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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 l
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Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Mira (first published January 1st 2012)
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Mo
Apr 17, 2016 Mo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I suppose the underlying theme of this book is healing and redemption. Travis, who loves his daughter and would do anything for her is in a bad place and makes a bad decision. Others are caught up in his web but ultimately, at the end of the day, they are redeemed.


While not as engaging or "unputdownable" as the first book I read by Ms Chamberlain it is still a good read.

As I pressed my lips to the baby's warm temple, I cried the first tears ever for the empty place in my heart.



... Michael had
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Janelle
Jun 13, 2012 Janelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2012
I finished reading this a few days ago but am just now getting to the review. I've already finished a book since then but I'll try my best to explain why I liked it so much.

I liked it's originality. I haven't read a book like this in a long time so I enjoyed every moment of it. It was a parenthood/love/semi-crime/minor-political/twist-of-fate novel with a wonderful plot. I don't recall ever reading a book by Diane Chamberlain before but I can tell you that it will not be the last.

Okay, not the b
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Susan
Jul 15, 2015 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an awesome read! From the first page until the last you can't help but get caught up in the lives on these people. I couldn't stop turning the pages! I just had to know how it was going to end! I was so worried about Travis and the choices he was making! He truly loves his daughter and only wants the best for her.

Another great read from Diane and I have no doubt that this will be a #1 best seller!!


Note: I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Rose
Initial reaction: A surprisingly engaging narrative from the perspective of three individuals whose journeys intersect quite notably throughout the narrative. It came together so well and I'll admit it kept me hooked from beginning to end.

Full review:

I think it's official: Diane Chamberlain's a new favorite author for me. The way she crafts the characters in her narratives feel so real, even when the scenario itself is a little out of the ordinary.

"The Good Father" toggles between three perspect
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Susan
Feb 11, 2012 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It takes more than sperm to make a man a father, Travis certainly proves that as the lead character in Chamberlain's "The Good Father." Yet, this story's strength is that it is not just Travis's story we hear or even that of his precious daughter with her pink purse but of everyone whose life is changed by one child on one night by one choice, a choice Travis made because he wanted to be a Good Father. In this book you hear from Travis as he struggles to overcome life in a recession when everyth ...more
Aoibhínn
Four years ago, nineteen-year-old Travis Brown made a choice: to raise his newborn daughter, Bella, on his own. While most of his friends were out partying and meeting girls, Travis was at home, worrying about keeping food on the table. So far he's kept Bella safe and never regretted his decision for a second. But after a devastating house fire, he's lost his home and his mother, who was helping him raise Bella, and his job. The few dollars he has in his wallet is all he has left. As things spir ...more
Diane S ☔
3.5 Diane Chamberlain has mastered the art of creating fascinating characters and infusing them into stories of moral and ethical dilemmas. Travis, a single father of only 23, is depending on his mother for her help and childcare in taking care of his four year old daughter. Due to circumstances of fate, he loses this help and his job, finds himself living in a broken down trailer unable to adequately provide for her. Erin is a woman dealing with her own set of problems, but her fate becomes ent ...more
Carol
Jul 24, 2015 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my favorite Diane Chamberlain novel, but certainly very enjoyable. Narrated by the three main characters; Travis, Erin, and Robin, this heartfelt story defines parenthood at its worst and best, but always with lots of love for an innocent little girl, Bella. Look forward to reading more of DC.
Lauren Murphy
May 25, 2012 Lauren Murphy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At 23 years old, Travis is the father and sole carer of four year old adorable Bella. Following a house fire where he lost his mother and his home and all his savings, followed by the loss of his job, he and Bella are left homeless and penniless. Desperate to find work he accepts a vague job with a guy called Roy that his friend Savannah recommends. Unknowingly he gets roped into doing a drug run and Travis is too tempted by the one-off cash payment for a few hours’ work to turn it down.

He takes
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Tasmin
Sep 12, 2013 Tasmin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I had to force myself to finish this book. I picked it up because people were comparing the author to Jodi Picoult, who I love. After finishing the book, I don't understand the comparisons at all. In Jodi Picoult books you tend to actually like the characters- I wouldn't have cared if they all died in this book. Also, in Jodi Picoult books you can generally understand why the characters do what they do. In this book Travis did idiotic thing after idiotic thing (none of which made much sense or w ...more
Sheryl Sorrentino
I really enjoyed this book. I’m not sure whether it merits four or five stars, but only because it isn’t a great work of literature. The writing is fairly simple. But after abandoning Donna Tartt’s The Little Friend after 222 pages (of 658!), “great literature” wasn’t what I was looking for. The Good Father proves that not every tale must be told with brilliant prose in order to be great.

