A Primary Decision (The Worthington Destiny Book #3): A Novel

A Primary Decision (The Worthington Destiny Book #3): A Novel

by Kevin Leman, Jeff Nesbit

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Forces Conspire to Take the Worthington Family Down

Sarah Worthington never expected to become the US attorney general--at least not this early in her career. Plunged into the vicious vetting process, with all sides digging for secrets in her family closet, she steels herself for the path forward. Nothing will deter her from making her mark on the world in the biggest way possible--even if that means prosecuting the current president of the United States. Yet powerful forces conspire behind the scenes to take the Worthington family down, and the president orders her to close the investigation. Will she comply? Or turn the tables to pursue her ultimate dream--the US presidency?

This exciting conclusion to The Worthington Destiny series will have readers on the edge of their seats--just in time for the 2016 presidential race.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493404094
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/18/2016
Series: Worthington Destiny , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 371,281
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Dr. Kevin Leman, the New York Times bestselling author of more than fifty books, including The Birth Order Book, has made thousands of house calls for Fox & Friends, The View, Today, CBS's The Early Show, The 700 Club, CNN, and Good Morning America.

Jeff Nesbit, a former senior communications official at the White House and former director of public affairs for two prominent federal science agencies, is a strategic communications advisor and the author of more than twenty novels. He writes At the Edge, a weekly column for U.S. News & World Report.
Dr. Kevin Leman is an internationally known psychologist, radio and television personality, and speaker who has taught and entertained audiences worldwide with his wit and commonsense psychology. He has made house calls for hundreds of radio and television programs, such as Fox & Friends, The View, Fox's The Morning Show, Today, Dr. Bill Bennett's America in the Morning, 700 Club, CBS This Morning, James Robison's Life Today, Janet Parshall, CNN's American Morning, and Focus on the Family, and has served as a contributing family psychologist to Good Morning America.

A bestselling and award-winning author, Dr. Leman has written more than 50 books about marriage and family issues, including The Birth Order Book, Sheet Music, Making Children Mind without Losing Yours, and Have a New Kid by Friday. He is coauthor, with his son Kevin Leman II, of a series of illustrated children's books for each child in the family. He is also featured on 6 video series on marriage, parenting, blended families, and single parenting.

Dr. Leman and his wife, Sande, live in Tucson, Arizona. They have five children and four grandchildren.
Jeff Nesbit is a former communications director to the vice president at the White House, served as the director of public affairs for two prominent federal science agencies, and has been a national journalist with Knight Ridder Newspapers. He is the author of 20 novels. Cocreator of the Emmy award-winning Science of the Olympic Winter Games and the Science of NFL Football video series with NBC Sports, Jeff is executive director for Climate Nexus and writes "At the Edge," a weekly science column for U.S. News & World Report.

