The Choice

Name of book: The Choice

Author: Robert Whitlow

Robert Whitlow is the best-selling author of legal novels set in the South and winner of the prestigious Christy Award for Contemporary Fiction. A Furman University graduate, Whitlow received his J.D. with honors from the University of Georgia School of Law where he served on the staff of the Georgia Law Review. A practicing attorney, Whitlow and his wife, Kathy, have four children. They make their home in North Carolina.

For more about Robert and his other books, visit http://www.robertwhitlow.com.

Summary (from Litfuse): One young woman. Two very different roads. The choice will change everything.

Even as a pregnant, unwed teen in 1974, Sandy Lincoln wanted to do the right thing. But when an ageless woman approached her in a convenience store with a mysterious prophecy and a warning, doing the right thing became even more unclear. She made the best choice she could . . . and has lived with the consequences.

More than thirty years later, a pregnant teen has come into her life, and Sandy’s long-ago decision has come back to haunt her. The stakes rise quickly, leaving Sandy with split seconds to choose once more. But will her choice decision bring life . . . or death?

Rating: 4.5

Reason for rating: Well when I first started reading this book I wasn’t so sure about it. To me, the first part of the book seems rushed and some lines and parts feel a little cliche. I was like yeah, yeah, yeah same old same old, I’ve heard this story before, give me something new. But sticking with it, the second part improved greatly, I found myself getting to know and really relate to these characters. (I am trying so hard right now, by the way, to write this review without spoilers because there are so many things I could say in more specific details, but I don’t want to give away huge chunks of the plot). By the end of the book, I was reading as fast as I could, trying so hard to find out what would happen next.  When I finished, I had tears in my eyes and the story had moved me deeply. As someone who did mock trial in high school and Model UN in college, I appreciated the legal aspects of it as well. The only other thing is that I’m not so sure I liked was the whole prophecy thing. It was a little too mysticism feeling for my liking, but I could look past that to the overall story itself and I understand how it furthered the plot. I think this book reminded me a little of Jodi Piccoult’s work, one of my favorite authors. I say that because of the interwoven ethical/moral dilemma, interaction with the legal system, and strong relationship/family components. I appreciated also that it was a Christian book on the subject of unwanted pregnancy and the choice between adoption, abortion, or parenting without ever coming across as preachy or holier than thou. It was refreshing. I think if you have ever been involved in the pro-life movement (as I have) that you will find this book a mostly enjoyable read.

Oh! There’s a contest by the way, for a Nook color. For some reason my e-mail is having trouble with attachments (I tried opening it 5 times and it gave me “unknown error, we are unable to download this attachment.” So instead, I am going to direct you here where you can find all the details about the contest.

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Disclosure: I was provided with a free e-book copy of this in exchange for my honest review. These thoughts and feelings are 100 percent mine and 100 percent real!

Song of My Heart Review

Name of bookSong of My Heart

Author: Kim Vogel Sawyer

Reviewer: Melissa

Summary: Sadie Wagner has always been devoted to her family. So when her stepfather is injured and can’t work, she decides to leave home and accept a position as a clerk at the mercantile in Goldtree, Kansas. Goldtree also offers the opportunity to use her God-given singing talent–though the promised opera house is far different from what she imagined. With her family needing every cent she can provide, Sadie will do anything to keep her job.

McKane comes to Goldtree at the request of the town council. The town has been plagued by bootlegging operations, and Thad believes he can find the culprit.
After he earns enough money doing sheriff work, he wants to use it to pay for his training to become a minister.
Thad is immediately attracted to the beautiful singer who performs in Asa Baxter’s unusual opera house, but when he hears her practicing bawdy tunes, he begins to wonder if she’s far less innocent than she seems. And when Sadie appears to be part of the very crimes he’s come to investigate, is there any hope the love blossoming between them will survive?
About the Author:  Kim Vogel Sawyer is the author of nineteen novels, including several CBA and ECPA bestsellers. Her books have won the ACFW Book of the Year Award, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, and the Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Kim is active in her church, where she leads women’s fellowship and participates in both voice and bell choirs. In her spare time, she enjoys drama, quilting, and calligraphy. Kim and her husband, Don, reside in central Kansas, and have three daughters and six grandchildren.
She invites you to visit her Web site at http://www.kimvogelsawyer.com for more information.
Rating: 4

Reason for rating: I have to be honest. When I first started off this book and for about the first half off the book, I thought it was just okay. I was going to rate it three stars. Sid (Sadie’s cousin that first writes to her about the opportunity to move to Goldtree) annoyed me at first. I figured out who the bootlegger was on very early on. The love triangle aspect of the book bored me quickly. It felt a little predictable at first. But as I moved into the last third of the book, I found myself really enjoying it. Sid came around to be more likable. The plot thickens. Sadie was a really likable character from the beginning and she only became more likable to me as the book went on because of all the human emotions that Sadie experienced that felt so real and genuine to me. I was rooting for her. Plus, not only that, but I really liked the Christian themes in the book. Some of the verses and reminders that the characters brought to mind happened to also be verses and reminders that I needed to hear at this point in time. Overall it was a good light read and I enjoyed it when I finished it. If you’re unsure about it in the beginning, keep reading because it has a good ending.

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Disclosure: I received a copy of this for free to provide my honest thoughts about the book. I was under no obligation to review it positively.