A beloved daughter. A devastating choice. And now there's no going back.
Four years ago, nineteen-year-old Travis Brown made a choice: to raise his newborn daughter on his own. While most of his friends were out partying and meeting girls, Travis was at home, changing diapers and worrying about keeping food on the table. But he's never regretted his decision. Bella is the light of his life. The reason behind every move he makes. And so far, she is fed. Cared for. Safe.
But when Travis loses his construction job and his home, the security he's worked so hard to create for Bella begins to crumble .
Then a miracle. A job in Raleigh has the power to turn their fortunes around. It has to. But when Travis arrives in Raleigh, there is no job, only an offer to participate in a onetime criminal act that promises quick money and no repercussions.
With nowhere else to turn, Travis must make another choice for his daughter's sake.
Even if it means he might lose her.
Prolific author Chamberlain (Kiss River) explores themes of family loyalty, grief, and healing around Travis Brown, a good man in an impossible situation. Twenty-three-year-old single dad Travis is struggling to get by with his young daughter, Bella, before a fire destroys their home and kills his mother. Now without child care, Travis finds it hard to secure work, and grows desperate. So when his neighbor suggests a business opportunity in Raleigh, N.C., Travis jumps at the chance. He takes Bella to Raleigh, where he discovers that the work he s accepted is trafficking cocaine. Though he balks at first, Travis decides that he has little choice. He leaves Bella with Erin, a local coffee shop waitress who recently lost her own daughter, and does the job, which goes awry, leaving Travis and Bella s lives in danger. Erin tries to take Bella to safety, but the drug dealers find them and hold them hostage until Travis can bring them a shipment of drugs that he s already abandoned. Chamberlain s keen grasp of regret and grief makes for a surprisingly thoughtful and compelling tale.
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The good read
This was my first read from this author and I liked it. A bit of a bizarre story -not sure it could ever really happen - but it was believable enough to keep me engaged. I felt the father's desperation and i understood both mothers. With each chapter written in someone's point of view, it was hard to keep everyone straight, especially as the plot jumped between the past and present. Attention writers: the point of view idea is overused. Unless there is a compelling reason, just write a normal book.
Great fast read!!!
Kept my interest right from the start, and had a hard time putting it down! Great length, not too long. Another great story by D.C.!
Chamberlain's best work yet
Single dad, 23 year old Travis Brown, and his daughter Bella are homeless after their house burns to the ground. Then, hard economic times take away his livelihood. Now they're living in the back of his truck, using the restroom at a coffee shop to stay clean. They meet Erin at the coffee house, whose grieving over the death of her three-year-old daughter. Elsewhere, Robin, the mother Bellla has never met, is engaged to mayoral hopeful Dale, who comes from a long line of wealthy snobs. Robin tries to distance herself from the painful reasons she gave up custody of her little girl.
Through Travis, Robin, and Erin's POVs, we learn about their difficult pasts and when Erin, accompanied by Bella who she's babysitting, become separated from Travis after he's tricked by drug dealers who want him dead. Erin will do anything to keep Bella safe, but the only person who may be able to help is Robin, who knows nothing about her little girl, not even her name.
Chamberlain masterfully weaves the past and present experiences of the three narrators. The characters are well developed, complex people who are flawed, yet people we root for. I know a book is good when I get a feeling in the pit of my stomach as I near the end, not wanting the story to end.