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Sins of the Father

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  239 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
While volunteering to help prisoners earn their high school equivalency, Charlie Kirby meets Caleb Farmer, who asks his help to write a letter to his long-lost son, Junior, to make amends. Touched by Caleb's story, Charlie agrees to help.

When Charlie manages to track down Junior, he discovers the man has long since changed his name to James Marshall and wants absolutely no
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Kindle Edition, 232 pages
Published January 14th 2010 by Dreamspinner Press (first published 2010)
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Kathy
Jan 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Buying this book was a given; this is the third story by D.W. Marchwell that I've read and it totally blew me away. I've loved his other stories, but in Sins of the Father, he's surpassed himself. This is not a short story ~ I was up 'til 4:30 in the morning because I literally could not put this book down ~ but it read as though it were. Was it worth it? Oh heck yes! (I'm using much stronger language in my mind... just so you know.)
In fact just after I started reading the book I had to go bac
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Leslie Nicoll
Jan 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THE BLURB

THE REVIEW

Wondering where the blurb is? I didn’t include it because 1) it completely misses the point of this book and 2) it contains a huge spoiler which totally ruined the build-up to the main part of the story that occurs in the first one-third of the book. If you decide you want to read this book based on this review (and I would be flattered if you do, but more importantly, it’s very good and I can easily recommend it) then use this link, which will take you to the order page at Dr
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Deeze
Aug 25, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

When I found myself already in tears within the first 20 pages of this book I had high hopes. Sadly the angst I assumed was to follow never made it. Oh there were still times I teared up, but it was always for the children they were, not the adults they became.

Maybe I'm too hard hearted but I found myself anoyed with Charlie and his insistence that James forgive his father. I never liked that Charlie assumed he knew what James would feel if he never forgave his father, when in fact the crimes
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Lauraadriana
4.5 Stars Could have been five stars, if not for just one thing in the story that really bugged me. There were a few glaring typos as well, but I liked this story so much I'm going to overlook them. Also the blurb is kinda off, but again going to just go with it, because I really liked it.

Charlie is a widower, his partner died in an accident two years before, and he has just started dating. He's not too interested though. He likes his life as it is. He's been a high school teacher for twenty yea
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Kassa
Aug 02, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book I’ve read by this author and I think he’s just not for me. I struggled with this one and became bored about halfway through. I only finished it to see if there was an additional twist at the end, there’s not but I wanted to see what happened. Since there is nothing fatally wrong with the book, this is clearly a case of just not appealing to me specifically. The characters felt boring and predictable as they dance around each other in a push/pull relationship. It didn’t ma ...more
Daanquai
Jul 19, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really struggled with this book trying to decide if I liked it or hated it. There were parts where I found myself skipping ahead to get to an interesting part and then I would find a scene that kept my riveted. But ultimately, I just couldn't really get into the MCs, Charlie and James.

First, there was too many coincidences that brought Charlie to James: friend of his neighbors, James being his favorite "elusive" author, and then of course, the son of the man in prison he was helping. Most of
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Min
Apr 27, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
There were parts of this novel where I felt the weary urge to just skip through the pages in hopes to get to somewhere interesting and moments where I really felt for the characters. Unfortunately all the characters I empathized with died and those who were left behind I could never find the desire to care for.

Charlie is a high school teacher and a widower who also volunteers at the local prison helping inmates earn a basic high school degree to prepare them for when they return to society. His
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Hank Mcallister
Jan 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
got turned on to Marchwell's books through a friend. never knew these kinda books even exist but bought sins as sono as it came out. as with his other stories this one is full of heart. i think i like the cereberal aspect of the writing not what anyone would call action or adventure - if that's why your reading you'll be disappointed. has a good mix of the regular blue collar man and just tryin to survive
Raevyn
Dec 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was an emotional roller coaster for me, but I could not put it down. The characters are well written and it is not full of fluff and sweetness. It hits you in the gut and makes you think long and hard.
⚣❣☙ Michaelle ❧❣⚣
4 Stars

Heart-breaking, but ultimately positive and uplifting. Very emotional; the flashbacks to and memories the MCs have of their childhood traumas are haunting...and I loved the way DWM humanized Caleb - without excusing or belittling the crime he committed.
Nicci
Sep 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Slow start but interesting as the story moved along. What I like about this book is how an almost similar childhood trauma affected the adult men, James and Charlie. Something that cannot be measured nor judged, people internalized differently.

