Delayed justice – desperately seeking to right the wrong

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?

Margaret Kazmierczak reviews Delayed Justice by Cara Putman

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.

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Jamie Nichols

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 Bolton

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.

This book review was brought to you by Margaret Kazmierczak author of “How to Make Victoria Sponge” And a contributor to Heart”wings” devotional.

Finally, please don’t forget Cara’s GIVEAWAY at the bottom of this post. Nor to comment as I would love to hear what you think.

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About the Book

Can you live without this book? Come on over and see what you think. Delayed Justice by Cara Putman​ with giveaway.

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

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

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

Can you live without this book? Come on over and see what you think. Delayed Justice by Cara Putman​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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Giveaway

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Blind to the past – pursuing truth no matter what

Blind to the past – I am trying my best to be. Otherwise, how do you move on? I’m not saying that you shouldn’t be responsible for your past, but if Jesus can forgive your past….? It’s about forgiveness I think, forgiving my selfishness and blindness of other people’s needs. Of beating myself up when I don’t come up to my expectations. Oh yes, I have been guilty of that one!

I would like to forget my inadequacies. Or rather I would love God to wipe clean my slate so that I can move on. The thing is He has; it’s me who has not. And I reap the rewards of not handing it all over and leaving it in God’s capable care. A total wipeout, a clean break, no memories. I wonder if Ella, Vikki and Simon agree – pursuing truth no matter what?

My Penny’s Worth

Ties that Blind by Chautona Havig  – at long last the final instalment of the Sight Unseen Series.  Yes, at last, I will see the answers to my questions from None so Blind and Will not See. At last, I shall no longer be blind but able to pursue the truth behind the plots.

Was I disappointed?

Well first, I needed to remind myself of the other two plot lines, so I perused my previous reviews.  Ella, mother and wife and Vikki, a lone lady, suddenly in a hotel miles from where she lived who had both lost their memories. Both now blind to their past and short of answers. And so was I, until Ties that Blind arrived on my kindle. Putting everything else aside, cooking, washing, cleaning the house, sleeping, well who needs to eat, wash, clean and rest when you have the key to the mystery in your hands. And yes depriving myself proved to be worth it. Even if I had tried to eat, the food on my fork would not have found its way to my mouth.

What I liked

The new character Simon Prescott led me into his world of blindness. If ever there were a person who fulfilled the quote (which Ms Havig put in her guest post for Will not See),

“There are none so blind as those who will not see. The most deluded people are those who choose to ignore what they already know.”

It is Simon.

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And from his story, the key is found. But you had to work for it; it didn’t appear just like that as in other books that suddenly end with the mystery solved. This is what I liked, the guessing game that kept me asking why and how had these three people lost their memories. Chautona Havig does not do an easy fix.

What I didn’t like

The fact that I had to wait so long for the final book. Simple.

Blind to the past – pursuing truth no matter what

The story would not be compelling if the characters just rolled over and gave in. There is something mystical about seeking the truth no matter what. We by nature want to know the truth – even if it hurts. What we do with that truth is another blog post! Ella, Vikki and Simon subscribe to that journey through their respective memory loss.  Not knowing isn’t acceptable. It drives the story forward for the characters and the reader. I wanted to know!

The book raises more profound questions

There is a before and after in these stories. Before the memory loss and after it. Each character copes with the event differently. If you wanted to draw more out of these books, you could ask yourself questions such as “If this happened to me what would I cling to the most to help me get through this ordeal.”  “How would I use this opportunity to start again?” “How can I use God’s Grace and Mercy who gives me this freedom every day to become more Christ-like?” “What blind areas do I have that need God’s sight to heal them?”

With that in mind, this series offers more than just a mystery, but a window into how blind we can be in our lives and into the lives of others. We all need Grace.

Who would enjoy this series?

If you like books that have real problems with lives that are messed up and enjoy seeing people grow from their challenges, then I would recommend the Sight Unseen Series. I would also suggest getting all three and reading them back to back – now that you can! That’s what I am going to do now 🙂

Thank you Chautona Havig for writing this book.

*I received this book for free. No compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.*

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If you enjoyed this book review then, please see my other ones for:

None so Blind here

Will not See here

This book review was brought to you by Margaret Kazmierczak author of “How to Make Victoria Sponge” And a contributor to Heart”wings” devotional.

