Delayed Justice (Hidden Justice #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.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.

Delayed Justice (Hidden Justice #3) Details

TitleDelayed Justice (Hidden Justice #3)
Author
ReleaseOct 16th, 2018
PublisherThomas Nelson
ISBN-139780785217916
Rating
GenreSuspense, Fiction, Romance, Romantic Suspense, Christian Fiction

Delayed Justice (Hidden Justice #3) Review

  • Hannah
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsWhew, this one was my favorite of the series so far! Going in I got worried because of the tragedy in Jamie's past and how heavy a subject that would be (sexual abuse by someone in her childhood). First of all I was impressed of how perfectly Cara Putman got the emotions and the situation down to wring my heart, and yet stayed away from the tiny details that would have done no more than gross me out and make me take a break from the reading. Excellent balance there, that left me thinkin 4.5 starsWhew, this one was my favorite of the series so far! Going in I got worried because of the tragedy in Jamie's past and how heavy a subject that would be (sexual abuse by someone in her childhood). First of all I was impressed of how perfectly Cara Putman got the emotions and the situation down to wring my heart, and yet stayed away from the tiny details that would have done no more than gross me out and make me take a break from the reading. Excellent balance there, that left me thinking of Jamie's situation and feeling her pain without having to get buried under sordid and sensational word pictures. The thriller portion itself was full of twists and turns, including a case where Jamie gets to really put her heart to work to get a child protected.Just so much to love in this one, overall!Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free review copy. No favorable review was required.
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  • Andrea Cox
    January 1, 1970
    5 starsFTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and Thomas Nelson. A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.Mrs. Putman must have a deep well of courage to have written this book. It isn’t an easy topic. Sexual abuse never is simple. Not only did she broach a difficult theme, but she handled it with a delicate and considerate yet reality-bearing hand. Her approach to the abuse felt masterful. It’s tough to balance the stark 5 starsFTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and Thomas Nelson. A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.Mrs. Putman must have a deep well of courage to have written this book. It isn’t an easy topic. Sexual abuse never is simple. Not only did she broach a difficult theme, but she handled it with a delicate and considerate yet reality-bearing hand. Her approach to the abuse felt masterful. It’s tough to balance the stark reality of sexual abuse and its victims and predators with the grace of salvation. Yet, that’s precisely what this author has done.The two-perspective approach on the abuse—from a silent victim and one who has already found her voice—was brilliant, as it showed that both types of victims must pair courage with truth to see justice done here on earth. Living out the reality this book portrays takes guts and moxie, and I hope any man, woman, or child who finds themselves a victim will seek out help in order to obtain justice and complete healing.Another aspect of this book that pleased my heart was that the so-called “little people” of the story (the victim, the attorneys who didn’t presume to stand a chance, etc.) weren’t afraid to stand up to big-name bullies (bosses, generals, senators, etc.). This is something that is reflective of today’s society, where big-named bullies (actors, sports stars, politicians, etc.) think they own the world and can push us little people around just to get what they want, whether that be to abuse someone, win a championship, star in the next summer blockbuster, or obtain the political seat of their choosing. This book shows that those bullies don’t always win in the end.The theme of “you’re not alone” was the perfect companion to come alongside the brashness of the abuse. I think it’s important for people who are being bullied or abused to know they aren’t alone. It’s crucial that those facing “big bullies” in work, school, or other aspects of life know they can keep reaching for truth and justice. They don’t have to let those bullies beat down their spirit, even if they beat down their body. Each victim, every person is important. Every person matters. God’s love can keep a victim’s spirit intact through the pain and help that person become an overcomer who can find true healing.It isn’t always an easy battle, breaking free from abuse. This book reflects that well. The journey Jaime took toward faith in this story reveals that the struggle to believe that God cares in the midst of our worst pain is completely real and valid. But, y’all, He does care. Completely, wholly, supremely. Keep fighting for that belief until you find that it’s true for you too.Something that’s very clear to me, after having read this book, is that the author has a heart for pain and healing in people. She had my eyes misting over several times, because Jaime’s pain was so raw and real and believable. Also, her friends’ caring love toward her, how they chose to stand with her and be her support system—whether she liked it or not, at times—was so exquisite that the emotions bubbled up until I was dry-sobbing (because the tears refused to fall; they were there!). I already knew Mrs. Putman could pull my emotions into the story (she’s done that many a time for me, through her previous books), but this book, this journey was next-level awesome and one I’ll definitely revisit down the road.This book is an incredible look at how the pain of sexual abuse spiderwebs out into every portion of a person’s life, including their outlook and daily habits. I hope it will open many people’s eyes and stop abuse in its tracks.A couple more notes:The inclusion of a comfort service dog was spectacular and eye-opening. I loved Aslan and how he was able to be a comfort to certain people in the story.I loved that neither of the leads used nicknames for each other. This was a refreshing change from the norm in Christian fiction right now.Brandy alcohol was mentioned once by a bad guy. I was very happy the leading good guys did not partake in alcohol. This, too, was refreshing.
