"Better Together" by Raymond Rose

Paul Rhoads is coming home.  He has had some, actually a good deal of success as a horror novel writer living in California, but it is time for him to return to his Pennsylvania hometown.  He is coming home to his mother, his old friends, and Annie.  Annie has been his best friend since they met in high school, and though they tried dating a few times over the years – she married someone else.  But now she is divorced, and raising her little boy on her own.  Tragic circumstances arise, and Paul is left alone raising this adorable little boy – and his life is changed forever.

I’ve not seen many books tell the story of the single dad, going it alone and dealing with, well, everything that comes along with having a child.  Can a man raise a child alone?  Shouldn’t there be a mother (figure)?  Then, in Paul’s case – there are also custody issues as he is the legal guardian, but not the biological father.  He’s still out there….  will he change his mind and suddenly want to be a Daddy?  Where does that leave Paul?   Where does that leave this adorable little boy?  There really is a lot there to think about and dissect without piling on crazy unrealistic plot twists or superhuman characters.  I really liked Paul.  He seemed like a real, normal person to me.  I felt that his character reacted to his life’s situations in a truthful, realistic way.  Above all, every single thing in this book is believable, and that adds to its strength.  Throughout the entire book, I just kept wanting things to work out for Paul.  Also, well-placed snarky comments usually help win me over.  This is a nice, easy read – perfect for a rainy day.  You might get worked up a bit emotionally, but you will hopefully feel satisfied (and a little warm and fuzzy) by the end.

*****
Better Together                                                         http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=sara023-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1460950909&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr
by Raymond Rose
Christopher Williams Books, 2010
290 pages (ebook version)
Source:  The Author for review purposes

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