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The Good Father [Paperback]

Diane Chamberlain
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1 Jun 2012
A little girl, all alone, with a note that reads 'please look after me'. What would you do? 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, worrying about keeping food on the table. But so far he's kept her safe. And never regretted his decision for a second. But now he's lost his job, his home and the money in his wallet is all he has. As things spiral out of control Travis is offered a lifeline. A onetime offer to commit a crime for his daughter's sake. Even if it means leaving her behind. Even if it means losing her. What would a good father do?

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Mira Books (1 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848451008
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848451001
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Award-winning author Diane Chamberlain, was born and raised in Plainfield, New Jersey, and attended Glassboro State University. She also lived for many years in both San Diego and northern Virginia, where she still resides.
Diane received her master's degree in clinical social work from San Diego State University.

Prior to her writing career, she was a medical social worker at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego and Children's Hospital in Washington, D.C. She also was a psychotherapist in private practice in Alexandria, Virginia., working primarily with adolescents. Diane's background in psychology and her work in hospitals has given her a keen interest in understanding the way people tick, as well as the background necessary to create real, living, breathing characters.

Several years ago, Diane was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, which has changed the way she works: she occasionally types using voice recognition software. She feels fortunate that her arthritis is not more severe and that she is able to enjoy everyday activities as well as keep up with a busy travel schedule.

When not writing, Diane enjoys fixing up her house, playing with her three-legged Bernese Mountain Dog, Bruin, getting together with her friends and grown stepdaughters, and singing with an interfaith gospel choir.

Diane is the author of the bestselling Midwife's Confession. Her new book Keeper of the Light is out in January 2012

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"Chamberlain puts so much grit, emotion and drama into her books that it's impossible to stop thinking about the plot." (Heat)

"Fans of Jodi Picoult's style will love how Diane Chamberlain writes." (Candis)

'A marvellously gifted author. Every book is a gem.' (Literary Times)

'Emotional, complex and laced with suspense, this fascinating story is a brilliant read' (Closer)

'An excellent read' --(The Sun)

Essential reading for Jodi Picoult fans ' --(Daily Mail)

Fabulous stuff' --(Cosmopolitan)

About the Author

Diane Chamberlain is an award winning author. Her background in psychology and work in hospitals has given her a keen interest in understanding the way people tick, as well as the background necessary to create real, living, breathing characters.

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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read author 4 Mar 2012
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As with Diane Chamberlain's other books, 'The Good Father' is told through multiple narrators, which at first seem unconnected. Travis is a young father struggling to take care of his four-year-old daughter Bella, after a fire that cost him his mother, his house and his job; Robin is engaged to Dale, who is running for mayor and has just witnessed the birth of Hannah, Dale's teenage sister Alissa's baby; and Erin who spends her time sitting with her iPad in JumpStart coffee shop typing on message boards as she is haunted by the loss of her young daughter in a terrible accident on a pier.

At first there are a lot of characters to get to know and the reader is not quite sure how all the pieces in this puzzle of a story fit together. However this becomes more and more intriguing the more you read, as you begin to see where the story is heading and you wonder what choices the characters will make. I thoroughly recommend this book as I was hooked throughout all the way to the dramatic and satisfying conclusion and I will continue to read any books by this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tic Tacs for breakfast! 25 Feb 2012
By elsie purdon TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I enjoyed this book from the first paragraph. It is incredibly easy to get pulled into the story and start caring for the characters. Bella is only just four years old, very cute and I immediately took to her. Her young father is clearly caring for her as well as loving her, yet he is resorting to feeding her Tictacs for breakfast! What is going on? Why are they in this desperate situation? Why is Travis (the dad) about to do something very risky, and why does he intend to leave Bella with Erin. Yet he hasn't actually asked Erin, he just puts a note in Bella's pocket. We don't even know who Erin is yet. As the reader we don't yet know much at all but I want to. I am hooked. This book is almost a thriller because you just have to know what is going to happen.
There are three main characters, Erin, Robin and Travis; who each have their own chapters to tell the story from their point of view. The book not only moves forward through each of them but also goes back in time to explain how each of them got to where they are now.
The Good Father is an easy book to read but not because it's shallow or fluffy.
Diane Chamberlain writes about people first and foremost. Her former career as a clinical social worker and therapist has clearly informed her work and gives her books a very grounded and "real" feeling.
Her books describe complicated situations and the character's responses to them in ways that are very easy to relate to.

