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The Choice

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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
Paperback, 418 pages
Published August 6th 2012 by Thomas Nelson Publishers
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Tim Chavel
Jul 31, 2012 Tim Chavel rated it it was amazing
Robert Whitlow is one of my favorite writers. He has hit a homerun with this wonderful . This book is about being pro-choice, that is choosing life over death. If you are pro-life you will love this book. Whitlow does such a great job weaving the story. WARNING: you will need a tissue or two. I will not tip you off on the story but do want to leave you with a few quotes from the book:

Sometimes love doesn't get what it wants; it has to do what is best. p. 58

. . . adversity is the crucible for cha
Aug 11, 2012 Faye rated it really liked it
One choice can change lives.

This is the first book I have ever read by Mr. Whitlow and I really enjoyed how he did a great job of not forgetting those little details in life, yet not making them too obvious with overlong descriptions, which for me made this book feel more realistic.

I liked how this book dealt with the choices we make and how sometimes what some people would call an everyday choice can change lives and make a difference.

Being adopted myself, I liked how this book dealt with the
Kelly Duplechin
Feb 08, 2014 Kelly Duplechin rated it really liked it
This was the first audiobook I've ever "read", and I feel like there is potential that I would have given it 5 stars if I had actually read it as opposed to listening to it. Nevertheless, it was a beautifully crafted story about not only making a choice, but the right choice. While it has a TOUCH of improbability, it is still a tale of what being a mother is all about, and the value of human life. Loved it!
Aug 09, 2012 JoyAnne rated it it was amazing
Whitlow has done it again, this man continues to write some of the best novels I've read. The storyline is intriguing, the characters are fantastic. I especially liked that the main character, Sandy, was such a mature 18 yr old. This is a wonderful story of a mother's love and sacrifices for her children. A story about teen pregnancy, abortion, adoption. Beautifully written. I give it 5 out of 5 stars!

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher & Litfuse Publicity in exchange for
May 15, 2013 Irene rated it did not like it
It is autumn of 1974 in a well-off Georgian small town and the bright, beautiful, kind, naive head cheerleader gets pregnant by the popular, good-looking, manipulative captain of the football team. When she refuses the newly legal option of abortion, the football player and his parents become hostile. But, by the support of her loving family, the genuinely good young woman embraces the numerous sacrifices and elects to bring her twin baby sons to life and prayerfully place them in the best adopt ...more
Jul 31, 2012 Laura rated it it was amazing
Every time we make a choice, it impacts not only us but those around us and even some we never meet. An unwanted pregnancy is no exception. Seventeen year old Sandy is blindsided by her unwanted and unexpected pregnancy. Popular cheerleader and girlfriend to a star football player, Sandy has everything to lose. With the newly passed Roe vs. Wade, Sandy’s boyfriend promises her a life of love if she’ll just abort the baby. Her parents want her to leave town to give the baby up for adoption. Sandy ...more
Sep 11, 2012 Darin rated it it was amazing
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 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
Lydia (Overweight Bookshelf)
Aug 11, 2012 Lydia (Overweight Bookshelf) rated it it was amazing
Full review here:

Call me a skeptical female, but I was wary that a male author could do justice to the voice of a pregnant teenager facing the life altering choice of becoming a mother, adopting or aborting. Thank you Robert Whitlow for effectively putting me in my place and proving me wrong of all doubts. Not only does Whitlow breathe life into a beloved heroine but he draws readers in with the fluid ebb and flow of his masterful storytelling.

I would not
Brandi (Rambles of a SAHM)
Aug 25, 2012 Brandi (Rambles of a SAHM) rated it it was amazing
If you are like me you have your favorite authors in different genres. For a great southern legal drama I tend to gravitate to Robert Whitlow. His novels have an authenticity in them that seems to lack in others. Mr. Whitlow’s novels probably ring true because he is active in the areas that he writes about.

The Choice is the latest work from Mr. Whitlow. This story is an emotionally charged tale that starts in 1974 just following the passing of Roe v. Wade. For anyone that grew up in this time fr
Nora St Laurent
Jul 08, 2015 Nora St Laurent rated it really liked it
I caught up with Robert Whitlow and his wife last year at the ICRS conference. He was passionate when he spoke of the book he just finished writing, The Choice. The subject matter was near and dear to his heart. Robert had longed to write a book that honored moms for all they sacrificed to be the bringers of life. I think he achieved his goal in The Choice.

