A House Divided

by Robert Whitlow

Paperback, 2015

Status

Available

Call number

813.54

Publication

Thomas Nelson (2015), 464 pages

Description

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.… (more)

Language

Original language

English

Physical description

464 p.; 8.31 inches

ISBN

1401688888 / 9781401688882

User reviews

LibraryThing member lamb521
Title: A House Divided
Author: Robert Whitlow
Pages: 464
Year: 2015
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
My rating is 5+ out of 5 stars.
A tale is shared with readers about a family entwined with a painful past while working in the same career field as lawyers. The patriarch of the family, Corbin, has not only been
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practicing law for decades but he has been an alcoholic too. The daughter, Roxie, is a brilliant lawyer who withstands some brutal work challenges as she begins seeing a young man named Peter. The son, Ray, is married to Cindy with a boy named Billy who is simply the apple of his grandfather’s eye.
Further into the work of fiction each of the three main characters begins going through a transformation from the inside out brought about by various scary and life-changing events. What I found compelling in the book most was the division in the family and yet the one godly woman who prayed for a change of heart, but didn’t live to see the results of her prayers. The situation is a lot like what we can read in the Bible of those who believed without seeing the promise fulfilled. Prayer is like that, at least to me, praying and waiting for the fulfillment.
The biggest change for a character is Corbin followed up by Roxie with a major case in the small town of Alto that divided the town, causing some to distance themselves from Corbin and his family. I love legal thrillers and while this isn’t mainly about the law, it draws the heart of readers in by the effects of what a company is pouring down the drain the town gets its water from.
The theme of faith starts out like a mustard seed, but builds the further along in the novel as the audience progresses. The hope of restoration for a family and the town really touched the heart, but what triggered my heart most was the ending of pure genius crafted by the author. The hope too that those who suffer addiction can, in fact, be released from those bonds is, I believe, true. The author also paints the affects of abuse and sometimes the time and work it takes after being free of addiction before others truly trust the offender again.
I hope you enjoy the work Robert Whitlow shares with us in A Divided House. It is sure to touch your heart, drawing you in to root for the underdog or perhaps get ticked at the arrogance of a certain lawyer or even the system. Whatever you do the one truth you will walk away with is that hope might be dimmed or detained, but can never be totally put out!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. 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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LibraryThing member lamb521
Title: A House Divided
Author: Robert Whitlow
Pages: 464
Year: 2015
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
My rating is 5+ out of 5 stars.
A tale is shared with readers about a family entwined with a painful past while working in the same career field as lawyers. The patriarch of the family, Corbin, has not only been
Show More
practicing law for decades but he has been an alcoholic too. The daughter, Roxie, is a brilliant lawyer who withstands some brutal work challenges as she begins seeing a young man named Peter. The son, Ray, is married to Cindy with a boy named Billy who is simply the apple of his grandfather’s eye.
Further into the work of fiction each of the three main characters begins going through a transformation from the inside out brought about by various scary and life-changing events. What I found compelling in the book most was the division in the family and yet the one godly woman who prayed for a change of heart, but didn’t live to see the results of her prayers. The situation is a lot like what we can read in the Bible of those who believed without seeing the promise fulfilled. Prayer is like that, at least to me, praying and waiting for the fulfillment.
The biggest change for a character is Corbin followed up by Roxie with a major case in the small town of Alto that divided the town, causing some to distance themselves from Corbin and his family. I love legal thrillers and while this isn’t mainly about the law, it draws the heart of readers in by the effects of what a company is pouring down the drain the town gets its water from.
The theme of faith starts out like a mustard seed, but builds the further along in the novel as the audience progresses. The hope of restoration for a family and the town really touched the heart, but what triggered my heart most was the ending of pure genius crafted by the author. The hope too that those who suffer addiction can, in fact, be released from those bonds is, I believe, true. The author also paints the affects of abuse and sometimes the time and work it takes after being free of addiction before others truly trust the offender again.
I hope you enjoy the work Robert Whitlow shares with us in A Divided House. It is sure to touch your heart, drawing you in to root for the underdog or perhaps get ticked at the arrogance of a certain lawyer or even the system. Whatever you do the one truth you will walk away with is that hope might be dimmed or detained, but can never be totally put out!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. 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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LibraryThing member JudithDCollins
A special thank you to Thomas Nelson--FICTION and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Review to follow.
LibraryThing member vintagebeckie
My book club has read every one of Robert Whitlow’s books, except one. He is one of our all time favorite authors, but we have been a bit disappointed in his last few books. But with his latest book, A House Divided, we declare that he is back! Back with riveting stories full of strong,
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well-developed characters and plenty of themes to discuss. We give this novel a unanimous highly recommended read designation.

Corbin Gage is a small town lawyer whose practice has seen better days and for the most part, Corbin is to blame. Along with his career, his personal life has been impacted negatively by his drinking. Divorced from a faithful wife and with only strained relationships with his children, the only positive in his life is his grandson, Billy. But his alcoholism is about to sever that relationship as well. He has one more chance to make things right . . . will he take it?

Although A House Divided involves a court case, it serves mostly as the foundation for a larger story of choices and consequences. We enjoyed the scenes involving legal strategies both in and out of the courtroom, but it was Corbin and his family that kept us engaged with the story. Corbin is a likable character, even as he insists on ruining his life. Other characters are realistically written and some are more likable than others, though most grew on us. We also liked the look into the workings of AA, and we learned a lot about the 12-step program and how the organization works. A few in our group grew up with alcoholic fathers and the scenes depicting Corbin’s decline rang true. One member stated that it was obvious Whitlow had done his research. Whitlow reprises a theme from one of his earliest novels, The Trial. Prayers are not one-time things, but live on long after the person bringing the requests to God.

Longtime fans of Robert Whitlow will love A House Divided. And if you have never read one of his novels, we recommend this one whole-heartedly!

Highly Recommended.

Audience: adults.

Great for book clubs.
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