Sunday, October 7, 2018

Jane Reviews: Delayed Justice by Cara Putman (includes Giveaway)

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Series: Hidden Justice #3
Genre: Legal Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Releases: October 15, 2018
352 pages

About the Book:

She had long given up the desire to be loved. Now she only needed to be heard.

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 Jamie, now a criminal defense attorney, prepares to press charges against someone who wronged her long ago, she must face not only her demons but also the unimaginable forces that protect the powerful man who tore her childhood 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.

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My Rating & Thoughts:  🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟   (5 stars)

While this is the third book in Ms. Putman’s Hidden Justice series it can easily be read as a standalone. There are some recurring characters but the storyline is specific to this book. There are multiple storylines at play throughout but it was easy to follow each one and they interweaved in ways that felt realistic. The characters are dealing with some horrible and heartbreaking trauma but Ms. Putman delivers it in a way that you know what happened without giving too much detail. There are no slow moments.

Jamie is dealing with a lot; she is pursuing her charges against her uncle for past events, fighting for her job, trying to help a little girl dealing with abuse all while feeling like she is being watched. Chandler is trying to help this same girl with his therapy dog while receiving threatening calls. As these two work together a friendship develops into much more and allows healing to begin.

The characters of Chandler and Jamie tugged at my heart. I loved Chandler, even though he is dealing with his own PTSD and some threats he is determined to be there not only for the little girl but for Jamie. He tries not to push her, but rather show her by his actions that he cares and will not allow the past to define her. I hurt for Jamie, the pain she has gone through was heartbreaking and the fact that she felt she had to keep it inside for some many years made me sad. I was proud of her for finally having the courage to speak up and being willing to help the little girl even though it hit so close to home for her. I longed for her to find the peace that God can provide and being willing to allow Chandler in. The friendship between the girls was inspiring. I am especially intrigued by Caroline’s story and am hoping that we will get to know it.

While the main subject matter was tough I am glad that I read this story. It grabbed my attention right from the beginning and includes a strong mix of legal drama, suspense, faith lessons, friendship and romance. Also now I want to re-read The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.

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(I received a complimentary copy of this book from CelebrateLit; opinions 
expressed in this review are my honest opinion and completely my own.)

Cara Putman Bio

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 thought 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 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, Witch, and the Wardrobe.

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delayed justice 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.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for reading Jaime's story! I'm glad that you enjoyed the novel, even with its hard topic.