The Good Father
by Diane Chamberlain
Publication Date: April 24, 2012
It is rare that we read about single Father's in Women's Fiction. Maybe it is because the authors obviously gear their stories towards women. But I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed Travis. He was a young man who was trying so hard to do the right thing while fighting the incredible odds against him. Yes, he made a few stupid choices, but once he realized how stupid they were he desperately tried to rectify them. The end of The Good Father was somewhat predictable, but no more so than you will find at the end of any Picoult novel.
I am not sure exactly what it is that causes me to love Diane Chamberlain's books more than Jodi Picoult. They essentially use the same formula, chapters told from alternating prospective. There is usually a moral dilemma of some kind in each of their stories, yet for some reason I find Chamberlain's books to be so much more enjoyable. Bottom line, if you are looking for a good book that will tug on your heartstrings without being excessively syrupy, well then I recommend any novel by Diane Chamberlain, but especially The Good Father.