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Alexia Lindale knows her new case is a matter of life and death. She doesn't have a clue what it will do to her heart...and soul.From the Christy-award-winning author of The List, The Trial, and The Sacrifice comes this twisting tale of tough decisions, mixed motives, and mysterious, healing grace.Baxter Richardson survived a fall from a cliff while hiding in the mountainsAlexia Lindale knows her new case is a matter of life and death. She doesn't have a clue what it will do to her heart...and soul.From the Christy-award-winning author of The List, The Trial, and The Sacrifice comes this twisting tale of tough decisions, mixed motives, and mysterious, healing grace.Baxter Richardson survived a fall from a cliff while hiding in the mountains. Whether he'll make it through the next few weeks is unclear. His survival depends on the machines that help him breathe. On the haunted, unstable wife who wants to pull the plug and hide her secrets. On the doting father who wants him alive for reasons of love and money. On the conflicting legal documents that send the fight to court. And, on the music and prayers of an extraordinarily gifted pianist....

Title : Life Support
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ISBN : 9780849943744
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Number of Pages : 400 Pages
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Life Support Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    2019-05-19 14:58

    This review has the possibility of turning into a rant about a genre rather than focusing on the book, but I'll try to keep that in check.I haven't read any inspirational (read "inspirational" as "Christian fiction") since leaving home 24 years ago, but my Mom has long been a Christian bookseller as a side business. When I visited her during her cancer treatment she had collected all the books by this author for me to read because he graduated from the institution where I work. I had to read a few, obviously.The problem with Christian fiction (oh here we go, groan) is that it is always trying to do too many things. This novel combines a crime story with a redemption story, trying to address issues of guilt and trust, finding God and finding a relationship. Oh yeah and of course the main female character is talented but lonely, and the male love interest is very spiritual but works with his hands, the quintessential inspirational profile. Is that a Jesus thing? All the blue collar workers that Christian main characters manage to find working on their own in the stereotypical small towns? Jesus symbols? Could we be any more obvious? Okay, okay, sorry.So in one novel, Alexia the lawyer finds God, her piano-playing construction-worker trusts God again for love AND finds a calling for his improvised worship pieces (these chapters are more eye-rolling worthy than the romance), oh yeah and the crime that is supposed to be underpinning the entire novel gets ENTIRELY DROPPED. Okay, not entirely dropped but absolutely none of the story lines come to a close. The author, you see, was planning to write another novel. I threw the book down and had a temper tantrum because I had to read two novels to get the story, and I knew I'd have to or my mother would mail it to me. The line this novel ends with starts out the sequel.

  • Jerry
    2019-06-13 10:01

    Not since Denise Hildreth Jones'sSavannah from Savannahhave I been this impressed with the heroine of a book. I believe Alexia Lindale may be my next literary crush.As for the story itself, it was engaging and kept the pages turning. Sure, you have to read the next book to continue the story...but wasn't The Empire Strikes Back the same way? The writing was good, and I look forward to further installments in this series.

