There is something exciting about reading a new author’s novel. While favorite authors can offer us their tried and true stories told in their own special way, a new author offers something totally different. They are a voice that has not yet been heard. Sometimes we find some that aren’t quite right for us… and other times, we find one that makes us anticipate their next book. I think I’m joining the group that will find it hard to wait for the next book written by Susan Crawford after reading this one!
**I received a copy of this book from Redbud Press in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**
After losing her brother to gang-related violence, elementary schoolteacher Kinley is on a mission to help her at-risk students. When one of them, Justice, is caught in an act of vandalism, she intervenes.
Entrepreneur Nash McGuire has gone to great lengths to overcome the poverty he grew up in. When working on a renovation project in his old neighborhood he collides with a juvenile delinquent and his do-gooder teacher.
Kinley believes Justice can overcome the influence of his environment; Nash knows the odds and has little patience with Kinley’s naivety. But as the boy’s mandatory community service forces Justice and Kinley into Nash’s life, he can’t help but discover a boy searching for love and purpose–a boy very much like he once was.
Then Justice is accused of another crime. And Kinley’s stubborn belief in the boy’s innocence is just too much for Nash to accept…
“You can choose hope just as easily as you can choose despair. Hope is better.”
-Kinley Reid, Saving Justice
Characters: I absolutely loved the characters in this story! My heart cried for the little boy, Justice, who is caught between knowing good and bad but wanting to help his family. Kinley made me laugh so many times. She was so fun and quirky in a sweet way. And Nash… he was the perfect hero for the book. One who had everything going for him, but he had his own conflicts of trying to escape his past.
Storyline: This storyline was the perfect blend of trying to live our lives the way God would want us to, a sweet romance, a few spots of humor, and a story that touches the heart. I loved every page of this book. This was one of those books that surprised me with how hard of a time I had putting it down. Whenever I had to (because sometimes life interferes with reading time) I couldn’t wait to pick it back up again.
My Thoughts: I can’t help but highly recommend this book. It has so many wonderful things going for it: relatable characters, sweet romance, great character arcs, and tension to boot! I can honestly say that I completely and thoroughly enjoyed this book!
About the Author:
Susan Crawford is an author of inspirational contemporary romance, published by Redbud Press. Before publication, her debut novel, Saving Justice, was named a finalist in the 2014 American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis writing contest. Susan lives in Oklahoma City, where she happily crams writing in between being a wife, mom, and small business owner.
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