Book Review: Delayed Justice

About the Book

Book Title: Delayed Justice

Author: Cara Putman

Genre: Legal Romantic Suspense

Release Date: October 15, 2018

Back Cover:

Jaime Nichols went to law school to find the voice she never had as a child, and her determination to protect girls and women in the path of harm drives her in ways both spoken and unspoken. As Jaime, now a criminal defense attorney, prepares to press charges against someone who wronged her long ago, she must not only face her demons but also the unimaginable forces that protect the powerful man who tore her childhod apart.

Chandler Bolton, a retired veteran, is tasked with helping a young victim who must testify in court– and along with his therapy dog, Aslan, he’s up for the task. When he first meets Jaime, all brains, beauty, and brashness, he can’t help but be intrigued. As Chandler works to break through the wall Jaime has built around herself, the two of them discover that they may have more to offer one another than they ever could have guessed–and that together, they may be able to help this endangered child.

This thrilling installment of the Hidden Justice series explores the healing power of resolution and the weight of words given voice. And as Jaime pursues delayed justice of her own, she unearths eternal truths that will change the course of her life.

My Thoughts:

This story is heartbreaking and inspiring at the same time. The darkness that the main character Jaime went through as a child made me want to cry. It was impossible to view this book as just a fiction story because I know that the abuse that Jaime suffered is happening all over the world today. That fact made Jaime’s story more poignant. The inspiring part of this story is the fact that the darkness that Jaime went through only made God’s light that much more brilliant. I loved this story because it showed that there is no pain too great for God to heal. That being said, this is a book that was sometimes difficult to read because of the pain and the sorrow in it. Various times I had to set it down and take a step away. This is not a book for young readers. Cara Putman does very well at showing the horror of abuse without overwhelming the reader with vulgar details. This is a book that I would highly recommend. It is inspiring and beautiful.

About the Author:

Since the time she could read Nancy Drew, Cara has wanted to write mysteries. In 2005 she attended a book signing at her local Christian bookstore. The rest, as they say, was history. There she met a fellow Indiana writer Colleen Coble. With prompting from her husband, Cara shared her dream with Colleen. Since those infamous words, Cara’s been writing award-winning books. She is currently working on book 30 and 31.

Cara Putman is an active member of ACFW, and currently serves on its Executive Board. She has also been the Indiana ACFW chapter president and served as the Area Coordinator for Indiana.

Cara is also an attorney, lecturer at a Big Ten university, active in women’s ministry, and all around crazy woman. Crazy about God, her husband, and her kids that is. She graduated with honors from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and George Mason Law School, and Krannert School of Management. You can learn more about Cara at www.caraputman.com

Guest Post from Cara:

Delayed Justice was a hard story to write. I’d known from Beyond Justice that Jaime had a hard story, but I wasn’t sure exactly what it was. She tried to hide from her past. She tried hard, but in the end it slowly spilled out. A young girl wounded deeply by someone who should protect her. And now as a professional young woman, Jaime is still fighting the shadows.

She believes she’s okay, or as okay as she’ll ever be. Instead, she has to learn that there’s so much more waiting for her. Freedom from the chains of a past she didn’t choose. A love that will never end. And a God who has always loved her even when she questions His existence because of her past.

I think we’ve all lived that. There’s a place in our hearts that seems beyond His reach. For some of us, it’s a barrier to knowing Him. To others of us, it makes us question what we though we knew about God. And for others of us, it presses us deeply into Him. Jaime’s book, Delayed Justice, explores this space. The space where some days we scream at the heavens Where are you, God? And the days that we just curl into ourselves because life is too hard.