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  • Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars “When He seems most hidden, He is most present.”Y’all. Jaime’s story undid me. Maybe because of the current news headlines. Maybe because of the tie-ins to The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and Aslan. But definitely because Putman has woven together a story of a woman finding her voice and using it to fight for justice for those who can’t yet speak up.Jaime may compare Chandler to Captain America (and you won’t hear me complain about that visual) but she is a true superhero in her 4.5 stars “When He seems most hidden, He is most present.”Y’all. Jaime’s story undid me. Maybe because of the current news headlines. Maybe because of the tie-ins to The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and Aslan. But definitely because Putman has woven together a story of a woman finding her voice and using it to fight for justice for those who can’t yet speak up.Jaime may compare Chandler to Captain America (and you won’t hear me complain about that visual) but she is a true superhero in her own right. To have risen above the heartbreaking abuse in her childhood – and the emotional isolation it created – to achieve not only great personal success but also solid friendships, a tender heart, and a fun sense of humor is inspiring to me. And then to take on the powerful man who abused her, just when he is in the public eye as never before… her courage is something to aspire to in my own life. Even though I have not experienced the abuse that Jaime suffered, we all have moments where we stand at the crossroads of ‘speak up’ and ‘stay silent’. I hope I have the courage that she showed to speak up when needed – and, conversely, to stay silent when needed.Chandler… blissful sigh. The Captain America comparisons are not far off. This military vet is an all-around good guy with a protective heart and a faithful Golden Retriever named Aslan (which, as an aside, is totally what I want to name a golden retriever, should i ever get one). His instincts are spot-on as he gets to know Jaime and begins to see the hurt she’s carried inside for far too long. Balancing his attraction and growing feelings for her with the need to make sure she is protected – and to patiently and compassionately work through her honest faith questions with her – definitely shows off his Captain America side quite nicely...Bottom Line: I loved the journey that Jaime and Chandler take toward God, justice, and wholeness in this latest installment in the Hidden Justice series. It’s not a light-hearted read, to be sure, but there are moments of humor at just the right times along the way. The references to The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe made my bookish heart happy – and the way Putman used this book in Jaime’s life is just perfect. Besides being a great legal thriller, this is a story of courage and hope even when God seems absent, knowing that He is in fact closer than the air we breathe and grieving with us. Putman tackles tough questions and does so with grace and authenticity. A great addition to the series!(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)first seen at Reading Is My SuperPower
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  • Loraine
    January 1, 1970
    Putman finished this series with the best book of all IMHO. Focusing on sexual abuse of children, Putman deals with touchy subject matter in a beautiful way leaving any details left unspoken but showing the depth of the pain left in the soul of children who are subjected to this as well as the immense guilt felt by parents who have somehow not known it was happening. Intense from start to finish and filled with amazing characters as well as the wonderful group of women lawyers who have stood by Putman finished this series with the best book of all IMHO. Focusing on sexual abuse of children, Putman deals with touchy subject matter in a beautiful way leaving any details left unspoken but showing the depth of the pain left in the soul of children who are subjected to this as well as the immense guilt felt by parents who have somehow not known it was happening. Intense from start to finish and filled with amazing characters as well as the wonderful group of women lawyers who have stood by one another through law school and life after. This novel stars Jaime as the main character. Abused by her uncle as a child, she now feels she has the strength to finally confront him through legal channels; but little does she know that as a possible next general in the Navy he will not go down without a battle. Chandler aka Captain America was definitely the perfect hero to stand behind Jaime as she deals with the battle for her job, her life, and her sanity. And the sweetest character of all was Chandler's comfort dog, Aslan, who helped Tiffany through legal testifying that no child should ever have to endure. Filled with suspense, romance, legal intrigue, spiritual growth, and prayer, Putman concluded this series with a mesmerizing book.** I received a complimentary copy of this book from Harper Collins Publishing through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.
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  • Cheryl Baranski
    January 1, 1970
    DELAYED JUSTICE is book three in the Hidden Justice series by Cara Putman. This book deals with sexual abuse a topic that so many deal with today. So many keep quiet afraid to say anything. This is a very powerful and intense story that is bound to capture your attention the whole way through this story.
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  • Madison
    January 1, 1970
    Delayed Justice is the thrilling third book in the legal suspense series, Hidden Justice. Like the first two books in the series, Delayed Justice offers a riveting mix of legal drama, romance, strong friendship, faith, personal discovery and suspense. Delayed Justice is particularly stirring and tender as the characters face horrific cases - personal, past and present.Jamie Nichols works tirelessly as a criminal defence attorney to give a voice to those who don’t have one, fighting against the p Delayed Justice is the thrilling third book in the legal suspense series, Hidden Justice. Like the first two books in the series, Delayed Justice offers a riveting mix of legal drama, romance, strong friendship, faith, personal discovery and suspense. Delayed Justice is particularly stirring and tender as the characters face horrific cases - personal, past and present.Jamie Nichols works tirelessly as a criminal defence attorney to give a voice to those who don’t have one, fighting against the powerlessness she faced in her own childhood. Now in her adulthood she has decided to press charges against her abuser, but she knows it might bring about fierce retaliation. When she is asked to assist a young girl facing the same horrors she herself faced, Jamie knows she can’t refuse. Even if it means working closely with retired veteran, Chandler Bolton and his Golden Retriever therapy dog. Delayed Justice takes readers on a journey of healing, of justice and voices standing strong. Delayed Justice and its message of speaking out against sexual abuse, especially when committed by people in positions of power, is incredibly timely. Jamie’s story is powerful and moving, as is the story of the young girl Jamie and Chandler work to help. Delayed Justice explores the heartbreaking process of trialing these cases in the US legal system. Family, friendship and romance all play important parts in Delayed Justice. Jamie struggles with her relationship with her parents. Launching the case against her abuser gives Jamie a chance to reveal her pain to her parents and to start rebuilding the relationship between them. Fortunately, Jamie has an incredible support system around her (even if she is sometime reluctant to draw upon it). Her friends (many of which are familiar faces from the first two books in the series) bring tension release to the story and very needed support to