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Review 1 for The Choice - eBook
Date:January 14, 2013
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Choice by Robert Whitlow Sandy Lincoln, popular cheerleader, dating a football player finds herself pregnant her senior year in high school. Despite the temptation to abort her baby, she decides to carry him to term. Her boyfriend deserts her and she must make a temporary new home with her aunt in another city and another school. As her pregnancy progresses, she begins to think that she is carrying twins. At a gas station a stranger approaches her and tells her that the babies must be separated at birth. Sandy follows this advice and the boys grow up ignorant of the fact that they each have a twin.
Sandy goes on to establish a successful life for herself as a teacher, but still wonders where her boys are and how they have fared in life. She becomes involved in helping a student who is pregnant and in a twist of fate she meets one of her sons and then the other. She must decide if she should reveal her secrets.
I have been a Robert Whitlow fan and have read all of his previous books. This one, however, left me disappointed. The writing seemed flat and I had to force myself to finish the book. It did pick up speed and suspense in the last 30 pages, but previous to that I read out of duty and not enjoyment. I appreciate Mr. Whitlow’s underlying message, but thought that his writing didn’t carry it effectively. If you are a Robert Whitlow fan, stick with his other books. I appreciate the publisher giving me a free copy and this is my honest review.
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Review 6 for The Choice - eBook
A Little Disappointing
Date:August 28, 2012
The Choice by Robert Whitlow is a story about a young girl who makes a poor choice, only to be faced with an even greater one. Set in the 70's, a time when teen pregnancy was taboo, The Choice addresses both sides of the abortion/adoption issue, as the main character, Sandy, decides which path she will take for herself and her unborn child.
I have read several books by Robert Whitlow and had high hopes for this book, as I have loved every other book I've read by him. This book had a different flow than the others of his I've read. It was much slower paced and much more detailed. Sometimes I got bogged down in the details a bit and wished it would move a little faster. There was one moment about a third of the way through the book, when a new character was introduced, that I thought, "Okay, exciting, it's going to pick up." Instead, it went back to painting the story of Sandy's pregnancy and decision.
The second half of the book was definitely more engaging, but again, got bogged down with less than exciting characters and details. There was a definite story being told, but it felt as if drama was being fit a little bit here and there, rather than it being an overall engaging story.
I would read another Robert Whitlow book in a heartbeat. He is a talented author. I probably wouldn't recommend this book, though. It just didn't grab my interest.
Sandy Lincoln is a seventeen year old high school senior who finds out she is pregnant. After talking with family and friends, she has a decision to make. Will she keep the baby? Put the baby up for adoption? Or will she have an abortion? How does that play out later on in Sandy's life?
Thirty-four years later, Sandy is a teacher helping a Mexican student named Maria with the same situation. Along the way, there are problems and Maria is very confused about who to listen to and what to do. Will Maria make the right choice with Sandy's guidance?
This was a great story about making the right decision for yourself and your unborn child. In 1974, abortions just became legal but pregnant students were sent away. Sandy's choice not only affected her future but the future of her unborn child. I loved how they continued the story 34 years later showing how Sandy's life was and how she could use her personal experience to help make a decision for another person and their unborn child. I love how the story went and the discoveries along the way.
A special thanks to Book Sneeze for allowing me to review this book for them.
This is the first book I have ever read by Mr. Whitlow and I really enjoyed how he did a great job of not forgetting those little details in life, yet not making them too obvious with overlong descriptions, which for me made this book feel more realistic.
I liked how this book dealt with the choices we make and how sometimes what some people would call an everyday choice can change lives and make a difference.
Being adopted myself, I liked how this book dealt with the topic. And it really is an amazing thing, and the women who choose life are heroes who selflessly put their children first.
I liked the character of Jeremy because I felt that I could relate to him in that he was content in his life and he didn't stress about finding his birth family the way some people do. I really admired Sandy for her strength and courage not only in the choices she made when she was a teenager, but for how she championed a young woman in a tough situation.
Overall, this was a tale well written and I liked the steady pace that it had that made it engaging, but not the kind of story that gives you whiplash. I enjoyed reading this tale about life and love and how God can turn a bad situation for good if we just let Him. I loved the way so many things came together throughout the book. This is a book I would recommend to people who like books that deal with issues and run emotionally deep.
I received this book through Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
What a great book! I love Robert Whitlow's books. And this book is a departure from the subject matter of most of his books. I downloaded the ebook of The Choice yesterday and couldn't put it down.
