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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
Dear Father by Dee Miller is a soul-stirring historical romance novel that follows a woman’s lifelong search for her father. Even at her mother’s deathbed, Betty is unable to find out any helpful information about her father’s identity from her mother. Her death only fuels Betty’s desire to look for him but every trail she follows reaches a dead end. After her mother’s funeral, her fiancé notifies her that he has been drafted. The novel covers Betty’s turbulent life, highlighting her resilience despite all the setbacks she faces. When Kenneth reports for duty, she trains as a nurse and settles into the role of motherhood during his absence. Their lives later are not free from heartache but Betty faces everything with courage. She remains strong through the support of loving friends and family.
Dee Miller’s remarkable writing helped me identify with the characters and share in their joy, laughter, and sadness. I was inspired by Betty who, despite first feeling inadequate and anxious, learns that she is braver that she initially thought. Interesting historical detail is brilliantly infused into the plot, making the story realistic. Through Betty and Kenneth’s marriage and relationships, Miller paints a compelling picture of family and friendship. The novel contains important life lessons and also thoughtfully illuminates the value of community. Betty’s relentless search for her father and her beautiful relationship with Kenneth gives the story direction. Dear Father is a powerful historical novel with splendid characters and useful lessons. Highly recommended to all readers.