Jamie. Finally, the romance is a delightful part of Delayed Justice. While Chandler and Jamie do not have a smooth first meeting, it isn’t long before the two are working together and supporting each other through the challenges they both face. The chapter sections written from Chandler’s perspective, which alternate with those written from Jamie’s point of view, also give readers a more in-depth understanding of the pain he has faced and his growing feelings for Jamie. Jamie undergoes a journey of spiritual transformation in Delayed Justice. Through gentle (and persistent) nudges from her caring friends and frank discussions with Chandler, as well as reconciling the events of her childhood, Jamie is able to move from distrusting and doubting God to entering a firm relationship with him. At times a little disjointed and heavily dialog focused, Delayed Justice has a complex and layered story but is quick and easy to read. With a constant underlying tension and a spike of action right at the end, Delayed Justice will keep readers hooked to this thrilling tale of justice.The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsThis book just absolutely gutted me. If you're looking for a light, easy read, maybe put this one on the shelf for a while until you are ready for a book that speaks to real life difficult situations.This novel seems to have literally been taken right from the headlines. These issues are at the forefront of the news just this week. It delves into the hard questions--why did she wait so long to report the abuse? How believable is she, and what proof does she have?I had so much compassion 4.5 starsThis book just absolutely gutted me. If you're looking for a light, easy read, maybe put this one on the shelf for a while until you are ready for a book that speaks to real life difficult situations.This novel seems to have literally been taken right from the headlines. These issues are at the forefront of the news just this week. It delves into the hard questions--why did she wait so long to report the abuse? How believable is she, and what proof does she have?I had so much compassion and empathy for Jaime as she navigated difficulty from every side. Learning how to have courage when she didn't feel as if any existed. The author's use of The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe as a teaching tool is so meaningful and will touch every reader, regardless of background and experiences. We all need to know that we have a God who fights for us, who isn't tame.The relationship between Chandler and Jaime is portrayed so gently and beautifully as well. The friendship that develops into something more feels right with this story, as difficult as the situations dealing with past abuse are to handle at times.My only slight quibble with this book is that I felt the ending was a little abruptly tied up, but overall this is such a fantastic novel I can overlook that one small thing.I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, all opinions are my own.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    DELAYED JUSTICE is the third book in Ms. Putman's series (Imperfect Justice, Beyond Justice and DELAYED JUSTICE) but it easily stands alone. Jaime is a lawyer because she wants revenge on her uncle who sexually molested her as a child. She connects with Chandler who has a dog who is a counselor -- or rather used as a comfort animal for some clients. Ms. Putman said in an interview I read somewhere that DELAYED JUSTICE was a very hard book for her to write. I can see that. It has dark undertones DELAYED JUSTICE is the third book in Ms. Putman's series (Imperfect Justice, Beyond Justice and DELAYED JUSTICE) but it easily stands alone. Jaime is a lawyer because she wants revenge on her uncle who sexually molested her as a child. She connects with Chandler who has a dog who is a counselor -- or rather used as a comfort animal for some clients. Ms. Putman said in an interview I read somewhere that DELAYED JUSTICE was a very hard book for her to write. I can see that. It has dark undertones and is heavy at times, but the message is needed. The faith message is very subtle but at least it's there. I was not ever sexually molested, but this book was very hard for me to read. I hurt for Jaime. I was also bothered greatly by the ending. It didn't feel resolved to me--especially Chandler. I won't give away any spoilers, but I was left with questions. Ms. Putman is an excellent writer, engaging, and she obviously knows her law, so it is fascinating how she uses lawyers in her books a lot. Fitting, for a lawyer who is also a writer, wouldn't you say? Fans won't want to miss this book, and will be kept guessing with the suspense. Will justice be served? I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.
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  • Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
    January 1, 1970
    I have been waiting on book three and it did not disappoint. You have to read this whole series.
  • Kelly Bridgewater
    January 1, 1970
    Cara Putnam writes legal thrillers, romantic suspense, and historical romance. I have read a number of her books, including the previous two books in this series. With her latest installment of Delayed Justice, the title fits perfectly. I couldn't wait to read Jamie's story and see what darks secrets lie in her past and how she will deal with them.My favorite aspect of the Delayed Justice was including The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis as a tool to show God's love even when t Cara Putnam writes legal thrillers, romantic suspense, and historical romance. I have read a number of her books, including the previous two books in this series. With her latest installment of Delayed Justice, the title fits perfectly. I couldn't wait to read Jamie's story and see what darks secrets lie in her past and how she will deal with them.My favorite aspect of the Delayed Justice was including The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis as a tool to show God's love even when the persons past isn't perfect. Chandler did a wonderful job suggesting and donating a copy for Jamie. I really enjoyed Putnam's insight into the story. I have read the Chronicles of Narnia a number of times and seen the movie. I even wrote two graduate level research papers in graduate school about the stories, but the profound insight into the story that reached into Jamie's soul brought tears to my eyes. I LOVED this part of the story. It was raw and real.The emotions of Jamie ran true to everything I have ever read about victims about sexual assault. Putnam dug deep and really brought Jamie's past and present hurts to life. I kept feeling bad for Jamie, but kept cheering her on at the same time. She is definitely a strong heroine that I admired.As for Chandler, he is an amazing hero. He loves Jamie even though he knows what happened in her past. He moved slow and kept praying for her to come to know Christ. He didn't rush her and proved that she was someone worth waiting for. Now that is a wonderful hero.While the genre of Delayed Justice is romantic suspense, it does lay more heavily on romance than the suspense. A little bit of suspense was sprinkled throughout the novel with a climactic moment that came and went in two pages, but the novel didn't rely on the suspense element as much. The plot was more on the transformation of Jamie and the growing emotions between Chandler and Jamie. I did enjoy how Putnam allowed the story to end without the cliché proposal or wedding scene. Thank you!Overall, Delayed Justice by Cara Putnam does dive deeply into the emotions and thoughts of the aftershock of a sexual assault. I loved the characters in this story and hope to see them more in future novels. The spiritual element in this story is wonderful and would be a great way to share Jesus with others. Delayed Justice is intriguing and raw. I really enjoyed reading this novel.I received a complimentary copy of Delayed Justice by Cara Putnam from Thomas Nelson Publishing, but the opinions stated are all my own.
