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.
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There are so many things about this book that I like, I don’t even know where to begin! Let’s start with the characters. Jaime has a strength in her that even she doesn’t know she has, and it was amazing to watch her figure that out. We all need a voice for different reasons. Jaime needed to know she could stand up for herself and use her voice. What she didn’t realize is that without the help from the Lord, she wouldn’t be able to totally do it on her own. Sometimes I have mixed feelings about a character who isn’t close to the Lord as a main character. For this particular story it was great, because during a time when she needed the Lord the most, she felt like He wasn’t there. She had to come to the understanding that He truly was there, and how this situation helped her future in many different ways. I loved that her friends didn’t give up on her, and at the same time didn’t throw it in her face. They just planted seeds here and there and let Jaime know they were there for her, and so was God.
Then you have Chandler, who is delightfully swoony. He’s not pushy, he’s sweet and caring, and he has a dog named Aslan. I mean that fact alone is enough to make me like him! My favorite thing about him was his push for Jaime to read The Lion, Witch and The Wardrobe. Can you tell I’m a fan of the book? But seriously, what a creative way to share the gospel with someone. He was so patient with Jaime, yet pushed himself into situations when he felt it was absolutely necessary. He is certainly someone you want on your side!
I’ve been a fan of Cara Putnam’s for a bit now, but I have to say that she really took my breath away with this story. She handled such a delicate topic beautifully. You knew exactly what Jaime went through as a child, without reading the gritty details. How Putnam managed to describe the events without really describing them was a work of art. The way she wrote Jaime’s reactions to different things later in life referenced the amount of time and research she took in looking into this topic. Just having a scent bring back memories is not something I would have immediately thought of, but Putnam did. This book really shows Putnam’s amazing ability as an author. I cannot wait to see what comes next from her!
Delayed Justice is a book that will keep you on your toes, keep you turning pages, and touch your heart. I highly recommend this poetic, suspenseful novel! I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/d5c4/delayed-justice-celebration-tour-giveaway