This book comes with a warning, it has to do with the very serious issue of pedophilia and rape. Thankfully, not a lot of detail, but enough to make you want to puke, especially realizing that this perversion goes on in homes all over the world and even is legal in some countries and religions. God’s beautiful gift of sex to be enjoyed between a married man and woman has been twisted, turned, maligned, mocked, denigrated, degraded, (need my thesaurus now), all throughout history. Every day in the news, there is something going on that has to do with the broad subject of sexuality gone wrong.
What would a person do if they grew up with injustice, I suppose the smart thing to do is to join the justice system and help others who were treated unjustly (and maybe in the process get the nerve to seek out and bring down their own tormentor). This is precisely what Jaime Nichols did. In the process, she meets a kindhearted man who provides his therapy dog, Aslan as a helper for a young girl who is going through similar things Jaime endured as a child. No more details …. Spoilers!!! And since its genre is legal romantic suspense, then we know it’s no secret there will be a romantic relationship element entwined in the story. And here it is ….
About the Book
Book Title: Delayed Justice
Author: Cara Putman
Genre: Legal Romantic Suspense
Release date: October 15, 2018
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.
What I liked:
The spiritual element was definitely there. I greatly liked the patience Chandler showed while he helped her, as she helped others. I liked that he encouraged her toward healing through a relationship with the Lord and provided her with one of the most beautiful, modern day parables, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Using a child’s story, to speak to the frightened and bruised child that still cowered inside her. To the best of my knowledge and memory, God’s Word was used appropriately and God was glorified.
What I didn’t like:
There were times it was a big draggy and repetitive, especially when relating to the deepening relationship. I didn’t like it, as a story-telling element, but I could understand it on the emotional level, considering all the horror she had been through as a child. She had a lot of emotional baggage. I felt some of the repetition did get in the way of helping move the story along.
Overall, it’s a good story for a mature person. It certainly opens your mind and heart to those who have been through these horrible things. One thing reading fiction like this can do is help you process the horror, without being overwhelmed by the reality of it. For me, I know the subject is a real problem. My problem in reading reality is that I get overwhelmed by anger and want to see the perpetrator crushed!!! And if that doesn’t happen I am stuck with a ball of fire in my gut. So, fiction can open your eyes to understand a shadow of what people go through, and if justice gets served, you are left satisfied, so you can process the lessons learned from the story ….. and it’s OK to hate a fictional character!!
DISCLAIMER: I received this book as a gift. The opinions I express are provided without obligation for a positive review. I receive no compensation for the review, other than a really good read.
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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 (Go Huskers!) 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 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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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!