The Choice by Robert Whitlow is a story in two parts. The first third of the book takes you on a journey back in time to the 1970's. It is shared from the viewpoint of a young teen mother. Jump thirty years later for the second part of the story, and her past comes back to the forefront of her mind as she mentors a young girl in similar circumstances.
When I read a book, I evaluate if it is something appropriate for my girls. The language, the values, the choices made by each character, the strengths of the characters that are highlighted- I ask myself if these are things I'd let them read or encourage them to avoid. The Choice is not a book for a young girl, but could be a catalyst toward some meaningful conversations with an older daughter. My opinion of that changed though, toward the end of the book. More on that later.
The modern part of this book shares insight into "the system" of how children can be so quickly misguided by authority. It was a sad but truthful look at the reality of how our culture guides our children.
The last 20 pages was such a distinct change that it almost seemed to have a different author. Here the story changed from modern drama to horror. Though it turned back around on the last few pages, that shift changed my opinion about recommending the book without a word of caution.
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.
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Disclaimer: A copy of this book was provided at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was provided. All opinions are my own.