Review: Imperfect Justice by Cara Putman

About this Book

The police say the woman was a murderer. Emilie Wesley knows they can’t be talking about her client . . .  can they?

To the world it seems obvious: Kaylene Adams killed her daughter and then was shot by police. Attorney Emilie Wesley knows a different story: Kaylene would never hurt anyone and was looking for a way out of a controlling, abusive relationship. Her death shakes Emilie’s belief that she can make a difference for women in violent marriages. Self-doubt plagues her as she struggles to continue her work in the wake of the tragedy.

Reid Billings thought he knew his sister—right up until he learned how she died. He discovers a letter from Kaylene begging him to fight for custody of her daughters if anything should happen to her. No attorney in her right mind would support an uncle instead of the father in a custody case, but Kaylene’s letter claims Emilie Wesley will help him.

Thrown together in the race to save Kaylene’s surviving daughter, Emily and Reid pursue the constantly evasive truth. If they can hang on to hope together, can they save a young girl—and find a future for themselves in the process?

About the Author

Since the time I could read Nancy Drew, I have wanted to write mysteries. In 2005 I attended a book signing at my local Christian bookstore. The rest, as they say, is history. There I met Colleen Coble. With prompting from my husband, I shared my dream with Colleen. Since those infamous words, I’ve been writing award-winning books with the count currently at 25.

In addition to writing, I am a homeschooling mom of four, attorney, lecturer at a Big Ten university, active in women’s ministry, and all around crazy woman. Crazy about God, my husband, and my kids. I graduated with honors from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Go Huskers!), George Mason Law School, and Purdue University’s MBA program. You can learn more about my books at http://www.caraputman.com. And if you’d like a copy of my legal suspense novella, Dying for Love, simply connect with me here (http://www.caraputman.com/contact/) , and I’ll send you the link.

My Review

I have to admit this book grew on me and I ended up enjoying it. At the beginning of the story, I struggled with Emily. I just didn’t care for her character, mainly because she seemed to be defying a direct order from her boss without a second thought. But as the story progressed I began to appreciate her tenacity.

The story itself was really good. The author tackled a difficult and sadly too common occurrence, domestic abuse. In this case, the abuse wasn’t strictly physical but a lot of emotional abuse. I felt like the author handled the subject extremely well. She brought out the many truths about abuse and how the system doesn’t always work.

Reid was great! It was fun to watch his character develop throughout the story and his shifting priorities.

All in all, I would recommend this book. The more I read the more I cared about the characters and wanted to see the resolution.

4-Star Rating Based on the Amazon Scale
3-Star Rating Based on the Goodreads Scale

Disclaimer:  I did receive a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley.com, I was not required to give a review and the opinions here are my own.

Review: 52 Weeks Through the Psalms: A One-Year Journey of Prayer and Praise by James Merritt

About this Book

Experience God’s Compassion and Glorious Character in Your Life

The book of Psalms is often our first choice when we’re searching for comfort, mercy, or reassurance. The meeting of human emotions and divine love shines bright in every chapter.

From the author of 52 Weeks with Jesus and 52 Weeks Through the Bible comes an insightful and inspiring journey through select portions of the Psalms. As you spend time contemplating the holy words of Scripture, you’ll gain new levels of…

  • understanding about the provision and power of God
  • trust in the faithful, approachable presence of God
  • growth in your soul’s joyful response to God

Enrich your relationship with the Lord of your life as you find new reasons and ways to come before him in prayer and praise.

My Review

I love the book of Psalms! And this book did a great job teaching it in a practical and understandable way.

Each week the author focuses on a specific Psalm. In this 52 week format, he couldn’t cover all of them.

He also provides references from the New Testament as well as other Psalms or verses within a Psalm.  He this follows up with stories from his life, Biblical applications as he takes the Psalm and helps the reader see how he or she could apply it to life. The chapters are such you could read them in one sitting or break them up into 5 daily readings. Each chapter ends with a prayer for this week and a question for this week.  Both the prayer and the question are short and concise. Though, personally, I would have preferred to have the prayer and question at the beginning of the study.

I definitely have enjoyed and been touched by what I’ve read in this devotional. This would make a great gift for yourself as well as others who want to study the Psalms in an engaging and uplifting manner.

5-Star Rating Based on the Amazon Scale
5-Star Rating Based on the Goodreads Scale

Disclaimer:  I did receive a complimentary copy of this book from the author, I was not required to give a review and the opinions here are my own.

 

Review: Out of the Ordinary (Apart from the Crowd Book #2) by Jen Turano

About this Book

Miss Gertrude Cadwalader hoped her position as the paid companion to Mrs. Davenport would be easy. But as she becomes acquainted with her employer, she realizes the wealthy Mrs. Davenport has a strange tendency to be a bit light-fingered with other people’s trinkets. Gertrude is relieved when Mrs. Davenport decides to have a quiet summer away from the social scene–until the woman changes her mind in order to help a young socialite launch into society.

When Gertrude is caught in the act of trying to return one of the trinkets by Mrs. Sinclair, the mother of shipping magnate Harrison Sinclair, the woman jumps to an unfortunate conclusion. Harrison is determined to mend fences with Miss Cadwalader, but he’s unprepared for the escapades a friendship with her will entail.

About the Author

Jen Turano is a USA Today Bestselling author, known for her quirky characters and amusing story lines. Her novel, After a Fashion, was a Reviewer’s Choice finalist with RT, as well as being named a top ten romance of 2015 from Booklist. Her book, A Most Peculiar Circumstance, was chosen as a top ten romance by Booklist in 2013, and Booklist has called her “One of the funniest voices in the inspirational genre.” When she’s not writing, Jen spends her time outside of Denver, CO. She can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jenturanoauthor/ or visit her on the web at www.jenturano.com. She is represented by the Natasha Kern Literary Agency. (source: Amazon Author Page)

My Review

This book was so enjoyable. Not the high intensity of suspense and not over the top romance. Just a well-written story with interesting and sometimes peculiar characters with an engaging story.

This story offers a little bit of everything. There is a sweet romance between Gertrude and Harrison that include some funny moments. There are adventure and mystery surrounding the events at the engagement party. All in all a fun and relaxing story to read.

If you enjoy lighthearted historical fiction I think you’d enjoy this book. The author creates characters that are easy to like along with a few that you won’t like.

Disclaimer:  I did receive a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, I was not required to give a review and the opinions here are my own.