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Product details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: MIRA; First edition edition (1 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848451008
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848451001
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (315 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 the bestselling author of twenty novels, including The Midwife's Confession and The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes. Diane lives in North Carolina and is currently at work on her next novel. Visit her Web site at www.dianechamberlain.com and her blog at www.dianechamberlain.com/blog and her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Diane.Chamberlain.Readers.Page.


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By elsie purdon TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Feb. 2012
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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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By K. Wright VINE VOICE on 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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'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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I pre-ordered this book for my kindle, based on the fact that i've read almost all of Diane Chamberlain's books, and i love her characters and the way that even a character who may have done something awful can still be likeable. I think that Chamberlain has a good grasp of psychology, and understands human emotions well.
However, i have to say that i was disappointed by this book. I didn't ever empathise with the main character, the 'good father'- i thought that he was irresponsible, and his actions could have been disasterous. I never really got to understand him, and thought that he never really seemed like a real character to me.
I liked the storyline, and i did like the character of Erin, although i found her sudden change of heart later in the story strange and not really true to character. I liked her story though.
There were also just too many co-incidences within the story that just didn't flow right or make sense to me.
I didn't dislike this book, but i would not read it again. I hope Diane Chamberlain's next novel is more like her past books again.
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