Saturday, September 29, 2018

Review + Tour GIVEAWAY: Delayed Justice by Cara Putman

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.


My Thoughts

Sometimes the only way we are made whole is when
we take our pain and use it to help others.”
- Savannah

Riveting, 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 victims’ 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, the Witch, and the Wardrobe brought a depth of meaning to the story.

How was she supposed to match her reality
to the God they talked about?
- Jaime

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.

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

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.


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 image above or the link below to enter.

Blog Stops

Fiction Aficionado, September 29
The Avid Reader, September 29
The Power of Words, September 29
The Lit Addict, September 30
BBHfiction, September 30
Painting with Words, September 30
Real World Bible Study, September 30
Janices book reviews, September 30
cherylbbookblog, October 1
Back Porch Reads, October 1
Cafinated Reads, October 1
Faithfully Bookish, October 1
Lighthouse Academy, October 2
Livin Lit, October 2
Bigreadersite, October 2
All-of-a-kind Mom, October 3
The Becca Files, October 3
Blogging With Carol, October 3
Genesis 5020, October 4
Cathe Swanson, October 4
100 Pages per Hour, October 5
Multifarious, October 5
Book by Book, October 5
Mary Hake, October 6
Godly Book Reviews, October 6
C Jane Read, October 7
Buy, Borrow, Skip, October 7
The Mimosa Blossom, October 8
Simple Harvest Reads, October 9 (Guest Post from Mindy Houng)
Remebrancy, October 9
Carpe Diem, October 9
Quiet Quilter, October 10
At the Fence, October 10
By The Book, October 10
God is Love, October 11
Texas Book-aholic, October 11
Henry Happens, October 12
Have A Wonderful Day, October 12


  1. I've read other books by Cara Putman that I enjoyed, though it has been awhile. This book makes me think I need to get the books from this series.

  2. I'm eager to read Cara's latest book. We adopted an abused daughter, and I've seen first hand the fallout from her early abuse. I'll pass this book on to her after I've read it, and I hope it will minister to her heart.


  4. I'm visiting from Semicolon's Saturday Reviews. I have not read Cara's books, either, but this sounds like a great one.

  5. I would love to read this book. Thanks for sharing.