Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Greater Love by Robert Whitlow

If the FTC must know, I purchased this book at Barnes and Noble and am posting a review by choice.

Greater Love
A Tides of Truth Novel
by Robert Whitlow

About the book... aka the back cover:

The Tides of Truth series follows one lawyer's passionate pursuit of truth--in matters of life and the law.

As the storm clouds gather, Tami does her best to weather the growing turbulence in every area of her life.

She's just accepted a job with a law firm but now wonders if she made the right decision. She has two strong men vying for her heart--and is about to lose them both if she can't determine which one is right for her.

And Tami's new case is anything but simple. When she first meets her prospective client, she immediately knows the rough young teen is lying, guilty...and utterly terrified of something beyond the charges she's facing. What she doesn't realize is just how far reaching the effects of the case will go. Or how close to home the deadly results will hit. For by the time the storm breaks, someone close to Tami will have paid the ultimate price.

Through it all, Tami will experience greater sacrifice, greater friendship, and greater love than she's ever known.

My take:

Sometimes there are series that you can pick up the third book in the series to read and be okay because you don't necessarily have to read the first two books in the series to be able to keep up. Sometimes you can't.  I don't mean that in a bad way - that's why you have a series.

If you haven't read the first two books in the series Deeper Water and Higher Hope, don't start by reading Greater Love because you won't enjoy it. There's no way to understand the characters and the background if you didn't start from the beginning. I had read the other two, so I did enjoy it.

Tami had a very strict upbringing. (Think the Duggars without the antics of doing everything for a TV show - and 14 fewer kids.) Every decision she makes about everything is very considered and very prayer centered. (I could use a lot more of that in my life.) As she is graduating from law school, Tami has some important decisions about her future to make - and she may not go the direction you think she will. How will she be able to practice law and not be caught in situations that will compromise her convictions?

I have to say, I'm not so sure I'd become a lawyer because you know that's going to be a problem at some point. One of her first assignments as a new lawyer is to defend Jessie, who is charged with theft and won't tell the truth for anything.

Throw in a prophetic woman preacher (who readers met in book 2 - and she's not really likeable), a loud and obnoxious Jewish lawyer with her daddy's money, an old lady with some dementia issues at times, the old lady's hyper chihuahua, and TWO men vying for Tami's affection, and you have the most of the cast of characters in Greater Love.

Here's one of the things I like most about the book and series. Tami doesn't fall in love in five days like the last book I read. We're talking no-kissing-until-wedding-day-courtship. (Not that I'm a big supporter of that, but it beats lovey-dovey love at first sight. I'm into the more realistic.) Deciding between Zach and Vince takes three books and and a time span of at least a year and a half. Who will she choose?

The whole theme of the book is based on John 15:13: Greater love has no one than this, than to lay own one's life for his friends.

Visit the author's website at www.robertwhitlow.com.

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