And make no mistake, The Good Father is one heck of a story! Actually, it deftly interweaves three different
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Stacie Vaughan
May 28, 2012 Stacie Vaughan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Diane Chamberlain has quickly become one of my favourite authors. Her writing style reminds of Jodi Picoult with the way she uses multiple narrators. In fact, I’d even say that I prefer Diane Chamberlain of Jodi Picoult. That’s saying something about how much I love Ms. Chamberlain’s books because Jodi Picoult has always been one of my favourite authors.

I read The Good Father at lightning speed even though it was 347 pages long. It’s one of those books that you cannot put down and I even found m
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Anne
Feb 17, 2012 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
It might be I'm not the best person to be doing a review of Diane Chamberlain's newest book - I've never read a book of hers that I haven't enjoyed, and all my critical faculties are suspended. But standing back a little, this one really was quite excellent, a powerful tale of families, grief and love. If Jodi Picoult has a recognisable formula (and why do the publishers feel the need to keep using the "If you like Jodi..." sticker?), so does Diane Chamberlain with her different narrators. This ...more
Cocktails and Books
Diane Chamberlain books are more than just a read, they are an emotional experience. She has a unique ability to write material that affects you deeply, giving you characters that are easy to love. She uses subject matter that pushes the limits of your own comfort and causes you to ask yourself just how far you’d go, if the situation were your own. This book did just that.

The characters that the author has created are complex, raw and real. They all have their own personal demons to face, pasts
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DubaiReader
Jun 10, 2012 DubaiReader rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book, 2012, netgalley
Thought provoking.

This was a highly thought provoking read, centred around the question of what really constitutes a 'good father'. Yes, he'd have to be loving, caring, thoughtful etc, but how far should he go for his child - should he commit crime to keep her fed and watered?

I was gripped from the first page of this book, which was expertly narrated by the three main characters: Travis, Bella's father, Robin, her mother, and Erin, recently bereaved of her own young daughter, but who is drawn to
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The Good Father

Author: Diane Chamberlain
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Pages: 368
ISBN-10: 0778313468
ISBN-13: 978-0778313465
Format: Kindle ebook
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication Date: April 24, 2012
First Line: “It was nine-forty when I woke up in the back of the van."

Synopsis: When Travis was 19 years old he made a decision that would change his life -- to raise his newborn daughter on his own. Instead of heading to university and partying with his friends Travis spent his days changing diapers and car
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Jo Barton
Jun 01, 2012 Jo Barton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My thanks to NetGalley, and St Martin’s Press / Minotaur Books for a pre publication galley.

The Good Father draws together the story of three people, who are all brought together by desperation and loss, and focuses on fractured lives and shattered souls.

Travis is a young father, desperately struggling to look after his four year old daughter, Bella; he knows he must provide for her, and yet, in doing so, he becomes involved in a dangerous situation.

Robin, although trying to focus on her new li
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Vox
Jun 16, 2012 Vox rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Good Father is as much the story of what one man would do for his daughter as what two mothers would do for theirs. It is also the story of how one little girl can heal three broken people.

Travis Brown is twenty-two, an age when most people are fresh out of college, bursting with the promise of what they will do next and believing that the world is their oyster. But for Travis, the world seems more like a dark, gaping wound. His high school love, Robin, had a life-threatening heart ailment,
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Christa
Mar 16, 2012 Christa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook-arc
The Good Father was a compelling story of a young father who makes difficult and poor choices while trying to take care of the precious daughter who means everything to him. Travis Brown was a likeable character who had more than he could deal with at his young age. His daughter, Bella, was a wonderful addition to the story. Erin and Michael were great characters who were trying to find their way back from deep despair after losing their daughter. Robin is the mother who had powerful reasons for ...more
Trish at Between My Lines
An emotional, lively, heart-warming book just like every other Diane Chamberlain book. I loved how the 3 pov's connected and thoroughly enjoyed each voice especially as they were all so different. The crescendo was probably a bit over dramatic and everything was solved too easily but I was just happy for it all to end the way it did.

PacaLipstick Gramma
I have read several of this author's books, and always loved them. This one? Not so much.

There was not a whole lot of mystery in this. I thought it was a sappy, too romancey, and very predictable book.

