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a book with a heart October 19, 2012
When a door closes, a window opens. This is the premise of Whitlow’s story when Tom Crane suddenly finds himself jobless. Forced by circumstances, he returns home not realizing that the trip would change the direction of his life.
It’s easy to be engaged with Whitlow’s book. Crane’s dilemma about his future can make anyone sympathetic enough to feel his anger and his pain. One is naturally led to find out how this and the events tied up to his father’s practice interconnect.
One snag in the story however made it difficult for me to fully appreciate it. There seemed to be an insufficient play of events for Crane to suddenly turn to bible passages so easily as his source of enlightenment in all the mishaps that happen. A change of heart is possible of course. But for a rational and objective thinker as Crane was, brought about by his long-standing legal career, there wasn’t much to show for that change of heart.
Still, Whitlow’s story flows smoothly. More so, conflicts never seem to let up, even until the last few pages of the book. It keeps readers both entertained as well as curious. More importantly, it offers us an invitation to confront our own life choices and evaluate how much of these we have actually lived, both for ourselves as well as for others. It is truly a book with a heart.
Review by Anne
Sometimes small towns hold the biggest secrets.
Ambitious young attorney Tom Crane is about to become a partner in a high-profile Atlanta law firm. But first he must clear one final matter from his docket—the closing of his deceased father's law practice in his hometown of Bethel, Georgia. Killed in a mysterious boating accident, John Crane didn't appear to leave his son anything except the hassle of wrapping up loose ends.
But instead of celebrating his promotion, Tom finds himself packing up his office, having suddenly been "consolidated." To add insult to injury, that same night his girlfriend breaks up with him . . . by letter.
Returning to Bethel with no sense of his future and no faith to fall back on, Tom just wants to settle his father's final affairs and get back to Atlanta. But then he runs into an unexpected roadblock—two million dollars of unclaimed money stashed in a secret bank account. And evidence that his father's death may not have been accidental. Worse still, a trail of data suggests his father played a role in an international fraud operation.
Tom follows the money into a tangled web of lies, theft, and betrayal. Along the way, he meets a woman who is as beguiling as she is beautiful. And her interest in the outcome of the case is just as high as his. She challenges Tom's assumptions . . . and his faith. Now he has to decide who he can trust—and how far a father's love can reach.
|Publication Date||July 19, 2011|