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The Good Father

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  7,534 ratings  ·  863 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Mira (first published January 1st 2012)
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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
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
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
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
Lauren Murphy
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
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
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!!
Stacie Vaughan
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
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
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.
3.5 stars

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Diane Chamberlain is known for writing character-driven women’s fiction that unapologetically tugs on the heart-strings, and The Good Father follows in this very successful niche. The second book of Chamberlain’s I’ve read, the first being The Midwife’s Confession, which examined grief and grieving, The Good Father is squarely focused on the parental experience and the intergenerational influence and role of parents. As the
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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
Jo Barton
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
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,

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
'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 "Mash"
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
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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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
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
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
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

The Good Father is an emotional novel about what a young father will do in order to provide for his daughter.
First off, the cover and title of this book tugged at my heartstrings and I wanted to read this one straight away.
Travis Brown is a single father in his early twenties on the verge of being homeless with no one in the world to help him care for his four year old daughter Bella. He just moved to Raleigh in hopes of finding a great job as a contractor, but once he arrives, things turn out v
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
Rahaf kh
3.5/4 starts. Really great captivating story. Characters so real and couldn't put it down. Thu the ending was bit rushed it was great novel. Finished it in two days
Kelly A
This was the first novel I have ever read by this author, but it certainly will not be the last. I was immediately hooked on this book from the very first chapter. I couldn't wait to see where the story would take me and how it would get me there. I loved how the author used multiple points of view, without making it confusing. It was nice to see a male main character, and his love and affection for his daughter. Very refreshing read that I will recommend to all of my friends.
Nicole Long
Wow! This book was an emotional roller coaster for me from the first to last word. I had tears in my eyes the whole time. It was a strong story that had me reviewing my life...decisions made by choice and by chance. It showcases the strength and resiliency so many people have to have in life, just to survive. Diane Chamberlain is a masterful writer.
Having enjoyed many DC books, I was really looking forward to reading this one and I'm very happy to say that I wasn't disappointed. The story is told from three points of view, that of Travis, the `Good Father' of the title, Erin - a stranger who befriends Travis and his four year old daughter Bella, and Robin - Bella's birth mother. The different narrations go back and forth in time and as the book progresses, the reader finds out more of the background to each character and how their lives be ...more
I have enjoyed every one of Diane Chamberlain's books that I have read. This was no exception. I read most of the book all in one day, I didn't want to put it down.
Travis had been raising his daughter Bella since her birth but when his mother dies in the fire that destroys their home, Tyler soon finds himself homeless and jobless. When a job offer comes up, he finds himself involved in much more than he bargained for and he risks losing his daughter.
There's so much else going on in this book. I
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Diane Chamberlain is the USA Today and London Times bestselling author of 23 novels published in more than twenty languages. Diane likes to write complex stories about relationships between men and women, parents and children, brothers and sisters, and friends. Although the thematic focus of her books often revolves around family, love, compassion and forgiveness, her stories usually feature a com ...more
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