I usually review for Bethany House, however I won this beauty on Cara Putman’s facebook page. Head on over to give her a like on facebook if you like encouragement popping up in your newsfeed! I know I do.
This is also my first review on my new website! (I’ll bring over some of favs from my old blog soon-ish.)
Legal suspense. Yes please! I took a few law classes in college, as you can imagine I found this very interesting. It’s not a light read, and not always an easy read as it deals with the heavy topic of sexual abuse. That being said, Cara has an incredible ability to do this tastefully. Maybe that is because she is both practicing attorney and mother.
Delayed Justice | Hidden Justice Book 3
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 Jaime, 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.
My thoughts. First of all, I loved how Cara used Aslan from CS Lewis’ book The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe as both a parallel and a means of healing for the little girl Chandler and Jaime are helping, and Jaime herself.
Chandler is the handler of Aslan who acts as a calming dog for a little girl who has recently been abused. Because of Aslan, she is able to open about what has happened to her. For Jaime, it is the CS Lewis book Chandler lends her that helps her see faith from a new perspective.
Both Chandler and Jaime need healing, Chandler because of what happened to him personally when his wife left him while he was on tour with the military, and Jaime because of ‘delayed justice’ from what happened to her as a young girl.
Jaime is on an incredible journey of finding faith, and Chandler resolves that he will not enter into a relationship with her until she does… but that does not stop him from helping her in her healing journey and being her protector through the hardest thing Jaime has ever had to do.
Healing was a theme throughout this book, including Jaime’s relationship with her parents.
This book was gripping, I could not put it down. So well written. I give Delayed Justice a 4.5 out of 5, but since Amazon doesn’t do halves I’ll be hitting the 5. I was so impressed with this book I would certainly read another by this author.
Because I’m Canadian, I asked her to send my copy to a friend in the states (thank you Ashley!), Cara included a novel for her too! Thank you, Cara, for this and for my copy of Delayed Justice! I look forward to reading more of your twenty-five books!
I prefer short and sweet reviews, since I don’t want to give away the whole book here. It is suspense, after all.
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About the Author
Cara Putman is the author of more than twenty-five legal thrillers, historical romances, and romantic suspense novels. She has won or been a finalist for honors including the ACFW Book of the Year and the Christian Retailing’s BEST Award. Cara graduated high school at sixteen, college at twenty, completed her law degree at twenty-seven, and recently received her MBA. She is a practicing attorney, teaches undergraduate and graduate law courses at a Big Ten business school, and is a homeschooling mom of four. She lives with her husband and children in Indiana. Visit her website at CaraPutman.com; Facebook: Cara.Putman; Twitter: @Cara_Putman.