Young lawyer Parker House is on the rise—until his grandfather's mysterious past puts both of their lives in danger.
Parker House's secret inheritance is either his greatest blessing . . . or his deadliest curse. The fresh-faced North Carolina attorney shares his German grandfather's uncanny ability to see future events in his mind's eye—a gift that has haunted 82-year-old Frank House through decades of trying to erase a murderous wartime past.
While Parker navigates the intrigue and politics of small-town courtroom law, Frank is forced to face his darkest regrets. Then, a big career break for Parker collides with a new love he longs to nurture and the nightmares his grandfather can no longer escape. Sudden peril threatens to shatter not only Parker's legal prospects but also his life and the lives of those dearest to him.
Two witnesses, two paths, an uncertain future.
Robert Whitlow’s “The Witnesses” is a beautiful Christian novel about love, forgiveness and redemption. Frank House, a retired commercial fisherman living in New Bern, NC, is a good and giving father, grandfather and neighbor. Having raised two children and his grandson Parker due to unfortunate circumstances, life seems quiet and steady for Frank. But Frank is hiding a secret that haunts him. Frank was an officer in the German Army known as the Aryan Eagle. Invaluable to the Germans for his uncanny ability to see things before they happen Frank was able to give his superiors information that aided the Germans in many ways against their enemies. When Frank’s abilities lead to the shedding of innocent blood he escapes the war, his country and never looks back.
Frank’s days are now leisurely and quiet, but the sins of war keep coming back to haunt him. Searching for peace and forgiveness that time cannot give leads Frank to church and a new relationship with God. For the first time his secret past does not hold him hostage and he feels comforted and able to make peace with himself
Frank’s grandson Parker, a rising star in the world of law appears to have his inherited grandfather’s unusual gift of foresight. Unable to understand what is happening to him, Parker seeks answers from his beloved grandfather about his past. Little do they know that Frank’s past is about to collide with his and Parkers’ future in ways they would never expect.
I really liked the characters that Robert Whitlow created in his novel, “The Witnesses”. You can’t help but feel empathy for Frank’s struggle with his sins of the past. You cheer for him when he searches for love and forgiveness and finds it at church in a renewed relationship with God. It was intriguing to watch Parker as he developed his sixth sense, both at work and in his personal life. I really like the gentle relationship between Parker and his grandfather. Both were kind and loving, each wanting to protect the other for different reasons. The other characters in the novel were well defined and complex. In particular I enjoyed Frank’s sidekick and fishing buddy Lenny. Their banter as they fished and spent time together was both funny and enjoyable.
“The Witnesses” was the first novel I have read of Robert Whitmore’s. I plant to read more. Overall, “The Witnesses” was an enjoyable, heartfelt and suspenseful read. I took pleasure in spending time with the characters he created and I know you will too. I appreciate being given an advanced copy of “The Witnesses” through NetGalley for a fair and honest review.
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