to discover what will happen next. I found I put everything aside for two days as I simply couldn't put it down.

Livvi, the central character, has a horrible childhood. It has left her defenseless to face the world. She has no real experience in relationships of any kind and stumbles into one with a man who is extremely fun but emotionally unavailable. As she tries to make things work between them, she uncovers secrets about herself that make her reexamine everything she knows.

It is a remarkably readable book that keeps your attention. I think a little more careful editing would have been beneficial. The characters are a little too black and white. Some shades of gray would have added more dimension to the people. John was such a despicable person that something good about him would have made him more human.

I recommend this book though for an interesting read that will captivate you. This book was provided by the publisher through Book Reporter in return for an honest review.
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