• Father Found

  • The Daddy School, Book 1
  • By: Judith Arnold
  • Narrated by: Tom Dheere
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (155 ratings)

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Father Found

By: Judith Arnold
Narrated by: Tom Dheere
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Jamie McCoy is the ultimate guy: 30 years old, carefree and professionally successful as the writer of a nationally syndicated humor column called "Guy Stuff". Nine and a half months ago, he spent a week basking on the beach in Eluthera and indulging in a fling with a woman at the resort. Never did he expect to find the unplanned result of that fling - a healthy, wailing baby named Samantha - strapped into a car seat on his back porch, along with a suitcase full of diapers and infant apparel and a note informing Jamie that he's her father.

Maybe he is and maybe he isn't. But first things first. He's never fed a baby or changed a diaper in his life. He doesn't own a crib or a stroller. In a panic, he phones the nearest hospital, where neonatal nurse Allison Winslow takes his call and tells him about a class she teaches called the Daddy School.

Classes on how to be a dad are exactly what Jamie needs. But when he attends his first class and sees the tall, earnest, amazingly beautiful and even more amazingly competent Allison, he realizes that he might just need more from her than her lectures on how to hold a baby.

Jamie's efforts to be a father to this precious baby touch Allison. His sense of humor amuses her. His striking good looks turn her on. But how can she trust the sort of guy who'd sleep with a stranger on vacation, without giving a thought to the consequences? How can she give her heart to such a reckless man?

Winner of the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award! Book One of Judith Arnold's popular Daddy School series.

©1997 Barbara Keiler (P)2014 Barbara Keiler

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Too conservative for me!

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Sometimes I'm in the mood for some down and dirty erotica and sometimes I just want a happily ever Lisa Kleypas--you know the type, with a little raunchy sex, but mostly its about the story and the romance. That's what I thought I was getting--sweet with a little hot and heavy sex. But, this was just too far to the G-rated side for me. A man has a fling with a woman and even though he really wants to continue the relationship the woman gives him the wrong number. What's a guy to do? 9 months later she abandons a baby on his door step. When he seeks help from a nurse who runs a "daddy school" for expectant fathers all he gets is sanctimonious judgement. Seriously, the woman's a snobby anal-retent... who does nothing but pass judgement on the guy for doing nothing wrong. Sure he had sex before marriage (big deal, give me a break), BUT he used a condom, he tried to continue the relationship, and he's stepping up and taking responsibility for the result's. What more does she want? I don't know people who act like this so it's really hard not to roll my eyes. The books a few decades old, so maybe that explains it.....I don't know.
As for the narrator, he could be part of the reason it felt so silly at times. He sounds so much like Neil Patrick Harris and well...it's just not a good voice for a romance novel. Not "manly" enough I guess.

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Enjoyable light romance; start of a series

30-year-old Jamie McCoy is living the carefree life of a successful, popular, newspaper columnist, with a very comfortable income, and no real responsibilities.

At least, until one morning he hears strange, mewing sounds coming from his screen porch at the back of the house. Upon investigating, he finds a tiny baby, some bags and a suitcase, with a note informing him that the baby is his daughter, Samantha.

Suddenly, Jamie has a major responsibility, and no idea how to cope. An only child with no married friends, he has no prior experience with babies. He calls the local hospital looking for help, and is directed to nurse Allison Winslow, who runs an educational program called The Daddy School.

Jamie is in for a crash course in infants and responsibility. He's also in for a crash course in Allison Winslow--who in turn is in for a crash course in Jamie McCoy, and in letting other people help her, occasionally.

It's light, enjoyable, and if it's not too deep, it does feature likable, engaging characters. Jamie may not be prepared to cope with the unexpected results of a vacation fling nine months ago, but he is determined to get it right. Allison is a smart, capable, decent woman who wants to help other people, and is, maybe, ready to get over her resistance to being helped. This is also the start of a series, and the minor characters are good set-ups for their own stories later.

Enjoyable.

I bought this audiobook.

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A cute little romance story.

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This was a cute little romance with only a few steamy scenes. The characters were cute and there were very few misunderstandings between them. That can really ruin a romance for me. There were also only a few sappy scenes. The humor was great and reminded me of Christopher Moore's humor, which is a compliment from me.

I really enjoyed listening to Tom Dheere. He did a great job giving personality to the characters and he had pretty good comedic timing (at least it seemed that way at 3x speed).

A cute little romance story.

**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**

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  • 03-16-15

Fun, Endearing Sweet, Hilarious and Wonderful Book

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Fun, endearing sweet, hilarious and wonderful book! This book is not hard to review at all. A free feeling bachelor is going through life having fun, occasional hookups and all of that.

That all changes one day when he goes out on his back porch and finds a baby in her car seat with a note attached saying the child's name is so Samantha. What's a guy to do?