And in that space of shadow and light, God ultimately shines brightest. This is a truth that is slowly revealed through friends and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

Giveaway:

To celebrate her tour, Cara is giving away a grand prize package that includes a Courage Dear Heart bracelet, a The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe print, a copy of Delayed Justice, and a box of Turkish Delight!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/d5c4/delayed-justice-celebration-tour-giveaway

Blog Stops:

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, September 29

Fiction Aficionado, September 29

The Avid Reader, September 29

The Power of Words, September 29

The Christian Fiction Girl, September 29

The Lit Addict, September 30

BBHfiction, September 30

Painting with Words, September 30

Real World Bible Study, September 30

Janices book reviews, September 30

cherylbbookblog, October 1

Where Faith and Books Meet, October 1

Back Porch ReadsOctober 1

Cafinated Reads, October 1

Faithfully Bookish, October 1

Because I said so – adventures in Parenting, October 2

Lighthouse Academy, October 2

Livin Lit, October 2

Inklings and notionsOctober 2

Bigreadersite, October 2

All-of-a-kind Mom, October 3

Reading Is My SuperPower, October 3

The Becca Files, October 3

Blogging With CarolOctober 3

Lights in a Dark World, October 3

Genesis 5020, October 4

Cathe Swanson, October 4

Spoken from the Heart, October 4

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, October 4

100 Pages per Hour, October 5

Multifarious, October 5

Book by Book, October 5

Splashes of Joy, October 5

Rockin’ My Mom Jeans, October 6

Mary Hake, October 6

Godly Book Reviews, October 6

Two Points of Interest, October 6

C Jane Read, October 7

Daysong Reflections , October 7

Bibliophile Reviews, October 7

Buy, Borrow, Skip, October 7

The Mimosa Blossom, October 8

Ashley’s Bookshelf, October 8

Book Bites, Bee Stings, and Butterfly Kisses, October 8

Maureen’s Musings, October 8

Just the Write Escape, October 9

Simple Harvest Reads, October 9 (Guest Post from Mindy Houng)

Remebrancy, October 9

Carpe Diem, October 9

Quiet Quilter, October 10

Margaret Kazmierczak, October 10

At the Fence, October 10

By The Book, October 10

God is Love, October 11

A Baker’s Perspective, October 11

proud to be an autism mom, October 11

Texas Book-aholic, October 11

Henry Happens, October 12

Little Homeschool on the Prairie, October 12

Have A Wonderful DayOctober 12

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 12

I was given a free copy of Delayed Justice via Celebrate Lit. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

 

Book Review: Shadows from the Past

Back Cover Synopsis:

“…..It is the price you pay for choosing to be a cop. Your brother’s life…..”

Those words haunt her dreams, and her waking moments. LAPD officer Aurora Davvan cannot rest until she finds her brother’s killer. Digging into the past always brings back unpleasant things: memories, guilt,…..the hit man. Now she is in a race against time to find the murderer before he finds her.

“Kill her. I don’t care how, and I don’t care where; but I want her dead now!”

Someone was trying to kill his dead partner’s sister. FBI agent Jordan Reiley will stop at nothing to protect the woman he loves. Even if it means going against her wishes; putting himself between her and the man who murdered her brother.

Will God keep them alive long enough for them to find the truth?

The book can be purchased here: https://amzn.to/2tL10wG

Author Bio:

Ashley Dawn was born and raised in rural Arkansas where she developed her love for writing while helping in her parents’ office. She graduated with an accounting degree from the University of Central Arkansas but is currently working as a legal assistant.

Ashley has been writing professionally for the past twelve years and has three published books. Her Shadows series includes Shadows from the Past, Shadows of Suspicion, Shadows of Pain, and Shadows of Deception. She is currently working on multiple projects including the fifth in her Shadows series entitled Shadows in Black and White and also a standalone suspense entitled One of Their Own. She and her family make their home in Texas.

My Review:

This book did a great job at keeping the identity of one of the bad guys a secret until the end. The curiosity of who it would be kept me reading as fast as I could. This book spent quite a bit of time focusing on the relationship between the main character Aurora and her ex-fiance Jordan and because of that was not as suspenseful as I anticipated. While I can appreciate a good love story, this book was a bit cheesy for my taste.

The author switched from character to character rather abruptly throughout the story. Several times I was confused as to which character’s point of view I was reading.

 Aurora’s journey of overcoming her self-blame for her brother’s murder was inspiring. It was a good portrayal of the truth that no matter how far we stray from God He is always willing to receive us again.

I was provided a complimentary copy of Shadows from the Past for reviewing purposes. All thoughts and opinions are my own.