Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Daddy's Girl by Ben Burgess Jr.

Daddy's Girl
by Ben Burgess Jr.

My rating: 5 stars

Publisher: Legacy Books (June 13, 2016)
Publication Date: June 13, 2016
Genre: Literary Fiction
Print Length: 478 pages
Available from: Amazon
 
Nick Johnson has always been an underachieving, borderline alcoholic. He soon finds himself in over his head when his affair with Vickie, an unhappily married homemaker, results in an accidental pregnancy. Vickie abandons Nick to raise their biracial daughter, Lynn, alone. Overwhelmed by the difficulties of single fatherhood and seeking comfort and help for himself in that stressful journey, Nick dates numerous women who will change his life forever. Will raising Lynn force him to mature? Can a single father with a challenging past teach his daughter to become a strong, successful woman? Will a Daddy's Girl, raised primary by her father, leave Lynn destined to fail from a lack of female guidance?

 
Daddy's Girl by Ben Burgess Jr.

Daddy's GirlJust getting by, drinking with his friends and finding a woman or two along the way was good enough for Nick. He was young, a little shiftless and living for the moment. When a wealthy and bored housewife offered him sex and companionship, he thought he was finally in love, or as close to it as he could imagine, because Vickie was special, a wildcat in bed. But the day she told him she was pregnant his imaginary world would begin to crumble and he would be the last to know when it crashed. Vickie walked out, leaving him with his newborn daughter, no money, no reliable job and no idea how to raise a child.

Ben Burgess Jr.’s Daddy’s Girl is the difficult journey to real manhood for one man that is filled with multiple failures, successes and always the fear that no matter what, he would never do right by his daughter. To be honest, I feared Nick would never become a true father myself as he continued to live his nightlife, depending on others to care for his daughter, justifying it by saying he was looking for a mother for his child or he needed to unwind from the pressures of life. Through several failures in dating, his own lack of honesty cost him the one woman he would forever love.

What of his biracial daughter, Lynn? How will his lifestyle affect her as she grows to womanhood?
Ben Burgess Jr. has done himself proud with this dark, gritty and gut-clenching read that is sure to evoke emotions from every reader who picks up this dramatic tale. There is no sugar-coating, no fairy godmother, just a raw look at taking responsibility for one’s actions when a helpless infant is thrust into the hands of a man who is more Peter Pan than an adult.

Follow the journey through the good times and the bad times as both Nick and Lynn grow up together. Painful scenes, scenes that will bring your temper to a boil and scenes that will break your heart, or even disgust you, Ben Burgess Jr. holds nothing back as he lays bare a world filled with selfishness, huge egos and an almost total disrespect for the gift of life or the power to use that gift wisely. Witness the cruelty of a world caught up in condoning hatred for the color of one’s skin as a little girl stands alone and afraid without the champion she deserves, and feel ashamed of humanity for ever allowing such a poison.

Daddy’s Girl has real meat, real substance and there is power in Ben Burgess Jr.’s words. Put down that romance or that fantasy and taste the bitterness of a fictional work that is far too close to reality as it pricks the conscience of everyone who reads it.

I received this copy from Ben Burgess Jr. in exchange for my honest review.


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