21 April 2012

Review: The Good Father by Diane Chamberlain

The Good Father by Diane Chamberlain

Expected publication: 24 April 2012 by Mira

Pages: 368 (paperback)

Genre/s: Adult contemporary

Source: Publisher for review

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Synopsis

A beloved daughter. A devastating choice. And now there's no going back.Four years ago, nineteen-year-old Travis Brown made a choice: to raise his newborn daughter on his own. While most of his friends were out partying and meeting girls, Travis was at home, changing diapers and worrying about keeping food on the table. But he's never regretted his decision. Bella is the light of his life. The reason behind every move he makes. And so far, she is fed. Cared for. Safe.But when Travis loses his construction job and his home, the security he's worked so hard to create for Bella begins to crumble….Then a miracle. A job in Raleigh has the power to turn their fortunes around. It has to. But when Travis arrives in Raleigh, there is no job, only an offer to participate in a onetime criminal act that promises quick money and no repercussions.With nowhere else to turn, Travis must make another choice for his daughter's sake.Even if it means he might lose her.

My Thoughts

I love Diane Chamberlain books – they’re my guilty pleasure. Ms Chamberlain writes excellent family dramas without getting caught up in legalese or clich├ęd love scenes – they are simply stories about families going through challenging times that either stick together or fall apart. So when I saw The Good Father on NetGalley I knew I had to read this book.

Told in alternating POV by Travis, Robin and Erin, this is a story about lost love, illness and most importantly, about what it means to be a parent. Travis’ love and dedication to Bella, despite all the challenges that life throws at him (with quite a bit of force) is nothing less than admirable, and with his determination to do the best he can in difficult circumstances whilst always putting Bella first made me as a reader fall just a little bit in love with him.

Robin and Erin’s stories, and the way that they are interwoven with Travis’ story are done very well, but my one and only criticism of this book is that I found Robin to be quite cold and distant given the circumstances. But perhaps this was intentional – as the book progressed I found my respect for her growing, especially after reading more about her upbringing and the difficult choices she was forced to make. My heart, almost literally, broke for Erin – her story is incredibly sad but also brings a very important aspect to the book.

Beautifully and engagingly written with realistic, understandable and loveable (well except for the bad guys) characters, after reading The Good Father I’m not going to call Diane Chamberlain my guilty pleasure anymore - I’m going to call her my favourite adult family-drama author. 


2 comments:

  1. Wow! I have never read a Diane Chamberlain book though this one's been on my TBR since some time now. Now that you have officially declared her your favourite adult family-drama author, I think I need to add all her books and read them soon.

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  2. You should - I've enjoyed every one of her books that I've read!

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