Thursday, August 16, 2007

Off the Record~ by Elizabeth White

ABOUT THE BOOK: Ambition is on a collision course with a secret from the past.Judge Laurel Kincade, a rising political star, is announcing her candidacy for chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. Her aristocratic Old South family, led by her judge grandfather, beams as she takes the podium. Then her eyes light on a reporter in the crowd…and suddenly her past becomes a threat to her future.Journalist Cole McGaughan, religion reporter for the New York Daily Journal, has received an intriguing call from an old friend. Private investigator Matt Hogan has come across a tip…that Laurel's impeccable reputation might be a facade. Matt suggests that Cole dig up the dirt on the lovely judge in order to snag his dream job as one of the Journal's elite political reporters.There's just one problem: Cole's history is entangles with Laurel's and he must decide if the story that could make his career is worth the price he'd have to pay.A sensational scoop becomes a rollercoaster ride of emotions. Can Laurel and Cole find forgiveness and turn their hidden past into a hopeful future...while keeping their feelings off the record?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Beth White is the author of Fireworks and Fair Game, as well as the critically acclaimed Texas Gatekeepers serie from Love Inspired Suspense.In her own words, she appreciate her most valued roles as wife and mom. Beth is also a second-grade Sunday school teacher, church orchestra member (She plays flute), and artist. She loves to read, crochet, sew, go on mission trips and avoid housework.Beth lives in Mobile with her minister husband, and is currently on staff at First Baptist Church of North Mobile (fondly known as NoMo), in Saraland, Alabama.

I am still reading this book. So far it has been an interesting story about a conservative Judge running for the Alabama supreme court when her ex-boyfriend shows up to report on her campaign. Right now I am not sure what went wrong between them other than Cole was evidently not a Christian and kind of a selfish person when they were together. Now Cole is saved and so I guess the question is will they be able to get past what happened between them. Also there is a private investigator who was hired by her opponent to dig up dirt in Laurel's past so I am also waiting to see what will happen with that. I will be sure to give you an update when I finish the book.

UPDATE: I actually finished this book last week, but have been out of town so I am a little delayed with my update. All in all I really enjoyed this book. It made me think about a struggle I think christians have when they are going through trails. I think that we all question "Why me Lord?" and the answer is why not? Jesus said in Mark 13:13 "And you will be hated by all for My name's sake. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. " So in trying to live a life for Christ we will be persecuted, but we can take comfort that in the midst of our trials He will never leave us. I thought the story of Cole and Laurel was very touching and romantic but I think the neatest relationship to follow was the one between Cole and his investigator friend Matt. I won't spoil the story by telling you why so check it out for yourself :)


Beth White said...

Thanks for posting, Ryan (My son's name is Ryan, so you have a special place in my heart :o)) Looking forward to hearing your take, after you finish Off the Record.

While I'm here, y'all might want to scoot over to my website at and enter my drawing for two baskets, each full of 10 new Zondervan releases. Welcome mat's out!


loves to read said...

The book was great :) Thanks for stopping by.