The Good Father

by Nancy


I did, although I wanted Bella back right then. Yeah, I was glad she was so happy on Erin’s lap and all that, but I wanted to hold her right now. I’d scare her though–holding her too tight the way I’d squashed her hand when we walked across the parking lot. It was better this way.

Travis Brown is trying to do right by his 4 year old daughter, Bella. Unable to give her up for adoption, as requested by Bella’s mother, Robin, Travis has raised her on his own, with help from his mother. A tragic fire destroys almost all of his possessions and takes his mother, and Travis finds it increasingly difficult to find construction work due to the economy. He learns of a potential job from a new neighbor, but it turns out to be not quite what she described, and while it could be good money, it can also put both he and Bella in danger. Travis decides to leave Bella with a seemingly nice woman he meets at a coffee shop. Erin has her own problems, having lost her own daughter in a freak accident on a pier, but finds Bella might be just what she needs to heal.

The Good Father is told from three points of view: Travis, Robin and Erin, all in first person. In the beginning of the novel this is a bit confusing but as the characters are fleshed out becomes easier to follow. We follow Travis as his situation goes from bad to worse, then switch to Robin, who is now engaged to the son of a mayor, groomed to become a very public figure. But her future sister-in-law’s own teenage pregnancy brings back memories of Travis and feelings about her own baby who she never met. And Erin has moved out of her house, needing time away from her husband who doesn’t seem to understand her grief, preferring to turn to an online grief support group.

While the title appears to refer to Travis, Robin’s father also fits the theme. Born with the same heart condition that killed her mother at a young age, Robin’s father is overprotective, reminding her of the “peace and calm” needed to keep her heart from going into overdrive. He disapproves of her relationship with Travis, who he sees as beneath them, and when Bella is born makes great strides to keep them apart.

The Good Father has a great mix of character and plot. The main characters – including Bella – are well drawn and sympathetic, and the reader can see things that the characters can’t, which can be frustrating at times (I know I’m not the only one who’s ever yelled at a character in a book), but also contributes to the story’s enjoyment. The plot starts out a little slow but picks up and the climax turns it into a book you can’t put down.

We have one copy to share with one of our readers. Just leave a comment below to be entered to win (US/Canada only). We’ll announce the winner in our giveaway column on June 6th.

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Nancy enjoys reading, cross stitch and carting her kids to sports practices and games. She chronicles life with her boys and books at Life With My Boys and Book

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1 Bethany May 24, 2012 at 8:38 am

This book sounds interesting! I’d love to be entered- cbus.blogger at gmail dot com
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2 Kristin D May 24, 2012 at 10:03 am

I would love to win this one, Diane Chamberlain was the first book I reviewed on my blog! I am such a fan!
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3 June May 24, 2012 at 11:45 am

This story sounds so sad, yet amazing.


4 Pearl May 24, 2012 at 1:26 pm

A captivating and special novel which sounds wonderful. Many thanks.


5 Sandra K321 May 24, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Thank you for offering this book. It sounds like a heartwarming, yet sad, story.


6 Shari May 24, 2012 at 2:07 pm

I briefly looked at that book when searching for something to buy a few weeks ago. Didn’t get it, so I would love to win it. Sounds interesting!


7 Barb May 24, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Sounds like a good read.


8 Colleen Turner May 24, 2012 at 3:05 pm

I just love Diane Chamberlain! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!


9 Cindi May 24, 2012 at 3:09 pm

This books sounds like it has
a lot of substance! Good plot,
interesting characters. etc.!
Many thanks, Cindi


10 Marjorie May 24, 2012 at 3:13 pm

This book has been on my wishlist for a longtime and I would love to read it.


11 Jennifer June 5, 2012 at 10:37 pm

You won! Please respond to this email with your shipping info.
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12 Kim May 24, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Sounds like a good story Nancy! I’d love to win. :)
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13 Beth C May 24, 2012 at 6:00 pm

I’d love to read this. Thanks!


14 Joy May 24, 2012 at 6:59 pm

Sounds like a great book!


15 Maria May 24, 2012 at 8:49 pm

I’ve been a fan since reading THE SECRET LIFE OF CECE WILKES. Would love to add this to my nightstand!
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16 Hailey L. May 24, 2012 at 9:55 pm

I would love to win!!
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17 Bonnie May 24, 2012 at 11:38 pm

I have heard a lot of good things about the author and this book. It sounds like a real tear jerker.


18 melissa n May 25, 2012 at 10:22 am

this sounds like a wonderful read :)


19 Margaret May 25, 2012 at 12:31 pm

I have yet to read one of her books so here’s hoping I win this one thanks!



20 Jessica T May 25, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Sounds like a good read!


21 samantha w May 26, 2012 at 10:02 am

This sounds really good.


22 Staci A May 26, 2012 at 10:23 am

I can’t imagine ever being in a position where I would have to leave my little ones. It sounds like a fascinating story line though!


23 Linda Kish May 26, 2012 at 9:28 pm

I would love to win/read this book. It sounds terrific.

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24 Angela E. May 27, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Great book giveaway.


25 Jessica T May 28, 2012 at 1:49 am

Sounds like a good read – gripping!


26 Don May 29, 2012 at 9:55 am

Really sounds like such a good book.


27 Garrett May 29, 2012 at 3:47 pm

What a neat story line.


28 Anita Yancey May 29, 2012 at 6:24 pm

Sounds like an interesting but sad story. I would love to find out what happens. Please enter me. Thanks!


29 connie black May 30, 2012 at 5:59 pm

This sounds remarkably similar to a gentleman that I work with. He works hard while raising his daughter alone b/c his wife left him and her.


30 Melissa P. May 30, 2012 at 7:52 pm

I have a feeling I’m going to need a box of tissue while reading this book. I’d love to win a copy.


31 Lori D. June 4, 2012 at 11:58 am

This book really sounds so good.


32 Van June 4, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Sure sounds like a sad one to me.


33 Chuck June 4, 2012 at 1:15 pm

I know my wife would love this book.


34 Jeff June 4, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Sure this book is a good read.


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