About the Book

Margaret Kazmierczak reviews Ties That Blind by Chautona HavigTitle: Ties That Blind

Author: Chautona Havig

Genre: Suspense

Release Date: April 24, 2018

He may not be the only person in the Rockland area to wake up without a memory, but he might be the only killer…

The main character – Simon Prescott

Simon Prescott, the latest victim of spontaneous amnesia in Rockland, is under suspicion of murder. The evidence, though weak and circumstantial, points only to him.  He’s confident he didn’t do it, but there’s no way to prove it.  Grieving for a wife he doesn’t remember, Simon refuses to allow his family in, refuses to cooperate with police, and is heading straight for the pokey if he doesn’t figure out something and fast.

Enter: Ella Weeks and Vikki Jeffries

The previous two victims are determined to help him, and with jail time looming, Simon capitulates.  But what Vikki and Ella find as they work through Simon’s life reveals astounding and rather chilling evidence of a bigger scheme than any of them could have imagined.

They’re on the verge of total discovery, but the closer they get, the less confident they are that they want to know.

About the Author

Margaret Kazmierczak reviews Ties that Blind by Chautona HavigThe author of dozens of books in a variety of genres, Chautona Havig lives and writes in California’s Mojave Desert where she uses story to nudge her readers to the feet of the Master Storyteller.

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN, ANYWAY?

“So why is this series called ‘Sight Unseen’ if it’s about people who lose their memories? Why the vision references?”

I can’t pretend I wanted to answer her question. She isn’t the first to ask, and I doubt she’ll be the last. I tried to explain.

Look, it’s a valid question. Originally, the first book was called From the Cinders, and if it had remained a stand-alone book, it still would be. But when I finished with another person waking up to no memories and a hint that something sinister might be behind it all, I had to change it to fit two books—no, three!

Recall. Rewind. Refresh. I liked those titles. But that still didn’t give me the name of a series. I kept studying. Tried again.

I read what would become None So Blind three times in a row if I recall correctly. And as I read it, a theme emerged. Ella Weeks hadn’t been blind to her faults even before her memory loss. Even her husband hadn’t been, despite his obvious love for her. But those around her had been blind to her awareness of those faults—to her silent cries for help in overcoming them.

WILL NOT SEE EMERGED WITH A SIMILAR THEME

Vikki had a past that she hid from and refused to acknowledge. And even as those around her drew closer to provide support, she still managed to block out all that she found frightening—even physically shutting down and shutting out life.

So, when it came time to plan the final book in the series, the one that would now tie together everything that had happened, I knew I wanted something that also fit with the other titles. And one night it came to me. Ties That Blind. So often our ties to people blind us to their faults—to the destructive influences they have in our lives. And Simon Prescott will learn that lesson in a rather lonely, horrible way.

THE SIGHT UNSEEN SERIES REMINDS US OF WHAT PAUL SAID IN CORINTHIANS.

Now we see through dark glasses… we can’t really make it all out. But with the Lord, when we’re truly with Him in eternity, we’ll see things as clearly as we do when we are face to face.

And that’s what faith is all about, right? It’s the “substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” When we “buy in” to the Lord Jesus, we’re taking it all in faith. We’re trusting in Him, “Sight Unseen,” just as the characters in this series do with every element of their lives.

I hope their journeys bless you as they have me as I wrote them.

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Don’t let a mistake in the past crush you

We can all make a mistake, and when you are in the public eye, everyone gets to have a say about it. Am I right?  You only need to look at the front page of a newspaper for evidence. Facts, well someone’s facts – as often they are embellished with bells on – inform us, the public, that a deed from the past has been unearthed.

Humanity loves gossip. It sells newspapers, and it makes money. A fruity headline turns many a head, but how accurate is the news? Bringing up the past can ruin a person’s reputation. If someone has atoned for their misdemeanours shouldn’t we lay it to rest?  Give a second chance and look at the person today and see them in the light of a reformed character? Can we forgive and forget? Or will the person always be running from their past mistake?

Margaret Kazmierczak reviews Running by Dave Milbrandt - Don't let a mistake in the past crush you

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My Penny’s Worth

When I looked at the title of this book I wasn’t sure if the contents would be about running for election or running away from a past mistake. In fact, both are true which makes the story an exciting read.

Do I need to read the previous books?

I haven’t read the two other books, but that did not matter as this story can be enjoyed in its own right.

So what is the main character like?

The main character Jim Mitchell is for the underdog; he has Christian principles, tries to be fair and true to his conscience. But is this possible in politics? I liked these strong traits and warmed to Jim as his character showed flaws as well – his flippant remarks get him into trouble, and I can relate to that!

Now there’s a thing, he’s made a mistake

He has a past, and that is raked up to discredit him. Well of course it is, he is in the public eye and a juicy morsel for sharks. No one is whiter than white. But does Jim let his past mistake crush him? I can’t answer that without giving away the story. However, when Jim questions his path, Melissa his wife reminds him “You are where you are for a reason and until God makes it clear you need to leave, that’s where you need to stay.” Wise words to ponder on in our lives too.

Was there anything different that stood out?

Interspersed in the story are news articles about Jim, and I enjoyed this touch.

But it can’t just be about one person?

There are, of course, other characters who contribute to this narrative. The team behind Jim Mitchell, his wife and political advisors all played good roles and made me smile at times. The early action after the murder of the assemblywoman and consequent undercover investigation slows to centre on Jim’s political career. If you like the nuts and bolts, then you may enjoy this aspect of the book. I know very little of the American system, so it was helpful for me.

Would I like it?

Running is a book about politics, intrigue, danger, divided loyalties, ethical dilemmas and the sores of unforgiveness. If you like this mix, then give it a go.

I don’t think it would be a mistake to buy this book.

I would like to give it 4****.

Thank you, Dave Milbrandt, for writing Running.

*I received this book for free. No compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.*

Now don’t forget Dave has a GIVEAWAY for you to enter at the end of this post. You need to enter to be in with a chance of winning.

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About the Book

Margaret Kazmierczak reviews Running by Dave Milbrandt - Don't let a mistake in the past crush you

Book Title: Running

Author: Dave Milbrandt

Genre: Christian Suspense

Release date: May 1, 2018

An assassin’s bullet sends Jim Mitchell running. When he’ll stop is anybody’s guess.

A tragedy propels Jim into a vacant state assembly seat. The new lawmaker and his wife have a baby on the way, but that doesn’t stop the people trying to keep him from a job he never wanted in the first place. Then Jim gets involved in a plan to thwart a major terror attack that could either make him a hero or get him killed.

Political intrigue and high drama accent this tale of what it costs to find one’s purpose, and what the rewards can be when you do.

Running is the third book in the Jim Mitchell series. Previous titles include Chasing Deception and Undue Pressure.

About the Author

Margaret Kazmierczak reviews Running by Dave Milbrandt - Don't let a mistake in the past crush youThe author of Chasing Deception and Undue Pressure, Dave Milbrandt fell in love with writing in junior high and has been a storyteller ever since. A former staff writer for a daily newspaper, the Southern California native spent five years in journalism and public relations before becoming a teacher. Having worked at several area colleges, Dave has taught high school English and Social Studies classes since 2005 and fills his evenings sharing a passion for politics with his community college students. Dave and his wife, Lynn, have been married since 1997.

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Cowboy Bodyguard – when you need Daddy’s love

Have you ever thought of God being your bodyguard? No neither had I until I read Cowboy Bodyguard by Dana Mentink!

As I thought about my headline for my book review, that hopefully will bring hoards of readers to my blog, it struck me that the clue is in the book title. We might not need a bodyguard quite in the fashion of a cowboy, but we do in the form of God. Because let’s face it we all get into messes and need protecting. And that is what this book is about – one giant mess and who saves the day. Hooked? Scroll down the page to read my review.

Margaret Kazmierczak reviews Cowboy Bodyguard by Dana Mentink

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My Penny’s Worth

I wasn’t down to review this book, but I am glad that I did.

Why?

Cowboys, not my cup of tea as we don’t have cowboys in England. Well that’s not strictly true, we have some cowboy builders, but that is another story.

Cowboy Bodyguard is an easy read with plenty of action, and it didn’t take me long to consume. However, that said there are lessons to be learned within the pages. Principally that of fatherly love especially in the absence of it.

