19 Mar 2012

Book Review - The Good Father by Diane Chamberlain

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.

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My Review

What a great book.  This is the first book I have read written by Diane Chamberlain and already she is becoming one of my favourites.  I loved the style of writing.  This story has a good mix of tragedy, love and hope and believe me, I did a lot of hoping when reading this book, hoping that Travis would make the right decision and Bella was happy.

This book is split into three viewpoints; Travis, Erin and Robin.  Travis is Bella's father and he needs to get a job so that he can support his daughter.  He has to make a tough decision.  Erin is a lady that Travis and Bella meet when they go into a coffee shop (which they go in nearly every day) and who they become close friends with.  Erin has her own sad past as well, which is equally as heartbreaking as the story of Travis and Bella.  Robin is Bella's mother.  As a child, Robin was very ill and being pregnant with the prospect of dying.

This story is very slow paced but that just adds to the magic of this story.  It allowed me to take my time and digest each of the characters, their surroundings and the choices they have to make.

This is a great emotional story.  For those who like Jodi Picoult, I would recommend you give this a go.


Best wishes

Debs :-)