Sunday, July 16, 2023

DOUBLE INDEMNITY by Robert Whitlow, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

. . ."Connor closed his eyes, not to pray but to block out the image of two angry people who'd dumped the garbage of their lives in his lap and expected him to sort through it and find hidden treasure."

Could Connor Grantham have anticipated that a contentious marriage counseling session would catapult his life into utter chaos? Never. Pastor of a north Georgia congregation, Connor's routine was relatively simple and primarily academic; study theology, consider philosophy and hike . . . he loved being outdoors, exploring the mountainsides that surrounded the rural town of Bryson. Yet early one morning that connection with God's creation put him in the unfortunate situation of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, he just didn't know it yet.

Attorney Liz Acosta was gaining experience in her field by working as an associate with Bryson's largest law firm, Pollard and Associates, when she was assigned to represent Elena Thompson. The woman was desperate to sort out what would happen if her troubled marriage ended up in divorce. Like all instances where there was a previous marriage with children, a profitable business, and multiple life insurance policies . . . a financial settlement could get really messy, really fast. Millions of dollars were at stake, especially if the double indemnity clause kicked in . . . in the event of her husband's death.

Connor and Liz's paths end up crossing in unexpected ways when the unthinkable happens and their lives are sucked into the vortex of a tragedy. The two have totally different backgrounds and perspectives, but as their ability to depend wholly upon themselves disintegrates, the prayers of others prove powerful and effective, causing Connor and Liz to sense the Spirit of God moving within their hearts and lives in a powerfully transformative way.

"For those moving from religion to relationship. Enjoy the journey."

Whitlow's novels are often a slow build, but the crescendos are well worth the wait!
*I purchased the book and was under no obligation to provide a positive review.

BackCover Blurb:
Someone stands to gain millions of dollars from a hunter’s accidental death . . . unless that death wasn’t an accident.

Matt and Elena Thompson present the picture of perfection. But their enviable life isn’t all it seems. Their marriage is on the rocks, and financial disaster looms. Then Matt is killed in a hunting accident, and the questions and accusations begin to mount.

Attorney Liz Acosta, newly arrived in the mountains of north Georgia after graduating from law school, plans to get some job experience on her resume before returning home to seek a position with a big-time firm. Intellectual pastor Connor Grantham isn’t sure that shepherding a rural congregation is what he ultimately wants to do with his life. Drawn to philosophy, theology, and nature, he’s beginning to feel more at home in north Georgia—especially after he meets the brilliant and energetic Liz.

While Liz and Connor spend more time with each other and discover just how compatible two people from wildly different backgrounds can be, they’re also being drawn into the shadowy world of Matt and Elena Thompson. As the couple’s marriage counselor, Connor finds himself in the middle of their explosive arguments. As Elena’s attorney, Liz is caught in the tailspin created by Matt’s death.

Together, Connor and Liz attempt to solve the mystery of what really happened to Matt. If his death is ruled an accident, then the double indemnity clause in his life insurance would go into effect, essentially doubling the payout. But as Liz sorts through the legal paperwork of who stands to gain an immense sum of money from Matt’s death, Connor is accused of the unthinkable with much more at stake than millions of dollars.

Contemporary Christian legal drama
Perfect for fans of John Grisham
Includes discussion questions for book clubs

Thomas Nelson Publishing, June, 2023
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