The Choice

by Robert Whitlow

Paperback, 2012

Status

Available

Call number

813.54

Publication

Thomas Nelson (2012), 432 pages

Description

One young woman. Two very different roads. The choice will change everything. Even as a pregnant, unwed teen in 1974, Sandy Lincoln wanted to do the right thing. But when an ageless woman approached her in a convenience store with a mysterious prophecy and a warning, doing the right thing became even more unclear. She made the best choice she could...and has lived with the consequences. More than thirty years later, a pregnant teen has come into her life, and Sandy's long-ago decision has come back to haunt her. The stakes rise quickly, leaving Sandy with split seconds to choose once more. But will her choice decision bring life...or death?

Language

Original language

English

Physical description

432 p.; 8.5 inches

ISBN

9781401685614

User reviews

LibraryThing member alekee
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
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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.
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LibraryThing member dwgodby
Once again author Robert Whitlow writes a best-seller. Without one second of hesitation, I can quickly recommend this book to anyone who desires to read about the life of a young girl who finds herself pregnant and the choices that she must soon face. After Sandy, a senior in high school, finds
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herself pregnant by Brad Donnelly, a star football player, her life quickly changes never to be the same again.
The first part of the book deals with Sandy's choices that she has to make and the fact that she must follow her inner desires to do what is best for not only one baby but two. While many people tried to influence her and direct the decision that she would have to make we quickly see that Sandy learns how to stand on her own in her decision making. She makes many decisions that will not only impact her life but the life of both of her babies that she will give up for adoption.
The second part of the book is over 30 years later and how as a school teacher she faces a young girl in her class that is pregnant. She desires to help this young girl make wise choices as she was faced with many years earlier. While on this quest there were many hurtful things that Sandy encountered, yet in the midst of the turmoil she not only comes across one, but both of her sons. There are many emotions that the reader will experience as they go along the journey that is prepared for Sandy.
She finds that God never left her, rather He was guiding her along the way all the time. She in return desired to reach out and help others around her. She is soon acquainted with her son's family and her grandchildren and later was asked to be an acting grandmother to the young girl who was pregnant and had her child.
From the first to the last page this book is filled with adventure, excitement and thought provoking situations that helps one to become less judgmental and more understanding in the way one views issues in life. There is also a study group discussion section at the end of the book that would be helpful. Each book by Robert Whitlow is entertaining and I can't wait for the next to arrive.
5 of 5 stars
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LibraryThing member Justjenniferreading
I figured I’d be a little attached to this story, given that the description lays out how emotional of a story it is, and if you follow my reviews you know how I like an emotional story! I had no idea how drawn into this one I would become. I loved the story and the characters. I couldn’t help
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but be drawn into this one. It lead me to one long sleepless night because I couldn’t put it down. I had to see how it was going to end.

Sandy seems to have her head on her shoulders, except for the fact that she ended up pregnant and not ready for the responsibility. That one night of mistake changes her life forever, but as she’s dealing with an unplanned pregnancy and the options that are available to her she shows herself to truly have her head screwed on straight. She’s faced with a few decisions as to what to do about the pregnancy. Even though she falters a few times in her steadfastness as she sets her mind on what she thinks is best she doesn’t back down. Her parents, the adoption agency, no one can make her change her mind. Once the pregnancy is over and her life returns to its new normal she takes that steadfastness with her through life. I can’t say that being in the situation she was in that I would have been able to be so strong in my convictions. It’s difficult as an adult sometimes to do what you feel is right when other’s are trying to persuade you, as a teenager it can be almost impossible at times. That is what I admired about Sandy the most. She took a little while to decide what she wanted to do, but when she made her choice there was no one that could tell her otherwise. When the story jumps and we are introduced to an adult Sandy her convictions are even stronger. She was willing to give up everything to do what she thought was right.

The story is amazing. It’s emotional, powerful, suspenseful, and inspiring. Sandy’s journey is one that many people have started out on, but I doubt too many people have ended up where she did at the end. While the writing wasn’t “beautiful” there was something magical to Whitlow’s writing. He’s a master of the written word. Even with the foreshadowing he used when the inevitable happens it’s almost like I didn’t see it coming. I think it’s in the way he weaves all the different parts of the story together. It’s not like he was hiding anything, but I got so swept up into the story that I just along for the ride. I wasn’t over-thinking with this one – I was just following the story as it happened. The ending really threw me, looking back I can see that it was going to happen but as everything unraveled I couldn’t believe it was happening.

I can’t say enough how amazing this story was. Even though the subject tends to be a bit of a heavy topic the story wasn’t a heavy story but it wasn’t light reading either. It hit that perfect mixture. I loved this one and am adding more of Whitlow’s books to my wish list.
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LibraryThing member PamelaBarrett
The year is 1974, and Sandy, a pregnant teenager is faced with the biggest choice of her life; to keep the baby growing inside her, to have an abortion which has recently become legal, or to go through with the birth and give up the baby for adoption. The stakes are high and all of them have
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lasting consequences.

Many young women have been faced with this choice, and Robert Whitlow tells a compelling story full of the emotional highs and lows that come along with unplanned pregnancies. He follows Sandy’s life into middle age where the choice she made years before is reawakened by another teenager. She is approached and confided in by a student where she works as a teacher, who is facing the same choices. Her decision whether or not to help her is just as difficult as her own choice had been, and is full of danger. Seamless writing, drama, and mystery from an author who is also an attorney, he expertly sets in place the legal and spiritual ramifications of The Choice. 4+ stars, read through Amazon’s Vine Program. This is the first book I’ve read by this prolific author and I’ll be looking into more from him.
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LibraryThing member mattidw
I really enjoyed this book. When Sandy was going through her pregnancy I totally related to how she felt and how hard what she was going to be going through. I also know how she felt when she didn’t want to see her babies after they were born because I too felt like that when I had my daughter. I
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decided to see here when I was alone in the middle of the night which is what worked out best for me. Anyway there are parts in this book that I didn’t like or don’t understand like how she could separate the boys but I saw her logic I just didn’t like the choice. The author did a great job of getting all the emotions right when I came to Sandy placing the babies and the emotions leading up to that point. I think that this is a good book and people who know about adoption would like it. I am sure there are parts that some people in the adoption community wouldn’t like but all in all it is a good book and one that I am glad that I read.
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LibraryThing member ChristineEllei
It’s 1974 and Sandy Lincoln finds herself pregnant. Having been raised in a Christian home with defined morals Sandy decides that she will have the baby and give it up for adoption. On her way to live at her aunt’s home until the baby is born Sandy has a chance encounter with an old woman who
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tells her she will have twin boys. And, more ominously, that they must go to separate homes. Sure enough, Sandy does have twin boys and they are adopted out separately.

Fast forward to current day, we find Sandy teaching at the same high school she attended. A young student comes to her for advice because she finds herself pregnant. Sandy does her best to council her and through some twists and turns finds herself face to face with one of her sons.

This was an unusual little book but it had a little too much “religion” for my taste and a distinct pro-life vibe. Despite that the first half of the book was well written and interesting. The social norms and attitudes of the seventies were well captured. The second half captured me a little less. It seemed very repetitive and when I finally got to the end it made me wonder what I had just read. What started out as a book about teenage pregnancy, abortion vs. adoption and the choices to be made (as the title suggests) turned into a thriller involving illegal immigrants and rape. Even the mystery woman who, in my opinion, could have taken the story in so many different directions, does not reappear except at the very last to tie up loose ends. All in all, a little bit of a disappointment.
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LibraryThing member Tammy.Ford.Cuevas
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
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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....

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Litfuse Publicity Group book review bloggers program. 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 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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