Secrets Inside (and Outside) a Mystery Box by L.Anne Carrington
In The Cruiserweight Series’ fourth and final book, The Marilyn Diaries, readers will witness another phase in the life of Donovan Klass, a character I introduced in The Cruiserweight Series second book, The Cruiserweight’s Daughter and protagonist in Klass Act, the series’ third book.
Now in his early thirties and the father of four children (with a fifth on the way), Donovan finds a long-forgotten and unopened box while helping his father, Peter, clean the garage. When he opens it, Donovan discovers an array of diaries and other items that belonged to his mother, Marilyn, who succumbed to breast cancer when Donovan was seventeen.
His fascination with the box’s contents not only prompts Donovan to read her old diaries, but also considers writing a book about his family. From Marilyn’s teenage years in the late 2000‘s, attending business school and then beginning her career as a secretary, meeting, dating, and marrying Peter Klass, life on the road with her new husband, to their son’s birth and childhood - and everything in between - Donovan soon discovers some revelations through both his mother’s writings and people from the Klass family’s past in addition to having a true inside look inside his parents’ marriage.
He eventually learns another secret that is neither found in any of Marilyn’s diaries nor any of her other mementos. Is it possible that she was aware such an event took place but failed to mention it, knowing her son would someday come across the diaries...or she didn’t know about anything at all?
Will he learn the entire story of a long-buried secret, and if he does, how will Donovan handle everything? Moreover, how many others will be affected by what is revealed?
I think old secrets exist in the lives of many families, some meant never to be told. Perhaps this was the case with what shocking revelation Donovan inadvertently encountered...and how close it had been to him the last few decades.
What did he find out? Only readers of The Marilyn Diaries will know for sure.
The Marilyn Diaries (The Cruiserweight Series #4)
While helping clean his father’s garage, Donovan Klass opens a long-forgotten box containing a collection of videos, photographs and diaries belonging to his late mother, Marilyn. Was his parents’ marriage ideal as Donovan believed? What stories will those mementos – and an unrelated yet long-buried secret – reveal?
Thanks for this insight into The Marilyn Diaries, L. Anne Carrington!
Guest Blogger Bio
L. Anne Carrington is an author, freelance writer/journalist, and radio show host whose previous work covered topics from fiction to news stories, human interest features, and entertainment reviews. She wrote The Wrestling Babe internet column for seven years, is a former music reviewer for Indie Music Stop, former book reviewer for Free Press (an imprint of Simon and Schuster), and pens several other works which appears in both print and Web media. One of her freelance articles, An Overview of Causes of Hearing Loss and Deafness, was bought by Internet Broadcasting Systems, a company that co-produced NBCOlympics.com for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens and the 2006 Torino Winter Olympics in addition to being the leading provider of Web sites, content and advertising revenue solutions to the largest and most successful media companies.
In addition to the December 2010 publication of her bestselling novel The Cruiserweight by Night Publishing and success of subsequent books in The Cruiserweight Series, Ms. Carrington hosts The L. Anne Carrington Show on Spreaker Radio Wednesdays at 2:00 PM Eastern.
Ms. Carrington spends time between Pittsburgh, PA and Tampa, FL, continuing to write.
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