Deeper Water (Tides of Truth Series, Book 1)

by Robert Whitlow

Paperback, 2008



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Thomas Nelson (2008), Edition: Later Printing; Sixteenth Printing, 400 pages


The Tides of Truth novels follow one lawyer's passionate pursuit of truth in matters of life and the law. In the murky waters of Savannah's shoreline, a young law student is under fire as she tries her first case at a prominent and established law firm. A complex mix of betrayal and deception quickly weaves its way through the case and her life, as she uncovers dark and confusing secrets about the man she's defending--and the senior partners of the firm. How deep will the conspiracy run? Will she have to abandon her true self to fulfill a higher calling? And how far will she have to go to discover the truth behind a tragic cold case?


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400 p.; 8.31 inches



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LibraryThing member lauranav
I have never read anything by Robert Whitlow so I was wondering what I would find. Then I start it and find out the main character is a young woman in law school who was homeschooled by her mother until high school. And she was raised in a very conservative religious environment with a faith that
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is very real and very practical. Turns out the story is good, too!

The setting is Georgia. First the western part where Tammy Lynn's family lives. Then Savannah where she gets a job as a summer clerk. The law story was interesting, and the law firm environment was well portrayed, even the other summer clerks. There are differences, but it isn't one Christian girl among an entire cast of heathens. There are differing levels of faith, different types of faith, and folks with enough money to think they don't need faith.

The story is told from Tammy's perspective. We learn a lot about her and we see the other characters developed through her eyes. This means we don't always know what their motives are, but even then I came to a few different conclusions from Tammy when deciding who to trust and how sincere some people were.

There is more room for growth and development in this series. I have not read much Christian fiction outside of Francine Rivers, but I have heard some common concerns with the lack of plot or believable characters. I found this a very believable book, watching a woman who is growing in her faith and learning to stand on her own with a firm foundation laid by her parents, and a family turning to God for the strength and wisdom to let her grow.
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LibraryThing member debs4jc
The best way I can describe this story is imagine if one of the Duggar children decided to become a lawyer. For indeed the main character of the story is a young woman from a ultra-conservative family (she only wears skirts, doesn't cut her hair, has been home-schooled, etc.) who is pursuing her
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dream of becoming a lawyer. So she is off to the big city of Savannah where in addition to the challenges posed by working as an intern at a law firm she also struggles with melding her conservative values and faith into an entirely new setting. She ends up involved in a case where the further she investigates the more secrets she uncovers. She also gets involved with the young associates of the firm--one who wants to court her, one who wants to date her, and one who freely dispenses advice.
It was intriguing to see how this character handled all of the challenges thrown at her, always viewing them through the filter of her faith and moral code. Themes of justice, judgementalism, etc. abound and combined with an enjoyable storyline make this one that holds your attention. Recomended for Christian fiction fans, especially those that like legal thrillers and/or the Duggar family.
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LibraryThing member DomingoSantos
Whitlow brings a simplicity in style that is disarming in its ability to capture the reader, including a storyline that smacks of real world situations and dialogue. In addition, the values and ethics probed in the story resonated with me, and were quite different from the usual fare of sex and
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violence. The main feminine character, Tammy/Tami, was portrayed with such skill that I was surprised to discover the author was male. This was my first Whitlow, but it will not be my last!
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LibraryThing member jennyrosewriter
Deeper Water by Robert Whitlow is book one in the Tides of Truth series. This is the first Whitlow book I've read and I came across it as a free kindle download via the Vessel Project.

Tammy Lynn Taylor is from a devout Christian family with some rather strict beliefs: females wear dresses and
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skirts below the knee, no makeup except on rare and special occasions, children must consult their parents for decisions, and the Sabbath is strictly reserved for resting. She was homeschooled until high school when she was allowed to attend the public high school and play sports while wearing very modest sports uniforms. As a second or third year law student, she is preparing for an internship of sorts.

Moses Jones lives in a shack on the Ogeechee River. When he goes fishing, he sees faces in the water. He wonders why they haunt him so and when they will pull him under with them.

