Monday, September 30, 2013

The Living Room- Robert Whitlow

My Rating: 3 Stars

Description: Amy Clarke’s dreams are coming true—and that’s the problem.

Legal secretary by day, romance novelist by night, Amy Clarke lives with a precious secret. For years, she has traveled to a holy place in her dreams—a sublime place she calls the Living Room. When she awakes, her faith and energy are supernaturally restored. And when she dreams, she receives vibrant inspiration for her novels.

As she begins to write her third book, the nature of her dreams shifts. Gone are the literary signposts. Instead, her dreams are studded with scenes that foreshadow real life. Before long, the scenes begin to spill over into her waking hours too.

As Amy becomes entangled in a high stakes case at work, her visions take on a dark hue—implicating someone dear to her, causing her to question everything. And convincing her to trust someone with his own shadowy secrets.

Things are not always what they seem. But as fiction, dreams, and real life begin to overlap, Amy must stop dreaming and act to prevent tragedy.

My Thoughts: Robert Whitlow has this way of writing that makes you feel like you are right their with the characters. It is as if you sit with them in their own homes and drive around with them in their cars. Amy could have been someone that I know and talk to all of the time. Megan could have been my younger sister and Ian one of the boys I have babysat in the past. Jeff could have even been my neighbor, though I felt at sometimes that he was too good to be true.

Still, the beginning of the novel was slow to me. It took almost a forth of the book before I even began to recognize a plot. At that point, the story picked up and I found that I wanted to spend all day reading. I wanted to see how the story would play out. What would happen with the dreams? Would Amy's firm solve the case because of her? And most importantly, when would someone realize that *Name removed because of spoiler* was beyond shady!? The description had set up a grand and wondrous adventure that I wanted to be part of.

But it didn't fulfill it. By the end of the story, the high stakes case, didn't seem so high stakes. I felt a little cheated. And then vindicated when Lawrence Clark was brought to justice.

The dreams are what made me care about this novel. I loved the supernatural aspect of the story and that Amy refused to stay quite about what she believed God wanted from her. I applaud Whitlow's ability to accurately depict something as controversial, yet rarely mentioned, as prophetic dreams.

*I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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