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  • Carole Jarvis
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2P0icrC “Sometimes the only way we are made whole is when we take our pain and use it to help others.”- SavannahRiveting, suspenseful, compelling, relevant … Delayed Justice is all that and more. There’s a lot of layers and complexity to this emotionally gripping story that could easily be pulled from today’s headlines. Cara Putman’s legal background creates a fascinating realism to this legal drama that’s filled with romance, bonds of friendship, a Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2P0icrC “Sometimes the only way we are made whole is when we take our pain and use it to help others.”- SavannahRiveting, suspenseful, compelling, relevant … Delayed Justice is all that and more. There’s a lot of layers and complexity to this emotionally gripping story that could easily be pulled from today’s headlines. Cara Putman’s legal background creates a fascinating realism to this legal drama that’s filled with romance, bonds of friendship, and faith in action. Characters from the previous two novels are involved, but this story stands alone.A story focusing on the dark subject of child abuse isn’t an easy read, yet Putman handles it extremely well, pulling you into the victim’s feelings as you grow to care deeply about them. I applauded Jaime’s decision to bring her abuser to justice, while fearing for her because of the repercussions that decision could bring. Chandler, with a job of helping military men and women transition back home, is a blessing in her life – both emotionally and spiritually – and the chemistry between them is great. Delayed Justice is not only about justice, but healing also. Chandler’s experience was that “needs were always bigger than his capability to meet them, so he needed God in big ways.” Learning about therapy dogs like Aslan, who bring comfort to the victim, was fascinating, and the connection to The Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe brought a depth of meaning to the story. Delayed Justice will speak to every reader, especially those whose past experience makes it difficult for them to see God as loving and caring. I loved the contrast between the support of Christian friends vs. trying to go it alone, and Jaime’s spiritual journey is touching.Highly recommended.I received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
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  • Caitlyn Santi
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! This is such a fabulous novel! I loved it. Jaime was a great main character, my heart broke for her and I found myself wanting to give her a hug and be her friend! It was absolutely beautiful to watch her journey and character development from the start of the book to the end, and see her discover God's love for the first time! Chandler was just such a fabulous hero (one of my very favorites of this year!) I can't even begin to count how many times his kindness, thoughtfulness, and chivalry Wow! This is such a fabulous novel! I loved it. Jaime was a great main character, my heart broke for her and I found myself wanting to give her a hug and be her friend! It was absolutely beautiful to watch her journey and character development from the start of the book to the end, and see her discover God's love for the first time! Chandler was just such a fabulous hero (one of my very favorites of this year!) I can't even begin to count how many times his kindness, thoughtfulness, and chivalry warmed my heart and totally turned me into a puddle! And his therapy dog, Aslan, oh my word! Every time Aslan appeared on the page I ended up either chuckling at his antics or blinking back happy tears at the sweetness and power of his presence, let me tell you Aslan is THE PERFECT name for this amazing dog, I loved him so much and I know every other reader of this book will too! I LOVED that The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe played such a big role in this book. LWW is one of my all time favorites and it was so perfectly and flawlessly woven into the story that I am speechlessly awestruck by Cara's amazing writing! Overall, I loved this book so much! It has it all, suspense, drama, romance, humor, a fabulous faith story, and some amazing character development. I loved everything about it, what more can I say?! Definitely one for the keeper shelf! I highly recommend Delayed Justice and very much look forward to reading more of Cara's suspense novels in the future! I received a copy of this book from the publisher, which did not influence my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own.
