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Vendor: White Rose Publishing
Publication Date: 2018
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Phyllis4 Stars Out Of 5JusticeMarch 30, 2018PhyllisQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Justice is a great debut novel by Emily Conrad. It comes with a hard-hitting message about the dangers of seeking justice and not allowing God to be the one to take care of matters for us. The author led me on a path where I wanted justice to be served in the same way Jake did.
Jake was a great mix of too-good-to-be-true in the way he cared so deeply for Brooklyn and was so patient and caring towards her and hot-headed and vengeful in the way he wanted to deal with the father of Brooklyns baby and with Harold. He was such a great example to the teen boys he worked with of abstinence and living like Jesus up until the events of the story. And yet his heart was not so hard that the lessons the Lord wanted to teach him couldnt get through.
I really admire the way the author was willing to leave several of the mysteries unsolved in the story. Not for the purpose of setting the scene for a sequel, because this story does stand alone, but because some crimes are just never resolved here on earth.
Though there are some heavy themes, they are handled very well and in such a way as to not make this a dark or violent book. There is just enough detail about what happened to Brooklyn to explain, but not to make it inappropriate.
I will be watching for more books by this author.
SuzieMaineAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A Full On Christian StoryMarch 12, 2018SuzieMaineAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Justice
What happens when a devout Christian woman, Brooklyn Merrill, goes through one of the worst possible experiences when at a conference for her job? This is a hard story to read as it is highly emotional. It is certainly timely during the current atmosphere for the female population. How is this woman treated? Do her friends and family stand along with her as she deals with a devastating experience, shocking news and moves forward to make one of the hardest decisions of a lifetime?
If you are a Christian how do you treat others? You may ask yourself some hard questions while reading this book, as I did. This is a full-on Christian lifestyle story and believable theme. Expect Bible verses and the representation of a variety of church goers" along with true followers of Christ. The difference shows in these pages. There is also a secondary story which features Jake's business and the challenges he finds he must meet as a Christian.
I will admit that the very beginning of the story was confusing to me as it appeared to have two main male characters, Jake and Caleb. (It's perfectly realistic for a female character to have two male friends but at first, I couldn't tell who the main character was, and in all honesty, it could have to do with Brooklyn's confusion.)
Overall the story is interesting and thought provoking. The main characters have some major life situations to deal with. There are plenty of secondary characters and conflict to keep things moving along too. The author, Emily Conrad, certainly highlights Christians in a realistic way, the good and sadly, the judgmental.
AngieArndtnear Columbia, SCAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Justice Makes Me ThinkMarch 10, 2018AngieArndtnear Columbia, SCAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Emily Conrad's debut novel, set in a coffee shop, is a wake-up call. It's easy to be a Christian when everyone around you follows the same small town norms. But what if someone didn't? What if someone you loved said she was innocent when all the evidence (and gossip) said she wasn't? Would it change the way you felt about her? Would it change the way Christ felt about her?
Readers know usually what the heroine knows, but Conrad held back some information until later in the book. As a reader I had to wonder, if I were one of the townspeople, would I be one of the gossips or would I be an example and extend grace? I like it when a book makes me think, but I love it when a book makes me a better person. I hope Justice has done that.
Justice is full of surprises, secrets, and suspense, deception, and truth, all wrapped up with a biblical undercurrent. I love spending time with characters who are real and the characters in Conrad's novel are just that. You'll hate to turn that last page.
lieslmozart5 Stars Out Of 5Awesome read!March 9, 2018lieslmozartQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I loved this book! I felt like a difficult topic was dealt with in a delicate, realistic way. I became emotionally invested in the characters and didn't want to put the book down. There were some surprises along the way. A very good read! *I received a free copy for review; all opinions are my own.
Robyn Hook5 Stars Out Of 5Inspirational Women's fiction at it's bestMarch 9, 2018Robyn HookQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I became an Emily Conrad fan when I read a pre-published novel inspired by the Biblical story of Joseph. In fact, if you know me in person, you may have heard me praising it and her writing style. Emily has a way of phrasing and crafting characters that makes me want to prop up my feet and become immersed in her world.
So, when I learned she had an earlier story inspired by Mary and Joseph, I had to get my hands on it!
Although I've never personally dealt with rape or a resulting pregnancy, I connected with Brooklyn right away. She approaches this difficult circumstance with a deep faith, desire to please God and do the right thing that's inspiring. And Jake's longing for justice, and how he holds to his plans verses Gods was so relatable. I loved how surrendering leads him to true freedom. Exactly what I've found to be true within my own life.
The supporting characters added to the overall story-the villain who threatens their happily ever after and the best friend who keeps them both on track. Harold who is modeled after Herod, who persecuted Christians, reminded me again of how some things remain consistent across time and place. That plot line also adds a suspense thread that I adored.
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