Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Trial and Error by Robert Whitlow & Giveaway

Trial and Error JustRead Blog + Review Tour

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Trial and Error by Robert Whitlow, hosted by JustRead Publicity ToursI voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.


Trial and Error

Author: Robert Whitlow
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: February 2, 2021
Genre: Christian Suspense/Legal Thriller

A small-town lawyer has been searching for his daughter for eighteen years. Now another young woman is missing, and he’s determined to find them both—no matter the cost.

Buddy Smith built his law practice around tracking down missing children. After all, he knows the agony of being separated from a child. Not long after his daughter’s birth, her mother ran away and Buddy never saw either one again. 

Gracie Blaylock has known Buddy her entire life, and now that she is clerk of court for the county, their paths cross frequently. When Gracie hears that a teenager in town, Reagan, has gone missing, she knows Buddy is the one for the case. 

Reagan’s parents are desperate for answers. Together with Gracie and Mayleah—the new detective in town—Buddy chases all leads, hoping to reach Reagan before it’s too late. And as he pursues one teen girl, he uncovers clues that could bring him closer to the girl he thought he lost forever: his own daughter. 

Master legal writer Robert Whitlow will keep you guessing in this gripping legal drama while reminding you of the power of God’s restoration.

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My Review:

So, this was an interesting read for me. I haven't read any of this author's work before. As I was reading, I kept wondering to myself what this book reminded me of. More than halfway though the story I realized it reminds me of a mini-series.

Let me explain. There is SO much going on in this story. It's not cut and dry. Yes, we know who the main characters are, but Trial and Error is bigger than those two main people. There's a mom whose husband kidnaps their son, a girl who has gone missing, a new detective, a man who has been searching 17 years for his baby, a temporary judge who's come to town, and more. I'm telling you, there's a lot going on in this story.

I'll admit, I almost threw the towel in before I was halfway done with the story. * cringe * There were just so many things I didn't understand being added to it. Just every day occurrences or discussions. At least that's how it seemed to me. I was like, "let's get on with the story!" When the momentum started picking up and I got more invested in the story, and as I got towards the end, I think I began to understand why the author added all of that stuff at the front of the book. Now, let's not go crazy because I'm not a deep thinker and I'm not great at analyzing an author's intentions. My 2 cents (for what it's worth) is that he was getting us invested in the people. As the reader we became a part of their lives - part of the mundane. I felt like I understood the town, the people as I headed for the end.

And it was kind of funny, I was rooting for a lot to happen, but in the end, I wasn't so much a huge cheerleader as I was satisfied that mysteries had been solved. That people had peace in their hearts. I wasn't so focused on "ooo will this person end up with that person?" I kind of liked that!

While faith played a role at the beginning of the story, towards the middle and definitely through the end, it comes on like a gentle bulldozer. Yes, I realize that's an oxymoron, but it's true. Gracie runs people over with the truth, but in a gentle, loving way. The aspect I appreciated most on this front is that they prayers Gracie prayed were described, not written out. I LOVED that because I think sometimes a prayer written out doesn't explain to someone who doesn't pray, WHY the person was praying the way they were.

Speaking of Gracie, I really enjoyed her character. She's reserved, but where she feels comfortable, say the softball field or in her office, she's confident and thoughtful. Then there's Buddy. He seems like the town son. Everyone knows him and his family. He's got a law firm that helps families find children because of the loss in his own life. Through him (and his mom, Beatrice) we get a taste of the southern lifestyle. I can see where the author's personal experience comes through in the story.


Robert Whitlow

Robert Whitlow is the bestselling author of legal novels set in the South and winner of the Christy Award for Contemporary Fiction. He received his JD with honors from the University of Georgia School of Law where he served on the staff of the Georgia Law Review.

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(3) winners will receive a print copy of Trial and Error!

Trial and Error JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight February 8, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on February 15, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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Anonymous said...

Thank you so much! Enjoyed your review! - JustRead Tours

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