There are a couple of things I look forward to when I read a Robert Whitlow book. One, I enjoy the legal aspect. He brings the reader into th
Apr 11, 2013 Jeanie rated it it was amazing
The story is about motherhood at it's finest. It starts out in the mid 70's, right after Roe vs. Wade became into law. Sandy our main character is 17 and has found out she is pregant. You feel her anxiety and her emotions as she struggles to make a decision on what she will do. I thought it was very informative in what the law really says about Roe vs Wade and what the pro choice movement focuses on. Women's rights vs. human life. The author being a man, I thought he did very well in bringing ou ...more
Anisha Hindocha
Feb 07, 2013 Anisha Hindocha rated it it was ok
I am all for a nice, melodramatic, life-changing, makes you think sort of book. When I first picked this book up, that was my expectation. However, I was saddened, especially by the second half of the book by the number of times I was hit over the head with a pro-life Christian agenda. Everything works out perfectly for the can-do-no-wrong teen mother turned high school teacher. It was sickening and toward the end, I was flipping pages so I could just finish the thing. Also, the stereotypes were ...more
Aug 10, 2015 Amy rated it it was amazing
Fabulous book! The first I have read by this author and now will be looking for more by him.
Jan 24, 2015 Ola rated it it was amazing
"Niektóre wybory niosą życie, inne niosą śmierć."

Kiedy w 1974 r. w Stanach Zjednoczonych uznano aborcję za legalną jako "fundamentalne prawo konstytucyjne" każdej kobiety, dano jej możliwość wyboru do rozporządzania własnym ciałem, swoją płodnością i zamknięto go w formę świadomego macierzyństwa. Jednak czy ten wybór ogranicza się jedynie do przerwania ciąży? Czy istnieje dla niego alternatywa?

Nad tym trudnym, drażliwym i w dalszym ciągu kontrowersyjnym tematem nieplanowanej ciąży, macierzyństwa
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Sometimes love doesn’t get what it wants; it has to do what is best. p. 58

It is 1974 and abortion is newly legal. Sandy Lincoln is a great student and a popular cheerleader growing up surrounded by a loving and stable family. Her dreams begin to crumble in the face of the social stigma she encounters when she discovers she is pregnant. She wants to do the right thing and must choose between what her boyfriend wants her to do and what her heart dictates. Her decision leads her to move away from h
Deb W
Mar 05, 2015 Deb W rated it did not like it
Shelves: left-unfinished, zune
Lawyer/Author Whitlow has written a story that could potentially have been very interesting, had he made his characters believable, eliminated all the unnecessary fluff from the characters' actions (I didn't really need to know the protagonist's process of re-acquainting herself with driving a manual transmission), and NOT used the platform to press his views about abortions. Frankly, Mr. Whitlow, your book sucked and I am sorry I spent the hours listening to it as long as I did.

Listen up Whitlo
Amy Collins
Jan 20, 2016 Amy Collins rated it liked it
I finished this book weeks ago, but have struggled with what I wanted to say in my review. The main character is sympathetic, courageous and likable. I was engaged with the book from start to finish. The book contained feelings of conflict around decisions faced with unexpected pregnancy, among teens in particular. There is a clear agenda, however, carefully camouflaged behind characters personally invested in either "preserving the life of an unborn child"or considering ending the pregnancy thr ...more
Dec 07, 2015 Judy rated it really liked it
This is a story of young girl becoming pregnant and her choices. This is the first book I have read by Robert Whitlow and was really impressed how well he expressed this young girls feelings. We all have many difficult choices in our life and there are always consequences to our decisions.

