The Choice, by Robert Whitlow, is an excellent novel. It is a suspenseful story that presents many different sides of the unplanned pregnancy issue, from the mother and her family to the adoptive parents and the community reactions. It also addresses such issues as teacher-student interaction and obedience to God.
Sandy Lincoln, the head cheerleader at her high school in 1974, finds herself pregnant after a one-night stand with the star football player. Both the boy and Sandy’s father want her to get an abortion, which had just become legal, but she makes the choice to have the baby and give it up for adoption. After a strange older woman in a gas station warns her that she will have twins who will be in danger if they ever meet, she insists that the babies be separated at birth and chooses families on opposite coasts. Over thirty years later, while attempting to help a student in her class at school, she meets one of her sons.
This book held my attention throughout the entire story. I was very reluctant to put it down. The characters were very realistic, and Sandy came across as an intelligent girl who made a mistake and dealt with it responsibly. The story was inspiring, and I would definitely recommend it.
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