  • Michael
    2019-06-11 12:11

    Ever since John Grisham wrote "The Firm" and it became a run-away bestseller, legal thrillers have become a dime a dozen. Lots of book publishers have sought to cash in on the trend toward the public's interest and the legal thriller has almost become its own genre-so much so that I fully expect it to get its own section in the bookstore someday. So, it probably shouldn't come as too great a shock that there would, eventually, be a subset of the Christian publishing genre for a legal thriller.What was shocking was how good it turned out to be.Robert Whitlow's "Life Support" is a legal thriller-and it's one with a Christian emphasis. But I'd easily put this legal thriller up against some of the best the secular publishing world has to offer. "Life Support" is just that good.Rena Richardson did not have a happy childhood and she's not grown up to be a happy adult. She married an heir to a family's good fortune and has grown to love the good life. She wants to keep all that-the thing is she doesn't want to keep her husband, Baxter. So, one day while hiking she pushes him over a cliff and makes it look like an accident. But in a cruel twist of fate for Rena, Baxter survives and is put on life support. Rena wants to terminate it to cover her own secrets, but her fat her-in-law, Ezra has another legal document that gives him control over Baxter's life-and he very much wants his son to be living so he can exercise his power of attorney. Ezra has his own agenda as well-he's not all on the up and up and his company harbors some shady secrets he'd rather see kept out of the light of day. Enter into this attorney, Alexia Lindale, who is assigned by her law firm ,which represents Ezra, to go in and mediate things. Rena draws Alexia into her web of lies, leading to Alexia's termination and striking out on her own to represent Rena in a battle against her former employers. Along the way, Alexia meets the musical director at a local church and finds herself being drawn not only to him but also to a newer and deeper relationship with God."Life Support" is a fascinating character study and one in which the pages fly by. Unlike a lot of other contemporary Christian fiction, the characters are all not lily white, but are instead real human beings. For as much of a one-note villain as Rena could be, Whitlow invests her with just enough likeability to make us feel some sympathy for her and to understand her plight. And as much as Alex and the music minister are the heroes of this novel, they are still human enough to have faults, doubts and foibles. It makes the pages come alive because we feel like all these characters are real people-not just one-note characters the author has created to hammer home his own agenda or point.And although there are some things that are the standard stock of your basic legal thriller and your basic Christian-oriented novel, Whitlow blends them together seamlessly in his novel. This was a great book and one that I found myself sorry to see end-even though it does end at a crossroads with a promise for more to come in 2004. I've not read any of Whitlow's other work, but after reading this one, I am definitely eager for more. Whitlow delivers a page-turning thriller with a profound and heartwarming message at the center. Just like life, there are no easy answers, but that's what makes this book such a pleasure to read.

  • Melysah Bunting
    2019-05-31 12:09

    I got to read Life Support (Alexi Lindale #1) by Robert Whitlow courtesy of BookSneeze. It's a novel about a lawyer who deals with work, spiritual and other matters. Alexia Lindale is a lawyer who specializes in divorce. She prides herself in connecting with women. Little does she know that her latest client is trying to take advantage of her. Baxter Richardson finds himself in critical circumstances. He is on life support. Rena Richardson, his wife, and his father, Eza, are at odds. Baxter signed a paper stating he didn't want to life by the support of machines. Rena and Eza can't come to an agreement on the matter of continuing life support.Alexia Lindale acts as Rena's attorney to end life support. Eza hires Alexia's former boss as his attorney to keep life support going. Jeffery agrees with Rena that Baxter should be allowed a natural death. The doctors are also at a stalemate. With everyone at odds with each other, the only man who can bring some light to this situation is Alexia's new friend Ted. Ted tries music therapy and asks God to intervene in the matter.It's similar to John Grisham. There's a lot of detail based on Alexia being a lawyer. There's also a spiritual twist. The books is set in the south.I happen to be from Atlanta, and I like mystery/crime novels. The writing is good. The pace is great for a nearly 400 page novel. The characters are all interesting. There's many hidden agendas. There's also a bit of romance in the book to keep the tone light. It's a nicely balanced novel. The story will keep you on the edge of your seat until literally the last word.

  • Margaret Metz
    2019-06-02 15:18

    There are all sorts of questions. You wonder who really has the best interests of Baxter at heart, if he's a good person, and does that matter in the end. One of the biggest questions many readers may grapple with (if they haven't already) is how they feel about the question of extended life support and when or if it should be stopped. Robert Whitlow examines all of this in the context of one case and one group of people who all seem to have questionable motives. The lawyer at the heart of it all only knows part of the story and has to try and navigate through treacherous waters. The book was well done and I was surprised by some of the plot developments. It read like a stand alone novel and I kept waiting for the big pay off and then there was this sort of sudden ending. That's when I went back and saw this is the first book in a series. It's not a cliffhanger - and almost everything is resolved so you don't feel frustrated or anything. It just feels like you've been walking on a fast escalator and suddenly stepped off onto the sidewalk. It's startling - which may have been exactly what the author was after.I want to thank Thomas Nelson for providing my electronic copy for review.

