The Choice - eBook
The Choice, by Robert Whitlow, is a story that explores both the legal and social aspects of teen pregnancy, abortion, and adoption. Sandy Lincoln is a happy and well-adjusted teenager whose life is forever altered when she finds herself pregnant. The first part of her story deals with the decisions she makes as a pregnant teen in 1974, and it continues in the present day where she is a high school teacher who befriends and counsels a young student who's faced with the same problem. While dealing with the student's issue, she simultaneously finds herself confronting head-on the choice she made about her own pregnancy as a teen.
Whitlow is a good story teller, and he's created a page-turning book here. The characters are well-written and likeable, and there are plenty of twists and tension to keep you reading and wondering.
My only issue with the book is that it is fairly heavy-handed with its anti-abortion stance. While the message is good, and it delves into the topic relatively fairly, it comes off as a bit "preachy" at times. It's a shame too, because it makes certain sections of the book feel a little clunky, which is in stark contrast to the otherwise smooth and enjoyable reading of the rest of the story.
Overall though, this was an enjoyable and heartwarming read about an important issue, one that will be relatable to many.
January 14, 2013
I don't usually read Contemporary Fiction, but The Choice gave me a great reason to start! What I loved about this novel is how Whitlow honors mothers...regardless of how you became one. My favourite quote is:
"I'm no hero."
"That's right. You're something better....You're a mother."
My heart broke for Sandy when she said goodbye and walked away from "Baby Jones and Baby Smith".
This novel presents both sides of the abortion issue and doesn't force either side upon the reader. Personally, I would have preferred if Sandy's father hadn't wanted her to abort the baby.
Buy it or borrow it...The Choice, by Robert Whitlow is worth reading.
Thank you Thomas Nelson and Net Galley for the free copy to read in exchange for my honest review.
October 30, 2012
The Choice by Robert Whitlow is part legal thriller and part women's fiction. The plot of the story revolves around Sandy Lincoln and the decisions she makes after she finds out she is pregnant at the age of seventeen. The story explores the themes of the sanctity of life, the moral issues of the abortion movement, adoption and the bonds of motherhood.
The beginning of The Choice is set in 1974 just a couple of years after Roe v. Wade. Sandy discovers she is pregnant and is pressured by most of the people around her to have an abortion. One lone aunt offers to let Sandy live with her while she is pregnant and encourages her to put the unborn child up for adoption. This offer changes the course of Sandy and her unborn child's life forever. The second half of the book deals with the effects of the adoption on Sandy's adult life, and her relationship with an unwed pregnant teen at the school where she teaches.
I thought the author did a good job showing how precious life is, and how one decision can change everyone's lives for the better. There was a strange supernatural element to the story that I could have done without, but other wise I enjoyed the book. I would recommend The Choice to fans of women's fiction and/or legal thrillers.
I received this book for free from Booksneeze for the purpose of review.
October 30, 2012
If you are pro-life then this book is one you will want to read. Whitlow is a master wordsmith and continues in this great read. This book will make you angry and bring tears to your eyes all with a great ending.
October 21, 2012