368 pages, 8.25 × 5.38 × 1 in
April 24, 2012
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0778313468
ISBN - 13: 9780778313465
About the Book
Four years ago, 19-year-old Travis Brown made a choice: to raise his newborn daughter on his own. He's never regretted the decision. Bella is the light of his life. But when Travis loses his construction job and his home, the security he's worked so hard to create for Bella begins to crumble. Original.
Read from the Book
Raleigh, North Carolina October 2011It was nine-forty when I woke up in the back of the van. Nine-forty! What if Erin had already left the coffee shop by the time we got there? What if she's not there? That sentence kept running through my head as I got Bella up and moving. She'd had a dream about her stuffed lamb and wanted to tell me the whole thing, but all I could think about while I changed her into the cleanest clothes I had for her was, What if she's not there?On the phone yesterday, Roy had told me I was making the smart choice. "You can get rich doing this, bro," he'd said.I thought of the gold watch he wore. The red Mustang he drove. "I don't care about getting rich," I'd answered. "I just want enough money to keep me and Bella fed till I get a real job." I felt smarmy just talking to him on the phone. The dude was a total cretin."You feel that way right now," he said, "but wait till you get a taste of easy money.""Look," I said, "just tell me where to meet you and when.""We'll come to you about eleven tomorrow night," he said. "You still hanging in the same place? The lot by the Target?""Yeah.""Just make sure you've got enough gas to get us to the Virginia border and back," he said, and then he was gone from the line.So, now I'd have all day to freak out about my decision and, if things went according to my plan, I wouldn't have Bella with me. My chest tightened at the thought. I wasn't sure I could do this. Erin was a good woman, though. I could tell. Plus, Bella
From the Publisher
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.
About the Author
Diane Chamberlain is the bestselling author of twenty novels, including The Midwife's Confession and The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes. Diane lives in North Carolina and is currently at work on her next novel. Visit her Web site at www.dianechamberlain.com and her blog at www.dianechamberlain.com/blog and her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Diane.Chamberlain.Readers.Page.
"Chamberlain weaves an intensely engaging story of three people with a tragic past, complicated present, and unknown future who must struggle with trust, betrayal, and forgiveness." Booklist on The Lies We Told