In this day and age, I couldn't believe the characters were so naively stupid. I had a hard time wrapping my brain around their gullibility. The story could have been believable if hadn't been so "perfect". I just couldn't buy it.

It almost felt like Ms Chamberlain wanted to get a new book on the sh
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Donna
Dec 20, 2015 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. Love, lies, grief, and desperation. The author put a lot of detail into developing the various parental relationships. I liked Travis and his role as father to Bella. It was strong and heartbreaking. Erin's grief was drawn out a little too much, but I liked how her story ended. The ending was on the sappy side, but I thought the resolution was equal to the conflict. So for me, it worked.
Jan
Jun 21, 2015 Jan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved Necessary Lies so much that I knew I had to read another book by this author. I wasn't disappointed with this book. Although it wasn't quite as good as that first book of hers that I read, (but seriously that one would be hard for anyone to come close to writing wise), I did thoroughly enjoy this book. I found the three main characters all extremely likable and was rooting for them all to make their way through the complications that life was throwing at them and to finally find the happ ...more
LiteraryMarie
Mar 29, 2012 LiteraryMarie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Three narrators. One little girl. One story. Choices that will affect everyone.

Travis and Robin fell in love at a young age. Robin literally had a fragile heart due to a genetic heart condition. Travis had to make a hard choice: allow their newborn daughter to be adopted or raise her alone. He chose the latter. After a house fire and loss of his construction job, Travis really fell on hard times. Damn near homeless and desperate to keep food on the table, Travis takes a job in Raleigh, North Car
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Sarah5
Jun 07, 2012 Sarah5 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'The Good Father' is a powerful potrayal of parenthood and explores the issue of who can be a good parent. It also explores difficult issues such as loss - of both parents and children. It is often an emotional and at times, difficult read but it is dealt with sensitively. There are many different characters but all are linked in some way and well-developed. This was a strength of the book, I cared about the characters and what happened to them. In particular I liked Robin, a woman who due to il ...more
Cheryl
Feb 23, 2012 Cheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THE GOOD FATHER by Diane Chamberlain
Published by Mira Books
Publication Date: April 24, 2012
ISBN-10: 0778313468
ISBN-13: 978-0778313465
At the generosity of the, publisher Mira Books, an ARC Digital Version was sent, at no cost to me, for my honest opinion.

Synopsis (borrowed from Amazon): 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
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Stephanie
Apr 06, 2012 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So often the father in the teen pregnancy stories is a deadbeat or runner - loves the mother but is afraid to become a father and can't handle the pressure. Later realizes just how much he misses the mother and loves his child and returns. Joy joy everyone is happy as a family. The cute toddler (never that old) is happy to have both parents and all is well.

This is not one of those stories. I love Diane's style of writing to begin with. And this story is just a continuation with that. Travis Brow
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Kirsty
Another excellent book from DC, in fact this has been the best of her last few releases! A beautiful story of loss and re-discovery that will keep you reading well into the night.

The characters are very likable, and the trials they face did make me feel emotionally connected to them. They each have problems and flaws that instantly make them relatable, and their reactions throughout the book were completely believable. The book has some sad points that really touched me, but I enjoyed the growth
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Tonya
Feb 22, 2012 Tonya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-reads
The Good Father.... where to start. The first chapter was shocking! I couldn't wait to find out why Travis would leave a note in his daughter's pocket and leave her with Erin, a woman they met in a coffee shop. That is about all Travis knows about Erin.

The book has three different perspectives. Erin is a woman in her 30's separated from her husband. Trying hard to cope with her 4 year old daughter's death. Travis is trying to make a good life for himself and his daughter, and Robin, is Bella's m
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Karah
Sep 02, 2013 Karah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, novels
Diane Chamberlain has become one of my favorite authors, and perhaps the biggest reason why is her ability to draw in readers and connect them with her characters so quickly. In this book, I was immediately connected to Travis, the young father of 4 year old Bella. Travis finds himself stuck between a rock and a hard place when, after moving to Raleigh to take a construction job, he learns that no job exists-- only a one time criminal act that will help him out financially. With his back against ...more
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Diane Chamberlain is the USA Today and Sunday Times bestselling author of 24 novels published in more than twenty languages. Some of her most popular books include Necessary Lies, The Silent Sister, The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes, and The Keeper of the Light Trilogy. Diane likes to write complex stories about relationships between men and women, parents and children, brothers and sisters, and fr ...more
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