  • Donna
    2019-06-10 12:16

    You know from the very beginning of the book that Rena Richardson pushes her husband Baxter off a cliff. That fact seems to be lost as you continue in the story. I kept wanting to know more about why she did it. Of course as I read this book I didn't realize it was part 1 and that another book followed. Only in the last pages of the book did I begin to have a real interest in what would happen next. Most of the story centers around her lawyer, Alex Lindale, but even her story is slow and I kept wanting her to wake up and see Rena for what she really was. Maybe she does in the next book but I am not in a hurry to read it.

  • Connie
    2019-05-21 12:05

    As I'm finding with all Robert Whitlow books, it kept moving (except a few little lulls with too much verbage which is why only 4 stars) and kept you wanting to see what happens next. I almost tossed the book about 1/3 of the way through but that probably meant that I was really into it. Kept me engrossed for the majority of the book and that's why I'll be starting book 2 very shortly.

  • Sue
    2019-05-29 09:58

    Immediately after finishing GRAY MOUNTAIN, I began LIFE SUPPORT by Robert Whitlow. Publicity for Whitlow always lists him at the Christian fiction version of John Grisham, and I must agree that both are excellent writers of legal fiction. Once again, the protagonist is a young female lawyer who finds herself suddenly unemployed. Alexia Lindale has made quite a name for herself as a divorce lawyer who can calmly advocate for her female clients. That may be why her firm asks her to navigate a dispute between Ezra Richardson, a rich and powerful client of the firms, and his daughter-in-law Rena. Baxter Richardson, Rena's husband and Ezra's son, is on life support after a fall from a cliff. Both Ezra and Rena hold documents which should give each power to make medical decisions for Baxter, but the two have differing opinions about what should be done. Readers will clearly know Rena's motives, but Alexia will not, but soon the interactions between the two women will lead to Alexia being asked to leave her firm. As she begins to navigate a private law practice, Rena becomes one of her first clients and deception abounds. Built into this legal thriller is another layer that makes the novel stand apart. Alexia, a lover of classical music, meets Ted Morgan, a music pastor, at a local church, and she is drawn back again and again to hear him play. As a relationship just begins to sprout between the two, an even greater relationship opens for Alexia. Through music, she feels God's presence for the first time --something her grandmother had always wished for.This thread which focuses on the divine power of music becomes even more important as Ted is allowed to play for the comatose Baxter.I must admit that LIFE SUPPORT ended disappointingly for me. I stayed up until 1:00 a.m. to finish the book last night, only to find the book did not really end. I quickly searched and yes, there is a second book. After reading comments about the second book, it appears that it ends with a cliffhanger also, but there is no third book. Right now I am in a bit of a dilemma. I want to know more, especially about Alexia and Ted, but if the second book ends without resolving Rena's guilt do I really want to continue this tale?

  • D.I. Telbat
    2019-06-16 13:16

    A wealthy, young businessman falls off a waterfall! This first chapter sets the stage for this suspenseful and sometimes disturbing novel about a young attorney trapped between greedy relatives and her own desire to do God's will. The plot, focused around a comatose patient, took multiple paths, and various points of view kept me anticipating the next chapter.Whitlow, a native of the Carolinas, painted landscapes for the mind to give me the fullest view of the surroundings. I feel like I know the town of Santee!The musical depth of this story left my imagination reeling to hear the pianist's prayers for myself--an endearing dimension I've never discovered in any book. Whitlow makes the reader feel.As a Christian fiction author of adventure novels myself, I studied Whitlow's pace of storytelling and scene sequences. There seemed to be some slow chapters and a few over-detailed scenes that did not necessarily relate to the story. However, the quality of writing was superb. One of my favorite lines was: "If [the dog] could talk [he] would have told Alex what he saw at the edge of the water in run-on sentences." I enjoyed that scene!Life Support was a gift that I read in just a few days. From the cold-hearted relatives (that reminded me of vultures) to the loving kindness of strangers (that reminded me of Jesus)--this story contains a comfortable suspense all the way to the end. And what an ending! The cover of the book is also breathtaking.I cannot help but wonder what happens in the sequel. Thank you, Robert Whitlow!

