Good Man, Dalton

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 26 Mar 2019

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This story felt to me like a study in social standings in society and how we perceive others based on their social media illusion.
Greta: admires her cousin's glitzy, fun life on social media - never having met Cece before.
Dalton: walks away from his social position in life to try understand the forgotten people in society - the homeless.
Each of them quickly discovers that things look quite different when you're no longer on the outside looking in as opposed to living inside the situation.
And then in a strange twist of fate; their paths meet.
I found this a very interesting look at how things are not always as we think they are - how images can be manipulated to tell a story and how invisible the homeless people really are.
It leaves you with something to think about and also shows that there are good guys out there.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for allowing me the chance to read this book.
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BOOK REVIEW: GOOD MAN, DALTON BY KAREN MCQUESTION
If there’s a book made for me, it’s Good Man, Dalton. As soon as I read the synopsis, I’m shaking my head yes!

LIGHT-HEARTED, SWEET & UPLIFTING
Good Man, Dalton is for anyone who enjoys a happily ever after story. I’m a big Hallmark fan & this is right up Hallmark’s lane. There are tons of secrets in this novel. So many people have something to hide & it all comes out.

McQuestion really shines with character development. The characters really got me thinking. I wish I could do some of the things Dalton did. He is really is the man forgotten. At times, people who are truly generous & want to better the world are often forgotten. Dalton is one of the best.

I would love to see this book made into a feature film. Good Man, Dalton is perfect for the romantic comedy genre.

THE VERDICT
I am Really Into This book! While reading Good Man, Dalton, I couldn’t put the books down. The story sucks you in & I savored every page.

Special thanks to Karen McQuestion & Lake Union Publishing for providing our copy in exchange for an honest & fair review.
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I thought Good Man, Dalton was a good read. It is definitely not one to be missed it. I give it three and a half stars.
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Who doesn’t love Karen McQuestion? She is one of my favorites so I was anxious to get this book started. I was not disappointed. The story took me behind the scenes into the life of the ultra rich with the character Greta. You also go out in the streets to find what homelessness is like for Dalton. There are struggles for both and this story tells a very compelling tale
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This book was  refreshing and feel good read! A first read by me by This author. I received it from Net Galley for an honest review. Wow I was not disappointed! This books shows the good that can be in the world and is a heartwarming tale of 2 amazing characters. I really enjoyed this and highly recommend it!
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A truly delightful "Feel Good" read. The ending is sweet and poignant. The characters well drawn, and the story moves at a pleasant pace.
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I wanted to love this one and it was so young. I thought it was a romance but it just didn’t grip me. I hate when that happens. But I’ve read some of her books before and I was not a fan. So.
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Good Man Dalton is a sweet, clean, and lovely happily ever after story.  The writing style is very good, the  characters are well developed and likeable.  The details of the books setting was just right
I was hooked from the very first sentence.  This is my first book by Karen McQuestion, but not my last.  My thanks to netgalley for the gift of the arc, in exchange for thus review.  The opinions are my own
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Good Man, Dalton is my introduction to the writing of Karen McQuestion. I will be looking for more books from this author.  I loved this book it was an easy delightful read.  I was hooked right from the first page.  There were very likeable characters, vivid descriptions of the scenery.  This is a heartwarming story.  This book touches on the subject of homelessness that is so sadly a part of this country. Good Man, Dalton is a sweet and clean romance and I recommend it for people that love feel good stories with HEA endings.
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This story follows Greta as she arrives in New York for an internship with her wealthy cousin's company.  The only contact she's had with them growing up was the Christmas cards they sent each year, but she does follow her cousin on social media.  Greta feels like she already knows them from Cece's videos, but as she meets them she realizes that nothing is as it seemed.  One day out with Cece (while acting like her glorified babysitter) they run into a homeless man named Dalton.  When Cece insists on taking him to the Forgotten Man Ball, Greta isn't sure it's such a great idea. Dalton said he's only temporarily homeless, but Greta isn't sure she should trust him. 

This is such a great, fast paced version of country mouse meets city mouse that draws you in from the start. It has likeable characters (besides Cece's parents) that keep you engaged until the very end and their story leaves you wanting more. This book does have romance towards the end (definitely G rated so don't expect any sexy bits), but I felt it was more about the cousins reconnecting. The one thing I would have liked to see done differently is a bit more of Greta and Dalton's relationship after they meet on the bridge, maybe an epilogue would have been perfect. A great bonus aspect of this story is that it brings attention to the growing issue of homeless vets and sheds light on how one can unexpectedly find themselves homeless. Overall I felt like this was a well written story and I would would recommend it. 

