It is about the book I found dumped in a previous neighbour’s barn.
The book is a collection of personal memories – it’s like a diary – and was written by a woman after the death of her husband.
My previous neighbour did household removals between Spain, France and England. When he moved away, I found many items festering in an outbuilding, amongst which is the above-mentioned book. That was ten years ago.
After trying for a while, unsuccessfully, to trace the book’s owner, I put it away in a cupboard. A few months ago when I was re-organising I found it again, and decided that with the benefit of Facebook and Twitter I should make a new effort to return the book to where it belongs.
Since then I have corresponded with a kind gentleman who is a genealogist and helped me find some relations of the book’s owner. I have sent one of them (a niece) a message on Facebook – no reply. I have phoned the school where the sister-in-law works and explained that I am trying to contact the woman, and asked if they would please email me – no response.
Are the relations alienated from the woman and so not prepared to help? It seems very strange – not to say impolite – not to respond to a query.
Is it that she herself doesn’t want to be found? Or doesn’t want her book back? But if she knows that I have it, wouldn’t she send a message to either ask it for back or ask me to destroy it?
Nobody from the woman’s previous address has a forwarding address for her.
I don’t know where to go now.
How much further should I go in trying to find her?
Should I give up the search and burn the book – which isn’t mine?
I don’t want to keep it any longer, but I don’t feel it’s right to destroy something so personal.
I have the name of the dead man – it’s quite an unusual name, and I have the name of his wife, too, as well as quite a lot of other personal information. I don’t know whether or not I should publish it in the hope of finally finding her.
This is what the book looks like: