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Faith-Flavored Fiction at its Finest in ‘Whitney Chronicles’

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The Whitney Chronicles Book 4: No Greater Love

By Larry M. Lawrence

Rating: G

Genre: Fiction/Christian Fiction

Launch Date: December 15, 2021

Via: Reedsy/Discovery

Note: We received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Josiah and Olivia Whitney are middle-aged residents of a rural North Carolina town. They’re trying to get their new business, Whitney Engineering, up and running and live a comfortable, quiet life. But fate seems to have other designs – and so do human traffickers.

Hot-headed city council member Bruce Madison is seen yelling at new Sheriff Tyrell “Ty” Andrews. Questions and conflict soon follow. Does Madison have a connection to human trafficking and the drug cartels? What about the quintet of people surreptitiously hauled into town by a tractor trailer? And who’s trying to silence them, and why? A high stakes game of cat-and-mouse with a deadly assassin ensues. When desperate people take desperate measures, who will survive?


Seasoned with Scripture and memorable, robust characters, The Whitney Chronicles is a highly engaging, fast-moving read. It takes an honest look at a potentially divisive issue – illegal immigration – without being divisive. Balanced, thoughtful, and steeped in grace, the narrative neatly side steps extremes on both sides of the debate. The Whitney Chronicles also touches on the cost of true friendship and the one true Friend. Gently faith-flavored without being preachy.

Keeps You Guessing

Additionally, the author keeps you guessing. Just about the time you think you know where the plot is headed, it takes an unexcepted U-turn. Finely crafted description of places and settings abound. Like fish jumping in a like and vibrating cicadas. Barbecued pulled pork with a side of cole slaw at Jimmy’s Diner. Applesauce. Drones. (Keep an eye out for a perennial scene stealer, Bud’s Redbone Coonhound, Bootsy.)

A Deep Dive

Expertly written with pitch-perfect pacing, the story takes a deep dive into human trafficking and the criminal activity of those smuggling “unauthorized” people across the border and the plight of undocumented people caught between ruthless, rapacious “coyotes” and their longing for a better life in America.

With pitch-perfect pacing, three-dimensional characters and a heart-pumping plot with a purpose, The Whitney Chronicles is fast-pasted Christian fiction at its finest. 

Our Rating: 5.0

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