Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Past and Present Finally Collide

The Witnesses by Robert Whitlow

When I started this book, I was intrigued with the story. Then it suddenly changed, so I was a bit skeptic; but when it all tied together, it made perfect sense. I was totally into the story by about a quarter of the way through and didn't want to put this book down. I found myself reading every spare minute I could find, and didn't want to put it down.

The plot was a unique blend of past WWII history and the modern day, in which a grandfather and his grandson share a special gift. The grandfather, who had fought in WWII, battles the memories that keep coming to mind of the war and the choices that he made. Things he

had long since buried and hadn't thought about in years. His grandson, an upcoming new lawyer, struggles with his sense of duty, a gift he hasn't quite grasped the value of and some really tough choices he is about to be faced with.

For me, the book was a somewhat emotional read, yet, suspenseful, with a hint of budding romance (not the over-the-top gushy kind). There's challenge and mystery, faith and forgiveness, and some great fishing! This was the first time I have read this author, and I was impressed with his ability to incorporate passages of Scripture right into the story without it coming across as preachy. It's moving, inspirational, and has a skillful flow. It encourages heritage, legacy, and integrity.

I would eagerly read another book by this author. This one was provided for me by Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. I am not required to review it positively or otherwise compensated for my opinion.

You can find this book on Amazon

BOOK SYNOPSIS:
Frank and Parker House – grandfather and grandson – share a special gift of being able to witness events before they take place.  Gifts can be used for good or ill, and both men will need to decide how and when to make use of their talents.  When Parker is offered a position at a prestigious law firm, Frank’s past and both of their futures are tied to the choices they will make.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Robert Whitlow grew up in north Georgia. He graduated magna cum laude from Furman University with a BA in history in 1976 and received his JD with honors from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1979. A practicing attorney, he is a partner in a Charlotte, NC law firm. He and his wife Kathy have four children and three grandchildren. 
Robert began writing in 1996. His novels are set in the South and include both legal suspense and interesting characterization. It is his desire to write stories that reveal some of the ways God interacts with people in realistic scenerios.

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