Thank You Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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Good Man, Dalton is a very well written romance.  I enjoyed the plot , setting and the author’s writing.  My thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for my digital arc.  This is my unbiased review.
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Good Man, Dalton is a thoroughly enjoyable novel with two storylines that unite. First, is the story of Greta Hansen who receives the opportunity of a lifetime. She is interning with her mother’s cousin’s ultra rich family in Manhattan and is to be part of her cousin’s glamorous life on social media. Second, is the story of Dalton Bishop, a rich man intent on proving his father wrong on his opinion of Dalton. Dalton decides to leave all the riches behind for a two week experiment of living as a homeless person in Manhattan. How Greta and Dalton meet and mingle is fateful and fun.
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4.5/5 stars 

This was one of those books I found myself reading whenever I found the chance. This was also one of those books I kept thinking about when when I was finished. But it is a Karen Mcquestion book- would it be anything different? I think Karen could write on the side of a cereal box, and I would read it!

What I really enjoy about Karen's books is that each one is unique. I am not getting the same cookie cutter story every time I pick up one of her books, and I love it. I also know each story is going to have a well written story line and interesting characters. This story is no different. It starts out on two different paths with well to do Dalton trying to prove himself to his dad and finding his way by pretending to be homeless for two weeks, and home town girl Greta finishing college and getting an internship with her famous cousin CeCe Vanderhaven. I had my preconceived notions of how it was going to go, but I was pleasantly surprised. Each character had their own depth- even the side characters.  I adored CeCe's younger sister Brenna. You wait for all the characters to meet up because you know it is going to happen, and it does not disappoint. The novel really shows the growth of the characters, especially Greta. I would love to read another book with all of them in it to see where they all turn out later in life!

I thank Netgalley and the author for an ARC, and the author for the copy I won in a contest. I will treasure it always!
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I loved everything about this book. The characters were wonderfully developed. The scenery made you feel you were actually there. The ups and downs. I loved that this author told how people can end up homeless. It’s not that people want to be there. It’s they almost always have no choice and there are way to many of our veterans out there struggling with things we can’t imagine.   Two cousins who had never met became fast best friends. Greta from a farm town and Cece from NY. Greta had a loving caring homelife with a mother who adored her. Cece was from a rich family but very lacking in the loving caring department. Both had envied the other’s lives for years via Christmas cards each family received.   Cece was treated like she had no mind of her own. She had a beautiful rich life but was very lonely. Even her best friends didn’t really care what she wanted. It was a job and they had to make sure things were done a certain way. Cece’s parents were not around much at all. Her little sister, Brenna, and the Nanny, were basically her family. She longed to be let in and allowed to live a real life. Until Greta arrived it was impossible.  Greta was shy and didn’t have much confidence in herself until she got the internship at her cousin Cece’s. She had a wonderful loving homelife but not a lot of experience in big city life at all. She had always wanted to meet her cousin and with a job awaiting her she was able to meet and become fast best friends with her. Together they go on an adventure that changes both their lives. They meet Dalton, the “homeless” man that they invite to a formal event. Dalton and Greta had made eye contact earlier and he felt a connection to her. The three of them have a wonderful night with a few hiccups along the way, but it was a night to change so many lives. Cece’s to be able to make decisions on her own. Greta to fall in love and also to be a real friend to Cece, not just a paid employee. Dalton to help so many who were alone with no help and no place to live.  This book touches on a subject that is so sadly a part of this country. To many people are without a home, food, medical help or caring friends. There is only so much a shelter can do. But with the right kind of help I believe there could be such a big difference made. With the type of medical and emotional care they can get back confidence they need to move forward. This was such a touching story. I could feel the sadness in the characters. I could feel the happiness and love also. You feel like you are there with them during their outing. The biggest adventure of both Cece and Greta’s lives. You want to be there. To feel the freedom they feel.  

 This was a very good book. It will touch your heart in ways you may not expect.

  I love this author’s work and will be reading more of it. Another bit 5 stars from me.   

Thank you to NetGalley, Lake Union and Karen McQuestion for the honor of having an ARC in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. It was wonderful.
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#FirstLine ~ "Chardonnay,"the flight attendant said, setting the glass down in front of Greta and smiling pleasantly. 

You know when you admire and love a writer so much and cannot wait for their next release? Well McQuestion is one of those writers for me. Good Man, Dalton was a book I could not wait to get lost inside of. I did indeed love every minute of this book. I adored it cover to cover. There was such depth in the characters. They were beautifully defined and fleshed out. You get to really learn who they are. You become attached, you become completely invested. McQuestion has again brought to the world another work of art. This story is perfectly paced and the dialogue is dynamic. There are themes in this book that will both touch your heart and move you. You will want to devour this book and savor it slowly in equal measure. A must for book clubs!!!
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I devoured this book!! 