Normally I don’t care for a female main character, but Robert Whitlow has done an excellent job of not only creating memorable characters but also mystery and suspense. I became so emotionally wrapped up in the story that I wanted to sit down and talk to some of the characters and I cried through the last two chapters. Tammy, though in her second or third year of college, came across as much younger, but I’m sure that is due to her family’s beliefs and convictions and the more I read the more I could relate. While in some ways she comes across as shy and timid, at others, especially when her convictions are on the line, she has steadfast confidence. Though I find it hard to believe that a law firm would manage to take on 3 such religious summer clerks, I am not surprised that two rather different Christian men (Zach and Vince) would find her attractive.

Moses and Tammy’s paths cross when Judge Cannon assigns each summer clerk with a misdemeanor case. Moses Jones is accused of twenty-four counts of trespassing. As she researches the charges, she discovers connections between Moses Jones and one of the partners of the law firm, Joe Carpenter and an unsolved missing child case. Zach Mays, her supervising lawyer, cautions against digging any deeper than the relevant charges. Vince Colbert, a fellow summer clerk, passes along any info he stumbles across, including warning her that he has overheard the partners talking about her and her case. Tammy believes that God put her in that law firm with that case to uncover the unresolved death of a little girl from years ago and to tie up the loose ends, even if it means the end of her career and possibly her life.

This is one of the few Christian fiction books I have read that was not overly preachy except what fit each of the characters. While the main character is a young woman and two men are attracted to her, romance is kept as a shadow in the background. Whitlow’s knack for mystery and suspense are fantastic—one of the best Christian mystery/suspense I have ever read. I will definitely be reading the next one in this series and will look for more books by Robert Whitlow.
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LibraryThing member SusanGibsonSnodgrss
I've read and own several of Robert Whitlow's books and this one had been in my 'to read' basket for several years. Shame on me for not reading it sooner!
Deeper Water was absolutely outstanding.

Tammy Lynn is a second year law student, with very deeply held convictions about her Christian faith. She
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gets a job offer from a very prestigious law firm in Savannah to clerk for the summer. She understands that her beliefs will probably be held in scorn, but resolves to remain steadfast in her faith.

She soon realizes that she must hold even faster to those beliefs when she has a practice case to try with longstanding concerns. Will Tammy be up to the challenge? What will her convictions mean for her?

This is a wonderful novel, in the same vein as John Grisham, only much better. There is one scene in this book that makes the entire book worth reading.
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LibraryThing member rdgslp
I read this book when spending time in Savannah and Tybee island. Because I am a native Georgian, I could picture the locations and because I was brought up in and around very strict fundamentalist churches, I could identify with her strict upbringing on many levels. The author does an outstanding
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job of writing about her religious faith and the settings. I look forward to reading the second and third books in this series.
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LibraryThing member olegalCA
Interesting main character but I found some inconsistencies in her character - she reminded me of one the Dugger children but with higher education and made difficult choices and yet she would become whiny and emotional over nothing. The mystery didn't really grab me either and I couldn't
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understand what would make her risk her future career for it. The two guys as possible love interests were inconsistent too - I think the author was trying to make them less predictable but they didn't make any sense.

I have the rest of the series so I'll probably finish it but I've enjoyed other books by Robert Whitlow more.
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LibraryThing member BrandyWinn
I think this is the first book of a series called "Tides of Truth." This is not one of the usual mystery/legal mystery/thriller books at all, but it has its own charm. The protagonist, Tammy Lynn Taylor, is a devout Southern Christian who belongs to a religious sect that requires their children to
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be homeschooled, and whose parents inform her every personal decision through praryer. She is old enough to be in college, and it was decided that her career path would be in law. The summer before her third year of law school, she applies for several clerk positions in various law firms in Georgia, and one several hours away from her home sends their request for her to work as a paid intern. After much prayer, her family agrees that she should go to gain legal experience and because they think it is a divine appointment. There, "Tami" (as she goes by because it appears more professional), learns a lot, not just about the law, but about how the strength of her personal convictions can assist her in the most harrowing of circumstances. As I said, not a book that I would normally read, considering its religious slant, but one that I quite enjoyed despite it being just a little preachy in some areas.
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