☆➹⁀☆☆ 5stars ☆➹⁀☆☆
What it’s about:
Get ready to be enchanted by the personal diary of Fern Burns. (Yes, she knows her name is ridiculous. If you met her flighty mother, you would understand.) Fern is 42-years-old, lives in the beautiful, tropical Florida Keys and is not your typical Contemporary Romance heroine.
In this journal, Fern shares the wacky, entertaining stories of her life for the year. From the love-hate relationship she develops with the book “The Secret” to having to deal with cursing parrots and a road filled with skittering crabs, her summations of her offbeat daily life make for a delightfully fun read.
Fern treats her diary like her best friend as she openly writes about her hopes and dreams, her thoughts and fears, and her triumphs and embarrassments. This is a particularly exciting year because she finally meets the man of her dreams. Or is he?
This fast-paced story is an intimate look inside Fern’s life as she hands over the keys to her diary. Go ahead…Take a PEEK!
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The Keys to My Diary by Ann Omasta is a cleverly written contemporary literature novel. It is a stand alone novel. I did not anticipate enjoying this book as much as I did. I have not previously liked the diary, email, text message format of story telling, however, Ms. Omasta pulled it off with panache.
The book is very fast paced, and although Fern’s regular diary entries provide easy places to end your reading for the day, I found myself unable to put the book down. I laughed out loud numerous times through this read. Through Fern’s diary entries we learn about the craziness of living in the Florida Keys as a 40-something single woman. Ms. Omasta did a fabulous job developing her characters through these diary entries. She also created a wacky, fun, well-balanced main character. In this diary format, it would be all to easy for the main character to become whiny and negative. Readers get to see all sides of Fern as deals with friends, co-workers, and her new enigmatic love interest.
One of my favorite parts of the book was the end. It is not a rush jump into a HEA. It is not a neat-and-tidy, all-wrapped-up-in-a-bow ending. It is realistic, filled with possibilities and potential.
A fun-filled romantic comedy/chick-lit novel that I highly recommend.
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About the author: These bios are generally rather dry, so I thought I’d shake up the format a little bit. Here are ten not-so-interesting tidbits about me: 1. I despise whipped cream. There, I admitted it in writing. Let the ridiculing begin. 2. Even though I have lived as far south as Key Largo, Florida and as far north as Maine, I landed in the middle. 3. If I don’t make a conscious effort not to, I will drink nothing but tea morning, noon and night. Hot tea, sweet tea, green tea – I love it all. 4. There doesn’t seem to be much in life that is better than coming home to a big dog who is overjoyed to see me. My other family members usually show significantly less enthusiasm about my return. 5. Singing in my bestest, loudest voice does not make my family put on their happy faces. This includes the big, loving dog referenced above. 6. Yes, I am aware that bestest is not a word. 7. Dorothy was right. There’s no place like home. 8. All of the numerous bottles in my shower must be lined up, with their labels facing out. It makes me feel a little like Julia Roberts’ mean husband from the movie ‘Sleeping with the Enemy’, but I can’t seem to control this particular quirk. 9. I love, love, love finding a great bargain. 10. Did I mention that I hate whipped cream? It makes my stomach churn to look at it, touch it, smell it or even think about it. Great – now I’m thinking about it. Ick!