Today I have two books to share with you on a related topic. Both The Choice by Robert Whitlow (fiction) and Cradle My Heart (non-fiction) by Kim Ketola deal with the issue of abortion. I’ll start by saying that I’d recommend both of these books unreservedly. Here’s a bit more about The Choice in particular:
Sandy Lincoln’s plight is believable and familiar. Even though her teen pregnancy is set in 1974, many of the attitudes she encountered and the concerns she and her family expressed mirror what pregnant teenagers experience now.
I worked in a pregnancy resource center for a couple of years, and the girls and women who came in for pregnancy tests asked all of the questions that went through Sandy’s head. “How will I finish school?” “Will I be able to take care of a baby?” “What will happen to my relationships?”
For the women I worked with, and for Sandy, the option of terminating the pregnancy brought even more questions. “Will an abortion help me get back to life as I knew it?” “Will my family support my decisions?” “When does life begin?” “Is it ever okay to take the life of a child?” “Could I bear raising or adopting this baby?”
The Choice by Robert Whitlow follows Sandy from one momentous choice to another – across decades. It’s beautifully woven so that the reader contemplates the consequences of choices along with the characters as they make them.
Part one of the book deals with Sandy’s choices as a teenager, and part 2 as an adult. I had a moment about half-way through the second part when I thought there was absolutely no way the ending of this book could be satisfying. I expected it to either be too far-fetched or tragically disappointing. I’m happy to say that though I didn’t anticipate it ending the way it did, the conclusion was just as beautiful as the rest of the story.
This book is definitely written from a Christian perspective, but the author allows enough space for lots of internal debate and empathy with the choices of others. I didn’t want it to be over and I can’t wait to read more by Robert Whitlow.
Read below for more (from the publisher) and a chance to win a copy of the book for yourself. Also check out other reviews here.
About the Book:
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.
For more about Robert and his other books, visit www.robertwhitlow.com.
Win FOUR Robert Whitlow Books and a NOOK!
Celebrate the release of The Choice with an author chat Facebook party on 8/28! RSVP and enter to win great prizes!
One “choice” winner will receive:
- A Nook Color with GlowLight
- A four book Robert Whitlow library (winner’s choice)
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on August 27th. Winner will be announced at the “The Choice” Author Chat Facebook Party on 8/28. Meet Robert, get a sneak peek of his next book, try your hand at a trivia contest, and more. There will also be gift certificates, books and a Book Club Prize Pack to be won (10 copies for your book club or small group.)!
So grab your copy of The Choice and join Robert on the evening of the August 27th for a chance to connect with Robert and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book – don’t let that stop you from coming!)
Thanks to LitFuse for connecting me with this author and providing a copy of the book to review!