Saturday, December 16, 2017

Imperfect Justice - by Cara Putman

 About the book:

The police say the woman was a murderer. Emilie Wesley knows they can't be talking about her client . . . can they?
To the world it seems obvious: Kaylene Adams killed her daughter and then was shot by police. Attorney Emilie Wesley knows a different story: Kaylene would never hurt anyone and was looking for a way out of a controlling, abusive relationship. Her death shakes Emilie's belief that she can make a difference for women in violent marriages. Self-doubt plagues her as she struggles to continue her work in the wake of the tragedy.
Reid Billings thought he knew his sister-right up until he learned how she died. He discovers a letter from Kaylene begging him to fight for custody of her daughters if anything should happen to her. No attorney in her right mind would support an uncle instead of the father in a custody case, but Kaylene's letter claims Emilie Wesley will help him.
Thrown together in a race to save Kaylene's surviving daughter, Emily and Reid pursue the constantly evasive truth. If they can hang on to hope together, can they save a young girl-and find a future for themselves in the process?
My review:
This was a wonderful, suspenseful story with an interesting viewpoint of domestic violence.  I haven't often seen stories with an attorney who helps women out of abusive relationships as the main character.  The story really showed how hard it is to try to help these abused women when a lot of them change their minds and go back to their abuser or never take the step needed to get a protective order in the first place.  Emilie worked as an advocate for these women and it became very personal for her, especially as she knew what they dealt with firsthand from a previous relationship she'd been in.  She's also being stalked by someone and we get their perspective, which gave the story an added suspenseful air.  We also get both Emilie and Reid's viewpoints, which is the format I love most in a book.  The investigation was interesting as they try to find out the truth about what happened.  There's also some romance.  This is part of a series and while it worked as a stand-alone, there are characters in it from previous stories.  There's talk of prayer for God's guidance and help.  Reid seemed to have a strong relationship with God while Emilie struggled to trust God because of the situations she saw every day.  This was an exciting story I highly recommend!
I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.
About the author:
Cara Putman is the author of more than 25 legal thrillers, historical romances, and romantic suspense novels. She has won or been a finalist for honors including the ACFW Book of the Year and the Christian Retailing's BEST Award. Cara graduated high school at 16, college at 20, completed her law degree at 27, and recently received her MBA. She is a practicing attorney, teaches undergraduate and graduate law courses at a Big Ten business school, and is a homeschooling mom of four. She lives with her husband and children in Indiana.

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