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Deeper Water (Tides of Truth #1)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  1,726 ratings  ·  155 reviews
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 con
ebook, 400 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published January 1st 2008)
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When I first discovered the contemporary Christian legal thrillers by Robert Whitlow, I made the inevitable comparisons between his stories and those of John Grisham. And as the years have gone along, it's been interesting to watch the path both have taken as writers. Neither is cotent to write carbon copies of the same legal thrillers over and over again and instead choose to push themselves and their audiences.

Whitlow's last few books have moved out of the legal arena to some extent and focuse
Rachel Thompson
I feel a little bad giving this book two stars -- I managed to finish it, and there were parts I genuinely liked, but overall the book has some glaring issues that make it just okay. I know I will not be seeking other books by this author.

Going into this, I was expecting a courtroom drama, which I'm not a big fan of, but I downloaded this book for free, so I thought I'd give it a shot. I really was not expecting a Christian courtroom drama. I can handle a few Christian books, but this one is rea
Susan Snodgrass
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 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.

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 is very real and very practical. Turns out the story is good, too![return][return]The setting is Georgia. First the western part where Tammy Lynn's family lives. Then Savannah where she gets a job as a ...more
Is this the worst book Whitlow has ever written or just his most poorly drawn and ridiculously unbelievable protagonist? The book is over half done before the plot even begins to thicken. Most of the first half (and much of the second) is about the boring, endless angst of a ridiculously whiny, self-absorbed, immature brat, who is supposedly a good Christian even though she is all self-righteousness and without grace. She is supposedly in second-year law school and taking her first summer clerks ...more
While I typically love Whitlow's books, the main character in this one was hard to get to know and to even like. Her responses in the professional arena to her bosses and mentors were that which would have gotten her fired. She seemed spoiled and immature to me. Because of this, it was less believeable to me than some of the other Witlow books. It was an easy, quick read, but not one of my favorites.
I had a difficult time getting into Deeper Water. :) The protagonist, Tami Taylor, was raised in a very conservative (dresses only), Christian, home-schooling family. As a home-schooling mom, I am probably overly sensitive to stereotypes of the home-school community. In this case the family was presented very positively, and Tami’s strict upbringing played an important role in the story. The author, Robert Whitlow, introduces her to another conservative Christian with a completely different back ...more
Phyllis Wheeler
Robert Whitlow is a practicing attorney who likes to write novels. This book begins a series called Tides of Truth, set in Georgia and focusing on the character Tami Taylor, the product of a fiercely conservative homeschooling family that lives in the boonies. Tami is a law student who takes a summer clerkship at a law firm in Savannah, aware that her ideas on keeping the sabbath and how a woman should dress may alienate fellow workers.

At the law firm, she assists on a case involving a marsh dwe
Jenny Rose
Deeper Water by Robert Whitlow is book one of 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 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 sc
Bleh. Quite lame. I think the author intended to show some sort of maturation of the main character, but it really did not manifest. Plus, I just found her (the main character's) religious fundamentalism to be so hypocritical (which is usually true of fundamentalists). For instance, she and her family are against lawsuits, for biblical reasons, but then she goes to law school? And she had double standards concerning her interactions with the two "love interests" (you could barely call them that) ...more
I had never read a Whitlow book and was surprised about by this one – it was a great easy enjoyable read. I really liked the main character, Tami, who is starting to venture out into the world and leave the safety of her parents behind (although she was in college already she is now taking her first job/internship). She must now make decisions for herself based on her faith. I liked her “coming of age” transformation and realizing that although she can still ask for her parents advise she does n ...more
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 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 ...more
It is in the tradition of a Christian Grisham. I hate to sound like a literature snob, but this is one of the few modern day fiction writers whom I have read lately that writes well. I couldn't put it down and that is saying a lot.

A homeschooled female from a very strict church makes her way through law school and into a summer clerkship for a firm in Savannah, GA. She must face difficult choices in her professional and personal life.

My only quibble (other than the fact that a family and church
From the very first pages, I found myself strangely fascinated by this novel. Although the plot definitely lags and I wondered if/when it would "thicken", by the time it finally did, I was thanking the author for giving me extra time to acclimate to Tami's religion-based ethnocentricism, her subsequent decision-making style and plethora quandaries that ensue.

Watching Tami develop as a human being and a woman was inspiring as she did so in a way that garnered (eventual) respect from her peers, b
Courtroom dramas are one of my favorite genres, ever since I became acquainted with Perry Mason (through TV reruns) many years ago.

Tammy Lynn Taylor, the main character in this book, is passionate about the law and is very strongly convicted about her religious faith. I found the conflict between her family and church's teaching, and the "real world" of a Savannah law firm intriguing as she found the right balance that seemed to work for her.

The case itself had a "surprise" ending that somehow d
Richa Gupta
When I first discovered the contemporary Christian legal thrillers by Robert Whitlow, I made the inevitable comparisons between his stories and those of John Grisham. And as the years have gone along, it's been interesting to watch the path both have taken as writers. Neither is cotent to write carbon copies of the same legal thrillers over and over again and instead choose to push themselves and their audiences.

