James, a wealthy boat builder, is David’s father who funds the Lovatt family through the financial strain of having more children than they can support on their own. James is divorced from Molly and remarried to Jessica, and David felt torn between his parents as a child—ultimately, he chose to live with his mother rather than his father. James is a member of the pragmatic faction of the family who believes that putting Ben in an institution is the best decision, and it’s James who pays the bulk of the cost. James tries to set boundaries for what he’ll pay for when he senses the family’s financial needs becoming excessive, but ultimately, James agrees to pay for boarding school for both Luke and Paul.
James Lovatt Character Timeline in The Fifth Child
The timeline below shows where the character James Lovatt appears in The Fifth Child. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Pages 3 – 33
...with his mother, calling his room in her house his truest home. His wealthy father, James, had remarried wealthy Jessica and he lives the life of a jetsetter, relocating regularly. The... (full context)
...Harriet have planned. At dinner, Molly notes that they’ll have to ask for help from James, which David finds uncomfortable to think about, but knows to be true. Molly comments that... (full context)
...but it’s never quite enough because they’re aware that the Lovatts receive financial help from James. In truth, money is always tight. Harriet’s sister, Sarah, casts a shadow on the atmosphere... (full context)
...after another uncomfortable pregnancy. The family visits for Easter and stays for three weeks, and James needs to write an additional check to pay for it. The children move into one... (full context)
Pages 33 – 74
Pages 96 – 133
...to be themselves. Molly and Frederick bring Helen, now an attractive, self-sufficient, if distant, sixteen-year-old. James brings Luke, now a reliable eighteen-year-old observer. Dorothy brings Jane, a non-academic fourteen-year-old. Paul, eleven,... (full context)