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The Witnesses, by Robert Whitlow
Frank and Parker House – grandfather and grandson – share a special gift of being able to witness events before they take place. Gifts can be used for good or ill, and both men will need to decide how and when to make use of their talents. When Parker is offered a position at a prestigious law firm, Frank’s past and both of their futures are tied to the choices they will make.
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Publication Date: 2016
Young lawyer Parker House is on the riseuntil his grandfathers mysterious past puts both of their lives in danger.
Parker Houses secret inheritance is either his greatest blessing . . . or his deadliest curse. The fresh-faced North Carolina attorney shares his German grandfathers uncanny ability to see future events in his minds eyea gift that has haunted 82-year-old Frank House through decades of trying to erase a murderous wartime past.
While Parker navigates the intrigue and politics of small-town courtroom law, Frank is forced to face his darkest regrets. Then, a big career break for Parker collides with a new love he longs to nurture and the nightmares his grandfather can no longer escape. Sudden peril threatens to shatter not only Parkers legal prospects but also his life and the lives of those dearest to him.
Two witnesses, two paths, an uncertain future.
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.
debhgrtyPlymouth MAAge: Over 65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Grandfather and Grandson Both See the Future: Blessing or Curse?March 27, 2017debhgrtyPlymouth MAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Debs Dozen: Grandfather and grandsonboth see glimpses of the future. Blessing or curse?
Robert Whitlows The Witnesses is an entertaining story about law and romance in the South. Frank House aka Franz Haus has a new life in America. He served on General Bergs staff where he was known as the Aryan Eagle because of his insights into future situations and his ability to predict the outcomes. He deserted after a horrific experience near the end of World War II, then spent the balance of the war hiding in plain site as a fisherman on the Seine. Feeling called to the US, he traveled here, married, and had children. His daughter and son were killed by a drunk driver and his grandson, Parker, came to live with him. Now Frank and his best friend, Lenny, spend most of their days fishing.
Parker, now grown, is an attorney in a small law firm in New Bern, NC. The newest member of the firm, his partners load all the scut work and research on him. Parker occasionally has brilliant insights that have helped the partners win cases. On one case in particular, Parker urges Greg, the senior partner, to keep a particular jurora pretty, blonde photographer, Layla Donovan. That instinct served them well and Parker is intrigued. When he runs into her at a friends weddinghe attending, she taking pictureshe decides to pursue the interest.
Greg decides to invite premier attorney, Thomas Blocker, to work with them on a case where their expertise is lacking. Blocker agrees only if his contact at the firm is Parker. Parker learns to his chagrin that Blocker is Laylas father.
The cases proceed as does Thomass interest in Laylaand Blockers interest in Parker. The characters are well-written, the story proceeds in deliberate order, and we learn about and come to care for Frank and Parker and Layla. The descriptions are apt but not excessive and the action intriguing. Youll enjoy the development of the story and the characters. Four stars.
Robert Whitlow is a multi-published author, who writes legal fiction set in the South. He won a Christy Award for Contemporary Fiction. He received his JD from the University of Georgia School of Law and was on the staff of the Georgia Law Review.
Thomas Nelson gave me a copy of The Witnesses, but I was in no way obligated to write a good review.
DiggsNorth CarolinaAge: 35-44Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5THE WITNESSESJanuary 5, 2017DiggsNorth CarolinaAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Right from the get go I was intrigued and glued to this book. I loved how there were flashbacks to Frank House's past showing what helped shape him into the person he became. I also liked how he was able at times to see small glimpses into the future. Now he is starting to worry a bit because his grandson may have the same ability that he did and he is concerned for his grandson's sake. Robert Whitlow did a great job with the characters and for me made this a very memorable novel.
Britney Adams4 Stars Out Of 5The WitnessesDecember 29, 2016Britney AdamsQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0The Witnesses is a meticulous intertwining of past and present! The characterization is strong, and I especially enjoyed Frank Houses journey and the glimpses into his former life as a German soldier. The legal drama of the present-day timeline was interesting and overlapped nicely with the intriguing historical thread. I enjoyed The Witnesses and look forward to reading more from Robert Whitlow.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.
Kym2 Stars Out Of 5Not what i expectedDecember 15, 2016KymQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 1Attorney Parker House is on the rise. He faces a big career break, all while dealing with what his grandfather thought had stayed in the past. Now, with the past coming back, it puts both men in danger.
I had a very difficult time getting into this book. I enjoy mystery and intrigue for sure, anyone who knows me can agree with that, but this story was a bit beyond my usual. I gave it a try. Never judge a book by its cover, right? However, I just couldnt continue reading it. I could not get into the story and stay. There was something about it I could not connect with. It did not catch my attention. Unfortunately, this book ended up in the Did Not Finish pile.
*I received this book free from Fiction Guild and Thomas Nelson in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts*
Musicgirl665 Stars Out Of 5Compelling ReadDecember 6, 2016Musicgirl66Quality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Robert Whitlow delivers a powerful message of love and forgiveness in this book. A young lawyer meets a photographer who intrigues him. That man's grandfather had been int he German army during WWII, but deserted to Switzerland before the war's end. Flashbacks tell the reader what occurred in Germany to the grandfather. Through good preaching and counseling, he finds a way to forgive himself.