Tuesday, 15 March 2016
Dear Dad - Giselle Green - unashamedly romantic
If you like a book to tug at your heartstrings, have a hunky yet vulnerable hero, a feisty yet fragile heroine and a hurt and lonely child, all looking for that special someone in their lives you won't go wrong with Dear Dad, the very latest romantic novel by Giselle Green
These 3 people are brought together when each of them is at the most defenceless point of their lives. Is it fate which has brought them together, a genuine mistake or a downright lie?
Jenna is a talented tattoo artist, recently returned to England from Italy where she has recently split with her fiance who cheated on her. She is reluctant to put down roots, doesn't want to be here and has no idea which direction her life is going, with no job, she can't even get a modest flat to call home.
Nate is a journalist, a war correspondent suffering from extreme anxiety issues related to post traumatic stress he is unable to leave his home and feels his career and life as he knew it have ground to a halt.
Adam is a young lad being bullied at school, at 9 years old he takes his responsibilities to his sole guardian, his ageing and confused Nan, very seriously. When he learns from her that the Dad he has never met lives quite close by, he seizes the chance and pens a heartfelt letter to him.
That man is Nate and he receives the boys letter with surprise, he knows he is not his Dad but can he turn his back completely on a cry for help when he knows what being in need really feels like?
What follows is a veritable dance of emotions as circumstances bring these 3 lonely people together. There are a lot of untruths and deceptions, all of them well intentioned but many misconstrued.
The 3 main characters are just perfect for the story. and Adam is the lynch pin, I felt so sorry for this lad, yet really warm towards him and kept rooting for him all the way through. There are a few almost larger than life coincidences that I had to just sit back and accept, after all, who knows if something actually couldn't play out just like this?
It's a real feel good book despite being based around a couple of awful subjects - bullying and post traumatic stress, played out amidst fractured family lives. I loved the characters, the heartwarming story and the lovely writing. A great book full of emotion, to curl up with at the weekend and relax with a frothy coffee and your favourite pack of biscuits. Just make sure you're comfy - cause once you start reading Dear Dad you aren't going to want to put it down 'til you reach the very end.
I received a complimentary copy to read and review in advance of publication. It's OUT NOW for your kindle and very soon in paperback.
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?