Sunday, March 6, 2011

An "OK" read -- Higher Hope

This week I finished reading Higher Hope, the second novel in Robert Whitlow's Tides of Truth series.  This book was an "OK" read, but not one of my favorites.  As was the case in Deeper Water (the first book in the series) the story moves slowly and in some places gets bogged down for a while.

In a story that continues from the first novel, readers find that Tami Taylor works as a summer law clerk in a Savannah law firm and during her off-work hours serves as a live-in caretaker for elderly Mrs. Fairmont.  She also struggles with mixed romantic feelings for two young men in the firm, one an associate and the other also a summer clerk, with romance being a totally new experience for Tami.  Tami (or Tammy Lynn, as she is known back home) is from a very strong, fundamentalist church and family, and works to stay true to her beliefs and and the expectations of her parents.  Those beliefs earn her both scorn and respect from those she works with and under at the firm. 

It is because of those very beliefs that one of the firm's partners finds Tami to be just the person to work on a case involving Sister Dabney, "an abrasive, outspoken preacher who is either a prophet or a lunatic."  As the case progresses, Tami struggles with the challenge of balancing her career choice with her belief and even questions whether the two are compatible.

As I said, this series is slow-moving and reading it is at times drudgery.  With that said, though, I am interested enough in Tami's story that I do plan to read the final book in the series.

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