Monday, 30 May 2016

BOOK REVIEW - Dear Dad by Giselle Green

TITLE - Dear Dad

AUTHOR - Giselle Green

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 was looking for a light hearted, heartwarming read for a change. I'm usually a crime thriller type of girl. I was assured this book would tick all the boxes and from the blurb I thought it may well do. 

 I instantly warmed to Nate Hardman, feeling sorry for him and the situation he had been put in. When the letter turned up I was intrigued and this is how the book kept me all the way through.

I wanted to pick up little Adam and give him a big hug and tell him everything was going to be alright. I really connected with this little guy and I think it's down to the way the author really draws you into the story  and makes you connect with all the characters in the book.

The book did make you wish that Social Services would be as efficient as they were made out to be in this book and that things relating to child welfare would run so smoothly.  I won't say more because of spoiling the story.

There are many heart wrenching aspects to this story but you are really pulled in and it's hard to put the book down.  You may shed a tear if you're an old softy like me.

It is as I thought a great heart warming read. A great feel good book.

About the Author
Giselle Green was born in the UK but grew up in Gibraltar, where she has extensive family. Her debut novel, Pandora's Box, won the Romantic Novelists' Association New Writer's Award in 2008. Her third novel, A Sister's Gift, went to number one on the Amazon Kindle chart in 2012. She lives in Kent with her husband and their six sons.