A Time to Stand by Robert Whitlow

Book description:

In a small Georgia town where racial tensions run high and lives are at stake, can one lawyer stand up for justice against the tide of prejudice on every side?

Adisa Johnson, a young African-American attorney, is living her dream of practicing law with a prestigious firm in downtown Atlanta. Then a split-second mistake changes the course of her career.

Left with no other options, Adisa returns to her hometown where a few days earlier a white police officer shot an unarmed black teen who is now lying comatose in the hospital.

Adisa is itching to jump into the fight as a special prosecutor, but feels pulled to do what she considers unthinkable—defend the officer.

As the court case unfolds, everyone in the small community must confront their own prejudices. Caught in the middle, Adisa also tries to chart her way along a path complicated by her budding relationship with a charismatic young preacher who leads the local movement demanding the police officer answer for his crime.

This highly relevant and gripping novel challenges us to ask what it means to forgive while seeking justice and to pursue reconciliation while loving others as ourselves.

My review:

This is such a timely story of police officers accused of using extreme force, whether it is justified or not. In the case in the story, a police officer shot an unarmed teen which sent shock waves throughout the community.

The characters are so well-developed, especially Adisa. Readers can admire her for standing up for her convictions, even when confronted with pressure from those around her. The story keeps moving forward and is impossible to put down. The best part about it for me was that Whitlow kept the characters filled with integrity, which made it easy for me to empathize with them, even when reading about a police officer that shot an unarmed teen.

It is very rare when I read a book and have no idea how it will end up. This one did a great job delivering a lot of suspense. I had no idea whether Luke was going to be convicted or if Deshaun was going to survive; it kept me reading like to wind to try to find out.

If you are a fan of legal novels or court cases, you will enjoy this book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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