The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D.

A Novel

The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D is a beautiful tale of friendship, triumph and tragedy. It defines what it means to be an adult woman in today's world. Ms. Bernier debut novel will tug on reader’s hearts and remind us of what it truly means to live our lives.

Externally Elizabeth D is a devoted mother to her three small children and a loving wife to her husband. Internally however Elizabeth is a woman that is passionate about life and its many journeys. It’s only through the use of her journals that Elizabeth allows this woman to exist. When Elizabeth dies suddenly in a plane crash, she leaves her journals and most reserved thoughts to that of her best friend, Kate. Kate is a woman she hasn't seen nor kept in touch with for a number of years.

Kate has her own dilemmas in life. She was a successful Pastry Chief winning the James Bread Award. Kate is devoted to her husband and two children. Torn between her passion of her work and love of her family, Kate must decide where her heart lies.

When Kate begins to read the journals of Elizabeth, she discovers that the woman that she thought was her best friend wasn't the person that Kate thought she knew. Elizabeth revelations about her life, marriage and childhood stun Kate into the realization that life is interrupted in many different views. Through the use of Elizabeth's journals Kate begins to look at her life in a second aspect. This leads her to accepting the choices in which are to be made while discovering that it is small moments in life that make life worth living.

The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D. is by far different than anything that I have read this year. It is a heartwarming tale that I think will please many readers. The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D. is a must read for any seeking answers as to what it really means to live each day, not just to survive.


Book Blurb for The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D.

Before there were blogs, there were journals. And in them we’d write as we really were, not as we wanted to appear. But there comes a day when journals outlive us. And with them, our secrets.

Summer vacation on Great Rock Island was supposed to be a restorative time for Kate, who’d lost her close friend Elizabeth in a sudden accident. But when she inherits a trunk of Elizabeth's journals, they reveal a woman far different than the cheerful wife and mother Kate thought she knew. 

The complicated portrait of Elizabeth—her troubled upbringing, and her route to marriage and motherhood—makes Kate question not just their friendship, but her own deepest beliefs about loyalty and honesty at a period of uncertainty in her own marriage. 

   The more Kate reads, the more she learns the complicated truth of who Elizabeth really was, and rethinks her own choices as a wife, mother, and professional, and the legacy she herself would want to leave behind. When an unfamiliar man’s name appears in the pages, Kate realizes the extent of what she didn’t know about her friend, including where she was really going on the day she died. 

Set in the anxious summer after the September 11th attacks, this story of two women—their friendship, their marriages, private ambitions and fears—considers the aspects of ourselves we show and those we conceal, and the repercussions of our choices.


Night Owl Reviews Jul, 2013 4.00