“Please make Daddy love me. Please. Incomprehensibly, emotion from those little-girl prayers thickened her throat and blurred her vision.”

What are the main characters like?

Well, I’ll let the book speak for itself in regards to Shannon Livingstone.

“Shannon, for all her maddening qualities, was a warrior, through and through.”

Jack Thorn, aka the Cowboy Bodyguard, is all you could ask for in a protector. He cares, is well rounded, talks sense and knows he is not the author of events. Again let me the words of the book reveal this.

“You don’t get to save a life without His permission. But to be His partner in that..”He shook his head, eyes blue as the deep sea, “That’s something truly special, something to be real proud of.”

Could I relate to this book?

Definitely, as Shanon’s struggles are my own so this struck a chord.

“It’s hard to never be enough, but it made me strong.”

Would I recommend Cowboy bodyguard?

This book takes you on a journey. Yes, it uses a story about a young girl and her baby trapped in an awful situation. However, it’s also about Shannon finding herself just as we all do in our everyday lives.

If you would like a book that tells of Daddy’s love in a backdrop of biker’s who believe they own people and will do anything to preserve their culture, then you might like Cowboy bodyguard.

I would like to give this book 4****

Thank you, Dana Mentink, for writing Cowboy Bodyguard.

*I received this book for free. No compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.*

Don’t forget Dana’s Giveaway at the end of my blog.

If you have enjoyed my review please let me know in the comments. Many thanks. 🙂

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About the Book

Margaret Kazmierczak reviews Cowboy Bodyguard by Dana Mentink

Title: Cowboy Bodyguard

Author: Dana Mentink

Genre: Western, Mystery

Release Date: July 3, 2018

In this Gold Country Cowboys novel, Jack Thorn gets a surprise call from the woman he married in secret years ago. Shannon Livingston needs his protection for herself and the baby she’s hiding from a biker gang targeting the mother. Now Jack must help Shannon, even if shielding her means pretending to be a true husband to the only woman he’s ever loved.

About the Author

Dana MentinkDana’s Bio: Dana Mentink is a two time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award and a Holt Medallion winner. She is a national bestselling author of over thirty-five titles in the suspense and lighthearted romance genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming and Harvest House. Dana was thrilled to be a semi-finalist in the Jeanne Robertson Comedy With Class Competition.

Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with Papa Bear, teen bear cubs affectionately nicknamed Yogi and Boo Boo, Junie, the nutty terrier, a chubby box turtle and a feisty parakeet. You can connect with Dana via her website at danamentink.com, on Facebook, YouTube (Author Dana Mentink) and Instagram (dana_mentink.)

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Chaos in the blink of an eye – be ready

Chaos in the blink of an eye

Margaret Kazmierczak reviews Chaos in the bling of an eye by Patrick Higgins.

Chaos in the blink of an eye by Patrick Higgins will be on tour with CelebrateLit from August 9th – 22nd 2018. However, I have been fortunate enough to read it earlier.  This is my review of the book. I hope it is helpful.

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Chaos in the making

Chaos is indeed the word for this book, although it happens almost at the end. The anticipation is well worth it as the build-up of characters provides the reader with a chance to get to know the main characters. And there are a few, five from differing backgrounds, work environments with faith and without. I gelled better with some and wanted to know how their roles would all pan out. At one point I did wonder how many more characters the story would involve but this is a prequel so the foundations needed time to be placed.

Knowing that the Rapture was going to take place did not take away from the actual moment. I found myself saying “What! What just happened!” like many of the characters.

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You need the next book

Leaving the reader on a climb hanger is undoubtedly the way to go as chaos ensued. I think it is well to have the next book close at hand so that you can continue to read about the consequences. That reminds me I need to do just that! I can’t leave Tamika hanging in the lurch.

Rapture or not

Whether or not you are interested in the end times, this book I suspect will have you wanting to know more. Well, it did me. However, what is most important is that you seek God and profess Him as your Saviour. If this series helps you to do this then whatever happens, in the end, God’s grace will see you through.

I am glad that the author was honest and brave at the beginning sharing his owns views and reasons for them.

Thank you, Patrick Higgins, for writing this book, now back to my own chaotic life!

