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Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas (2001) marks a departure for best-selling author James Patterson. Though Patterson has written novels in a variety of genres, he is best known for his mystery thriller series featuring detective Alex Cross. Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas is Patterson's first foray into the romance genre. Like his other books, it has been very popular with readers and has sold millions of copies.

In the two stories that intertwine throughout Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas, Patterson emphasizes the importance of creating balance in one's life and appreciating every day. The framing story focuses on Katie Wilkinson, a New York book editor whose relationship with poet Matt Harrison ends unexpectedly. As Katie processes the breakup, she reads the diary written by Matt's late wife Suzanne in an effort to understand his tragic past.

Suzanne's heart problems had compelled her to leave a hectic life in Boston and move to Martha's Vineyard, where she found love and happiness with Matt and gave birth to their son. Her continued heart problems eventually lead to her death as well as her son's. After Katie finishes reading the diary, she and Matt eventually reconcile and marry.

Patterson drew on heartbreak from his own life to write Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas. He fell in love with Jane Blanchard in 1974, and after the couple dated for several years, she was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. They spent the last few years of her life cherishing each day they had together. After her death, Patterson focused on work and writing for over a decade and avoided romantic relationships. He later married his wife, Susan, who wrote a diary for their son, Jack, when Jack was a baby.

Though some critics are dismissive of the novel, Patterson is proud of its power. He told Nicholas Wroe of the Guardian,

Late last year I was in New York for a signing and I was given a letter from a woman whose fiancé was killed in the World Trade Centre. She had read Suzanne's Diary before he died and then she re-read it afterwards because she felt it had a message that would help her move on. I've heard some variation of that story thousands of times, and that is my reward.

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