Monday, May 14, 2012

Diane Chamberlain Blog Tour: The Good Father + a Giveaway

From Amazon - 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 - The Good Father follows the choices that single father Travis Brown has to make.  He's been doing rather well raising his daughter on his own.  She is the light of his life.  But when his house burns down and he loses his construction job, Travis is at a loss.  He has to have money to take care of his daughter, so when a job offer comes from Raleigh, he is thankful.  That thanks is soon short-lived though, when he finds out the job is criminal. He needs the money to care for his daughter Bella, but if he does it, he could lose her forever.

Robin Saville is engaged to the future mayor and is finally healthy after a successful heart transplant. Robin hasn't thought about her baby girl she gave up since her birth, but when her fiance's unwed teenage sister asks her to assist with the birth, all of Robin's old memories come dragging back. 

The Good Father is a heart-wrenching tale with complex characters and seamless writing.  Hard to put down? Try impossible.  I found myself so caught up in the lives of these characters, I hated to see it end.  Chamberlain is at the top of her game with The Good Father! I can't wait to see what she has in store for us next.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  Wendy

"How pretty!" She took the flowers from my hand, sniffed them and then put them on the table. "Thank you, Bella."
I spotted a kids' book on the table next to the flowers. "Looks like Miss Erin has a new book to read you," I said, hoping that was true.
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