Although Diane Chamberlain's books are currently marketed " for fans of Jodi Picoult " I personally prefer Diane mainly because I think she writes more complex characters with her trademark warmth and realism. I also enjoy the way she concludes her stories.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
'You could block things from your mind for years at a time. You could make them go away because you know that if you let them in, the pain could nearly kill you.'

As this novel begins, we meet Travis Brown and his little daughter Bella. Travis has had a run of bad luck, losing his regular work in construction and also losing his home. It leaves him in desperate need of a new job, but despite his searches, there is little available, and as a result, he ultimately takes on a role against his better judgement, simply because he sees no other way out, and it will mean he can earn enough money to try and make a difference to their lives. Travis is in his early twenties and raising his little girl alone, without her mother Robin. He is the most prominent good father of the novel's title, and he cherishes Bella; everything he does is driven by his love for her and his need to care for her and bring her up well. When he meets Erin, a kind lady who he deems trustworthy and who takes an instant liking to Bella as they meet each morning in the coffee shop, he decides to trust her with the most precious thing he has.

I really liked the structure of this novel. Three narrators, Travis, Robin and Erin, and the author alternates between them to give us three different views of events. The starting point is a glimpse into the future, and it was interesting to then be taken back into the past, knowing that this scene was coming up, and seeing it from different viewpoints. Gradually, the past is revealed and we find out about Erin's own huge private tragedy, we discover the romance that Travis and Robin shared when they were younger, and we learn how and why Robin couldn't keep her own daughter or be involved in her upbringing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Am I missing something?! 20 Jun 2012
By Hannah1
Format:Kindle Edition
I have read a lot of DC's books, and whilst, like some other reviewers on here, I am a little concerned that she may be falling into the Jodi Picoult `quantity over quality' trap, I generally really enjoy them, and find them to be easy, but compulsive, `cant put it down' reading.
Sadly, I cannot put `The Good Father' into that category. It lacked the suspense and plot twists usually characteristic of DC's novels, but this doesn't stop it being an enjoyable read. What does, is the fact that what the whole plot is based around - a single fathers desperation to provide for his daughter - is completely unrealistic, as it does not at all take into account the reality of the US welfare system. A single, unemployed father, who loses his home in the way described in the novel, would be entitled to financial support from the state, and emergency housing. Whilst this would not be a great situation, it means the desperation felt by the father in this novel is completely unbelievably, and for me, takes away any credibility of the following plot. The accurate details DC usually uses to build her characters and their circumstances is what usually makes them so enticing, as you find yourself thinking `what would I do?'.I read this novel, waiting and waiting for this to be addressed (knowing DC's previous career as a social worker I thought she could never have overlooked something like this) but it didn't happen, and left me feeling like either I was missing something, or that the book was! I'm also really surprised no one else has mentioned this - so please, tell me, am I missing something?!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put it down!
This is not normally my kind of book, crime and murder mysteries are my thing.
This gripped me from the start and I had to read and read until finish. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Gill Goody
5.0 out of 5 stars great satisfying read
Very good character build up and riveting end sequence , had you guessing all the way , good dad prevails !!
Published 5 days ago by Murray (hopefully a good dad)
3.0 out of 5 stars Just ok compared to her other books
I have only recently discovered DC and am reading my way through all her books. I didn't really enjoy this one at all and almost gave up near the end. Read more
Published 13 days ago by mrsaxlrose
5.0 out of 5 stars Liv it
As always a brilliant read from start to finish. I really can't wait to start the next one. Keep writing!!
Published 15 days ago by Val Barnsley
5.0 out of 5 stars The good Father
I have just finished this book it has such a good story you get involved with the characters and their ups and downs. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Mr. E. C. Patrick
5.0 out of 5 stars The Good Father by Diane Chamberlain
I have read so many of this author's books and they are original, easy to read and draw you in every time. Love her books.

Published 22 days ago by Karrie xx
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
This is another brilliant read from Diane can't wait to read the next book.i would recommend this book to anyone looking for an amazing read.
Published 22 days ago by Mrs. W. Todd
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Diane Chamberlain hit!
Thoroughly enjoyed this book.....ending a little ott but still a good story.A Couldn,t put it down book with good characters in it.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. P. C. Ward
4.0 out of 5 stars A very touching read
Enjoyed this book a very touching story about the love people have for their family :) and how they will go through anything to protect them.
Published 1 month ago by Natalie Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars Book
Diane chamberlain does write excellent books she keeps you guessing to near the end of how the story will end
Published 1 month ago by Mary Ann McClounnan
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