In an absolute panic, he makes a frantic call to the hospital is and is put in contact with the nurse named Allison.

Allison is gorgeous, kind and caring, but she doesn't realize it. After hours, she is teaching a daddy class for young, expectant men to help them to adjust to the time with the upcoming birth of their children. However Jamie shows up with baby in hand!

First impressions and miscommunication follow and things turn hot and then cold with all the twists and turns that make a good book.

I recommend, recommend, recommend! Very Chic Lit!

The narrator Tom Dheere is fantastic. He is in his element as Jamie McCoy, the 30-year-old man, however he is a storyteller! He speaks in a confident manner, a vulnerable manner in a way that makes you feel that you are right there. His flawless execution of each of the characters from children to grandparent age is flawless,

Note: mature themes

Credit worthy/$: Yes, buy or redeem-you will not be disappointed.

*I was given given a copy of this book in exchange for my thoughts and opinions.* HOWEVER, I have added the entire series to my Wish List!

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Sweet, funny story about Daddy and his baby

I listened to this book in a day and a half! It was easy to enjoy because the story is light and funny. Jamie finds a baby with a note saying the newborn baby, Samantha, is his from a quick relationship with a woman during an island vacation. He can't really remember her name or how she kisses. He is sure he used protection.
Whatever, he has become an instant father. Taking care of Sam has Jamie learning about formula, diapers, and all the other baby equipment. He buys a mobile; a helicopter with rotors that spin and a stroller more expensive than his car. He introduces the newborn to wrestling and attends a new daddy class with a beautiful nurse teaching the class. He is not sure his heart is in this baby stuff, but when complications arise, he fights for his girls.
This book was worth the time. I would recommend it to anyone that prefers books about relationships with good outcomes.

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A Humorous Romantic Comedy!

Would you listen to Father Found again? Why?

Yes. I found this book to be very funny and quite entertaining! I loved hearing the mans point if view about having a new baby around.

What other book might you compare Father Found to and why?

I don't like to compare books because if someone doesn't like the book I compared it to, then they wouldn't like this book & that just isn't a fair judgement.

What about Tom Dheere’s performance did you like?

I enjoyed his voices! Tom does a really good job narrating this story. He adds all the excitement & humor when & where it is needed!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed out loud a lot! I was totally rooting for Jamie & Allie to get together! I love how Samantha was described throughout the book too! This book was so good, I listened to it in 1 sitting today!

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A very enjoyable story! The author & narrator kept me totally entertained throughout the book Even Allie's grandma was funny! I look forward to the next book in this series!

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CONSTANT MAN BASHING

. James (Jamie) McCoy has a vacation fling (CONDOMS USED) with a woman and even though he really wants to continue the relationship the woman gives him the wrong number. What does he do? MOVES ON instead of becoming a creepy stalker. 9 months later she abandons a baby (Samantha) on his door step with a note informing him that he's a father. Jamie is a sexy humorous columnist, a good man., who didn't say "its not mine" , he tried to do the right thing. The book began great. It. was funny & interesting, but went down hill as soon as Allison Winslow, a neonatal nurse who runs a program called the Daddy School is introduced, (she actually did question whether Jamie was the father). Allison is a CONDESENDING,SELF -RIGHTEOUS, EXTREMELEY JUDGMENTAL B*TCH. According to her & her circle of female friends Samantha is the product of reverse immaculate conception (no woman involved) & its all Jamie's fault. Let them; tell it, women are born knowing how to care for babies & men, ALL MEN, but, especially Jamie are clueless, irresponsible idiots who run around fertilizing fields & forgetting where they planted the seeds. I don't think I've ever disliked a character as much as I dislike Allison. She was totally unlikeable & how Jamie could fall for her was beyond me. To each his own, but, I wished that Jamie & Samantha had never met Saint Allison. They both deserved better. After all the bashing ,bad medical advice, (Gatorade to an infant), bad legal advice (don't press charges against a lying, cheating WIFE (yup she was married that's why the disappearing act) &the woman ,who abandoned her baby on the back porch because it could be bad for you (HOW?) & Jamie never telling his parents about their grandchild, the ending of this book read like the author got bored and just quit.

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Poor

i didn't get through the second chapter and am embarrassed to have this book in my library; it doesnt even qualify as an enjoyable penny-horrible. At least now I know to avoid this entire series.

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Oh daddy

I got the biggest kick out of this story. It was so easy to imagine Jamie floundering around being a dad that I couldn't help but snicker while falling a little in love with him.

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cute and fun

Tom Dheere is very good at this narration. The story is quick moving and has an interesting plot. You will probably enjoy it more if you have a quirky sense of humor.

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  • Cas
  • 07-07-22

Wow

This was a great read. Loved the storyline. Though for me it was a bit long winded. But for a reader that loves lots of narrative and descriptions it would be great.
Narration was awesome too.