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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
Dad's Final Gift is a slice-of-life romance novel written by Donna Walo Clancy. Penny Burns grew up in a home where the celebration of holidays was prohibited. After her mother's death on Christmas Eve, her father, Robert, began to despise holidays, affecting Penny's and her brother Jimmy's lives significantly. When her father is diagnosed with early signs of dementia, Penny sees no choice but to leave her art gallery in New York and visit him in the small town of Laban. She is taken aback when she discovers Robert's condition and his reliance on the maintenance man of his building, Ethan Dineen. Feeling a mutual attraction, Penny and Ethan soon find kindred souls in each other. As Robert's condition gets worse, Penny must forgive her father to find inner peace.
If you enjoy realistic slice-of-life stories, Dad's Final Gift is the book for you. Short and easily accessible, author Donna Walo Clancy crafts a moving tale about a young woman finding love in the most unexpected place. This is a character-driven narrative, and as such, the pacing can feel somewhat slow, but it only makes the story all the more immersive. The characters are well-realized, and the relationship between Penny and Ethan drives the narrative. I found their chemistry organic and enjoyed every scene that they were in together. I also enjoyed the dynamic Penny has with her cat Shamus. There are times when all you want is a laid-back romance that you can breeze through, and Dad's Final Gift satisfies that craving.