*I received this book for free. No compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.*

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The tempering agent – an impossible love in the desert

Broken hearts and impossible love lead the way in this Egyptian romance. Can two people overcome their past and open their hearts to a new beginning amongst the backdrop of betrayal and suspicion. Both have to dig deep like the archaeological excavation going on in the story.

Margaret Kazmierczak reviews The Tempering Agent by Victoria Pitts Caine

My Penny’s worth

The impossible love of the main characters Priscilla and Donnie dances around a plot that has intrigue flowing through it. Both are on a dangerous mission, and I enjoyed Ms Caine’s writing as she wove the action from dig to romance to jeopardy.

As storylines go, this held me even though the pace seemed to be a bit quick especially with regards to overcoming the past and the possibility of moving on. Consequently, this appeared too neat and not messy enough for me. In fact, I wanted to feel the battle and walk alongside the pain, empathising with the struggle. Would Priscilla just give up?

What I liked

I liked the little gems and twists along the way to keep you guessing as to whom the villains were. But could Donnie protect a woman whose independence had got her to where she was today?

Rayhan and Liz I felt were good supporting characters and added to the story. From the descriptions, I could see, smell, taste and hear the action along with the food and personal relationships.

Cheerio?

One little curiosity I had, why the word “Cheerio” for a greeting? Priscilla’s father, who is English, uses this when he answers the phone. I have not heard it used like this before – yes a minor issue I know, but being English, I just wondered.

This book can be read alone and indeed I haven’t read the first two but not knowing the history of the other characters didn’t actually matter.

Some teasers

In the final analysis what will happen to this impossible love between Priscilla and Donnie? Who are the villains? And what does a pansy have to do with anything? For the answers, you will need to read the book.

What would I rate it?

I did enjoy the book and would like to give it four stars.

Thank you, Victori Pitts Caine for writing it.

*I received this book for free. No compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.*

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About the Book

TheTemperingAgent_Cover_medBook Title: The Tempering Agent

Author: Victoria Pitts Caine

Release Date: February 14, 2014

 

 

Dr. Priscilla Hackling finds herself thrown back into the murder investigation of her fiancé, Trey Whittington. While she was a suspect three years ago, she’s now working with the police to find the murderer, Egyptian artifact trafficker, Zarka El-Din. During a sting operation in Siwa, she and Agent Donnie Barnes are drawn to each other but Priscilla, overcome by personal ghosts from her past, decides a relationship isn’t possible. Priscilla realizes she’s the bait in the ruse and uncovers others involved with El-Din. Will she and Donnie reconcile and unravel the reason behind Trey’s death before El-Din kills her, too?

About the Author

Victoria Pitts Caine Head ShotVictoria Pitts Caine is a native Californian and lives in the central portion of the state. Her varied interests include genealogy and exotic gemstone collecting both of which she’s incorporated into her novels.

The author has received recognition in both fiction and nonfiction from: Enduring Romance top 10 picks for 2008, William Saroyan Writing Conference, Byline Magazine, Writer’s Journal Magazine, Holt International Children’s Services Magazine, and The Southern California Genealogical Society. Her first novel was published in 2007 followed by two more as well as novellas and short stories in anthologies.

Victoria is a former staff technician in air pollution control. She is the mother of two daughters. Now retired from the work force, Victoria and her husband enjoy travel, cooking, and are self-appointed “foodies”.

Guest post from Vicki Caine

Since childhood, I have been interested in genealogy and ancient Egypt. Two of my prior novels, Alvarado Gold and Cairo, let me follow my fantasies into those two areas. Donnie the hero in The Tempering Agent is also in the other two books, and it was his turn to find his own romance. When archaeologist Dr. Priscilla Hackling finds herself drawn back into the murder investigation of her fiancé and the missing breast plate of the high priest, Agent Donnie Barnes, is just the man to help her out, even if she doesn’t think so.

Traveling along with Priscilla and Donnie, I discovered some interesting facts about ancient Egypt, from the ruins in the Siwa Desert to the mystery of the Valley of the Kings. The genealogy factor in my novels is Donnie is loosely based on my cousin. Alvarado Gold tells the story of my family while Cairo and The Tempering Agent fueled my inquisitiveness about Egypt.

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