Beyond Justice by Cara Putnam

Beyond Justice by Cara Putnam


A new author for me, Cara Putnam, writes a book that has just enough drama and suspense that I would almost put it in with the style of writing similar to John Grisham. There were details and the story kept me interested and intrigued.

There were parts of it that left me wondering, such as why was her coworker Seth acting so strange, and what happened to the other lawyer who was fired. I felt like those were loose ends that were never really explained. Then, later in the book I thought the scene in the van was unnecessarily graphic.

Synopsis from back of the book:

Hayden McCarthy is on track to become the youngest partner in her prestigious D.C. law firm . . . if the case she’s just been handed doesn’t destroy her first.

Hayden McCarthy knows firsthand the pain when justice is not served. It’s why she became an attorney and why she’s so driven in her career. When she’s assigned a wrongful death case against the government, she isn’t sure if it’s the lucky break she needs to secure a partnership—or an attempt to make sure she never gets there.

Further complicating matters is Andrew, her roommate’s distractingly attractive cousin. But Andrew’s father is a Congressman, and Hayden’s currently taking on the government. Could the timing be any worse?

The longer she keeps the case active, the higher the stakes become. Unknown enemies seem determined to kill the case—or her. Logic and self-preservation would indicate she should close the case. But how can she, when justice is still just beyond her reach?

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Sweetbriar Cottage by Denise Hunter

Book Review: Sweetbriar Cottage by Denise Hunter


When I initially started this book, I really didn’t have very high expectations. When books have me transported back and forth between present and past, it throws my interest off a bit. However, as the chapters moved along, the present and past slowly meshed together.

Noah and Josephine are divorced, at least they thought they were three years prior. It isn’t until Noah gets a letter from the IRS is he sent reeling, trying to figure out how the divorce never went through. A visit to Josephine and they find the unsigned documents. Immediately, they go through the process to get the divorce done and finalized.

Josephine delivers the paperwork to the ranch, in hopes of getting the ball rolling, but ends up getting stuck at the ranch in an epic snowstorm. It’s while there, they are both faced in the truth of their lives and their marriage.

This book had me moved. I felt teary at least twice or more, all the more determined to finish the book. The growth of the characters grew until the explosion at the end. I would definitely recommend this book to be read and enjoyed.

I did receive this book from the publisher, Thomas Nelson Publishing (via Netgalley) in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Dinner by Melissa Clark

Book Review: Dinner by Melissa Clark


I found this book to not only be a book great for a coffee table,  but also to keep in your kitchen and actually use the recipes. The recipes I tried out work, and for a cookbook to live up to it’s purpose is pretty important to me.

Found that I really liked the pictures and the way the book was laid out. Really liked the hard back, and the quality put forth to publish the book. This is a book that I will keep for a long time, and would make the perfect gift for a friend or two.

Was there anything I didn’t like? Initially the fact that there were no dessert recipes. But then, I remembered the purpose of the book. Dinner. Not desserts, and my disappointment went away.

I did receive this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Book Review: Seven Brides for Seven Mail-Order Husbands Romance Collection

Book Review: Seven Brides for Seven Mail-Order Husbands Romance Collection


This book is a variety of authors who all wrote about the concept of a mail-order bride, but with a twist, mail-order husbands. Set in a small town of Kansas, there is a passel of women who are wanting to bring men into their town after the Civil War took most of their men.

The first story in the book is Dime Novel Suitor, in which a British man arrives in the area on a holiday, to live out his dream of being as cowboy. The adventures of being a cowboy sounded intriguing. He arrives the same day as “auditions” that are being set for husband hunting, making Caroline Kane think that he’s there for the chance to be a husband, not the employee he thought he was.

For me, this first story in this book needed to be a story that set the precedent of the rest of the stories. But this story had me confused. There were references to other individuals to whom I had no idea who they were talking about. It felt like I was plopped down into a town where there was story going on that I was eavesdropping on. Things that I was supposed to know about, such as the “auditions”. It took awhile reading to finally figure out what the audition was, which is where the men came to auditions for a wife. But that’s merely a guess.

Sadly, after this first story I didn’t have an interest in reading the rest of the stories and just closed the book and moved on. 😦 It could have been that the stories were out of order with my copy of the book.

I received this book in an e-reader format, compliments of the publisher. The review and my opinions of the book is solely mine.

Book Review: The Elusive Miss Ellison by Carolyn Miller

Book Review: The Elusive Miss Ellison by Carolyn Miller


At some point, Amazon had this book for a price that I couldn’t refuse to download. Having never read any of Carolyn Miller’s book, I wasn’t certain whether or not I would enjoy the book.

The Elusive Miss Ellison is a Regency romance centered around Lavinia Ellison, the minister’s daughter. She had lost her mother at a young age due to a terrible accident, due to the foolish actions from the Hawkesbury estate. Now, the brother of the one who killed her mother is back in town, and Lavinia is determined to have nothing to do with him. She has no fear of expressing her opinion, especially when it has to do with the poor of the village, the same people that he should be taking an interest in, being as they are his tenants.

I overall really and truly enjoyed the story, about the parts about her mother and the accident were placed to be understood, but yet not fully to me. However, that didn’t deter me from devouring the book. There was plenty of angst within the pages, along with a surprising detour with a journey Lavinia’s life makes.

All in all, I’m truly happy that I downloaded the book. I notice that there are two other books in the series, both are characters that are mentioned in this book. This was one book that I found difficult putting down once I started, which probably explained my reading late into the night.

For once, this is a book that I downloaded on my own, without any complimentary copies from a publisher.


Book Review: Gifts from Heaven compiled by James Stuart Bell

Book Review: Gifts from Heaven compiled by James Stuart Bell


I enjoyed this book, because it was short stories showing how in everyday people’s lives, they have been touched by the presence of God. Either directly or indirectly. For me, this book reminded me of a series of books by Reader’s Digest, called “Drama in Real Life”. Growing up I devoured those books. This book, with its short stories of real life drama, reminded me of that book.

James Stuart Bell compiled true stories of people who has answers to prayer. The synopsis of the book reads that while may people pray, there are just as many who don’t believe that God is really listening to them. However, the answers to a prayer many times seem so insignificant, that no one realizes that it was an answer to a prayer. This book is a collection of stories where people are sharing their own accounts of where their belief in prayer has brought into their lives and intervention that could only be from God. It’s to be an inspiration that God will answer your prayers, even those that just seem out right impossible.

Again, the stories are short, but I like it like that. You are able to read the stories at your own leisure, and pick up later where you stopped knowing that you were in the middle of a plot yet to be unraveled. The individual stories can easily be read in an evening.

I received this book from the publisher Bethany House. The review is based on my own honest, unbiased opinion.