I've LOVED this author's two prior books and was excited to get the chance to read a bound manuscript of Golden courtesy of Around the World ARC tours. Main character Parker is a descendent of Robert Frost and the daughter of a stalled poet. Driven and rule-following, Parker suddenly begins to question all her life choices when a teacher asks her to mail back a set of journals written by his students a decade before. Parker realizes one of the journals was written by Julianna, a girl killed with her boyfriend in a tragic accident, and steals the girl's journal to read. Soon, she's jeopardizing her future plans on a crazy wild-goose-chase meets quixotic love quest. Golden takes some of the themes of Jessi Kirby's past books -- messages from beyond the grave, travel, and life choices -- and charmingly remixes them. Though a few of the plot elements were implausible, fans of chick flicks and love-can-conquer-all messages and Nicholas Sparks books will enjoy this story-within-a-story about one pair of ill-fated lovers from the past, and another pair who can't seem to get together in the present... until fate and a mysterious journal intervene.