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Tuesday’s Tale

A House Divided

A House Divided by Robert Whitlow is a legal thriller along the lines of John Grisham.

About the Book

Corbin, a longtime legal champion for the downtrodden, is slowly drinking himself into the grave. His love for “mountain water” has cost him his marriage to the godliest woman he knows, ruined his relationship with his daughter, Roxy, and reduced the business at his small Georgia law firm to a level where he can barely keep the bill collectors at bay. But it isn’t until his son, Ray, threatens to limit Corbin’s time with his grandson that Corbin begins to acknowledge he might have a problem.

Despite the mess that surrounds his personal life and against the advice of everyone he knows, Corbin takes on a high-stakes tort case on behalf of two boys who have contracted non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma due to an alleged chemical exposure. The defendant, a fertilizer company, is the largest employer in the area. The lawsuit becomes a tornado that sucks Corbin, Ray, and Roxy into an increasingly deadly vortex. Equally intense pressure within the family threatens to destroy, once and for all, the thin threads that connect them.

Corbin must find the strength to stand up to his personal demons. Justice for two dying boys depends on it . . . his family depends on it.

“Fans of John Grisham will find much to like here.”

—Library Journal of The Confession

My Thoughts

Corbin Gage, a lawyer, has become the laughing stock of the small Georgia town of Alto, where he practices. His secretary is running his law firm and the firm is running on fumes.

Drinking estranged him from his wife. It also alienated him from his son, Ray and his daughter, Roxy and now his son is threatening not to let him see his grandson.

One day Branson Kilpatrick, a friend of Corbin’s, comes into his office with a problem. His grandson is suffering from cancer. Corbin knows of other children that have cancer, too. Despite everyone’s advice, especially his children’s, Corbin decides to take on a fertilizer company. The company also happens to be the largest employer in Alto.

Robert Whitlow has written another winning story of our justice system. Integrating the story of a small town lawyer, who also happens to be the town drunk, Whitlow takes a scoundrel and turns him into a hero.

For information about Robert Whitlow, you can visit him at: http://www.robertwhitlow.com/

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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Monday’s Memory Moment

My Dad would have been 85 today! Hard to believe, even harder to believe he passed away 18 months ago.

I’m so thankful neither he nor Mom were here when my baby brother passed away in July. It brings me such comfort to know that they are all rejoicing in heaven, along with my baby sister, and all the other relatives that went on before them.

I miss him.

 

 


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Monday’s Mention

Finding our way home

Finding Our Way Home by Charlene Baumbich is a nice book to read, with one caveat.  I would classify this book as wholesome rather than Christian fiction.

The characters are very relatable and human. I especially enjoyed Evelyn. I would love to have a friend like her. Evelyn is very outspoken and a little pushy, but she does it with love and concern-not in a mean spirited or hateful way.

Sasha, the main character, has her ballet career cut short by a fall causing too many injuries to be able to return to ballet. The book follows her struggles with therapy, a marriage she ran away from and her equally head strong assistant, Evelyn.

The seeming “magical” quality of the snow globe disturbed me, and the fact that there was very little of a “Christian” nature in this book.  I’ve always felt a Christian book should have a clear message of salvation, bible verses or at the very least people that go to church. Having said that, I believe you will enjoy this book very much if you can overlook its magical elements. Perhaps this book is better suited to the more mature Christian and not a new believer.

I got into a lively discussion with another book lover as to whether the book was actually Christian fiction. Some of the questions floated were:

1) If the book were set in another country, like Saudi Arabia, would it be termed “Muslim fiction”?

2) Do Christian books have to have Bible verses or a plan of salvation? (As this book has neither),

3) Are the minor glimpses into Sasha’s marriage, especially the bedroom scenes, a mildly risqué part of the book, too much for Christian fiction?

I did enjoy the book, and as you can see, it opened the way for quite a debate!  The characters came alive and you felt empathy for them.  The story reads as true to life. I would hesitate, however, in recommending it for everyone, young people in particular.

I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

(This is a revised, reprint from an earlier review.)


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Monday’s Mention

Her Brother's Keeper1

 

Her Brother’s Keeper is Book One of Amish Secrets Series by Beth Wiseman.

About the Book

Charlotte Dolinsky is not above playing dress-up and telling a few lies to find out what happened to her only brother. In fact, that is exactly what she’s come to Lancaster County to do. Now, calling herself Mary and slipping on a kapp, Charlotte will lie her way into the confidence of anyone who knows why Ethan had to die. Unless she gets found out first.

But when Charlotte befriends a quiet Amish man named Isaac Miller, she begins to rethink her motives. And with a little help from a friend back home, Charlotte might find out that love comes packaged in ways she couldn’t have foreseen.

Isaac’s been caring for his cancer-stricken father and sympathizing with his frustrated mother for three difficult years. And that means he hasn’t been dating. He believes Hannah King is the woman for him, but Hannah is still grieving the loss of her fiancé, and Isaac has all he can handle on the farm. When Hannah’s family plays host to a woman named Mary, their new cousin shakes things up for all of them.

As Charlotte digs deeper into the mystery of Ethan’s death, she finds more than she’d bargained for in the community he once called home. But will she ever learn the truth? And what will the community—and her new family—do if they learn the truth about her?

My Thoughts

Charlotte Dolinsky changes her name to Mary and pretends to be an Amish when she visits Lancaster County. She feels her reasons for doing so are justifiable.

Charlotte’s brother, Ethan had come to Lancaster County as a construction worker. While there, he met and fell in love with an Amish girl named Hannah King. Shortly after Hannah and Ethan’s engagement, the unthinkable happens, for no obvious or apparent reason Ethan commits suicide.

Charlotte doesn’t care who she hurts in her quest for the truth, but as she gets to know the King family, she begins to wonder if there is more to the story than meets the eye.

Beth Wiseman has written an interesting book about a young lady’s mission to find the real reason for and to avenge her brother’s death.

I enjoyed the book, however, I recently lost my brother (though not by suicide, but very unexpectedly), so the subject matter was hard for me to dissociate from.

I have read other books by Beth Wiseman and greatly enjoyed them.

For more information about Beth Wiseman, visit her at: http://bethwiseman.com/about-beth/

I received this book from BookLook in exchange for an honest review.

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