Monday, August 27, 2012

Book Review - The Choice

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?

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.

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This book was spectacularly written and dealt with a sensitive issue in a very beautiful and compelling way. Sandy is a young girl in high school who finds herself pregnant after being with her boyfriend one time. Since it's the early 1970's this issue is not as "acceptable" in society as it is these days. However, the main issue still is at the core of the issue - abortion. How people view it and how it affects the mother and child is the main issue.

We follow Sandy as she makes the choice to keep the child, abort, or have the child and put them up for adoption. Of course, in this case, Sandy has twins!  How she goes about this decision is gut-wrenching at times and you'll find yourself wiping the tears away more than once. Her decision brings her closer to her Aunt Linda and this independent woman teaches Sandy more about herself than anyone else. I really liked how the author showed the comparisons between Sandy's Mom and Linda. Sisters, yet so different from one another but each had a great influence on Sandy.

In the second half of the book, we go forward over thirty years and see Sandy living a contented life as a English teacher and cheerleader coach in her own High School. She is a compassionate teacher that is always there for her students. When one of her students comes to her with the fact that she is pregnant, Sandy is there for her. Unfortunately, there is a school counselor who sees things totally opposite than Sandy and is determined to see this student abort her child. Sandy is suddenly thrust into legal proceedings and, even more amazing, is thrust into the lives of her children. I don't want to give away too much of the plot, but suffice to say, this whole section of the book will have you on the edge of your seat!

I highly recommend this book.  It's a compelling look into what a woman goes through when she is suddenly faced with choices for her baby. I loved how the book always kept the light on the fact that the fetus is a human being - a child. I enjoyed this book immensly and I know you will too.

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*This book was provided to me by LitFuse Publicity Group for my honest review

Blessings - Julie

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