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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

My review of Enduring Justice by Amy Wallace


Hanna Kessler’s childhood secret has remained buried for over two decades. But when the dark shadows of her past threaten to destroy those she loves, Hanna must face the summer that changed her life and the man who still haunts her memories.


As a Crimes Against Children FBI Agent, Michael Parker knows what it means to get knocked down. Difficult cases and broken relationships have plagued his entire year. But when the system fails and a white supremacist is set free, Michael’s drive for retribution eclipses all else.


A racist’s well-planned assault forces Hanna and Michael to decide between executing vengeance and pursuing justice. The dividing line between the two is the choice to heal. But when the attack turns personal, is justice enough?

My review:

This is definitely my favorite book in the series because it's closest to my heart. I've worked with abused children for two decades and can say for certain that this author has realistically portrayed the struggles that adults who were abused as children experience. Both Michael and Hanna had issues that affected their present lives that they had to work through. Healing is difficult work because you can no longer hide from the pain but have to confront it. Ms. Wallace portrayed that very well.

I loved the theme of affirmation and how crucial it is in the lives of hurting people. Whether it's in the past or present, affirmation is critical to healing. It builds confidence and is necessary for personal growth. Both Michael and Hanna needed to be affirmed as they dealt with their painful histories. They also needed to forgive not only themselves but the people who hurt them so that bitterness wouldn't destroy their happiness. The way things were addressed in this story was very healthy. The worst thing you can do when someone finally tells you the painful truth is to throw it back in their face or not believe them. Great message and one that people need to hear!

Enduring Justice is the perfect title for this book because sometimes you have to wait a long time before justice occurs in a situation. The characters were believable and the plot was complex and engaging. The romance was yummy but also had great themes regarding accountability. The issue of trust was fabulously handled as well as the complexities involved in racism. The author had the twisted mindset of bigots and child abusers spot-on. I've dealt with both for many years and her portrayal rings true all around. I highly recommend this book.

Enduring Justice was published by Multnomah and released in April 2009.


Linda said...

Michelle, you are the first one to bring out the issues involved in Enduring Justice. This is one I need to read, as it's from a Christian perspective. I really mean it when I say you are my favorite reviewer. You go more indepth than others.

Angel Gail Rose said...

I will have to tell Amy to come read your review. I can't believe I read part of the first draft of the first in the series, am friends with the author, andyet haven't read them yet. *cringes* now I just wish I knew where Ransomed Dreams was so I could begin them now :-) I have way too many books :-P It is great to see this review though especially because I know all of the research and work that Amy put into these books.

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