Amy Clarkes first book of christian fiction had been published. The second one was ready to send to the publisher. Working full time as a legal assistant, taking care of her husband and two children, and writing left her very little free time. She decided to quit her job so she could devote more time to her writing.
Her inspiration for her books came from her dreams. As she begins writing her third book, the dreams become more like prophecies. While awake, she recalls details from the dreams that affect those around her. She warned a friend about a field trip to the fire station. She saw the child being hurt. Her friend went along on the field trip, and was able to keep her son from walking in the path of a moving truck. She saw a woman at church holding a baby, unaware that the woman had suffered several miscarriages and wondered if she would be able to carry a child to full term.
Amy was reluctant to share with anyone, and was uncomfortable with her gift.
When Harold Phillips, Amys former boss called and offered her a temporary job, she decided to accept. Her husband was a hard worker, but didnt make enough to make ends meet. The income from the books was much less than they expected.
Amy had dreams about some of the cases the law firm was working on, and she shared them with her boss. He made decisions based on what she shared, but unfortunately the information was not always correct. One situation she thought was work related turned out to be about a family member.
She lost her job because she couldnt give Mr. Phillips her word that she would keep her dreams to herself.
Other than the dreams, Amys life was typical. Her husband was beyond supportive of her, her 14-year-old daughter wanted to make her own decisions and her 10-year-old son just wanted to be involved in sports and play with his friends. The relationship between her daughter and the single male teacher seemed unrealistic. I would think Amy and her husband would have paid more attention. The book started slow, but became interesting as the characters faced minor, as well as dangerous, situations.
Robert Whitlow in his new book, "The Living Room" published by Thomas Nelson takes us into the life of Amy Clarke .
From the back cover: Amy Clarke's dreams are coming trueÃ¢â¬âand that's the problem.
Legal secretary by day, romance novelist by night, Amy Clarke lives with a precious secret. For years, she has traveled to a holy place in her dreamsÃ¢â¬âa sublime place she calls the Living Room. When she awakes, her faith and energy are supernaturally restored. And when she dreams, she receives vibrant inspiration for her novels.
As she begins to write her third book, the nature of her dreams shifts. Gone are the literary signposts. Instead, her dreams are studded with scenes that foreshadow real life. Before long, the scenes begin to spill over into her waking hours too.
As Amy becomes entangled in a high stakes case at work, her visions take on a dark hueÃ¢â¬âimplicating someone dear to her, causing her to question everything. And convincing her to trust someone with his own shadowy secrets.
Things are not always what they seem. But as fiction, dreams, and real life begin to overlap, Amy must stop dreaming and act to prevent tragedy.
Suspense and intrigue abound in this new thriller by Robert Whitlow. I wasn't sure exactly how Mr. Whitlow was going to get this going but he has a way of drawing you into the story and keeping you there, willingly I might add. For financial reason Amy has to go back to work as a legal secretary and there the dreams she has been having are beginning to take on reality. There is a place where we can all meet with God, some of us make use of it, some of us do not. Amy does and God has been giving her some truth that needs to come out. Now she s in danger until everything can be revealed. Robert Whitlow has written an interesting story that moves along at a remarkably brisk pace. "The Living Room" is full of interesting characters that keep us involved in the story. "The Living Room" is a powerful story and one that will keep you highly interested and flipping pages as fast as you can. I liked this book and recommend it to your reading list.
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I have to say that I love Robert Whitlow. I have enjoyed all his other books. He's at the top of my list of authors. But I couldn't get into this one. I tried and tried to work my way through it. I usually never leave a book half finished but I just couldn't make it through this one. It was too boring.
First, let me say, that I have very much enjoyed Robert Whitlow as an author of Legal Thrillers. "The Living Room" was different from his other books and I did not like it very much. I was bored from the start and could never really get into the story. It was slow going. It was not about legal matters per say. It just centered around a legal secretary by the name of Amy who had dreams. In her dreams she traveled to a special place she called the Living Room. It was there that she would receive inspiration for her novels. But then, her dreams took on a life of their own. They begin to happen in real life. They affect the people around her. She wanted to stay home and only be a writer but finances forced her to go back to work.
When Amy takes a major case at her firm she has a hard time juggling her family, career, and that desire to be a full time author of fiction books. I suppose that women who do this all the time...juggle family and careers would be able to relate very well. Each area of her life has its own challenges. Eventually this various worlds collide and she learns some to trust and hear God. There are spiritual principles we can all learn from in the book.
I do believe that God speaks through dreams but not all dreams are from God.
Even so, I was just not drawn into this book like the author's other books. I just can't quite put my finger of what it is, but I will read the next book he puts out.
I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
I kept wanting to accuse the daughter for something that she had not done. In this day in age, parents should not be so naÃÂ¯ve. It is not normal for a teenage girl to attend a party at a male teacher's home. I mean, really? The Living Room is a good point of view for a stay at home Mom going back to work while being supported in many ways by her husband. Thanks Whitlow for a great read.