The Living Room
By Robert Whitlow
Published by Thomas Nelson
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.
Robert Whitlow grew up in north Georgia. He graduated magna cum laude from Furman University with a BA in history in 1976 and received his JD with honors from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1979. A practicing attorney, he is a partner in a Charlotte, NC law firm. He and his wife Kathy have four children and three grandchildren.
Robert began writing in 1996. His novels are set in the South and include both legal suspense and interesting characterization. It is his desire to write stories that reveal some of the ways God interacts with people in realistic scenerios.
Reader review . . .
Amy Clarke is a dreamer. Since childhood, she has frequently experienced what could only be described as a heavenly visitation while sleeping. But lately, her dreams have taken a different turn. Snapshots of past and/or future events appear without explanation.
Meanwhile, her career as a novelist has not proven to be as financially lucrative as she had hoped. Needing to contribute to the family coffers, she returns to work at the law firm where she worked before leaving to pursue a full-time writing career. When her dreams spill into the workplace, they meet with mixed results. Ultimately, Amy learns that people are not always as they seem, and dream must be teamed with action.
Robert Whitlow’s most recent novel, The Living Room, shows a versatility not often found. While this novel also draws upon his legal background, he ventures into new territory with this spiritual thriller. The premise of prophetic dreams is an interesting one, and not often explored in Christian fiction. This plot element was not overdone or stretched beyond believability.
The only negative was the naivety shown by Amy and her husband in dealing with their teenage daughter. This subplot was painful to read, as the outcome is obvious to the reader from the beginning. The ending to this thread was too neatly tied up, with an almost “happily-ever-after” feel.
Having a writer as the protagonist was a nice touch. I enjoyed the behind-the-scenes look at the publishing industry, and the honest view of the life of a writer.
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