  • RickyB
    2019-05-30 13:13

    ***SPOILERS***I'm stunned that this book received so many 4-star reviews and can only think the difference was the expectation going in. I was expecting a courtroom drama, a will-she-get-away-with-it-or-won't-she suspense ride. Instead I got a book with so many detours (what was the purpose of the trip to France? It contributed nothing to the story at all. Lindale's sudden interest in god? The deposition she took part in on behalf of another lawyer?) that ended up going nowhere. Only to get to the last line and, finally, see the victim gain consciousness. The End. I thought WTF? Then I read on here that it is one of two books and the ending is actually in the second book! What a scam! I stuck with it to the end to hopefully (finally) see it deliver on the promises made in the publisher's blurb and am sorely disappointed. Needless to say I will *not* be getting the second book. I feel ripped off enough by this author.

  • Stephani Austin
    2019-06-16 14:07

    I actually stopped reading this book and only finished it for my reading challenge. There was a lot going on and it just got to be so much I just didn't care anymore. The ending leads into the next novel, but I'm going to skip that one, thanks.

  • Larisha
    2019-06-18 12:55

    Robert Whitlow does it again... Real page turner & I am looking forward to the sequel. Alex, a main character goes on a believable faith journey as she learns to wait on The Lord, listen to HIM, & know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God is an Ever Present Help in times of need!

  • Kimberly
    2019-06-10 13:24

    This book combines all the things I love about reading. 1) good plot, 2) Christian theme, 3) legal thriller, 4) pulls you in. As previously noted a woman pushes her hubby off a cliff and what happens after that you will have to read, cause I will not tell you here. Often books with a Christian theme, hit you over the head and put the issue right in your FACE on page one, basically Kneel or Die! This book however is different. This book written in the 3rd person, provides you with insight into the actions and thoughts of the characters. Character introduction is subtle and seems to fill right in at the proper place and time. (I sort of dislike books or movies where they spend the first half of the movie or book bringing all the characters and by the tie they reach the plot, I have to refresh my memory on the cast again! lol) Also the characters in this read are HUMAN, as in they have desires, thoughts, needs and aspirations and desires. This is listed as a Christian read and yes, it gently brings you to a place of understanding some of the Lord's character.

  • Soul Survivor
    2019-05-31 16:01

    Because I am a person of faith , I rated this book 4-stars , I did learn a lot about the legal appeal process , and powers of attorney . I would guess a skeptic would rate this 2-stars , and a secularist , one-star ; but who knows ?

  • L. Stewart
    2019-06-18 13:56

    Great readThoroughly enjoyed reading this book and I was blessed by God.. God bless Robert Whitlow and I hope you will continue to inspire us with your books.

  • Helen Pickering
    2019-06-02 11:59

    Life supportNow that wasn't fair just as Baxter opened his eyes it ended however I will pick it right up as soon as I finish ordering the book

  • Chuck
    2019-05-26 16:16

    Wow! An excellent novel that forces the reader into critical thinking. Well-written, inspiring, and very thought provoking. I'm eager to jump into #2 of the series.

  • Candy
    2019-06-15 11:14

    I was excited to read Life Support by Robert Whitlow because somehow I got the impression that it was set in North Carolina, somewhere near where I live. Even after I found it was set in South Carolina mostly, I still enjoyed some of the scenery described because it still sounded like some of the hikes I take here in North Carolina. Life Support is the first book in the Santee series. We are introduced to Rena Richardson and barely to her husband Baxter as she tries to kill him first thing in the book by pushing him over a waterfall and watching him crash to the rocks below. Alex is an attorney working for the firm that represents the Richardson family, and even though Rena isn’t accused of wrongdoing, Alex is suckered into helping Rena when her father-in-law starts giving her problems. Ted is a minister of music at a local church with problems of his own and ideas too large for the small church that is set in its ways. I enjoyed watching all these lives become connected and each character begin to grow and change.This is the first Robert Whitlow book I have ever read, so I wasn’t sure what to expect from an attorney telling a story. What I found was that I was highly entertained while also learning a lot about the law practice, but at the same time not feeling like I was in a classroom being taught about law. I knew this book was the first in a series, but I was expecting a series where each book could be read independently of the others and you wouldn’t be confused. Again I am not sure why I expected this, and again I was proved wrong! I kept waiting for the perpetrator to be found out, and I wanted to know how it was done. But alas, to do this I must continue to read the series! That isn’t such a bad thing though, as I did enjoy this story. This book was provided to me free by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