The Choice follows the life of Sandy Lincoln who is 17-years-old in 1974. Sandy is a cheerleader and gets pregnant by the football star her senior year in high school. The first part of the story chronicles each of Sandy's choices as she follows her heart--and the advice of an old woman at a gas station. The old woman tells her that she's pregnant with twin sons and that if they ever meet, one of them will die. And in fact, Sandy does have twin boys...and she chooses to give them up for adoption...to two different families. The case is sealed and can only be opened if either of the boys chooses to search for their mother.
Sandy never marries and becomes a dedicated high school English teacher. She loves her students and becomes involved with a young hispanic girl, Maria, who tells her she's pregnant. In order to help Maria (who doesn't speak much English), she takes her to a young lawyer who is able to begin the process of protecting her rights. As Sandy meets with this young lawyer, she notices a photo of him as a young child in front of a house. A house Sandy recognizes. And Sandy is faced with yet another choice--thirty-three years later.
This is such a redemptive story. And it's told in a very engaging way. I highly recommend this book. I'd give it 5 out of 5 stars. Thank you to Thomas Nelson Publishers for providing this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
I like John Grisham novels because he is a lawyer and you can tell that he approaches his stories from a lawyer point of view and can make the criminal side and courtroom seem so real. I have seen the name "Robert Whitlow" on several books, but had never stopped to read his books because I knew nothing about him, and well...I have my favorites that I tend to always read. Let's just say that I'm adding his name to the list because he writes in the style of John Grisham and in fact, he is a practicing attorney. The knowledge that he has about his topics (in this book it is abortion) legally makes the book so intense and very informative. I've already "dropped" his name to a few fellow John Grisham lovers.
Teen pregnancy hasn't always held the glamour that today's culture has made it. Back in 1974, Sandy found herself pregnant and her boyfriend pressured her to have an abortion. He told her that he loved her and that they could still get married, but they didn't need a baby interfering with their lives and their future plans. When Sandy decided that she could in no way kill her baby through an abortion, he told her that it's either him or the baby. Sandy chose the baby, which meant the now ex-boyfriend began his next move----dating other girls.
At that time, pregnant girls weren't allowed to be in school, so Sandy had to move to live with her aunt in Atlanta and go to a school that many juvenile delinquents and pregnant teens went to. Sandy did well in school and made a friend, who was a fellow teen mom. On one of her trips back to Atlanta, she stopped at a grocery store and a lady looked at her and told her that she would be having twins and that if they ever met each other, then one of them would be killed. Knowing this prophecy, she looks into having two separate families adopt the twins and decides not to share with each family that their babies are twins. That's a fact only a few people know. It was the hardest thing she's ever had to do...to give up her babies...but she knew that it was for the best.
Fast forward to 30 years and Sandy finds herself helping a teenage girl. Who knew that meeting her might change her life forever. Faced with a life and death decision, Sandy has to make a quick decision. Whatever did happen to her precious babies and did they ever meet? Was the prophecy fulfilled, just as the old lady said it would be?
I think the thing that I loved most about this book was seeing how deliberate she was in the adoption process. She thought about her children, how often the father and mother would be home, and if they would be taught about the Lord at all. You could tell she loved them so much that she tried to think of every detail because this was the only way she would ever be involved in their life. I loved seeing her choices played out and her decisions as well as consequences.
I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.
This is a compelling story about abortion, it’s consequences, and the true difficulty in making the right choice in complicated situations. There are few issues that generate the level of passion and emotional connection that abortion does. Robert Whitlow does a good job of showing that there are more choices than just abortion, and that many times the decision making process gets narrowly focused on how abortion is the best option, rather than really thinking through the implications of that choice and what others might be available.
In this novel, Robert Whitlow examines the ethics of abortion and adoption, in a unique and interesting story. Most people I know would say that abortion is distasteful, but they advocate that “mistakes” shouldn’t ruin a woman’s life. I would say that it is typical of a culture that is moving away from moral responsibility and toward situational ethics to determine that the best choice is one of convenience. Abortion is taking a life for the sole purpose of convenience to the mother.
Abortion isn’t an issue that is going away anytime soon. It is not the only discussion that needs sensitive conversation, but it is one that touches people in a deep and profound way. It’s important that abortion is not relegated to the dusty corners of silence, but is instead a topic that keeps being discussed. Having considerate discussions that really engage both sides is at least one way to keep fighting, to keep insisting on a true view of what a child is, and when his rights are important. Robert Whitlow’s book is one way to have that conversation without being shrill or harsh. It illuminates the issue, in a non-threatening way, and one that everyone can relate to. Read the story for yourself. It may not change your mind, but it may at least make you think.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255
It's 1974 in a small town in rural Georgia, and seventeen-year old Sandy Lincoln is pregnant. She's a nice girl from a good family. These things don't happen in her world, and decisions have to be made. Ultimately, the choice is hers, and she is the one who lives with that choice for over thirty years.
