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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2015
Corbin Gage can stand up to anyone . . . But his own divided house will bring him to his knees.
Corbin, a longtime legal champion for the downtrodden, is slowly drinking himself into the grave. His love for "mountain water" has cost him his marriage to the godliest woman he knows, ruined his relationship with his daughter, Roxy, and reduced the business at his small Georgia law firm to a level where he can barely keep the bill collectors at bay. But it isnt until his son, Ray, threatens to limit Corbins time with his grandson that Corbin begins to acknowledge he might have a problem.
Despite the mess that surrounds his personal life and against the advice of everyone he knows, Corbin takes on a high-stakes tort case on behalf of two boys who have contracted non-Hodgkins lymphoma due to an alleged chemical exposure. The defendant, a fertilizer company, is the largest employer in the area. The lawsuit becomes a tornado that sucks Corbin, Ray, and Roxy into an increasingly deadly vortex. Equally intense pressure within the family threatens to destroy, once and for all, the thin threads that connect them.
Corbin must find the strength to stand up to his personal demons. Justice for two dying boys depends on it . . . his family depends on it.
"Fans of John Grisham will find much to like here."
Library Journal of The Confession
Robert Whitlow is the bestselling author of legal novels set in the South and winner of the Christy Award for Contemporary Fiction. He 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. Website: robertwhitlow.com, Twitter: @whitlowwriter, Facebook: robertwhitlowbooks.
judy5 Stars Out Of 5it happens in the best of familyDecember 12, 2016judyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5living with a reformed drinker- i could welll understand the fear of the family . you never know what has been going on till you are confronted
with what they did.
Favorite Christian BooksCovina, CAAge: 45-54Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Best one in awhile for WhitlowNovember 30, 2015Favorite Christian BooksCovina, CAAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5When I read the back cover I was a little skeptical that I would enjoy the story line. Im not a big fan of the little guy going after big business. However, the author brought out the family dynamics created by the senior Gages alcoholism, which I found extremely moving.
I enjoyed the different characters in this story. Corbin was interesting to watch his development as he comes to terms with the death of his ex-wife. The author does a great job drawing out the complexity of relationships and how alcoholism damages everyone. The relationship that was the sweetest was between Corbin and his grandson.
The story itself was excellent. The tension between the family and how the family relationship affect other relationships was woven throughout the story. It was not what I would call action pack, but the story interested me from the start to finish. I also enjoyed seeing inside AA meetings. The author did a great job of showing the ups and downs that alcoholics face. It really made feel for the characters, especially Corbin.
I would recommend this book to family and friends.
Disclaimer: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased and honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
SusanClover, SCAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5One of Whitlow's BestNovember 28, 2015SusanClover, SCAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Robert Whitlow writes amazing Christian legal dramas. He incorporates the Gospel message deftly with his lawyer experience into great books.
I have read every single one and this one is one of his very best.
Lawyer Corbin Gage has drank too much for 40 years. He's lost his wife, his grown daughter barely tolerates him and his grown son and family really don't want much to do with him. When his son restricts his time with his grandson, Corbin realizes it's time to change.
I liked Corbin's character so much, even though he was a total mess. His heart was wide open for the Lord and for family, if he could just see his way to throw about the booze.
God cares about all His children, even those who seemingly want no part of him. There are many wonderful facets to this tale and I loved everyone. I was bawling at the end.
I met Robert Whitlow a few years ago and he is just a wonderfully gracious man. Of course, he's a Southerner. Don't miss this one.
GrandaddyAAge: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5When All Seems LostSeptember 29, 2015GrandaddyAAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5At first, there seemed to be very little about Corbin Gages life with which I could connect. He is divorced and his ex-wife has just died, he can barely function without alcohol, his relationship with his daughter and son and daughter-in-law is very precarious, and the list goes on. I am married to my one and only wife of 49 years, I have never tasted the first drop of alcohol, I get along well with my son and daughter, and so on. The author has written a masterful story of how alcohol has almost destroyed Corbins life and does it in such a way that even someone like me can see how it keeps pulling him into its clutches. I could totally relate to Ray and Roxy when they lost their jobs because I have been there and done that on several occasions. The issues in this book are so real and affect so many people in the world. Alcoholism, job loss, broken families, life-threatening illnesses, and large corporations with no concern for individuals are all rampant. This is not a non-fiction book with all the answers laid out in neat little lists. It is a fictional story that draws the reader in to the point of feeling the pain of the various characters. But there is also a thread of hope running through the book. Quite honestly, I am one who would be inclined to say that all of the problems stemmed from Corbins abuse of alcohol but I know thats not true. That may be a predominant factor in his personal problems but has nothing to do with the job losses of his son and daughter or with the illnesses of the children in the story. Although the story doesnt end as I was envisioning, I loved the last line. I recommend you read the book but dont jump to the back to read the last line first. Save that for the end. I believe you will enjoy the book and find a lot of hope in its pages.
tickmenotKansas CityGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Power Greater Than OurselvesAugust 12, 2015tickmenotKansas CityGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Small town lawyer, Corbin Gage, has a chance to take part in a David versus Goliath type of case. Two young boys have developed cancer. Corbin thinks the fertilizer plant, the only employer of good jobs in his southern town, is responsible. He believes they have dumped chemicals that have caused these two boys to get sick. Taking on a case like this one will require stamina, resources and finances that Corbin hasn't had in years.
Corbin is an alcoholic, and has been for decades. His law practice is neglected, and alcohol runs his life. Years of drinking have dulled his mind, as well as, drained his personal finances, along with those of his law practice. Despite being a dysfunctional parent, both his children, Ray and Roxy, have followed in his footsteps and become lawyers. Neither work with him. They both keep Corbin at arm's length or farther, from them.
Hanging on by a thread.
Lately, the consequences of his drinking have really caught up with Corbin, and he is barely hanging on. Recently, he had to spend a night in the local jail when caught drunk driving. Ray and his wife are threatening to take away the one-on-one time he has with his only grandson. Billy is the only bright light in his life, and he is about to be yanked away from him because of his drinking.
This case is a real hornet's nest.
Corbin hasn't taken a big case like this one in years, and no one thinks he is still capable of doing it--but he would like to prove everyone wrong. He really wants to help these children, and their families. Corbin has a history of hurting and disappointing Ray and Roxy because of his drinking. Now, if he gets involved with this case, it, too, could have negative consequences for both their careers. He has never admitted to being an alcoholic, but now just might be that time.
I really liked these characters, and hope I get a chance to meet them again in the author's future books. This book's first page pulls you in, and you will be hard-pressed to put it down until reaching the last one. The author is a highly skilled story teller. When Corbin is struggling with drinking, you really get inside his head and feel the internal battle he is waging. You will feel as if you have visited an AA meeting with Corbin, and understand how hard it will be for him to do the twelve steps of the program--but that he can do it.
Mr. Whitlow ended the story in a way I didn't see coming, and I really liked that. This is a great five-star, legal thriller written from a Christian viewpoint, and I highly recommend it. You will not be disappointed.
The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of A House Divided through The Thomas Nelson Publishing BookLook Bloggers Program for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.