  • Laura
    2019-05-31 09:04

    This book, Life Support, has all the tentacles of the Terri Sciavo case, only with differing medical conditions.The emotional upheavals and shenanigans of Baxter Richardson’s father, Ezra; the inexplicable behaviors and comments of Baxter’s wife, Rena; the calculating and mysterious behaviors of Baxter’s brother, Jeffrey; the perplexing position of attorney Alexia Lindale working to remove Baxter’s life support, mixed with the romantic tension between Alexia and Ted Morgan, all take you for the tailspin ride of your life. And wait until you meet the short, scarred-face Detective Giles Porter!The constant twists at every conceivable moment forces you to keep abreast of the situations unfolding. Yet, though there are constant twists and turns, I found the writing style to be relaxed and woven methodically throughout the book. I thoroughly enjoyed the flow of the story line.The characters are all believable in each episode of the circumstances. The emotions and tension are palpable. I was able to connect emotionally with each of the main characters revolving around Baxter’s medical condition, some of which were good and some that weren’t.You will become acquainted with musical worship and music therapy. I found this aspect so comforting, as I get into music much the same as Ted.This is my first book by Robert Whitlow, and I’ve already purchased the second in this series! Can’t wait to read that it!This book was provided by BookSneeze in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was exchanged.

  • ChrisGA
    2019-05-27 08:15

    What a powerful story! The premise is a struggle between a woman and her father-in-law concerning the termination of her comatose husband's life support. The legal issue is determining the "right" course of action when doctors and families don't agree among themselves. This conflict is intensified for the reader because we know from the first chapter that the wife deliberately pushed her husband over the cliff with intent to murder him and that the father-in-law is using his power of attorney to drain his son's business interests to keep any money from the wife. Neither is acting from unselfish interest in the husband's interest. Not until the very end of the book do we have a clue what the medical outcome will be for the husband.Besides being an intense medical and legal thriller, this book has a dramatic Christian witness. Alexis, the lawyer, has a beautiful conversion experience and the effect of this new faith on the new Christian is displayed in a low-key but intensely believable way. The young pastor's use of his music to pray and seek God's guidance is a special dimension to the vicious legal maneuvering.The ending is stunning. Great inspirational and thought-provoking book.

  • Christina Creech
    2019-05-19 08:09

    I don't know if I will be finishing this series. I'd like the core concepts of the book, but I did feel like it was dragged on a lot.If I never hear he name Rena Richardson, it will be too soon. This lady doesn't know what she is and is so paranoid she is being controlled by Baxter's father that she is letting his brother manipulating her. She is hiding something big. I don't think she forgave her husband, and is trying to get revenge.However, I do like Alexi. She and Ted are probably the only reason I finished the book, because I didn't see their relationship coming and I really enjoyed it. They are a good balance for each other.I also love Gwen, and can't wait for her and Alexi to work together again. But, I don't know if I will finish this series, since it took me so long to finish the first one, only to have the same predictable ending. Baxter opened his eyes. We're rejoicing about a character being alive that we don't even have a connection too.

  • Molly
    2019-05-24 13:09

    A legal thriller, I instinctively put this book up against John Grisham, and no matter how repetitive Grisham's novels have become, I can't deny that this author simply knows how to weave a masterful story.In terms of storytelling, Life Support isn't very gripping. The first chapter opens with the crime being committed. It felt a tad too hysterical, emotions and thoughts thrown in haphazardly, everything heightened to the point where you just can't take it seriously anymore.The main character, divorce lawyer Alexia, seems interesting enough, especially when I encountered her cat, who shares my name (which is funny, because I named my blog after my cat).All in all, it's a so-so novel: good for a quick entertaining read, but easily forgettable and not a series I'd be looking out for.It's not the kind that I just have to keep reading even when it's past my bedtime, or that I miss when I'm outside with some downtime and forgot to bring it. (And yes, right now I'm reading a book that makes me feel that way, and I can't believe it was written thirty years ago)

  • Sharon
    2019-05-24 09:58

    The book for review is ” Life Support” by Robert Whitlow.I wish I could give this book more than 5 stars. I simply loved this book-read it in one day.The author hooked us from the start. The story is about a lawyer, Alexia Lindale, who is defending a young woman who is guilty of killing her husband. However, Lindale does now have that knowledge, the audience however does. The book is a page turner. One keeps expecting the cat to be let out of the bag. The book flowed well and the depth of the characters made you imagine them in your head. The ending, made you want to throttle the author for at this point you were so caught up in this book – you were not ready for it to end.BravoI received this book for free in exchange for 2 honest reviews.

