President Richard Wallace finds himself with the potential power to alter the course of judicial thought when a vacancy arise on the United States Supreme Court. The President, believing this very decision is God’s reason for him becoming president, calls on Porter McIntosh, his Chief of Staff to ensure his nominee, Judge Dunbar Shelton is confirmed despite the opposition he will face given the judge’s conservative views. When the stakes are as high as reversing of the Roe v. Wade verdict on abortion, this will not be limited to a vicious political bun fight. Blood will be shed and the moral and social mores of a country divided on this issue may never be the same.
The difficulty of maintaining political integrity in a world where those two words rarely combine is addressed and the many agendas, hidden or not, that politicians, attorneys and judges face daily are laid bare. In all this the day to day issues we all face are not pushed to the side with Eli and his wife’s relationship strained over whether he wants to have children, Judge Dunbar’s family wanting to lead safe and normal lives and Jill, longing to meet a man who will show her love and respect. Each character is well developed, from Stella Hanover, President of the National Federation for Abortion Rights who will stop at nothing to get her way, budding investigative journalist, Holland Fletcher, in way over his head and Jessica Caldwell, alone and frightened, having made choices in her life she now regrets. Jerome does not hesitate to address the spiritual implications of our human nature and the need for redemption. This is one of those rare books that will appeal to both men and women.
The Divine Appointment is the first book I have read by Jerome Teel – be assured it won’t be the last.
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