Another great novel from Robert Whitlow: "A House Divided"

Although everyone else seems to know the truth, Corbin Gage refuses to acknowledge that he has a problem with alcohol. His law practice, located in a small town in Georgia, is barely surviving, and his relationship with his son and daughter is tenuous at best. When a woman stumbles into his law office and brings him a controversial case, Corbin puts aside the warnings he's given by family and colleagues to avoid it. Instead, he takes up the fight for justice for some young boys who have contracted non-Hodgkin's lymphoma due to an alleged chemical exposure from the largest company in town. Gage's decision has a ripple effect not only on the community, but on his relationship with his son and daughter as well.

Robert Whitlow's latest novel was another fantastic book from an author I always know I will enjoy. "A House Divided" was a bit different than what I expected, as I thought the focus would be more on the fight between Corbin and the company who allegedly caused the chemical exposure. While this facet of the story does permeate the novel, the real focus is on Corbin and his inner struggles to accept his addiction and be willing to fight his own battle with alcohol, as well as confront the damage he's done to his family. The combination makes for an absorbing plot, and I can say that though I anticipated what the ending would look like, I was left with tears in my eyes none the less. As the chapters unfolded, the characters began to feel like family members, until I was rooting for all of them to open their eyes and see the truth of their own situation and their need for grace. I loved watching Corbin lay down his defences and realize that he needed the God who had been pursuing him all these years. Corbin's story is an amazing portrayal of the fact that it's never too late to admit our need and turn to God to help us in our darkest hour.

My only complaint about this book is that I wish we didn't always have to wait a whole year for another Robert Whitlow book! It is with great anticipation that I look forward to what the author is crafting next. I award this story 5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher, Thomas Nelson, and the Booklook program, for the purposes of this unbiased review.

about the author...

Robert Whitlow HeadshotRobert 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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