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A Primary Decision: A Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
CarolJo More than 1 year ago
A Primary Decision is a contemporary story of Sarah Worthington who is appointed US Attorney General. Sarah is a strong, believable character who ends up running for the position of president of the United States based on truth and honesty. The book is very well written. Dr. Kevin Leman and Jeff Nesbit have done an excellent job! I recommend A Primary Decision to those interested in a modern day political story. I won my copy of A Primary Decision in a giveaway by Revell. This is my honest opinion.
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
A Primary Decision brings The Worthington Destiny series to a close and in my opinion it's the most powerful of the three. Of course that's probably because all of the loose threads are tied up but I still enjoyed it the most. In this part of the series the focus is mostly on Sarah Worthington. She becomes the US Attorney General and is thrilled with the opportunities it presents. Unfortunately she quickly finds that a case that she has been working on leads directly to the President. When he nominated her he probably thought that it would insulate himself from prosecution but Sarah's moral character just won't let her give it a pass. This really does read like a political thriller but what I liked about it was the aspect that Dr. Kevin Leman obviously brought to the book. I found it fascinating to see how Sarah interacted with her siblings. She's the baby of the family so they all want to coddle her. She's pretty spunky and won't have it. There's a bonus feature in the back called Birth Order Secrets and it was fun to read after finishing the series. The match-up of Leman and Nesbit was one that I hope happens again. It gave authenticity to the characters motives and actions. If you like stories that contain some political intrigue yet still center on personal relationships then I think you will enjoy this book and series. It is possible to read this book as a stand-alone novel but if you are going to read the series you need to do it in order because there are spoilers between the books. I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
LisetteRue More than 1 year ago
With this novel focusing on politics, I’ll readily admit that I didn’t have high initial hopes for liking this story. But after reading it, I stand corrected. I found this story to be very smart with high energy. There are perils to overcome, battles to be won, and mysteries to be solved. There is strong faith and faith tested. There is political intrigue. There are definitely back stories that I am missing, but overall this book read smoothly, and I didn’t feel totally lost not having read either of the previous books. I was actually impressed by the prose and how well it flowed, able to capture my interest even though I don’t naturally gravitate toward politics-centric material. Sarah is a strong, brilliant female character, and I appreciate that they created her in such a light, including staging her in an arena dominated by men. This was a surprisingly compelling story. -- Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions are expressly my own.
Debragg More than 1 year ago
"A Primary Decision" is a fast moving novel. Sarah Worthington is young but she finds herself the US attorney general. Everyone is trying to find anything that will hurt her career that they can. She is determined to get past this. Sarah will not let anyone stop her from doing her job. The problem is that there are people that are trying to make her stop what she is doing, even the president. Should she even listen to them? Should she try to fulfill her own future dream, to become the president herself? I give this book a 5/5. I was given this book by Revell Publishing Company and all opinions are my own.
JustCommonly More than 1 year ago
A Primary Decision by Dr. Kevin Leman and Jeff Nesbit is a political suspense drama that will open your eyes to some political strategem innuendos that can be quite interesting, if you are very new to this type of drama. This story is the final book in A Worthington Destiny series, and though it can be read as a stand-alone, I think it would be much better understood and appreciated if read the first two books, and in order. Despite not having read the first two, I still find A Primary Decision intriguing. The family dynamics are a strong attribute. The complex nature of family secrets and political drama that ensues for Sarah, our main character does take you on an inner look to the political and social circles for those that strive for political success, be it for the right or the wrong reasons. Again, this is a work of fiction, which includes certain stereotypes of the political scene and of the recent headlines pertaining to the election. However, it's entertaining and does have a certain drive that compels you to read forward. This review first appeared on Just Commonly blog. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
joyful334209 More than 1 year ago
Wow - yes I did say - wow - you start off being vetted - how intense is that - and the main character has some worries in her life she doesn't want coming out - but what she doesn't know at the time is that what she doesn't want to come out is peanuts compared to what the rest of her family to come out, and that is just the first few pages of the book. This book is intense, political, empirical, and totally enjoyable to the max. You cannot put this book down until you know all of the truth and all of the skeletons that are in the closets, boy will you be shocked, and so happy you read the whole book. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
tickmenot More than 1 year ago
Can Good Conquer Evil? Enter into the life of a wealthy, close-knit American family, the Worthingtons. They are very well-known, and the public is fascinated with them. Although they are involved in many things, politics has not really been one of them. In this volume, the current generation is interested in the political scene, but the oldest brother, Will, who appears to be the perfect candidate, mysteriously refuses to run. This story focuses on Sarah, the only daughter of the family, and the youngest. She is determined to right a lot of wrongs in this country, and hopes to do so in the political arena. But she keeps coming up against roadblocks. One is in the form of a false but convincing story circulating that her other brother, Sean, was involved with a terrorist. It is a vicious lie that she along with friends, Darcy and Jon, have been working tirelessly to expose. Another obstacle has to do with some very real skeletons in her own family that Sarah has not known of--and is devastated to find out about it. She is even more distressed to learn she is the last one to make this discovery. Will her own family ever see her as anything but the baby of the family that needs