Three people longing to find love. Connected by one big lie.
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?
Dear Dad is one of those novels that would melt the coldest of hearts. It is a truly lovely story that, along with the characters, will stay with me for years to come.
The chapters alternate between Nate, a war reporter and Jenna, a school teacher/tattoo artist.
Nate and Jenna are both having to deal with their own personal issues. Through nine year old Adam, both Nate and Jenna’s lives turn in a direction that neither would have ever expected.
Adam reminded me very much of the boy in Bad Santa. An overweight child that is sadly bullied and neglected at school as well as not having the ideal of home lives either. In a way he is wise above his years whilst still being very much a child. All that Adam wants is a normal family life with a father figure in it.
I have to admit to finding parts of the story really heart wrenching. What I would give to be able to give the bullies a piece of my mind and to be able to wrap my arms around Adam and give him the love of a parent that he so desperately seeks. His character is truly spell binding.
Nate and Jenna are great characters. I did feel quite sorry for Nate to start with as he only has the best intentions, yet you can see him digging a bigger whole for himself. Even though Jenna and Nate seem to be the ones that are looking out for and helping Adam, I don’t think they realise how big an impact Adam is also having on the both of them. He seems to open their eyes and make them face their own securities head on.
I can not recommend this book highly enough. It truly is a beautiful and heart warming story that is screaming out to be read.
Many thanks to the author for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.
Dear Dad is due to be published on the 31st of March and is available to purchase from Amazon.