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Robert Whitlow’s A House Divided

Corbin Gage can stand up to anyone . . . But his own divided house will bring him to his knees. 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

Review

Reading a Robert Whitlow book is always a joy and leaves me with a desire to pray more; to have a better relationship with Christ so that things happen. Here’s my thoughts:

What I liked:

The writing. Whitlow won’t win wards for best drama, but he will win awards for best storytelling and character development. I get so involved in his books and really end up loving his characters.

The legal aspect of this book. I mean, sure, its a “legal thriller” of course there are legal aspects. But, as an attorney it’s nice to read a legal book that “feels” real. Even the way things wrapped up legally felt real (even though I wasn’t crazy about it).

The characters.They felt real. They had flaws and good points and I was so invested in all of them.

Spiritually, there is this great theme of prayer and how people can pray for years and maybe even die before their prayers get answered. But they get answered.

What I didn’t like:

There were moments when there was a bit of an information dump and I skimmed a bit.

Romantic scale: 4

Overall, a really good book. It might take a minute to get into it, but once you are in, you will definitely want to know what happens next.

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