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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My month in books & bakes – April

my month in books & bakes

What’s happened in April?

On Tuesday April 26th my daughter and I had a day out in London specifically so I could attend my first Rooftop Book Club held at Carmelite House on the Victoria Embankment.  It was a crime panel this time hosting Claire McGowan, Ellie Griffiths and JS Law discussing place and character, followed by Sarah Hilary, Janet Ellis and Antonia Hodgson discussing London and present.  For £10 you had these 2 great panels, drinks, delish nibbles and a goody tote bag with 4 proofs.  It was a fab evening and well worth making the trip. If you get the chance to go, you won’t be disappointed.

Just a few snaps :)

Just a few snaps 🙂

Then….on Saturday 30th I went off to Birmingham to another blogger / author meet up hosted by Kim the Bookworm.  Another well attended event so we were packed in like sardines but I still managed to chat to quite a few people…Mark West, David Videcette, Elaina James, Helen Barrell, Bookaholic Holly, Jane Isaac, Holly Martin and of course my book partner in crime Claire, to name but a few (apologies if I’ve missed anyone in particular).  Do come next time, they’re always such good fun!

Books read: 5

(click the image to go to my review, if it’s available, which it’s probably not because I’m super behind)

The Rosie EffectCut Shortquarter past two on a Wednesday afternoonDear DadSee How They Run

 

 

 

Books added to the TBR: 5

april books

Currently reading: The Light Between Oceans by M.L Stedman

Favourite book for April:  See How They Run by Tom Bale

I baked: (click the images to have a look)

Viennese Fingers

Viennese Fingers

chocolate brownie cupcakes

Chocolate Brownie Cupcakes

Blueberry Loaf

Blueberry Loaf

chocolate birthday cake

Chocolate Birthday Cake

 

Do share your news, bookish or other in the comments…. 🙂

WWW Wednesday (April 27th)

WWW WednesdayThis weekly meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s open to all to participate. Why not join in and let us know what’s on your reading list this week…

To join in, just answer the following three questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

 

I’m reading…

See How They Run by Tom Bale

Oh this is so good! From the first chapter I got swept along in the thrill of the chase.  Page-turner is such a cliché way of describing a book but this is exactly what this is!  When regular ordinary people get caught up in bad things and you just wonder, what the hell would I do??

See How They RunThe blurb

In the dead of night, new parents Alice and Harry French are plunged into their worst nightmare when they wake to find masked men in their bedroom. Men ruthless enough to threaten their baby daughter, Evie.

This is no burglary gone wrong.
The intruders know who they’re looking for – a man called Edward Renshaw.
And they are prepared to kill to get to him.

When the men leave empty handed, little do Alice and Harry realise that their nightmare is just beginning. Is it a case of mistaken identity? Who is Renshaw? And what is he hiding?

One thing is clear – they already know too much.

As Alice and Harry are separated in the run for their lives, there is no time for breathe in their fight to be reunited. And with their attackers closing in, there is only a choice:

STAY ALIVE. OR DON’T.


I recently finished

Dear Dad by Giselle Green

This is a really sweet story and ultimately the star of the show is young Adam; as you might expect where a one of the central characters is a child.  On the whole it’s well written novel and I liked the style but I just wasn’t that into Nate and Jenna. I know other bloggers have loved this book so I wouldn’t necessarily take my opinion as gospel!

Dear DadThe blurb

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?


 What’s up next?

The Swimming Pool by Louise Candlish

I don’t know why I’ve not read more of Louise Candlish because I loved The Disappearance of Emily Marr, and I really wanted to read The Sudden Departure of the Frasers but never got around to it..you know the usual blogger issues, so I’m really looking forward to reading this one (thanks to Francesca at Penguin for the copy).

The Swimming PoolThe blurb

It’s summer when Elm Hill lido opens, having stood empty for years. For Natalie Steele – wife, mother, teacher – it offers freedom from the tightly controlled routines of work and family. Especially when it leads her to Lara Channing, a charismatic former actress with a lavish bohemian lifestyle, who seems all too happy to invite Natalie into her elite circle.

Soon Natalie is spending long days at the pool, socializing with new friends and basking in a popularity she didn’t know she’d been missing. Real life, and the person she used to be, begins to feel very far away.

But is such a change in fortunes too good to be true? Why are dark memories of a summer long ago now threatening to surface? And, without realizing, could Natalie have been swept dangerously out of her depth?


Have you read any of this week’s choices?

Share what you’re reading in the comments…

WWW Wednesday (April 20th)

WWW WednesdayThis weekly meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s open to all to participate. Why not join in and let us know what’s on your reading list this week…

To join in, just answer the following three questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

 

I’m reading…

Dear Dad by Giselle Green

I’m only a few chapters in but so far, so good!