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  • Chautona Havig
    January 1, 1970
    Why Sometimes Awful Books Are the BestI’d never read anything by Cara Putman before Delayed Justice. Never fear. I’ll remedy that forthwith.Look, there’s no way I’ll ever say this is a “good story.”  It’s not. It’s a horrible story that far too many boys and girls in the world can echo. It’s horrible and awful, and I hate that the need to write it exists.Every bit of me wanted to throw it across the room as I read. But there was one problem.I couldn’t stop turning the pages to pause long enough Why Sometimes Awful Books Are the BestI’d never read anything by Cara Putman before Delayed Justice. Never fear. I’ll remedy that forthwith.Look, there’s no way I’ll ever say this is a “good story.”  It’s not. It’s a horrible story that far too many boys and girls in the world can echo. It’s horrible and awful, and I hate that the need to write it exists.Every bit of me wanted to throw it across the room as I read. But there was one problem.I couldn’t stop turning the pages to pause long enough to aim.It’s that good. It’s that awfully good.  Ms. Putman takes the horrible reality of child abuse and lays it out with no holds barred.And yet she did—she held back exactly where she should. Not many authors know that delicate balance between dangling you over the cesspool of life so you are fully aware of its existence and the reason we’re to fight it without at least dipping a small toe into it.Cara Putman didn’t.  Not even once.We lived the horror with young Jamie without actually seeing or hearing anything too graphic.  We knew it was—we knew.  But with skillful writing and the brilliant use of subtext, we got a full picture without ever once having the veil of discretion raised.Even if I didn’t like the characters, the description, the setting—the rest of the plot!  Even if I hated the rest of the book, I swear I’d have given her five stars just for that.Look, when I realized that she was going to take us into the heart and mind of misused children, I didn’t know if I could take it. I can handle a lot, but sexual crimes are my personal line.  It’s just… I can’t.Don’t get me wrong.  I’m throwing a caveat out here. If abuse is a trigger for you, be warned.  You may have trauma reading this book.  I expected to close it and respectfully bow out of my commitment or skim anything remotely related to Jamie’s case.It absolutely wasn’t necessary.Were the characters great?  Yep.  For once, you have two broken people—one not ready to trust a romantic interest.  The other just barely ready to consider it.  Both navigated the change naturally and without instant changes of heart just because of hormones.  That alone should win Putman some sort of award.  I’ll nominate her for anything just for that alone.But her descriptions.  Wow. She writes descriptions I love to read—just enough to let me see what’s going on and no more. I wasn’t overpowered by lengthy details about every knickknack on every shelf in every room as if she’d taken writing lessons from Dickens.Thank you, Ms. Putman!Instead, I learned about each character by what she did share… and each character was so raw and real I felt like I’d met them before.  Characterization—spot on.Her writing style engages the senses and emotions exactly as it should. Only once (and remember, I read an advance reader copy, so it was likely corrected) did I find a couple of paragraphs where I wanted to say, “Okay… does every sentence need to start with ‘she’?”  That’s it.  That’s the only objection I had in the whole book.Even the “conversion prayer” didn’t bug me like so many do. This wasn’t some Sunday school paper contrived tale. It was a realistic, reasonable moment that required prayer.Score one for reality.Frankly, I recommend this book to anyone—with a reminder of its content.  This is a hard-hitting book about topics that shouldn’t even exist!  And it’s handled with skill, sensitivity, and authenticity. Bravo. I am so glad I requested a review copy. So glad.Yeah. Sometimes awful books about terrible things are the best—at least when the author knows how to make sure we see the evil without being steeped in it.
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  • Molly Cafinated Reads Jaber
    January 1, 1970
    Cara Putman has created another amazing novel. She filled this one with her trademark twists and turns and kept this reader very hooked from start to finish! I found myself on the edge of my seat on more than one occasion with this story.Jaime and Chandler were beautifully chiseled. They were perfect for their roles and really became a part of me as I followed along side them. I felt their relationship grow like it was my own, I felt their hearts beating like mine as they helped the victim. And Cara Putman has created another amazing novel. She filled this one with her trademark twists and turns and kept this reader very hooked from start to finish! I found myself on the edge of my seat on more than one occasion with this story.Jaime and Chandler were beautifully chiseled. They were perfect for their roles and really became a part of me as I followed along side them. I felt their relationship grow like it was my own, I felt their hearts beating like mine as they helped the victim. And Aslan....oh how my heart loved that therapy dog! Of course, I'm a sucker for all animals!Once again, 5 stars to the talented Mrs. Putman. Her story will take you on a journey you won't soon forget. The pages turned long into the night for me, and before I knew it, Jaime and Chandler's story came to an end. Definitely recommending this one with hats off and two thumbs up.*I RECEIVED A COMPLIMENTARY COPY OF THIS BOOK FROM THE PUBLISHER AND WAS UNDER NOT OBLIGATION TO POST A REVIEW, POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE.*
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  • Maureen Timerman
    January 1, 1970
    What a journey you are about to begin as you turn these pages, now this is the third book in this series, but they can all stand alone, with some recurring characters. With this story, actually there are three stories here, in a way related, but different, and you will become engrossed in all, and want answers, and hope all these characters will survive, you will soon care a lot about them.There are some very deep subjects here, and you will be jumping with fear, and then you will fall in love w What a journey you are about to begin as you turn these pages, now this is the third book in this series, but they can all stand alone, with some recurring characters. With this story, actually there are three stories here, in a way related, but different, and you will become engrossed in all, and want answers, and hope all these characters will survive, you will soon care a lot about them.There are some very deep subjects here, and you will be jumping with fear, and then you will fall in love with a beautiful, smart dog. I wanted to get to the end of the book to know all the answers, but at the same time I didn’t want to leave, a real page-turner.I received this book from the publisher Thomas Nelson, and was not required to give a positive review.
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  • Melissa Wardwell
    January 1, 1970
    Delayed Justice is a captivating and sometimes chilling story of a woman's desire to be rid of the shadows that haunt her. Jamie’s story is like that of many women and how she handles herself as she faces what she hid from for years with determination. Even when doubts plagued her, she stood firm, relying on the support of those around her and loved her. Delayed Justice comes at a time when our country is hurting and struggling with current events. I think we could all take a note from the pages Delayed Justice is a captivating and sometimes chilling story of a woman's desire to be rid of the shadows that haunt her. Jamie’s story is like that of many women and how she handles herself as she faces what she hid from for years with determination. Even when doubts plagued her, she stood firm, relying on the support of those around her and loved her. Delayed Justice comes at a time when our country is hurting and struggling with current events. I think we could all take a note from the pages in this story. If we call on the Lord to heal our hearts, He will answer. Through Him, we can face the shadows and shine His light on the darkened corners.*Thank You Cara and CelebrateLit for making it possible to read this amazing story so I can give an honest review.