  • Karie Hall
    2019-05-26 13:21

    Good read mainly because God will use people & situations to bring non believers and also help them find their way back to the right path. This proves the saying God works in mysterious ways.This book has an exciting storyline, and deals with many controversial issues such as removal of life support and mental instability. A young lawyer is one of the main characters, but it is almost more of a medical story than a legal one. I can't wait to read the sequel, "Life Everlasting" to discover what happens nextThis book kept calling - it was difficult to put down for long, but in the end left far more questions than answers, including what will happen to the more sinister members of Baxter's family

  • rjp316
    2019-06-03 08:17

    Really enjoyed this book. This is the 2nd Winslow book that I have read and I have enjoyed them book greatly. I felt that both the legal and medical aspects of this book were well written with not too much boring detail but just the right amount so you understand but are not overwhelmed. I like the fact that Whitlow does not write the Christians in this book as perfect but real humans that have struggles and doubts like everyone. The metaphors that Winslow uses between life support, music and the physical and spiritual matters are great. Must run out and get the 2nd book of the series so I can see how it ends, especially to make sure that Rena is brought to justice despite her great lawyer, Alex.

  • Elishya (lace)
    2019-05-29 11:55

    The first of a two book series that takes you on the journey of finding faith as a newlywed wife tries to kill her husband at a waterfall. She assumes he's dead, but she could never be more wrong as he is left in a coma and she is forced to care for him and wait through an investigation. Covering her tracks becomes difficult and trying to hide his insurance money becomes a motive. As the reader sees all this happening, they begin to understand WHY the newlywed wife does as she does and her claims behind trying to kill him for her safety. Left hanging as he comes out of a coma and she is being accused of attempted murder.

  • Lorna
    2019-05-25 11:03

    Interesting and compelling story. Exploring the realm of healing through music and worship was interesting, though it left me wondering if the author has had personal experience with this or is just hypothesizing. The deception of a person who has justified their actions to such an extent was another thread of human nature woven through the book. Though a little unbelievable in all the twists and turns, it was worth the suspension of disbelief and good to focus on the impossible become possible. Because with God, nothing IS impossible.

  • Holly
    2019-06-09 08:02

    So, let me just say starting this book it pulls you right in It’s a nice scene with Rena and Baxter until you realize Rena is a little crazy. Then of course you have Alex, The lawyer and Ezra, Baxters dad. So, Basically alot of the first part of the book is between Ezra and Rena. In which Rena wants to turn off Baxters life support and Ezra does not. I dont want to give too much away. But, the story is good, The characters are likable, and it flows well. This is also the first book in a series. so, all in all I enjoyed it and give it a 4/5 .

  • Clarice James
    2019-06-03 14:58

    Good writing, fast-paced, good tension, interesting and believable characters. Loved, loved, loved the music/prayer concept! A few times the writer took me out of the story to describe scenes and activities that did not move the story forward. Although I'm anxious to read more of Robert Whitlow's books, I did not like (actually, I resented) the gratuitous cliff-hanger at the end. For me, it felt like too much of a hard sell to purchase the second in the series. Having said that, I plan to buy Confession, which got rave reviews from a member of my book club.

  • Karen Medrano-rios
    2019-05-27 12:18

    I'm shocked at how much I ended up liking this book! Books that deal with Christian themes have the tendency to be a little preachy and feel fake but this book didn't feel that way at all. It was riveting enough to leave me on the edge of my seat but it also left me with desire to re-read my Bible, especially the story of the man at the pool of Bethesda. My only complaint? I wish I knew how things ended!!! I didn't know book was part of a series but it's so good, I can't complain.The last line in the book?? GAVE. ME. CHILLS. Amazing work!!