Over thirty years later, another unwed teenager comes into her life, and Sandy is forced to relive her choice once more. One choice made thirty years before affects more lives than she would have ever imagined.
Do not start this novel until you have plenty of time or do not need to sleep. Once started, it cannot be put down. In light of the continuing debate in the political arena concerning Roe v. Wade, this novel is very timely. It causes the reader to look the issue as concerning real people, not just a political argument. The choice that a woman makes truly does have generational repercussions. The novel explores those repercussions, as well as the emotional fallout experienced by the entire family during a teen pregnancy. It was a very balanced view of the entire issue and was not presented in a biased manner. Added to that was the drama of Maria's story and how that unfolded, and that is why I was up until 4 a.m. But it was worth it.
I only wish I could give it more than 5 stars....
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Rutland, Georgia, 1974. One year after Roe v. Wade has become ‘law’ of the land. Back then, girls were hustled out of school and forced to make other accommodations to have their babies before returning to school.
That year, Sandy Lincoln, a senior at Rutland High School, gets pregnant by her football hero boyfriend, Brad Donelly. He tries to manipulate her into an abortion with the tantalizing offer of marriage later on. Her parents are supportive in helping her make a better choice. Sandy ends up living with her aunt Linda, her mother’s sister, in Atlanta, Georgia, until her baby is born.
However, on her way to her aunt’s house, she stops at a gas station to purchase a drink, when a mysterious old woman approaches her with a prophecy and a warning about the babies she is carrying. This warning and prophecy plays an integral part in her choice of where she places her babies for adoption and why. Thirty years later, her choice will come full circle in ways she never thought possible as she tries to help a pregnant teenager who has been raped.
Robert Whitlow, in The Choice, takes us down the difficult road of being a pregnant teenager with monumental choices to make about her pregnancy, trying to do what’s best for her babies, and a heartbroken grandmother who wants to keep her grandchildren. We are given an in-depth, personal view of Sandy’s choices, which are far from simple. They involve courage, selflessness, a broken heart, and a heartrending, yet beautiful gift of adoption to childless couples seeking a child. The story depicts how teenage pregnancies affect not only the pregnant teenager, but the babies, grandparents, father, siblings, extended family, adoptive family, etc. Our sins don’t just affect ourselves–they have a rippling effect that courses through many lives.
A boomerang episode transpires thirty years later, when Sandy is a teacher at her old high school and a pregnant young Mexican teenager who was raped comes to her for help. A school counselor throws you into the world’s culture wars over women’s reproductive rights. The power struggles that evolve are so relevant to today’s world, and emulate what transpires in schools across the country regarding underage abortions, only now more quietly and insidiously. The author gives a blow-by-blow account of the intricacies of the battle of trying to choose life over abortion for this young pregnant girl who is frightened by all the circumstances. Lives are at stake. Will Sandy make the right choice?
Linda’s influence in the matters of truth, Sandy’s own faith, and the faith of many others in the story help to show the ultimate decision should rest in God’s design for our lives. Though we stumble and fall, He is always there to help us make the right decisions if we but call upon Him.
The author wrote the book to honor mothers . He has an intended irony in the selection of his book title, The Choice. It plays on the word “choice,” showing that “choice” can also mean a woman’s decision not to abort. Sandy is unselfishly “pro-choice”–’choosing’ to allow the babies to be adopted. Kudos to the author to stress this important aspect!!!
This book was provided free by Amy Lathrop and Christen Krumm of the Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was exchanged.
I have long been a fan of this author right here. Robert Whitlow has written some really great books and this new one, The Choice, was one of my favorites.
Robert Whitlow knows how to write a good book. I mean one that gets you interested and then keeps your interest the whole way through. Have you ever read a book that you just couldn't finish? I know I sure have! Been several that I couldn't get into:) But that is not the case for this book. The Choice covers a very delicate subject or should I say, several touchy subjects. But Mr Whitlow pulls it all off with great finesse! I do have to tell you, you better have tissues handy!!
The book is separated into two parts. One is when Sandy is a young teen and the second part is when she is older. Sandy is the young, scared teenager who finds out that she is pregnant from a high school boy. I really liked how Robert Whitlow handled this. He could have been in detail about what happened and he also could have just had her parents brush everything off and just say that is what happens. Sure they care for her but at the same time, there are consequences. Her mother is very direct about this and how Sandy's life is going to change. At an early part in this section, Sandy is approached at a gas station by an older woman who tells her a very strange thing. I don't want to give anything away about the story so I will leave you guessing about what she says. But believe me, I was wondering what was going on.
