Dear Father

Romance - Historical
250 Pages
Reviewed on 06/14/2022
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Author Biography

As a young child growing up in the country, Dee Miller became an avid reader. She enjoyed writing poetry and short stories during high school, never imagining one day she’d write a novel.

Her career as a historical fiction writer began after discovering intriguing facts about her husband’s family tree, inspiring her to write her debut book, Anneliese. A fictional story based on real-life circumstances uncovered during her research. Dee began writing Dear Father, the sequel to Anneliese after receiving feedback from her readers urging her to reveal the ending to this family saga.

Dee earned her bachelor’s degree in Health Administration after she became an empty nester. She is currently retired, living in a small Midwestern town with her husband. She has two wonderful sons and five grandchildren whom she couldn’t be prouder of.

    Book Review

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.

Pikasho Deka

Dear Father by Dee Miller is a historical romance novel set during the Cold War. Raised by her single mother, Anneliese, Betty Doyle (Betz) sits beside her mother on her deathbed, hoping Anneliese reveals the identity of her father. Much to her disappointment, though, Anneliese leaves no clue to trace Betz's father after her death. When Kenneth, Betz's fiance, is drafted for the Korean War, the couple decides to get married before Kenneth's deployment. After an unfortunate miscarriage, Betz gives birth to a baby girl named Annie and, later, to a son called Will. Over the next few years, Betz suffers quite a few setbacks with her son's diagnosis of paralytic polio, her husband's tragic death, and her failure to locate her biological father. But Betz keeps fighting each day until she eventually has her family complete.

A fascinating story of resilience and inner strength, Dear Father is a moving slice-of-life novel that strikes a chord in your heart. Author Dee Miller tells an absorbing tale that is emotionally resonant and filled with romance, intrigue, and drama. With grounded and relatable characters, Miller's narrative draws you in from the first page and refuses to let go until the end. Betz is a likable and layered protagonist you can't help but root for. Her relationships with her friends and family drive the narrative forward, and it is the primary focus of the story. There is an unexpected twist near the end that felt very satisfying to read. Recommended to readers who love slice-of-life stories.