A Daughter by any Other Name is unique among women's contemporary novels in that it offers the reader a fresh, tender glimpse at some more conservative lifestyle choices, as held up against the views embraced by most modern-day novelists. Our story performs this magic from the sideshow of a tear-jerking, side-splitting, face-blushing, home-spun-advice-and-cotton-candy, father-daughter adventure. Get ready to have your buttons pushed to the max!
Daughter is a fast-paced look at contemporary women and their relationships with men—single men, husbands, fathers—as seen from the perspective of an old-fashioned dad. Our hero, fifty-year-old Paul Wagner, is a widower of three years who is still wrestling with the premature death of his wife and sweetheart of 25 years. To fulfill a dream they had shared, he moves to Ft. Lauderdale, determined to live quietly on a sailboat and finish a book he is writing about his wife.
Through a turn of fate, this conservative gentleman finds himself thrown overboard into strained relationships with what seems an ocean of younger mostly-mid-twenties women. Paul's traditional convictions have always been as black-and-white to him as speed-limit signs but he now wakes up to find he is in the real world. Grandpa Brady … meet Virginia Slim!
Is this guy's value system still workable among modern-day women? Does he have relevant answers to the painful, often-complicated questions of divorce, abortion, incest, and a young single mother raising her out-of-wedlock daughter? Happily, we find that love and eternal values win out. As an older, now-single man, Paul is forced to sound the depths of his own emotions and, in the process, he learns to relate to these younger women as a surrogate dad, offering them fatherly friendship, love, and advice. The last few chapters hold a surprising yet wonderfully gratifying conclusion.
Daughter is not your typical "romance novel" but it contains more true love and romance than a library aisle full of lustful “paperbacks.” The book is most certainly for the woman—whatever her age—who has found herself emotionally bruised and vulnerable, disillusioned and disoriented after suffering the loneliness, heartbreak, and loss of self-esteem that follows separation from the man she loved, whether that separation came through the breakup of a close friendship, divorce, death, or worse.
Daughter is for any woman who enjoys being whisked away by a warm and cozy love story occasionally and for all you men who need to renew a strong yet tender love for your sweetheart. Think of Daughter as a love-letter from Dad.
Millennial women, this "Love Letter" was written with you in mind. Enjoy one of the sweetest trips you have ever taken through the pages of a book.