For James, the tragedy is more harsh and there is there underlying feeling he'd been abused as child by his father. He goes through life coping and not having a strong relationship until he meets Charlie. Charlie is luckier than James. His mother protects
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Adara
This one was a touch slow to start off with. I found the beginning to be a bit confusing when laying the groundwork for who the characters are because how they fit together in the story was not immediately apparent. Once I got around 20% in, then it started making more sense.

The descriptions were fairly lengthy. Sometimes this appeals to me and sometimes not. This time it didn't quite catch me. Too much description over living the action. Point of view also seemed to hop some. It's mostly from C
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Neet
Oct 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read
I love this book! The sins of the father have affected these two very different young men in different ways. Can they get over their past and have a future together. I like that Charlie who some might see as a goody two shoes has flaws and how his new love interest might look tough, but really is a good guy. This book is one I'll read again! ****I read this book again and still love it. Just love the story of Charlie & William and the minor character are well written also..12/11/14
Nightcolors
Apr 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, glbt, contemporary, 2010
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Kimmy D
Jan 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I highly recommend this excellent book. The author's prose really pulled me into the story, and I felt very invested in the lives of the main characters. I practically read this entire book in one sitting; the author kept me on pins and needles wondering if everything would ultimately work out for characters who so richly deserved some happiness.
Francis Degroot
Feb 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I decided - despite the blurb - to pick this up because I really enjoyed his other two stories. What a shame that they couldn't come up with a better blurb; the story is about so much more than what's mentioned in the blurb. Completely absorbing, introspective and an emotional journey I won't soon forget. Kudos, Mr. Marchwell!
Eyre
Jan 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-cried-buckets
This one was a tearjerker for me. As I read it, it made me think of my students who are sometimes defined by those around them by who their parents are and the things that their parents have done. It also made me think about forgiveness and if there are things that are unforgivable.
Mabz
Jul 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm still trying to wipe the tears!!! I dont know why i waited so long to read this book but in a way i am glad. Kind of makes me want to redo my life or at least have more fun than now. Beautifully written, and well rounded, but then this author has never disappointed me
Gordon Logan
Feb 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a lot of angst, but very well written with a beautiful ending...definitely recommend
John Fassbinder
Feb 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
couldn't be happier to support a fellow MB...excellent book, incredible emotion plus a HEA
Antonette
May 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m-romance
Loved this book. I was practically weeping towards the end.
John Binner
Feb 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
simply astonishing!
Gary Jones
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
what a roller coaster of a ride but it was well worth it in the end.
it had me hooked from the start please read this book as you will be silly not to
Roman Johnston
Jan 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't agree more with Bookwenches...picked this up b/c of their recommend.
Deanna
Feb 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, m-m, ebook
Slow/confusing beginning. Pretty good middle. Strong ending. Unnesessary epilogue.

Contrary to pretty much every other review - I didn't find it sad.
Juniper
Jan 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, m-m
Recommended read. Not a huge amount of sex, but not a lesser book for it. Cried buckets.
Alli
Jan 24, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm-read
4-4.5 Very well written, very emotional story. The compassion was misdirected at times, so it seemed like the wrong person was begging for forgiveness...but still enjoyable.
Lillyg
Aug 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
Tha was strangely emotional.
Patty
Aug 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Truly a great story. DW Marchwell is a new author for me. I'm so glad that I found him. I will definitely be ordering more of his books.
Holly
Mar 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining story, racing against the clock, but the sentiment does get laid on with a shovel. And even the bad characters have got hearts of gold. A bit more grit and it could have been 5 stars.
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