Title: Knjiga sutrašnjice
Author: Cecelia Ahern
First published December 3, 2009
259 pages, Hardcover
Born and raised in wealth, spoiled Tamara Goodwin always got everything she wanted and never had to worry about the future. But after her father’s sudden death leaves them in debt, her mother and she are forced to sell everything and move to the countryside.
In the boredom of rural life, Tamara’s curiosity is drawn to a traveling library where she finds a large leather-bound book, locked with a golden clasp, without an author or title. Intrigued, she opens the lock and what she finds inside completely changes her life…
About the Author
Cecelia Ahern, a Dublin native, has become a beloved author across the globe with her works published in nearly fifty countries. With over twenty-five million copies of her novels sold worldwide, it’s no surprise that two of her books have been adapted into films and that she has also created multiple TV series.
Cecelia Ahern is no stranger to the contemporary romance genre, having penned popular novels such as PS, I Love You and Love, Rosie. In her 2009 novel, Knjiga sutranjice (The Book of Tomorrow), Ahern once again enchants her readers with a story that is equal parts mystery, romance, and coming-of-age tale.
Set in a small town in Ireland, Knjiga sutranjice tells the story of sixteen-year-old Tamara Goodwin, who, upon her father’s sudden death, finds herself and her grieving mother uprooted from their privileged city life and forced to live with Tamara’s aunt and uncle in a dilapidated estate. It is there where Tamara stumbles upon an unusual diary that appears to predict the future of everyone in the town, including Tamara’s own, and sets out to uncover its secrets.
Ahern utilizes a blend of magical realism and mystery, which results in an atypical romance story that proves to be refreshing. The supernatural element of the diary offers a unique spin on the genre and sets the book apart from the typical romance novel.
The diary entries serve as chapter headings throughout the book, which keeps the reader engaged and curious, incrementally unlocking the secrets.
The story also touches upon themes of grief and loss, the importance of family and friends, and discovering oneself.
Tamara’s journey is one of self-discovery, which results in her charm and growth on the page. The setting of a small town in Ireland offers the perfect backdrop for the mystery and romance, adding to the authentic and cozy setting.
However, while the book may be categorized as a romance, some readers may wish to see more explicit romantic development between Tamara and her love interest, Marcus. Despite the limitations, Knjiga sutranjice is an enjoyable and easy read from start to finish.
Ahern’s writing is fluid, the pacing of the story is well-balanced, and her ability to draw the reader into the story should not be underestimated. Her style of writing is refreshing and memorable, striking a balance between whimsy and reality.
While not a particularly complex novel, it is a heartfelt one.
In conclusion, Knjiga sutranjice is ideal for readers who value romance novels with a twist.
The magical element of the diary is a welcome addition, but the book also touches on many other themes. Overall, this novel is a great escape and a lovely addition to the contemporary romance genre.
For those who enjoy books about self-discovery with elements of fantasy and romance, Knjiga sutranjice is a must-read. I give this book a rating of four out of five stars.