I really enjoyed this book and had difficulty putting it down. I love how close this young girl, and later a woman, and her family is. She follows G-d's word and is not scared of the consequences of speaking wh
Crystal Toller
Feb 02, 2016 Crystal Toller rated it it was amazing
Sandy Lincoln finds herself pregnant in 1974 right after roe v wade. That's where the title comes in. She makes what she feels is the best choice for her and her situation. Years later as a teacher she finds herself trying to help another teenaged girl make a choice. Good book, but very personal. 9 years ago, I became pregnant under difficult circumstances and had to make a choice too. I was not a teenager but it was a difficult time in my life. I ultimately made the best choice for me. This was ...more
Aug 17, 2012 Melanie rated it it was amazing
I have had a hard time sneaking in reading time lately, and wouldn't you know that some of my favorite authors have been coming out with new books. Robert Whitlow is a great author and I have always loved his books. I started The Choice last night, and tried to go to bed, couldn't sleep and got up and finished it around midnight! Where there is a will there is a way!

1974 finds Sandy and her boyfriend Brad 'in trouble'. Yes you really can get pregnant the first time, and now Sandy has to pay the
Aug 21, 2012 Charity rated it it was amazing
I have long been a fan of this author right here. Robert Whitlow has written some really great books and this new one, The Choice, was one of my favorites.

Robert Whitlow knows how to write a good book. I mean one that gets you interested and then keeps your interest the whole way through. Have you ever read a book that you just couldn't finish? I know I sure have! Been several that I couldn't get into:) But that is not the case for this book. The Choice covers a very delicate subject or should I
Aug 24, 2012 Cindy rated it really liked it

Sandy Lincoln has found herself in the position no young woman dreams for her life, with a teenage pregnancy. Taking the time to sort the options, she realizes she cannot have an abortion, which causes her boyfriend to leave her and leaves her to make the final decisions about how to handle this life changing issue. Moving to Atlanta with her aunt and placing the baby for adoption is her choice. On her first trip to Atlanta a chance encounter with a strange woman, convinces Sandy she is having t
Aug 22, 2012 TAMMY CUEVAS rated it it was amazing
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 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 ev
Jennifer Defoy
Oct 30, 2012 Jennifer Defoy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-reads
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 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 th
Aug 12, 2012 Jettiep rated it it was amazing
THE CHOICE by Robert Whitlow
Sandy Lincoln was 17 and a cheerleader in high school, when she found herself pregnant by her boyfriend, Brad Donnelly. They considered running away, but had differences of opinion, so they broke up, when he wanted her to have an abortion. She moved to Atlanta, to live with her aunt, and finish school. On the way to Atlanta, in a convenience store where she had stopped to get a drink and stretch her legs, an old woman looked at her, and told her that she was having t
Pamela Barrett
Jan 07, 2013 Pamela Barrett rated it really liked it
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 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 follow
Aug 21, 2012 Linda rated it it was amazing
Rutland, Georgia, 1974. One year after Roe v. Wade has become ‘law’ of the land. Back then, girls were hustled out of school and forced to make other accommodations to have their babies before returning to school.

That year, Sandy Lincoln, a senior at Rutland High School, gets pregnant by her football hero boyfriend, Brad Donelly. He tries to manipulate her into an abortion with the tantalizing offer of marriage later on. Her parents are supportive in helping her make a better choice. Sandy ends
Victor Gentile
Aug 15, 2012 Victor Gentile rated it it was amazing
Robert Whitlow in his new book, “The Choice” published by Thomas Nelson takes us into the life of Sandy Lincoln.

From the back cover: 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 liv
Apr 29, 2013 Christine rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013-reads
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 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
Apr 02, 2013 Rachel rated it liked it
The Choice by Robert Whitlow made for an interesting read. The ongoing battle between "pro-choice" and "pro-life" is represented in this book, although through the eyes of a rather different protagonist: that of the teenage unwed mother. Whitlow clearly makes the point that while some women choose to abort their babies, some women choose not to, and thus a choice is the fundamental basis regardless of belief.

Whitlow is a Christian author, and his Christian beliefs are woven skillfully into this
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Robert Whitlow is the best-selling author of legal novels set in the South and winner of the prestigious Christy Award for Contemporary Fiction. A Furman University graduate, Whitlow received his J.D. with honors from the University of Georgia School of Law where he served on the staff of the Georgia Law Review. A practicing attorney, Whitlow and his wife, Kathy, have four children. They make thei ...more
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