Book Review: Dear Dad by Giselle Green

Dear DadWhat’s it about?

Handsome, 28-year old, Nate Hardman is a frontline reporter with a big problem. Suffering from shell-shock and unable to leave his house, he’s already lost his social life and his girlfriend. Now his career prospects are sinking fast.

9 year-old Adam Boxley who lives alone with his ageing nan, also has big problems. Neglected at home and bullied at school, he’s desperate to reach out to his dad – and that’s when he sends his first letter to Nate. Only Nate’s not who he thinks he is. Will he help? More importantly – can he?

Across town meanwhile, caring but impulsive teacher Jenna Tierney really wants to help Adam – except the feisty redhead has already had enough of teaching. Recently hurt by yet another cheating boyfriend, Jenna’s now set her sights on pursuing a dream career abroad … only she’s about to meet Nate – her dream man who’ll make her re-think everything.

The big question is; can three people desperate to find love, ever find happiness when they’re only connected by one big lie?

My thoughts

I met the author Giselle Green at a blogger / author meet up in London back in March and she asked if I’d like a copy of Dear Dad to read and review. It isn’t a book I’d have usually picked for myself but I was willing to give it a go.

I’d not read any books written by Giselle before and overall I was pleasantly surprised and I did like the book.  It’s a heart warming read where strangers come together for the good of others for no real benefit to themselves. Such rarity!

The book is really well written and I enjoyed hearing the character’s humerous thoughts which I thought were very natural and realistic.

However, I wasn’t so much invested in Jenna and Nate’s relationship; I know they both had life issues that they were working on but, they, as people, were a little too nice and too attractive which I felt was slightly over-emphasised (and I just wished that Nate would stop calling Adam ‘kid’, I found this so irritating).  One day, our protagonists will be successful, loved and a little bit plump and spotty 😉  I know I’m being totally picky because at the end of the day the real star of this show was Adam!

With Adam you just want to love him, and buy him new clothes, and socks, and treat him to things that other children of his age take for granted.  The fact that he’s his nan’s carer is the kind of stuff you here about all the time which is incredibly sad and as a reader you wish with all your heart that he gets his happy ever after.

An enjoyable 3.5* star read for me and I would recommend for readers who love the family dramas, relationship woes and uplifting endings.

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