The Good Father by Diane Chamberlain

As The Good Father opens, Travis, a young single father, is desperate.  He and Bella, his four-year-old daughter, are homeless, living in their van,good father and his money is almost gone.  He sees no way to care for his little girl – no way, at least, that’s legal.

Robin has everything going her way.  Her health, at last, is good, she has a great job managing a bed and breakfast in Beaufort, and she’ll soon marry into a prominent family.  Then, as she holds a newborn baby, she weeps for her own child, whom she’s been trying to forget.

When Erin and Michael’s small daughter Carolyn died, Michael found solace in his job, but Erin buried herself in her memories and in communicating online with other bereaved parents, offended by Michael’s suggestions that she try to move on.

The plot intertwines the stories of these characters.  Chamberlain, a former social worker and psychotherapist, explores the themes of parenting, grief after the loss of a child, the reaction of a good person in a dire situation, and the growth of the characters throughout the story.

This is a real page-turner, a perfect book to read cover to cover if your schedule permits!

Chamberlain lives in North Carolina, and the settings are Beaufort, Carolina Beach, and Raleigh.

(Helen Snow, retired from Information Services)

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