Beyond Justice by Cara Putman

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. BookLook Bloggers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.
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Beyond Justice by Cara Putman

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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If the God of the universe couldn’t be bothered by what happened to one young man who died an unseen death, how could she matter? Either everyone mattered or nobody did…
It was in the process of uncovering the heart of a person’s story that a case came to life.

A wrongful death case against the US government could either advance or ruin Hayden’s career as an attorney. And with this case on her hands, it doesn’t seem like the best time for her to be meeting Andrew, the son of a US congressman. As the implications of the case become increasingly ominous, Hayden may have to choose between pursuing justice and saving her own life in Beyond Justice, a novel by author Cara Putman.

Reading the introductory novella of this series, Dying for Love, put me in anticipation of reading this legal/romantic suspense novel. It addresses the issue of illegal immigration in the US and has a clear message of the value of human life, as well as a rather mild romance and a strong faith thread woven through the book.

While I appreciated the novel’s message, the overall story didn’t really grip me. My interest waned in several places, and sometimes I felt the contemplative parts were overdoing it. The characters’ (particularly Hayden’s) thoughts seemed to belabor certain points, ask the same questions, or ask questions that were too obvious. And though the main characters were likable, they didn’t have that extra “oomph” to me, something key that would have me especially intrigued or impressed.

Still, I’ve little doubt that this faith-filled romantic suspense tale will be right up the alley of a number of ChristFic readers.

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Here’s my review of Dying for Love, the introduction to the Hidden Justice series.

  

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Dying for Love by Cara Putman

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. I received a complimentary copy of this book, for which I’ve given an honest review.
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Dying for Love by Cara Putman

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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“Anything of value is worth a fight.”

Ciara Turner and David Evans once failed to make a go of their personal relationship, since their attorney roles often put them on opposing sides of family cases. But when they discover a judge they both admire has been murdered, they’ll have to work together on the investigation in Dying for Love by author Cara Putman.

Hmm. Kinda did a double-take there, as the official book blurb keeps mentioning “Daniel.” The character’s name is David.

Anyhow, I wanted to read this novella before reading the first novel in the Hidden Justice romantic suspense series. Or is it a legal thriller series? Well, I’m a fan of both!

While I would’ve liked to get a more convincing sense of the guilty party’s motive here, why this particular culprit had taken so drastic a step as murder, I think I was into the suspense side of the story more than the romantic one. I found the romance tricky to follow emotionally, but it also seemed redundant in places, with some thoughts and doubts being rehashed a time or two more than was needed.

Still, the story has put me in anticipation to continue this romantic-suspense-legal-thriller series, which I’ll be doing soon.

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Here’s my review of the first novel in the Hidden Justice series, Beyond Justice.

  

Where Treetops Glisten by Tricia Goyer, Cara Putman, and Sarah Sundin

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Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. Blogging for Books provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.
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Four Silver Stars

Where Treetops GlistenWhere Treetops Glisten: Three Stories of Heartwarming Courage and Christmas Romance During World War II by Tricia Goyer, Cara Putman, and Sarah Sundin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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“It’s amazing, don’t you think, that the holiday spirit can be so strong even in the midst of war?”

World War II, that is.

Where Treetops Glisten is just dripping with Christmas and laced with romance in its wartime holiday accounts that take place from 1941-1945. The three novellas are sandwiched in by Christmastime sentiments from Grandma: Louise Turner, the wise, loving, smart cookie who turns out to be my overall favorite character.

I like how Cara Putman’s White Christmas goes so far as to include candy cane making in a story that raises a worthwhile question: after one has spent so much time settling to live according to fear, what does one do when fear no longer satisfies? Tricia Goyer’s Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas takes the reader closest to the front lines and wastes no time in giving a compassionate reminder that international conflict doesn’t hurt only one nation or nationality of people: “While it wasn’t popular to say, German mothers loved their sons as much as American mothers… German hearts loved too.”

I especially enjoyed Sarah Sundin’s I’ll Be Home for Christmas, with its quite human hero and heroine and a clever and spunky little girl who got a laugh out of me. Sundin has a poignant way with words in the right places as well as a flair for romance that’s not only sweet but has a good sprinkling of complementary spice.

With wartime trials of the heart and all the warmth of giving and Christmas, this novella collection is worth picking up.

“It’s a reminder that God has not forsaken us. That even in the war there is hope of a future.”