About This Book
Corbin Gage can stand up to anyone . . . But his own divided house will bring him to his knees.
Corbin, a longtime legal champion for the downtrodden, is slowly drinking himself into the grave. His love for “mountain water” has cost him his marriage to the godliest woman he knows, ruined his relationship with his daughter, Roxy, and reduced the business at his small Georgia law firm to a level where he can barely keep the bill collectors at bay. But it isn’t until his son, Ray, threatens to limit Corbin’s time with his grandson that Corbin begins to acknowledge he might have a problem.
Despite the mess that surrounds his personal life and against the advice of everyone he knows, Corbin takes on a high-stakes tort case on behalf of two boys who have contracted non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma due to an alleged chemical exposure. The defendant, a fertilizer company, is the largest employer in the area. The lawsuit becomes a tornado that sucks Corbin, Ray, and Roxy into an increasingly deadly vortex. Equally intense pressure within the family threatens to destroy, once and for all, the thin threads that connect them.
Corbin must find the strength to stand up to his personal demons. Justice for two dying boys depends on it . . . his family depends on it.
About the Author
(Nashville, TN)— As a practicing attorney, Robert Whitlow brings realistic and intense details and dialogue to his novels—more than a dozen award-winning legal dramas. In his latest release, A House Divided, the novelist addresses alcoholism, an issue affecting millions of Americans, and a particularly prevalent problem in the legal field, he has noted. With his trademark sensitivity to family dynamics, Whitlow’s novel explores the toll this plague continues to take on the relationships between adult children and their father, all practicing attorneys. In order to gain an authentic sense of this issue and the support for alcoholics fighting the addiction, Whitlow attended an AA meeting and listened to multiple messages from AA speakers that he describes as “extremely inspiring.” “In particular,” Whitlow says, “I was impressed by the level of commitment AA participants have for one another.”
Learn more about Robert Whitlow from his website.
When I read “the back cover” I was a little skeptical that I would enjoy the story line. I’m not a big fan of the “little guy” going after big business. However, the author brought out the family dynamics created by the senior Gage’s alcoholism, which I found extremely moving.
I enjoyed the different characters in this story. Corbin was interesting to watch his development as he comes to terms with the death of his ex-wife. The author does a great job drawing out the complexity of relationships and how alcoholism damages everyone. The relationship that was the sweetest was between Corbin and his grandson.
The story itself was excellent. The tension between the family and how the family relationship affect other relationships was woven throughout the story. It was not what I would call action pack, but the story interested me from the start to finish. I also enjoyed seeing inside AA meetings. The author did a great job of showing the ups and downs that alcoholics face. It really made feel for the characters, especially Corbin.
I would recommend this book to family and friends.
Disclaimer: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased and honest 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.