Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: The Good Father by Diane Chamberlain (CLOSED)

If you're coming from the blog tour, welcome! Below you'll find the next piece of The Good Father excerpt and the link to tomorrow's piece as well. Be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of this post to win a copy of the book. If this is your first stop on the tour, you'll need to start from the beginning to get the whole excerpt. Go here, to see the full list of blog tour stops. 

From the back of the book: 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 light of his life. The reason behind every move he makes. And so far, she is fed. Cared for. Safe.

But when Travis loses his construction job and his home, the security he's worked so hard to create for Bella begins to crumble...

Then a miracle. A job in Raleigh has the power to turn their fortunes around. It has to. But when Travis arrives in Raleigh, there is no job, only an offer to participate in a onetime criminal act that promises quick money and no repercussions.

With nowhere else to turn, Travis must make another choice for his daughter's sake.

Even if it means he might lose her.

My thoughts: I haven't read a book by Diane Chamberlain in a while and I'm not sure why. She is an amazing author and crafts these heartwarming, touching stories. The Good Father is certainly no exception.  

At the heart of this story is the question of how far parents are willing to go to protect their children. Travis is confronted with this when he finds himself down and out on his luck and no where to turn for help. Erin and Robin are also central characters in this story and little by little we find out their stories and how they, too, are/were confronted with that same question. As each story is told, we get a little more attached to the little girl, Bella. Who could resist that sweet little girl?

The story goes back and forth from all three characters' points of view, pushing the story forward. At times we go back in time and at other times, we are in the present. All together this creates a unique story that really tugs at the heartstrings. I really felt as if I knew these characters when I finished the book. 

Have you ever read a book where you don't want it to end or at least hope that you will be able to revisit those characters? That's how I felt when I finished this book. I wanted more - I want to be able to reconnect with these characters in the future. What about you?

Scavenger Hunt/Excerpt: 
But she was there and she smiled like she'd been waiting for us. 
            "There she is!" Bella shouted loudly enough for the two girls at the corner table to look over us. They were close to my age. Twenty-two. Twenty-three.

Tomorrow's stop: Books and Needlepoint

And don't forget, the blog tour will go through the end of May when you can join Diane in a live chat over at BookTrib!

I received a complimentary copy of The Good Father by Diane Chamberlain from Erin at Meryl L. Moss Media Relations, Inc.

Giveaway Information (CLOSED):

Thanks to Erin I have one copy of The Good Father to give away to my readers.  Giveaway is open to US/Canada.

To enter please leave a comment below and include your email address (only comments with email addresses will be entered in the giveaway). 

- +3 additional entries become a follower of Always With a Book. If you are already a follower you will automatically receive the bonus entries (just leave the name you follow under). 

- +1 additional entry each, please help spread the word by blogging, posting on sidebar, tweeting or posting this giveaway on Facebook. 
All entries can be in one comment.

Thanks to everyone for entering! Good luck!




  1. Thanks for the giveaway. I am looking forward to this book.

    I am a follower (Nise')


  2. Thanks for the giveaway, it sounds like a great read


  3. Thank you for hosting this giveaway. The book sounds very touching. I'll post it in my blog's sidebar. I'm a follower. :)


  4. This sounds like a thought-provoking story about what someone will do for his child. Thanks for the giveaway.
    -follower (Margie)
    -email subscriber
    mtakala1 AT yahoo DOT com

  5. I haven't read any of her books yet but this one sounds really good!

    -I'm a longtime follower
    -tweeted and shared on facebook


  6. I'm really glad to see you have a copy of this book available. I've been intrigued with it since I first read the synopsis. I'd love to win a copy. Thanks.

    I follow this blog primarily by email so all the posts come directly to my inbox: carlscott(at)prodigy(dot)net(dot)mx

    I tweeted the blog post:!/carlrscott/status/200296324267118592

    Thanks again, have a great day!

  7. Great giveaway! I love Diane Chamberlain's books.

  8. I have not read any of Diane's books yet, but have been seeing this book on several blogs and it sounds very interesting.

    I am a gfc and email follower.

  9. I am really excited to read this book. It sounds so good. I am following on Google + (Bonnie Yee) and have tweeted about the contest.

    sunnydaysrule AT hotmail DOT com


  10. I've been waiting to read this, thanks! I'm already a follower.


  11. This sounds really intriguing!

    2u3mommy at gmail dot com

  12. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win a copy of this. I haven't read one of Diane's books yet but have been told many times how awesome they are. I'd love to start with this one :)

    GFC follower Tiffany Drew


  13. I had not heard of this book-thank you

    I am following and will post the giveaway.

    chocolate and croissants at yahoo . com

  14. I've been wanting to read this book! Thanks for the giveaway. I follow via e-mail ( :-D

  15. what a great giveaway I follow via e-mail and through Google Friend as Paula

  16. Sounds like a touching story.
    I follow via email
    mamabunny13 at gmail dot com


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