The second part delves into the life of Sandy as she is in her later years. She gave birth and then put both children up for adoption. She chose to never find them unless they wanted to as well. Then guess what happens? A young teenager in her class at school finds out she is pregnant. And very scared. What would any good teacher do? She offers to help this Mexican teen and then gets into a whole lot of trouble. Everything spirals out of control at this point and I found myself cheering Sandy on.
This is a great book you will enjoy. Many tearful parts, some very thought-provoking areas and a lot of good discussion points. I put this book on my keeper shelf and then passed it on for others in my family to read. If you enjoy a good book with a lot to it, this is a book you will want to pick up. Excellent novel Mr Whitlow!!
According to FTC Policy, I received a copy of this book for my review purposes. I did not receive any monetary compensation. All thoughts are 100% mine.
My copy has already been passed along for the fourth person in line to read.
Be prepared to cry. It's that kind of book. But in a good way.
One of the things that makes this book different than the rest of Robert's books is that instead of the main character being a lawyer, she needs one. But that comes later in the story. (That's not a spoiler because all Whitlow books work the attorney part in there somewhere - after all he's one himself!)
The Choice tells the story of Sandy, a high school senior who finds out she's pregnant. It's 1974, in the time when Roe vs. Wade was just being decided and teen pregnancy was the scandal that it probably should be instead of the spectacle MTV has glorified it to be. But now, she has a choice. And readers agonize right along with Sandy as her life is turned upside down, and is ultimately on her own as she faces the biggest decision of her young life. Sandy has family, but it really is her choice to make, and she really is alone in having to decide.
Fast forward 30 years--Sandy's choice shaped her life in a lot of ways. And the pain is still front and center when one of the students at the school she teaches comes to her. Sandy tries to help the young pregnant girl as best she can given the restrictions she has as a teacher. And let me tell you, part of those limitations and how her hands are tied will infuriate you.
In comes Sandy's need for a lawyer. As Sandy helps Maria, she is faced with the choice she made long ago in ways she never imagined. As you read, you'll find yourself going through all the same emotions that Sandy is right along with her.
And if you can make it to the end without tears in your eyes, you just may not have a heart.
Back in 1974 Sandy Lincoln finds herself pregnant, a gifted High School senior. Roe v Wade has passed and several people ...including Brad her boyfriend want her to have an abortion. Instead Sandy goes to live with her Aunt Linda in Atlanta, and decides to have the baby, but give it away for adoption. The first part of the book is the life Sandy leads leading up to the birth. What a remarkable young woman she is. There was an incident when she was only a few months along, where she meets and elderly woman named Rebecca who tells her she is going to have twins and one will kill the other...how unsettling! Thirty-three years later the book begins again, and Sandy has a well established career. She befriends a pregnant 16 year old, and opens up old wounds for herself. There is a lot of action and heartache ahead for her. The book does deal with some tough subjects, rape, teen pregnancy, abortion, adoption. It is very well done story, and a real page turner. Don't miss it.
I receive this book through Litfuse Publicity tours and the Publisher Thomas Nelson, and was not required to give a positive review.
The Choice by Robert Whitlow is a powerful story of the consequences a single choice can make, the how it sends ripples down through the years through lives we couldn't begin to imagine. Sandy Lincoln is the most popular girl in her high school in 1974 Rutland, Georgia: cheerleader, straight A student, dating the football star. She had everything going for her until she allows him to persuade her to go farther than she knew she should and that one experience leaves her pregnant and her world shattered. The football star tries to force her into abortion, and even her father agrees it may be the best option, but Sandy's mother and aunt want her to consider adoption, in order not to punish a child innocent of any wrong. Sandy decides to put her child up for adoption, but on the way to move in with her aunt, she meets a strange woman who tells her that she is pregnant with twin boys, and she must be very careful in what she decides to do with them. Sandy is deeply disturbed and shaken by the woman's words, and that shapes her actions in the months and years to come, and then again thirty-three years later when she meets them under circumstances no one would even dream. I was a teenage mother in high school, and Whitlow does a great job of portraying the ostracism and shame associated with it. Sandy is a likable protagonist, and the reader is quickly pulled into her story and comes to care about her deeply. The story is compelling and well-written. I started and finished it in one evening, because I just couldn't put it down. In fact, as I noticed I was beginning to run out of pages, I tried to read more slowly, in order to remain with these characters for as long as I could. I do think that the threads were all tied up just a bit too neatly. The rest of the story seems like real life, and life doesn't work like that. But that's a very small flaw in a terrific book.