Whitlow's last few books have moved out of the legal arena to some extent and focuse
It was hard to like the character, Tammy Lynn, in the beginning of the book. It wasn't until I realized that this was a series, did I understand why the author spent so much time developing the character in the beginning. To me, it was a slow read. I like action adventures and this had very little action. I will probably read the next book in this series. Tami grew on my a little bit at the end of the book. I liked her spunk and determination.
Margaret Hardie
I could not tell if the author was 'unsuccessfully' writing how the main character, a young woman, would normally respond (I kept thinking, "what woman would ever talk like that, or think like that?") or if the author just believes that because of the characters religious background, that she is just so odd that she responds that way? Does that group of Christians really think night and day about being persecuted for their beliefs? i.e. wearing a modest dress instead of pants is odd? I wear mode ...more
I like this author, mostly because I like non-scary mysteries, so lawyer thrillers fit the bill. To read about a character with uncompromising faith coupled with an uncompromising lifestyle is somewhat uncomfortable. Is it feeling convicted that my own thought life should be more pure? Maybe so. Again, with the author, I don't think that most readers could relate unless they'd been exposed to multiple Christian belief systems and lifestyles.
This is the first book that I have read by Robert Whitlow and I enjoyed it. Fast paced, enough going on to keep me curious and void of bad language, sex or violent descriptions. It was refreshing.

A young law student with the moral convictions and strength to live them out might be a bit of a stretch but it Tami proved to be a believable character who works through trials in every day life as well as those that only occur in the life of the justice system, with God in mind at every turn. Deeper W
Pretty much hated this. I hated the main character. She was the picture of mental abuse. I believe in God and am a Christian. But I can't get with this at all. I believe you can be a good example of Jesus and not condemn others at the same time. I mean really, she has to get permission from "mommy & daddy" to get a summer job as a senior in College? Or what clothes to wear, or whether it's ok to go to lunch with a coworker? The whole thing actually made me mad. It almost seemed like this was ...more
Bob Allen
Tammy Lynne (a.k.a. Tami) has the chance to take a summer clerk's job at a prestigious Savannah law firm, but, because of her strict religious beliefs, wants her parents' approval. They approve. She takes on some difficult cases (and I just remembered that one was never finished —maybe in book #2). Her beliefs are challenged in several ways — the cases she's assigned, the interest of one associate lawyer and one clerk in forming a relationship with her, the challenges (sometimes serious, sometim ...more
I enjoyed reading this book. It was an easy, fast read, but also had shadows of a current experience that my granddaughter is currently experiencing. However, that shadow only went so far. I admired the main character for really standing up for her principles even when challenged to try something different. Good Biblical references to principle's. I assume Tami is Amish, or a similar religious upbringing, and she enters the "regular" world (whatever that is) as an intern at a law firm. She and t ...more
Laura Chambers
It seemed kind of anticlimactic. (Spoiler alert) Here I was gearing up for a big confrontation and danger but instead it was all a big something from a 50s/60s sitcom....albeit more tragic. The mystery wasn't even solved. But I guess it's true to life in that not everything gets resolved here on Earth. Tammy Lynn Taylor's family and beliefs comes off at first as kind of cheesy over the top Christianity, but some people really do follow these ideas. At least the character ...more
Cindi Walls
Enjoyed this book, ready for the next one by Whitlow.
For someone who has become intolerant of profanity and gratuitous sex scenes in my reading material, this book was a little too clean, but it was an interesting look fundamental Christians and how they cope with the modern world. I liked how the main character had to make choices based on her faith which made being a lawyer a difficult task, but the plot had some weaknesses, such as why would she jump to the conclusion the that partners in the firm were bad guys when it appeared they liked hirin ...more
I'm a homeschooling mom. I read a lot of Christian fiction and enjoy many novels with a heavy Christian emphasis.

This book is mostly boring. I would have given up on it within the first few chapters if I were reading it instead of listening to it. Nothing interesting happens for at least the first 2/3 of the book. I don't like the main character (a former homeschooler), and that always makes it hard to enjoy a book.

The main character is not a believable character to me. She's ultra conservative
The foundation theme for "Deeper Water" is excellent: There is no character growth unless our faith and beliefs be tested. In which, the most prevalent testing occurs when we leave safe harbor (our comfort coves) and set sail for deeper water.

Elements building upon this theme are commendable. The main character, Tami Lynn, is a post home schooled, honors college graduate, second year law school student raised in a very conservative, doctrine-centered Christian home. She lands a summer job clerk
This was the first book I read on my Kindle, so it had that excitement factor going for it. I didn't look to see what genre this fell under, turns out it was "Christian Fiction". Don't know what that means for you, but I didn't notice a whole hell (sorry couldn't help myself) of difference between it and regular fiction. Granted the main character's father was a preacher and there was a lack of cursing and violence and sex and a whole bunch of stuff I didn't even notice wasn't there until I look ...more
Mercedes Cordero
Well, I have to say I was very disappointed by this novel. I know that usually when they are free, they're not that good, but to say this is a courtroom thriller is way too much and very misleading.
For starters, Tammy Lynn, the main character, is very, and I mean VERY unlikable. She is childish, immature, legalistic, sneaky and incredibly unprofessional. We know from the start that she is a very conservative Christian, and that she tries to excel in everything she does because that's what a chil
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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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