Book Review: The Good Father by Diane Chamberlain

The Good FatherThe Good Father by Diane Chamberlain
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A heartfelt story of fatherly love, The Good Father is an inspiring tale that proves we can overcome our bad choices, conquer our greatest fears, learn to live in the moment and not in the past, and that there’s no greater gift than a child’s love.

Diane Chamberlain always writes a compelling and engrossing story with characters I can relate to and care about in situations that have a way of teaching you a lesson you didn’t know you needed.

The Good Father is told through the perspective of three adults whose lives become interwoven by a little girl, a barely four-year-old, named Bella.

We’re introduced to Travis, Bella’s father. A single dad who’s trying to make ends meet in a down economy. He’s young, in his early 20’s, and doing the best he can to provide for Bella’s needs. They live with his mom in a beach town he loves. When tragedy strikes, their lives are forever changed and Travis makes some very bad decisions that could have grave consequences.

Travis is so young. I have two teenage boys myself and trying to imagine them taking on a baby by themselves is impossible. My heart went out to him with every turn of the page. He makes some grave mistakes out of desperation and things quickly get out of control.

We meet Robin, Bella’s mother. Health problems and a controlling father have led Robin down a path far different than Travis. Putting her child out of sight and out of mind (she’s literally never met her) she’s engaged to a mayoral hopeful whose family is grooming her for their world. When her teenage sister-in-law-to-be has a baby, buried feelings for her own child start resurfacing.

We also meet Erin, a woman who has just separated from her husband and who befriends Travis and Bella. She’s harboring secrets and demons of her own, alienating her family and friends. When unwittingly helping Travis and Bella, she comes to some life changing realizations of her own.

I thought this book was beautifully written, moving back and forth between present and past. It made me realize just how lucky I am, that our mistakes don’t have to define who we are, and that we shouldn’t judge people too harshly.

A great book! I highly recommend it!

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