Lincoln's Diary is a fast paced story about a young woman’s determination to unbury secrets, including the disappearance of a private Lincoln diary her mysterious grandfather once owned. And when she hunts down a professor who likely swindled her mother out of it so he could prove Lincoln planned his own assassination, she’s accused of his murder.
Running from police and a stalker who’s bent on destroying any evidence the diary exists, Sarah turns to the only person she trusts – herself. And when taxed to her limits, she turns to strangers for help - only to find betrayal pushing her to the breaking point.
Sarah closed her eyes and cupped the rickety glass doorknob. Her breath stalled and the knot in her stomach drew tighter. The truth about her father and grandfather had to be stashed somewhere in that old attic.
Grandma Cassie always sidestepped questions about the missing men in Sarahís life with ďBoth you and your mother were immaculate conceptions.Ē And Grandmaís myth got more mileage than the ones about the Tooth Fairy, Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. Sarah clung to Grandmaís story at least until she learned what Ďimmaculate conceptioní meant. Her enlightenment came about the time the blood on her underwear spun her into a panic.
Now, at thirty-something, it wasnít a question, anymore, whether theyíd existed. Time had come for the truth about who they were. It didnít occur to her that the truth could hurt. Or that sometimes it killed.
Do You Really Know What Happened?
I need to tell you right up front that I've been a devotee of the Lincolns since I was 10 years old...that would be about 50 years, then.
I'm most intrigued, admittedly, with Mary Todd Lincoln. She was a Southern girl...a lady by all standards of the word, a tiny, feminine thing; one accustomed to delicacies and the sweet graces of needlework, reading and music, she had maids and servants, albeit slaves. These were the times, and these were the amenities of her very well-to-do station in her life. The Todds were a family of renown and respect, as well as of wealth. Mary Todd was a young woman sought after by highly desirable young men of station and society. She was known for her loveliness, her intelligence and her social abilities.
Why, then, would she forego all of the above and choose a rather clumsy, too tall, not exactly handsome, poor man from a destitute farm in a state not really recognized as the genteel South? It continues to flabbergast me! But, trusting her instincts as I've come to, I know she saw in him and felt it strongly, a flash of greatness. She must have seen a brilliance that out-shown all the men she'd ever known or met in her life. He must have had a quiet dignity or gentleness or persuasiveness of men that made her give up and give in all she had and could have had. I find that just startling. Also, she chased him until he married her!
I started from that perspective because I wanted to view "Lincoln's Diary" from a woman's eyes. Fowler's use of Sarah, his daunting and tireless protagonist, was someone I could get hold of as a woman obsessed and relentless, wanting to find out the mystery of her grandfather's lost Lincoln's diary; and, the consequences of following the trail to it.
DL Fowler is a writer who will grab you by the nape of your neck and have you carrying his book around with you all day. You'll be obsessed with it, so you may as well take in the car with you, and take it to work, too...for lunch. Sneak reads whenever and wherever you can because you'll want to know what happens! This one's going to shake you like a yorkshire terrier.
Having understood we don't know all that's going on behind the scenes at top levels of our government, I enjoy the many books written about conspiracies surrounding Washington. Some are great reads, and some are so-so. I recall reading somewhere about a certain private library that only the President has a key and code to so he can read the letters and diaries of former Presidents and such. These writings are to have such information that's never been revealed to the public; such as, the real truth about JFK, Area 51, and other things. "The Lincoln Diary" put me in mind of that library...in the sense that things may sometimes happen in Washington and amongst men that we can never know or prove.
This is a perfect read for women and men this summer. It's fast paced. The writing is excellent. And, Mr. Fowler knows his way around a "maneuver" or two which adds suspense and action to his prose. A novel I recommend without reservation.
Before I Knew It ...
Before I knew it I was totally enjoying Lincoln's Diary but not because of the title or locale any longer. Now it was because I was enthralled by the story and characters. Let me explain.
I was initially drawn to D. L. Fowler's novel, Lincoln's Diary, by the title. Since I was a child I've been both a Lincoln and a history buff. After I started to read I realized many of the settings were local for me and I could `see' where Sarah was, what stores and neighborhoods she was passing. But as I kept turning the pages the plot and characters became strong and enticing.
Sarah is cleaning out her mother's house when a courier arrives with a check in payment for some documents her mother had sold to a university professor in California. Sarah becomes curious as to what her mother might have sold. Her Grandmother Cassie had always talked about the Lincoln Diary that Sarah's grandfather had given her to keep safe. Mom wouldn't sell that, would she?
Sarah goes to California to talk to the professor in person only to find he has been murdered just before her scheduled appointment. Now she's not only being accused of the murder but she's receiving threatening phone calls and being stalked. And now the federal government is weighing in expecting her to just turn over the diary, which, by the way, she's only heard about.