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  • Cathe Swanson
    January 1, 1970
    Romantic suspense/mystery is my favorite genre. I used to stick to vintage books from the Golden Age of Detective Fiction, but in the last few years, Christian authors have been writing top-quality books, and i'm finding many new favorites. When Delayed Justice came my way (that sounds like a song title, don't you think?), featuring a lawyer, a military hero, a service dog and a little girl, I gladly accepted an advance copy.There are layers to this book - no one-dimensional characters or plot h Romantic suspense/mystery is my favorite genre. I used to stick to vintage books from the Golden Age of Detective Fiction, but in the last few years, Christian authors have been writing top-quality books, and i'm finding many new favorites. When Delayed Justice came my way (that sounds like a song title, don't you think?), featuring a lawyer, a military hero, a service dog and a little girl, I gladly accepted an advance copy.There are layers to this book - no one-dimensional characters or plot holes.  The heroine was "damaged" by her past but she went on to become a strong, intelligent woman.  The hero was... a hero. I like over-the-top good and Godly men.  :)  Over the course of the book, with the help of  Chandler and her friends, Jaime discovers that God is the one and only true healer, and He is more than sufficient.The use of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was beautiful. It's hard to do non-cheesy evangelism in fiction, but Ms. Putman did a fine job.Delayed Justice and the other two books in the Hidden Justice series, Beyond Justice and Imperfect Justice, feature a trio of lawyers devoted to  (surprise! getting justice in some very contemporary social issues. The legal aspect of the book was well-developed without becoming tedious.  She did a good job with her portrayal of PTSD (and also civilian PTSD), and  I liked the way she presented the trauma of sexual abuse with strong emotion instead of just a factual recital.This is a good book, and I'm going to read the previous two books in the series. I'm always glad to find a new author of Christian mystery and suspense books!
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  • Kelly Long
    January 1, 1970
    I read an ARC of this book. This was my 1st read by this author but I enjoyed the book so much that I want to go back and read her previous books.
  • Nora St Laurent
    January 1, 1970
    This story could be ripped from today's headlines. The author deals with these issues in a compassionate, caring manner all the while educating readers about how to be sensitive toward victims of sexual abuse and to Vets returning from war. It’s taken many years for Jaime to get to this stage of life. She’s become a lawyer to understand her options and gone to counseling to be able to live in her skin and confront the man how created the nightmares that haunt her. She’s a woman who has the coura This story could be ripped from today's headlines. The author deals with these issues in a compassionate, caring manner all the while educating readers about how to be sensitive toward victims of sexual abuse and to Vets returning from war. It’s taken many years for Jaime to get to this stage of life. She’s become a lawyer to understand her options and gone to counseling to be able to live in her skin and confront the man how created the nightmares that haunt her. She’s a woman who has the courage to come forward and tell about the pain her uncle inflicted on her 8-year-old soul.Jaime has centered her life around close lawyer friends in the Washington D.C. area. These close friends stand with her as she files her lawsuit. Dreaming of this day and actually doing it is harder than she imagined. Her friends realize this. They were her strength. She hung onto their faith as she wrestled to have a faith of her own.I really enjoyed getting to know Chandler Bolton, a Captain America look alike who had his own drama and demons to deal with. He worked at the VA office helping men adjust to a new normal after seeing unforgettable action on their military tours. He sees Jaime around his apartment building as they both have pets. Then he meets her officially when they both are trying to help a little 8-year-old girl, Tiffany prepare for a court hearing. Chandler is there with his therapy dog and Jaime was there to help as someone who’s been in that situation. The author does a great job of showing all the ways therapy dogs help in this circumstance. It was interesting to learn about the training Chandler went through and how Tiffany was allowed to have the dog with her in the courtroom.Tiffany’s abuse mirrors her own except Tiffany told her mother after the event took place. Jaime was silent. She was afraid of her uncle and believed him when he said that he’d hurt her mother if she said anything. He said it’d be their secret. She felt trapped and voiceless. Helping Tiffany gave her courage to stand up for herself. Jaime had found her voice and would not be deterred in speaking out against the man that stole her innocence.Chandler liked Jaime and enjoyed the fact that they were becoming friends. He had read up on how to approach a woman who had been abused and wondered if there could be more of a relationship with her. He gave her a copy of The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. He hoped this would help Jaime in her faith journey. After reading C.S. Lewis’ novel she had questions. Who to ask? She didn’t feel comfortable asking Chandler, a man she just met. “….How could she ask her questions without her friend Caroline going all Christian cheerleader fan-girl on her?” I laughed out-loud over that one. I liked that the spiritual thread was natural and humorous at times. I enjoyed the fact that the Christian women Jaime surrounded herself with were helpful, and not pushy, they let Jaime come to her own conclusions. I liked Jaime’s thoughts on this matter.Not only did I enjoy this amazing blend of a danger, action adventure story on a few different matters and a villain or two, but I liked the combination of a mystery to solve along with the tender romance, a faith journey and a new-found freedom. This is the first novel I’ve read by this author it won’t be the last. There are eight discussion questions to help with your book club discussions.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Publisher/NetGalley.. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”Nora St. LaurentTBCN Where Book Fun Begins! www.bookfun.orgThe Book Club Network blog www.psalm516.blogspot.com Book Fun Magazine https://www.bookfun.org/page/past-iss...
