By: David Hwa

Published: May 13, 2014

Publisher: Wellworth LLC


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Haley, a 10-year-old, decides that nearly a year after her father died in an accident, it is time to find her family a new dad. She takes it upon herself to make this happen after seeing an ad in a newspaper for a “matchmaker”. Haley lives in Washington DC and finds out that their family may have to move to Kansas. All she knows about Kansas is from TV and movies and it looks pretty scary. She must do whatever she can to stop her family from having to move. But, when Haley’s mom doesn’t fall for the prince Haley finds, her plan may have drastic repercussions.

This is a short, sweet story that shows a child’s determination to get her family back to “normal”. Sadly, her normal may not be attainable.  Haley ends up skipping out of school and traveling through the city alone on a bus, navigating streets, office buildings, and bus stops. I found this a little difficult to grasp. As the mom of a nearly 10-year-old, I don’t think my daughter would be able to concoct this type of elaborate plan along with navigating the city by herself. I think if Hayley would have been twelve or thirteen, it would have been a bit more believable. Her voice and actions in the story didn’t match up with her age for me.

But, this story is fiction and that means it doesn’t necessarily have to meet up with reality. The princely character of Sir John and his romance with Jess, Haley’s mom, will remind you of fairy tales. There are diversions, mishaps, and complications that hamper Haley’s master plan. You definitely have hope for a happy outcome and I was satisfied with the ending.

Overall, if you are looking for a quick read that will put you in a good mood, FINDING DADDY WARBUCKS will accomplish that.  This book could be enjoyed by YA fans as well as those who like adult or women’s fiction. Haley’s story will teach us to believe in our dreams, but that our dreams may not always happen exactly the way we planned.

David Hwa
David Hwa makes his literary debut with
Finding Daddy Warbucks (2014) a tale of a little girl’s journey through loss,
love and redemption. 
David grew up in Kansas. He graduated with a
music degree from the University of Colorado and went on to obtain a Master of
Business Administration from Denver University, a law degree from Pepperdine
University School of Law, and a Master of Laws from Georgetown University Law
He practiced securities law for many years in
Los Angeles, California with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission. He
later moved to Washington, DC where continued his securities practice with the
Commission and later in private practice with the law firm of Bingham McCutchen
LLP. Following the financial crisis of 2008, David moved back to Colorado and
opened his own securities law practice.
David is single and lives in Aurora, Colorado
with his two leopard geckos Gordon and Carlos. He spends his days writing,
skiing, and occasionally dispensing legal advice, sometimes while on the ski
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  1. bermudaonion on October 31, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    It seems that most children want a "normal" family. This sounds like a sweet story.

  2. David Hwa on November 3, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Thanks Stacie for featuring my book Finding Daddy Warbucks. I want to let your readers know that I'm discounting the ebook to $1.00 through November. Enjoy!

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