When something goes wrong, I want justice. I expect it’s the same with you dear reader. But my justice might be way over the top for the crime. I’m prone to judging first and finding out the truth after. So many times, I have had to say sorry for misunderstanding the facts through jumping in feet first and not listening to the evidence first. Thankfully, God is not like that! His justice is beyond our understanding in His court unless we open our hearts to His mercy.
Cara Putman’s main character Jamie Nichols seeks justice. She desperately wants to right the wrong from her abused past. However, how far is she prepared to go to obtain freedom?
My Penny’s Worth
Can I interest you in a little legal drama?
Well, I hope so as Delayed Justice is an excellent book with multi-layers to it. Various storylines interweaved through the book and kept me interested. I didn’t want to put it down, nor did I want to finish it. However, I had to continue reading. What a dilemma!
Those characters just got under my skin..
In a good way. Jaimie Nichols bled over the pages. I wanted to hug her, to tell her all would be alright. She wasn’t alone – and this phrase was repeated in the book.It was easy to focus on the fix rather than on Who did the fixing - @cara_putman Delayed Justice. Celebrate_Lit tour. Click To Tweet
Jaimie lives a dual life, in work strong and courageous defending those unable to protect themselves, however, in her personal life, a wreck. How many of us are like that?
“Romance was for people who had needs she’d already put to death. A need to be seen. A need to be admired. A need to be cherished.”
Also, Jaimie is angry with God. Yes on a scale of 1-10 I’d say 10. She had to be otherwise the story would be silly. How can someone who has been abused not be? Great a bit of realism – because the subject matter is nasty and requires proper reactions.
“If this untouchable God wouldn’t be bothered when she’d been a child who needed His protection, then she wouldn’t bother with Him now.”
There are also tender moments too.
“Her whispered words barely reached Jaime, but she clutched them to herself like a bouquet of wilted flowers.”
Chandler who becomes an essential character in the novel reveals his pain too and though a pillar of strength, shows his weaknesses too. Yes, he portrays the qualities of a superhero, but he never finds a telephone booth to change into his lycra because he is normal.
“The needs were always bigger than his capacity to meet them, so he needed God in big ways.”
What about the antagonist?
The antagonist, larger than life, helps produce the fear on the pages. I was looking over my shoulder too. I remember watching Police Watch when I was younger and feeling an invasion of evil people in my home. This had a similar effect. Cara Putman’s writing stimulated my overactive imagination. No wonder Jaimie felt scared.
“The marbles rolled freely through her stomach; until nausea loomed strong enough no amount of controlled breathing would send them away.”
The storyline with the little girl is also well written and helps bring the book into the here and now. It also provides an added dimension.
Can you live without this book?
Probably, but if you get the opportunity to read it then go for it. Why? The content is about sexual abuse, but it is mainly about the emotional effects and aftermath. The writing is sympathetic and does not push the reader into specifics. There are some beautiful more profound ponderings to questions that are answered in the book. I love that Cara Putman reminds us of how vital support networks are and that we are not alone.
This book is part of a series, but it can be read as a stand-alone.
I want to give Delayed Justice 5 *****. Thank you, Cara Putman, for writing this book.
I received a complimentary copy of this book via CelebrateLit. A favourable review was not required, and the opinions are my own.
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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 defence 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.
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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