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  • Rachael
    January 1, 1970
    I guess I never actually read the blurb on what this book is about--just having read the other books in the series, I went straight into it. I didn't expect the theme of child molestation--one of those subjects that may not be taboo, but is definitely 'handle-with-care'--but to my [to be fair, naive] eyes, the author handled it with compassion, grace, and incredible, raw emotion. The other two books in the series were good, but this one . . . wow. It is intense; maybe not as much in the suspense I guess I never actually read the blurb on what this book is about--just having read the other books in the series, I went straight into it. I didn't expect the theme of child molestation--one of those subjects that may not be taboo, but is definitely 'handle-with-care'--but to my [to be fair, naive] eyes, the author handled it with compassion, grace, and incredible, raw emotion. The other two books in the series were good, but this one . . . wow. It is intense; maybe not as much in the suspense aspect as the previous books, but just in the incredible wounds of Jaime's past and her fight to overcome them in the present. With his own experiences with PTSD and his job in counseling, Chandler is the perfect hero for her; he knows not to push, not to rush her, not to invade her space. In everything he does, his actions show that he cherishes her, something that has been missing from her life. And I love that the Jaime and Caroline's friendship is brought to the forefront, by virtue of Caroline's needing a temporary place to stay. In spite of Jaime's tendencies to close herself off, she and Caroline are still very good friends--they know when to dig deep and how to uphold each other, even when they don't have the same philosophy of life (at least to start). Caroline's insistence on praying for her friend is inspiring; this book whetted my appetite even more to find out her story. Hopefully it will be forthcoming!Thank you Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for the complimentary e-book. I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions are my own.
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  • Beth Erin
    January 1, 1970
    Full review on FaithfullyBookish.comScandal, abuse, and allegations are running rampant in our society and this is nothing new. Don’t reach for books like Delayed Justice and expect a feel-good read. Books that tackle the tough stuff are “need to” reads, they are an exercise in empathy, they expand our understanding of the human experience, they change the way we see the world around us.The nature of Jaime’s childhood makes her professional success and sense of humor all the more impressive. Her Full review on FaithfullyBookish.comScandal, abuse, and allegations are running rampant in our society and this is nothing new. Don’t reach for books like Delayed Justice and expect a feel-good read. Books that tackle the tough stuff are “need to” reads, they are an exercise in empathy, they expand our understanding of the human experience, they change the way we see the world around us.The nature of Jaime’s childhood makes her professional success and sense of humor all the more impressive. Her courage in pursuing charges against her abuser is inspiring. Jaime’s observation of Chandler’s Captian America like characteristics extend beyond the physique of a retired veteran. He is a natural protector and not one to back down from a challenge. Despite the heavy topics and the high standard set by the previous installments, I have to say that this book is my favorite of the series. Delayed Justice is joining its predecessors on my all-time favorites shelf, I highly recommend it, and eagerly anticipate more stories from Cara Putman!I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Kristina
    January 1, 1970
    Delayed Justice was okay. I found the pace slow and a lot of repetition. It was interesting to learn about therapy/comfort dogs and I thought the author did a remarkable job at handling a tough subject. I recommend reading the series in order. I only read Delayed Justice and I felt I was missing something in the beginning. I will share my complete review soon.
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  • Loraine Nunley
    January 1, 1970
    Definitely a page turner. This book dealt with a deep and timely topic in a respectful and compassionate manner. Given the nature of the emotional turmoil, it is difficult to do justice to a romance evolving in the midst, but this one was done well. Full review is at my website.I received this book complimentary from the author. I was not required to give a positive review. All of the opinions I have expressed here are my own.
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  • Bree
    January 1, 1970
    A fast-paced thriller that kept me on my toes! I really enjoyed this story and felt that it was a book that would make me want to read the others in the series. The characters were strong and realistic keeping a pace that made you feel as though you are racing with them to find the answers.
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  • Cheri Swalwell
    January 1, 1970
    Delayed Justice by Cara Putnam was a great sequel to Imperfect Justice. I’m loving this series. It’s about a group of friends, who also happen to be lawyers, located in the heart of our nation’s capital and each story is filled with intrigue, suspense and a tad bit of romance. I love that the author uses real landmarks in the city which puts me right in the action. I feel as though I’m not only a friend, but close enough to experience the emotions felt. This book drew me in with the subject matt Delayed Justice by Cara Putnam was a great sequel to Imperfect Justice. I’m loving this series. It’s about a group of friends, who also happen to be lawyers, located in the heart of our nation’s capital and each story is filled with intrigue, suspense and a tad bit of romance. I love that the author uses real landmarks in the city which puts me right in the action. I feel as though I’m not only a friend, but close enough to experience the emotions felt. This book drew me in with the subject matter, but it was the underlying spiritual element that while subtle, kept me thinking about the characters long after I closed the last page. The characters were developed well and I could feel the emotions, not just with the main characters but the secondary characters as well. While this book is part of a series, it can also be read as a stand-alone novel. I am really enjoying this author and cannot wait to read the next in this series.
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  • Ellen
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book "Delayed Justice" from NetGalley and all opinions expressed are my own. This book was okay. I didn't find anything exciting about it. Although this book deals with a tough subject I just didn't find myself anxious to read each day. I think that it was just the storyline itself. It really didn't have me wondering what was going to happen next. I read the first book which was excellent.
