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A Soldier's Guide to Single Parenting

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Sub-genres: Drama, Non-Contemporary

After losing his wife to illness, a decorated war hero is determined to keep his family together, but his parenting skills are tested during the summer break by financial restraints, an increasing reliance on alcohol, and the discovery that his eldest son is gay.

The story is set somewhere in North America in the not too distant past. Readers are invited to guess the exact year and place and there are subtle clues in each of the ten chapters.

My thanks to TimothyM, Carlos Hazday, and Sweetlion, for their valuable help and guidance.

Copyright © 2018 Dodger; All Rights Reserved.
  • Signature Author
  • 04/15/2018 (Updated: 06/17/2018)
  • 11 Chapters
  • 48,458 Words
  • Teen
  • Complete

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  • Addictive/Pacing 2
  • Characters 2
  • Chills 1
  • Cliffhanger 1
  • Compelling 2
  • Feel-Good 0
  • Humor 0
  • Smoldering 0
  • Tearjerker 2
  • Unique 0
  • World Building 0

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   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

I know I must have read this story a while ago as I've put reactions on all the chapters, but I don't remember when!

What an absolutely fantastic story - heart-rendingly tragic and knowing such things still happen today is appalling! A family ripped apart and almost destroyed before we get the HEA that this story deserved.

To know that some nations in this world believe you should be put to death just because of who you love is completely wrong.

I've read it end-to-end today and I just couldn't stop reading!

@Dodgeryou greatly deserve your promtion to Signature Author!

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   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

Brutal, gritty and very true to life as it was at the time. This is not a story for the faint hearted or those expecting hearts, flowers and a 'happy ever after', it's not that type of story. It's very well written and a compelling story. Jeff is a man that is a product of his time, brought up when it was okay to be a misogynistic bigot. to make matters worse he suffers from PTSD after fighting in the Vietnamese war. Still grieving after his wife's death he has to deal with his eldest son admitting he is gay. You probably won't agree with him, but you will be drawn into his struggles and how he deals with life and brings some balance to it. It's a compelling and recommended read.

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   3 of 3 members found this review helpful 3 / 3 members

A very well done and engaging story. It isn't pretty, in fact sometimes it is brutal. It will anger and frustrate you but read it all. It is worth your effort and time.

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Zeke Pine

   5 of 5 members found this review helpful 5 / 5 members

Thanks for telling a story that should never have to be told. It is truly criminal that it is still told to this very day.

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Carlos Hazday

· Edited by Carlos Hazday

   8 of 8 members found this review helpful 8 / 8 members

Jeff, a widowed Vietnam veteran, faces challenges raising his four children alone. His war experience and alcoholism influence his actions to the point we end up with a main character who's not a likable person. Throw in a religious zealot as the antagonist and conflict ensues.

The author painfully takes us through the protagonist's decline as his family falls apart. It's Jeff's story but the supporting cast is essential to the tale. Commentary on various social issues is skillfully blended into the narrative. A rough ending is somewhat satisfying.

Those snippets I give into the story may dissuade some from reading but I advise against ignoring  A Soldier's Guide to Single Parenting. It's a well-written tale worth your time.



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· Edited by chris191070

   9 of 9 members found this review helpful 9 / 9 members

A great story from Dodger. This story covers a lot of issues, hard reading in part’s, but it showed Jeff suffering from PTSD. He finds out his son is gay, can’t handle it, so we see the moments in his life that see him hit rock bottom, lose his family but through events he manages to turn his life round and get his family back. A highly recommend read.

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   11 of 11 members found this review helpful 11 / 11 members

Great story, well written. Emotional, eithical and moral isues raised and dealt with in a story with beautifully crafted characters in an engaging storyline. Highly recommended.

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   9 of 9 members found this review helpful 9 / 9 members

Thanks for writing this story. I enjoyed it very much, even though it has some difficult events in it. Regards Q

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