A nice, sweet story of how a father and son begin their life together after years of not knowing each other existed. A father who has always lead a life of a rich bachelor and a son who just lost a part of himself are brought together to face a new life as they awkwardly start accepting that they have each other now. I have to say that I am not used to this kind of stories. I usually see these kind of plots in movies or in dramas but they were never my choice of flavor when it comes to reading. Surprisingly, this book was better than what I expected. Unexpected Legacy’s simplicity was what made this book good and not hard to like.
Imagine life suddenly slaps you with a teenager child you never knew you had? This was what opened the story, life handing Matt Dalton the surprise of his life, Brady. His son who just got out of an accident that cost him his legs. It was like conflict after conflict with Matt’s life, but he was lucky with this supportive family. With the help of his whole family, bonding and creating a relationship with his son was made easier. It was understandable since he never got a warning that he was becoming a father in just a snap.(Well most fathers have a grace period of 9months)
Matt was actually a likeable character. He didn’t showed hesitation in caring for his son even though he was very shocked to find out about him. He was man enough to take responsibility and jump right into fatherhood despite the surprise and the bumps he might face. His life literally changed overnight and the way his character evolved from an awkward father to ignorant father to a loving proud father was really touching. I could say even if Brady has lost a lot in his life before meeting his dad, he sure did hit jackpot when he got together with him finally. Brady’s reunion with his dad was not a smooth sailing one, which was expected. You can’t just force yourself to suddenly embrace people you had no clue existed. Added to that is the fact that you just got out of an accident that had cost him his leg and scars that would surely haunt him for the rest of his life.
Matt has a lady in the story in the character of Brady’s new principal, Kate Austen, and I am glad the story didn’t focused on this two solely. Rather, it just added more love to the story.
Kate Austen is the newly appointed head principal at Linden High. She’s very driven and hardworking that sometimes she lets her work consume most of her time, and she is very single. She’s never the type to mix love and career and if ever it comes to that she would always choose career, but that decision had become messed up when she met Brady’s dad. What are the odds that the only man she’s been attracted to after a long while would be a student’s dad. Sure, the school does not prohibit such kind of relationships, but for her it was a big no-no. Despite from her obsessing about work ethics and how people will see her, I like how she played a big part in Matt and Brady’s life. She became their mediator, their referee, and the person who almost stood as a motherly figure to Brady. For a single parent like Matt, it was handy to know someone Kate because as an outsider and as someone who has worked in an academe, her knowledge with kids became useful.
Kate turning down Matt at first was understandable despite the obvious fact that she was also very much attracted to Matt. She didn’t just jump into a relationship for her sake. She considered her career, Matt’s feelings, and most especially, Brady’s opinion too before thinking of herself which I think was a very thoughtful thing to do. She also considered Brady’s mom and what her existence might cause in their relationship, and how she managed to face this conflict was really good too.
The story might have been a simple one but it was a very good read. I like how it portrayed love in so many different ways, between father and son, a man and a woman, and love among family members. It was so touching, had relatable characters and was very hard to put down. This book will surely entertain you and leave you smiling because of how it showed love in all angles.
4 out of 5