The blurb

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?


I recently finished

Quarter Past Two on a Wednesday Afternoon by Linda Newbury

This was an okay read despite me thinking I was getting one thing but ended up with another.  I had issues with the main character and the missing sister and not really engaging with them.

quarter past two on a Wednesday afternoonThe blurb

At quarter past two on a hot afternoon in August, Anna’s beautiful, headstrong elder sister Rose disappears.

Twenty years later, Anna still doesn’t know whether Rose is alive or dead. In her early thirties now, she sees her future unfolding – with sensible, serious Martin and a grown-up, steady job – and finds herself wondering if this is what she really wants.

Unable to take control of her life while the mystery of her sister’s disappearance remains unsolved, Anna begins to search for the truth: what did happen to Rose that summer’s day?


 What’s up next?

See How They Run by Tom Bale

I’ve been lucky enough to be auto approved for publisher Bookouture on Netgalley.  Bookouture are starting to get some really good crime thriller books on board which I’m really pleased about….but my TBR book shelves aren’t.  See How They Run will will be released May 6th so I wanted to read in advance of that.

See How They RunThe blurb

In the dead of night, new parents Alice and Harry French are plunged into their worst nightmare when they wake to find masked men in their bedroom. Men ruthless enough to threaten their baby daughter, Evie.

This is no burglary gone wrong.
The intruders know who they’re looking for – a man called Edward Renshaw.
And they are prepared to kill to get to him.

When the men leave empty handed, little do Alice and Harry realise that their nightmare is just beginning. Is it a case of mistaken identity? Who is Renshaw? And what is he hiding?

One thing is clear – they already know too much.

As Alice and Harry are separated in the run for their lives, there is no time for breathe in their fight to be reunited. And with their attackers closing in, there is only a choice:

STAY ALIVE. OR DON’T.


Have you read any of this week’s choices?

Share what you’re reading in the comments…

WWW Wednesday (April 13th)

WWW WednesdayThis weekly meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s open to all to participate. Why not join in and let us know what’s on your reading list this week…

To join in, just answer the following three questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

 

I’m reading…

Quarter Past Two on a Wednesday Afternoon by Linda Newbury

I popped into the library to return a book the other weekend and of course I came out with another.  It was strategically placed by the returns desk…clever marketing there…just like sweets at the checkout!  I’m only a few chapters in so nothing really to report yet.

quarter past two on a Wednesday afternoonThe blurb

At quarter past two on a hot afternoon in August, Anna’s beautiful, headstrong elder sister Rose disappears.

Twenty years later, Anna still doesn’t know whether Rose is alive or dead. In her early thirties now, she sees her future unfolding – with sensible, serious Martin and a grown-up, steady job – and finds herself wondering if this is what she really wants.

Unable to take control of her life while the mystery of her sister’s disappearance remains unsolved, Anna begins to search for the truth: what did happen to Rose that summer’s day?


I recently finished

The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion

This sequel was ok, I was expecting more of the humour to follow through from the first novel but it didn’t transpire for me.  It didn’t help that I didn’t really like Rosie in this book!  My book group will be discussing this one this evening.

The Rosie EffectThe blurb

Forty-one-year-old geneticist Don Tillman had never had a second date before he met Rosie.

Now, living in New York City, they have survived ten months and ten days of marriage, even if Don has had to sacrifice standardized meals and embrace unscheduled sex.

But then Rosie drops the mother of all bombshells. And Don must prepare for the biggest challenge of his previously ordered life – while dodging deportation, prosecution and professional disgrace.

Is Don Tillman ready to become the man he always dreamed of being? Or will he revert to his old ways and risk losing Rosie for ever?

I also read

Cut Short by Leigh Russell

I’m not really sure how I feel about crime mystery thrillers when you know who the killer is from the start and you’re just following the detective working it out rather than having a chance of deducing it for yourself.  Having said that I raced through this in less than 48 hours over the weekend!

Cut ShortThe blurb

When DI Geraldine Steel relocates to the quiet rural town of Woolsmarsh, she expects to find her new home to be somewhere where nothing much ever happens; a space where she can battle her demons in private.

But when she finds herself pitted against a twisted killer preying on local young women she quickly discovers how wrong she is…

 

 


 What’s up next?

Dear Dad by Giselle Green

I think I may be in need in something a little slower paced and not murder or missing people. Mmmm just heart-wrenching….

Dear DadThe blurb

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?


Have you read any of this week’s choices?

Share what you’re reading in the comments…