I completely love and adore it! 

Such a delightful fun read that leaves you wanting more. 

This is my first book by this author and it won’t be my last!! She tells such a fresh original story that pulls you right in. 

These characters are so endearing! Absolute must read!
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What a truly wonderful story!  It has a storyline that is unique and fresh as well as characters that are fun and interesting.  This author is new to me but after reading this book I will definitely be looking for more from her.  Add this one to the TBR list, I think you'll really enjoy Greta and Dalton's story.
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Fans of romantic comedy will love this sparkling new offering by Karen McQuestion. Good Man, Dalton has a feel to it that harks back to those great romance movies of the 1990s, like Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail. That genuine vibe of romance without the overblown comedy or erotic overtures – just good, clean romance with a fun storyline. Perfect to escape with! 

Dalton is a good guy through and through (how refreshing!) and he's embarked on an undercover investigation, living as a homeless person for two weeks. Now, I was at first quite dubious about this, because all of Dalton's privileges mean he doesn't really get the full ‘homeless experience', and the fact that he was pretending really irritated me in the beginning. He never goes hungry, because he has money and when he does begin to run low on funds, he begins to busk with a harmonica and only two songs to his repertoire. Maybe things are different in America, but in Australia you need a license to busk and if you don't have one, the police move you on. But Dalton seemed to not have these issues (or any at all really), and along with a big sturdy backpack and a device that he could press if he needed help, Dalton's ‘homeless experience’ was a privileged version. However, his intent was true, and he came through in the end by putting what he learnt into a real, tangible plan for improving the lives of homeless veterans. 

Dalton had one last question for Diego, and it was the question that had started his two-week homeless experiment. “What would help ? What would turn things around for you so you could get off the streets and into the life you want?”

Greta’s story was a little less interesting for me, although I did like her. I just found the whole celebrity rich girl needing a babysitter angle more irritating than enticing, but I will freely admit that's more to do with me than anything else. I'm not a celebrity watcher, nor am I even the slightest bit interested in reality programs and celebrity endorsements. However, that is the age we are living in, and the author captures that essence really well within this story.

Karen McQuestion has put together a tightly plotted story that is overall entertaining and really rather cute. It would translate well to the screen. Recommended for fans of light romantic comedy and contemporary fiction.


Thanks is extended to the author and Lake Union Publishing via NetGalley for providing me with a copy of Good Man, Dalton for review.
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DELIGHTFUL!

GOOD MAN, DALTON by Karen McQuestion is absolutely delightful! It is a story of family with wealth few people can ever imagine. With that wealth comes both responsibilities and challenges. It also comes with choices of how you want specific members of your family to be portrayed in the public. For the Vanderhaven’s daughter, CeeCee, her public perception is totally opposite of her private views. It takes a visit from her cousin Greta to help her see that there is so much living to be done in the “real world.” A chance encounter with a homeless man changes both of their lives. The homeless man teaches them to look beyond what you see on the outside and look deeply within to see their soul. You never know what kind of good man may hiding there! This book is full of twists and turns and a sweet love story. It is a lesson in taking time to stop and truly listen to people and pay attention to subtle changes in their personalities. I was provided an ARC of this book by Lake Union Publishers and NetGalley. The opinions expressed here are completely my own and without influence.
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Dalton Bishop has decided that life has more to offer than what he’s seen so far. Disillusioned by the lifestyle he and his friends live, he decides to go incognito and live as a homeless person to see what it is like to walk in the shoes of someone who has nothing but the clothes on his back. He quickly meets a homeless man who shares his story, one that intrigues Dalton, and he tries to follow the man to learn more from him, but loses him.
Greta Hansen  is a good girl who lives a quiet life in a Midwestern town. She is given the chance to go to New York to spend the summer working for her cousin Cece, who is a huge pop star and someone Greta has always idolized. Greta can’t believe her good fortune. But when she gets to New York, she learns that life with Cece isn’t as easy as she thought it would be. Cece’s parents leave town, leaving Cece’s managers in charge. Then she wakes up to find that they have left in the night, leaving her responsible for Cece and all of her scheduling and details. Somehow Greta has to make things work or face the wrath of her aunt.
I’ve never read anything by this author before, but her writing was a delight to read. The storyline flowed and was very interesting. I enjoyed the characters and found them to be believable. I would recommend this story and I will be on the lookout for another story by this author.
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