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What You Don't Know Now Paperback – September 29, 2014
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"This debut loss of innocence/coming of age novel has romance, intrigue, romance, travel, romance, opera, romance, and the gorgeously portrayed Alessandro who catches the eye and heart of young Bridey McKenna. Marci Diehl's smart, upscale writing makes this story real and terrific. A five star must read for lovers of romance, intrigue and remembrance of things past."
~ Kathy Johncox, What A Kiss Can Do
"This is a more complex book than a simple review can cover. It's about the joys and trials of travel, the intensity of family relationships, issues of trust and acceptance, and love found and love deferred. It even touches on issues of class and ethnic bigotry.
How will it all end? Ms. Diehl provides a satisfying ending that leaves us on just the right note of hope, wonder and anticipation."
~ Carol White Llewellyn, Conversations With Creatives
From the Author
I've written freelance for magazines for 30+ years now, so in a sense, I've been an "indie" writer working on assignment. Being published by an independent small publisher feels normal to me. This is my debut novel.
I hope something in the book touches readers. I would love it if a reader closed the book and said to herself, "I loved that." I'd like readers to feel they've lived in another time for a while, gone places they've never been - or if they have been, to remember their experience, feel whatever emotions that place brought.
This is a love story of many kinds, and it's a mother-daughter story. I wonder what my readers will feel, thinking about their own relationships with their moms. If they fall in love with Alessandro or Riordan, that's good, too. I'd like readers to feel "Wow, that was pretty hot!" in certain scenes.
I started as an essayist, and I've always thought of my writing as if I were shooting an arrow into the sky, and never knowing where it might land. Who will connect with it? In the end, it comes down to one voice speaking to another. You may never know what they feel.
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Highly recommend…fun adventure & lots of characters to sympathize with, get annoyed by, get sad for, and root for! Loved it….and hoping for a sequel.
Don’t let the somewhat-slow start, that meanders through mother-daughter tensions and a dysfunctional tour group, slow you down. Once the group hits Italy, the plot takes a steamy twist as Bridey falls madly in love with a young Italian man of whom her mother disapproves, and whose family disapproves of her, making clandestine encounters and hidden agendas the M.O. of the day.
Set against the backdrop of the turbulent '60’s, we are intrigued by Bridey’s uncle (who is with the CIA) and her mother's older and more liberal second sister. They appear after political upheaval cause them to be evacuated from Amman to a lovely hotel in Greece... just in time to rescue Bridey, her ill mother and the rest of her family from their foundering tour group.
About halfway through the book, Bridey says, “In America, I’m just plain old Bridey….But here…I’m someone I haven’t even met yet.” As she grows in love, confidence, willfulness and self-acceptance, we see the dynamic woman she will become, which makes her all the more interesting. Suddenly she has, not just the one, but also a second young man “jousting” for her attention.
This is a more complex book than a simple review can cover. It’s about the joys and trials of travel, the intensity of family relationships, issues of trust and acceptance, and love found and love deferred. It even touches on issues of class and ethnic bigotry.
How will it all end? Ms. Diehl provides a satisfying ending that leaves us on just the right note of hope, wonder and anticipation.
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Sounded like a good book from the summary, especially all the travel that I've yet to get to the places mentioned.Read more