to be sheltered from the hard things in life? There is also an undercurrent made up of some powerful people in both the business and political world that have banded together. Their common goal is to keep the Worthington family from gaining a foothold either in politics or the boardroom. This group has no limit to what it will do to stop them, including murder. The question is, how many might die before they are exposed, if they ever are? And will Sarah be able to pursue her political dreams, or will she be forced to withdraw from her campaign? This is a fast-paced story that is very timely given this is an election year. Even though this was a work of fiction, it would be believable to find any of these story lines on the front pages of our newspapers. This is book three in The Worthington Destiny series. I was able to keep up with the story, but think the tale would have been more satisfying if I had read one, or both, of the previous books. However, this is a good book all on its own. Although the story deals with moral failings, the tale is told without being sexually explicit--and I really appreciated that. Given that author Dr. Leman is very well-known as a birth order expert, I was happy to find a small amount birth order traits were brought into this story. I recommend this 4-star book to anyone who enjoys realistic, political thrillers. Revell Publishing has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of A Primary Decision, for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
The Worthingtons are back and better than ever! Leman and Nesbit masterfully capture the dynamics of this powerful, political family and drama ensues as their long-buried secrets begin to surface. Rife with themes that are relevant and conceivably ripped from the headlines, I loved the intrigue and excitement of this compelling story. A Primary Decision is a page-turning conclusion to The Worthington Destiny series! I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.
centraleast22 More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in the Worthington Destiny series and it will keep you reading. I found myself continuing to read to find out what would happen next as Sarah Worthington finds herself a US attorney general and plunging into the job in a big way. She keeps on pursuing what she believes in no matter what the cost. This is a real page turner and a great conclusion to the series. I received a free copy of the book, the review is my own.
SemmieWise More than 1 year ago
** “But that’s life, Will. Good and bad come. You can’t control everything about your own path or anyone else’s. That’s where faith comes in.” ** “A Primary Decision” by Dr. Kevin Leman and Jeff Nesbit continues the stories of the Worthington siblings — Will, the head of American Frontier that’s still dealing with an Arctic oil fiasco; Sean, a mover and shaker in the non-governmental organization world; and Sarah, who is currently being vetted to be the next Attorney General. The series’ third installment focuses primarily on Sarah’s story. Along with friends Darcy and Jon, she is still attempting to find out who is trying to incorrectly incriminate Sean’s involvement with the Polar Bear Bomber. She’s also preparing to becoming Attorney General, and take down President Spencer Rich, who could be involved with the bombing. And, with all this going on, she just might have her eye on a bigger prize. Will the Worthingtons be able to reveal the true perpetrators behind several evil plots? Will they hold on to their own integrity? And will they be able to reach their own goals, both personally and professionally? “A Primary Decision,” which is a timely story with our recent presidential election, is a great political thriller that deals with secrets and loyalty. Of course it prevalently features birth order characteristics, for which author Dr. Leman is quite well known. It also tackles issues like having compassion for the underprivileged and bullied, carrying each other’s burdens, faith, and to “do the right thing always.” On a personal note, I love this series for the local connections it features — the family owns a home in Chautauqua Institution, a place down the road and where I grew up visiting in the summers; hometown communities like Jamestown, Celoron and Maple Springs; and local attractions like the Summer Wind and The Springs restaurant. It’s fun to read a book and be well aware of small town locations mentioned! Although you could probably read this as a standalone, as the authors do a good job recapping the storylines from the first two books, I would highly recommend you read the first two book before tackling “A Primary Decision.” I just think it would help you truly understand the scope of the story and not feel confused. Five stars out of five. Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, provided this complimentary copy for my honest, unbiased review.
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
A Primary Decision The Worthington Destiny #3 By Dr. Kevin Leman and Jeff Nesbit Sarah Worthington has always been the baby sister and her parents princess, but she's determined for them to see and recognize her as something else. When President Spencer offers her the chance at becoming US Attorney General Sarah sees herself one step closer to her dream. But the recent path the Worthingtons have been on has been one fraught with setbacks as someone seems intent on targeting the siblings and bringing them down. But who is working in the shadows against them? And how much do they know about the Worthingtons and the secrets they are keeping? As small gains are made in the Polar Bear Bomber investigation more questions are brought to light. But can evidence be discovered that will clear Sean before the photos that ended Will's political run are made public? Or will Sean's seemingly chance meeting with a stranger derail Sarah's dreams as well? As secrets create divides withing the Worthingtons they will need to learn that their greatest strength lies in their family ties and their love. This is an interesting look at family and friendship. What brings some people together while driving others away? Why do some do anything to protect those closest to them while others only use for their own benefit and gain? The Worthington Destiny is an enjoyable series that definitely keeps one guessing as to whom certain mysterious persons are. One has ideas as the story arrives at its satisfying conclusion but the thread of mystery just adds a greater depth to the story. The reader doesn't have to read the first two books to enjoy this book as each book focuses on a different sibling, though all of the Worthingtons are fully fleshed out as characters in each story. But I would recommend reading all three books as there is a story thread that runs throughout the series. I was provided a free review copy of this book by the publisher with no expectation of a review positive or otherwise - all opinions expressed are my own.