Does the diary prove that Abraham Lincoln planned his own assassination? What kind of reason would someone have for doing such a thing?
D L Fowler and Harbor Hill publishing have brought us a fast paced journey started by the simple act of asking a question and now things have spiraled out of control.
A page-turning novel with an honest novice heroine who must follow her own direction even in the face of serious threats and complications. New twists continually surprise the reader.
This is a fast-moving, mesmerizing story because of the author‚Äôs elaborate and inferred attempts to support numerous theories. LINCOLN‚ÄôS DIARY by D.L. Fowler presents hidden characteristics for President Abraham Lincoln, intrigue, murder, politics and California travel on California city streets. Who are the women who knew of Lincoln‚Äôs Diary? Who are the men who killed for the Diary yet they had never seen it? Where is the Diary hidden?
On May 7, 1893, in Martinsburg, West Virginia, Colonel Lamon who was President Lincoln‚Äôs friend and bodyguard lay dying firmly grasping Lincoln‚Äôs private diary. Lincoln had sent Lamon on a mission prior to his assassination on April 14, 1865. The news devastates the Colonel so he keeps his diary upon his death rather than destroy it. What secrets did Lincoln record? Did he suspect international players? Did Post Traumatic Stress Disorder [PTSD] cause his death?
Events, on an October day of 2010, take a turn for Sarah Sue Morgan when her mom dies. Grandma Cassie Morgan leaves her home to daughter Jennifer Morgan and, for a while, Sarah lives with her mom ‚Äď but that is a hassle. College life gives her a reason to leave home. Mystery surrounds the lives of the Morgan women as none married. Finally, Sarah climbs the stairs to the forbidden attic to get some answers about her family. She is not disappointed.
Sarah reads Grandma Cassie‚Äôs journal and she tearfully learns about Grandpa Lake who died and sent a package supporting their talks about President Lincoln. Sarah mourns for her lost childhood and, upon closing the yellowing pages of her journal, finds a crisp laserjet paper.
Time to make a move. Evidence mounts. Lincoln‚Äôs diary had probably made it to Grandma Cassie‚Äôs and Sarah‚Äôs mom had sold an unidentified document for $10,000. Grandma Cassie‚Äôs journal provided names. Sarah must find the agent for the collector. She goes online and finds phone numbers for the Huntington Library, San Marino, CA. More contacts appear at the University of Redlands. She calls Dr. Burgess, curator at the Lincoln Shrine, Redlands. Jackson Andrews, a rare books dealer gives her Dr. Thomas Moran‚Äôs location.
On the plane, Sarah reads print-outs of Dr. Moran. Then, upon landing, picks up a rental car, heads to her motel, and experiences the California freeways referred to as ‚Äėamateur NASCAR tracks.‚Äô
Next morning, Sarah is up early and delights at the crisp air with no freeway smog. A blue eyed bronze faced research assistant named Elliot sits at a desk in the mini-office of Dr.Thomas Moran who is on leave. Sarah persuades Elliot that she needs to meet him and deliver a Lincoln poem in her possession. He looks over the poem and agrees. The appointment is set and he gives her Moran‚Äôs address and phone number.
Sarah drives to the Lincoln Shrine but it is closed. Next she checks out the route to Dr. Moran‚Äôs home on GPS. Just as she finds the narrow driveway, a car speeds out. Sarah assumes it‚Äôs the Professor. Curiosity consumes her and she hurriedly parks and walks to the house. Her attempts to break-in fail but she looks through the glass of the French doors to find Dr. Moran‚Äôs home office in disarray.
Sarah breaks for lunch and returns for her appointment. She finds Dr. Moran‚Äôs home humming with police cars. Yellow crime scene tape is in place and Detective Glen Hetherington, Homicide Detail approaches her. Sarah explains that her quest had to do with Lincoln documents and a check delivered to her mother. She had an appointment and came by earlier. She mentioned a car speeding out the drive. Prior to excusing Sarah, Detective Hetherington relates a story about his retired uncle, ‚Äú‚Ä¶a homicide cop in Pasadena.‚ÄĚ He finds a connection in both cases.
Later, Sarah is considered a suspect for the murder of Moran, and Federal Agents want her journal and Lincoln‚Äôs Diary. She meets hooded railroad (RR) Barons, and exchanges cell phone messages with unknowns. Her motel is raided, she gets threatening calls and runs for her life is in danger. Sarah is savvy about PayPal, uses it for money transfers. And pre-paid cell phones are handy. She even makes new friendships with strangers. Watch for several more surprises from the middle and towards the end of the book. Of course, there are several murders to solve and a Diary to find.
The novel ‚ÄėLINCOLN‚ÄôS DIARY‚Äô by D.L. Fowler is a page-turner, an amazing mystery, excellent details, suitable for college, politics, history buffs, mystery and intrigue lovers. The book and ebook are available at all booksellers.