By Robert Whitlow
Published by Thomas Nelson
Back Cover: Young lawyer Parker House is on the rise—until his grandfather’s mysterious past puts both of their lives in danger.
Parker House’s secret inheritance is either his greatest blessing . . . or his deadliest curse. The fresh-faced North Carolina attorney shares his German grandfather’s uncanny ability to see future events in his mind’s eye—a 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 Parker’s legal prospects but also his life and the lives of those dearest to him.
Two witnesses, two paths, an uncertain future.
REVIEW: The story beings in 1939 at the Germany-Belgium Border. It gives readers a glimpse into war times and introduces a young Franz Haus. Readers also get a peek at the gift Franz has, how he uses it and his role played in times of war.
Then the story fast forwards to 2003, New Bern, N.C. Readers are introduced to Parker House. He works for Greg Branham and Dexter Camp as an associate attorney. Barnham and Camp begin to prepare for a case as they start to choose jury members. Parker meets a young photographer named Ms. Donovana potential jury pick. There is something about this girl he can’t shake. Parker is torn between the girl he’d like to get to know and a great job offer. Can he keep the main thing the main thing?
Parker’s grandfather; Franz Haus says to his friend, people don’t have a clue.
“They watch a documentary show on T.V. or go to movies and think they have an idea what it was like.” But they don’t...War is hell, and I’m not pretending to be a good guy…”
Franz’s friend Lenny pipes up, “For years, what bothered me the most about my time in Vietnam was a nagging fear that I’d killed one of my own guys by mistake in the middle of a firefight when bullets were flying everywhere and people running all over the place I don’t know for sure that it happened, but I couldn’t share the thought that it did.”
Franz could relate to his friend. He had his own bad dreams to contend with. Then out of the blue someone seeks Franz out from the past. He says he wants to thank him for saving his life during the war. When he agrees to meet with the gentlemen memories from the past come flooding back. The meeting shakes his soul. Old nightmares return and begin to rock his world in daytime hours.
Franz seeks peace. He decides to go to church. Maybe he could find help. Franz hears the pastor say. “At the mention of guilt and the long term weight it placed on the human soul, Franz perked up and leaned forward in his chair….The Pastor continued, “Guilt comes in many different shapes and forms. It has a thousand faces but only one solution, the blood of Jesus and the grace available through his sacrifice on the cross (through his shed blood)…demonstrates the seriousness of our problem and the depth of God’s love in providing a solution for it. If you’ve suffered, it’s not something you want to revisit….One of the most foolish things we could ever do is arrogantly reject God’s offer of help. If you’re willing to humble yourself, today is your opportunity to take a first step in the right direction”
Things get interesting after that message for sure.
Whitlow’s experience as a lawyer helps him write compelling legal dramas at the same time he laces his stories with a natural spiritual thread. This story is character driven, sprinkled with a little romance, engaging mystery and some unexpected twists and turns. This would make a good book club pick and summer read. This author has included 15 questions to help create lively discussion with your group.
ABOUT AUTHOR: Robert Whitlow grew up in north Georgia. He graduated magna cum laude from Furman University with a BA in history in 1976 and received his JD with honors from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1979. A practicing attorney, he is a partner in a Charlotte, NC law firm. He and his wife Kathy have four children and three grandchildren.
Robert began writing in 1996. His novels are set in the South and include both legal suspense and interesting characterization. It is his desire to write stories that reveal some of the ways God interacts with people in realistic scenarios.
I'm so excited that Robert Whitlow will be featured on the front cover of Book Fun Magazine August Issue.
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