Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Review: Trial and Error by Robert Whitlow

Genre: Legal Fiction 
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Released: Feb. 2, 2021
432 pages
About the Book:

A small-town lawyer has been searching for his daughter for eighteen years. Now another young woman is missing, and he’s determined to find them both—no matter the cost.

Buddy Smith built his law practice around tracking down missing children. After all, he knows the agony of being separated from a child. Not long after his daughter’s birth, her mother ran away and Buddy never saw either one again.

Gracie Blaylock has known Buddy her entire life, and now that she is clerk of court for the county, their paths cross frequently. When Gracie hears that a teenager in town, Reagan, has gone missing, she knows Buddy is the one for the case.

Reagan’s parents are desperate for answers. Together with Gracie and Mayleah—the new detective in town—Buddy chases all leads, hoping to reach Reagan before it’s too late. And as he pursues one teen girl, he uncovers clues that could bring him closer to the girl he thought he lost forever: his own daughter.

My Rating & Thoughts:    ⭐⭐⭐

I loved these characters and quickly became invested in wanting to spend time with them. We first meet Buddy as a high-school student in the hospital awaiting the birth of his child, and then it then jumps forward 17 years and Buddy is now a lawyer who specializes in tracking down missing children. We follow him trying to find 3 different kids (his own being one of them), each situation is different so it was easy to distinguish between them. Along with Buddy, we meet Gracie - who grew up with Buddy and works at the courthouse, and Mayleah - a new detective in town, and Buddy's widowed mom. While we follow Buddy trying to find the kids we also get aspects of everyday life of these characters, such as Gracie's baseball practices. Gracie's prayer life is prominently displayed, and faith is a large topic. There are difficult and sad situations addressed. There was a scene near the end where I literally gasped while reading what was happening. It was a good scene but took me by surprise. There is romance in this book, but it is not the focus of the story and there are no kissing scenes. A relationship with God is really the focus. I didn't want to say goodbye to these characters but am pleased with the way it ended. Highly recommended.

(I purchased my copy of this book; opinions expressed 
in this review are my honest opinion and completely my own.)

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