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  • Margaret Kazmierczak
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 WorthCan 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.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 BoltonChandler 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 story line 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 pondering 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.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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  • Debbie
    January 1, 1970
    "Delayed Justice" by Cara Putman is the third book in the "Hidden Justice" Series and I think it was my favorite. I think readers can enjoyed this book even if they haven't read the other two. I do recommend reading them to get the full impact of the series and the background of Jaime's friends.All of the books deals with subjects that are hard to think about but do take place in this world, such as drugs and murdering, spousal abuse, and in "Delayed Justice", the subject is childhood sexual abu "Delayed Justice" by Cara Putman is the third book in the "Hidden Justice" Series and I think it was my favorite. I think readers can enjoyed this book even if they haven't read the other two. I do recommend reading them to get the full impact of the series and the background of Jaime's friends.All of the books deals with subjects that are hard to think about but do take place in this world, such as drugs and murdering, spousal abuse, and in "Delayed Justice", the subject is childhood sexual abuse. The scenes are written without alot of graphic details. The actual killing is a little graphic but it only like a few words and then the story moves on, so your mind doesn't stay in there details.I know this book is fiction but I think this book has "real life" lessons that we all can applied to our life, and especially a victim of childhood sexual abuse. I am going to share what I thought was so great to read and want to share with others that are survivals of sexual abuse. These are all written within the story line." You have a story. There are chapters to your life and some of them are horrible, but they are all chapters. It's up to you how much weight you give them and how long they last." and " God was always there, even when we couldn't see Him. When He seemed most hidden, He is most present. " "She didn't have to walk with a pronounced limp of brokenness the rest of her life." All three books have Christian characters but "Delayed Justice" just goes deeper into the fact that God loves us and you have to have faith in Him. I recommend this book and the others in this series if you like Legal Romantic Suspense and Beauty from Ashes stories. Even through this book is of the Christian genre, I believe that readers that normally don't read Christian fiction would enjoy these stories if they like suspense and lawyers and crime novels.I don't know if there are more books coming to this series but I will be watching and if they come, you can bet I will be reading them. "Delayed Justice" is also a book about forgiveness and sometimes just knowing that others do the best they can with what they know and understand. I was given a complimentary copy by the author and Celebrate Lit. These opinion are my own.
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  • Ibjoy1953 Hannabass
    January 1, 1970
    MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK For a number of years I was a student aid at the elementary school my son went to. I worked with special education children and I saw child abuse in many different forms through the lives and actions of children. I am so glad Cara Putman wrote this book dealing with what happens when an adult presses charges against her abuser as a child. Though this story is fiction, my heart was literally breaking for Jaime, because she represents thousands of children today who are, o MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK For a number of years I was a student aid at the elementary school my son went to. I worked with special education children and I saw child abuse in many different forms through the lives and actions of children. I am so glad Cara Putman wrote this book dealing with what happens when an adult presses charges against her abuser as a child. Though this story is fiction, my heart was literally breaking for Jaime, because she represents thousands of children today who are, or who have been, in real life situations such as what the character Jaime went through. If only each of us who care could take one child out of abusive living conditions and raise them with the love they deserve. But since we can’t, my prayer is for Delayed Justice to help as many adults and children as possible, come through their horrible situation.Dane, Jaime’s abuser was a powerful, evil man that would do anything in his power to get revenge and clear his name. Ms. Putman does such an amazing job with her expert writing of this book that it seemed so real, the characters, both good and evil popped out at me from the pages and I really felt I was living inside this story. I even wanted to pray for Jaime I was so heartbroken for her. And yes I was heartbroken for what she has been through, but I was also so very proud of her that she was willing to fight the battle she knew was coming from her uncle, because she wanted to see justice for him, and keep him from harming others. And may her strong will and courage help those in real life make the same heroic choice as she did.Jaime’s uncle Dane was clearly powered by satan because of his evil heart, but praise the Lord our God is all powerful and We must pray daily for Him to put these evil men to justice. And I could keep on and on forever about this book but I’ve only touched the surface. Only told the main facts of the story. The rest you will find when you read this amazing story from on of my new favorite authors, Cara Putman. I highly recommend this book!! Everyone needs to read this story!A copy of this book was provided by Celebration Lit Tours and the author for me to read and review. I was not required to write a positive re
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  • Chris Jager
    January 1, 1970
    Dear Readers,Many of you have heard me say this, I don’t always read every book by every author I like because if I skip a couple it gives me new eyes when I go back to them. Cara Putman is one I have skipped a couple of and Delayed Justice reminded me why I enjoyed reading her books in the first place.I know her books are under the romantic suspense umbrella, but they are more along the lines of issue driven romantic suspense. In Delayed Justice she takes on people who were sexually abused as c Dear Readers,Many of you have heard me say this, I don’t always read every book by every author I like because if I skip a couple it gives me new eyes when I go back to them. Cara Putman is one I have skipped a couple of and Delayed Justice reminded me why I enjoyed reading her books in the first place.I know her books are under the romantic suspense umbrella, but they are more along the lines of issue driven romantic suspense. In Delayed Justice she takes on people who were sexually abused as children and the recovery that covers their lives. She also brought in what can we do for a child if we find out they have or are being abused.In each instance Cara does a great job of how difficult this topic is. She9780785217916doesn’t pull any punches on how hard it will be, but offers a hope that only Jesus and God the father can offer. I think that is what it all hinges on.Anyways, the book itself was a joy to read. I liked the pacing of it, I liked that we moved right along and that main character Jaime was truly trying to live her life to the best, even though she had this horrible secret in her past. Jaime is believable, funny and trying to save as many people she can. Chandler, her neighbor, is Captain America gorgeous, author’s description, and just a good guy all the way around. After returning from serving overseas, he has started working with other service men and women helping them return to ‘normal’ life.Like I said before the suspense of the book is a bit different as you will know who the bad guy is from page one. You know where he is in Jaime’s life and why she is afraid of him, but it doesn’t take away from a well written book that gives you some hints as to how to help a family member, a friend or even yourself if you have abuse in your past or even present.I am looking forward to Cara’s next book.Happy Reading,P.S. I received this book for free with the understanding I would give an honest review.
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