Review & Giveaway: Enduring Justice by Amy Wallace

enduring-justiceEnduring Justice by Amy Wallace, book 3 in the Defenders of Hope Series (Multnomah, a division of Random House, April 14, 2009), 336 pages

Dark, painful secrets from Hanna (great name, just spelled wrong!) Kessler’s childhood keep bubbling up. She’s kept the past buried for so long, but recently she’s been confronted by it on every front. Meanwhile, her boyfriend and her brother, both agents in the FBI’s Crimes Against Children unit, are trying to pin down a white supremacist.

On the surface, there’s plenty to like: Kessler is a photographer, she works at a coffee shop, it’s set mainly in the Washington, DC area, the relationships with other members of her family are fun to watch.

Deeper, this novel deals with healing from sexual abuse, balancing justice and mercy, and maintaining mixed-race friendships in the midst of racial tension.

I usually don’t read books from later in a series unless I’ve read the earlier books in that series. In order. I do make exceptions occasionally, and this is one such instance. I was perfectly able to jump into the story without feeling like I was missing much by having not read the earlier books. From what I’ve read, the different books in this series focus on different main characters, which is a model I think I like.

I started tearing up while reading the Acknowledgments (before the actual story in this particular book). The rest of the book didn’t touch me on quite that personal a level, but I’m OK with that.

The characters were believable and likable: Christians with their share of internal and external problems. The writing was fine (It didn’t stick out, for good or for ill. It was unobtrusive.).

Enduring Justice deals with darkness, but not without infusing hope. I read it quickly. I’m glad to see a novel from a Christian publishing house dealing with these topics. In that way, Enduring Justice reminded me of some of Penelope Stokes’ works.

I’ll likely seek out other books by Wallace.

Read the first chapter of Enduring Justice.

Previous books in the series: 1. Ransomed Dreams and 2. Healing Promises.

Amy Wallace is a homeschool mom and self-confessed chocoholic. She lives with her husband and three children in Georgia. Wallace’s blog.

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This giveaway is open internationally. The giveaway will end May 12.

The giveaway is closed, the winner has been chosen.


17 responses to “Review & Giveaway: Enduring Justice by Amy Wallace

  1. I’m from D.C., so it’s always fun to read books set in D.C.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. I tweeted about this contest here:

  3. Are family members eligible *wink*

  4. i would like to read this because it sounds like a real page turner thanks for the giveaway

  5. I would like to read b/c I have a legal background and would enjoy it.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. Hillary Fairchild

    This sounds like the type of book I would love to read. Thanks for the contest!

  7. I would like to read it as these though fiction always speak to my heart. I like the legal slant on any story, makes for a sense of justice in the world albeit the fiction world.

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  9. cheryl kellery

    Please count me in – I love reading legal fiction – especially very realistic legal fiction.

  10. I would like to read it because I’ve heard The Defenders of Hope series was very good.

  11. Carla Pullum

    This book looks like it will keep me on the edge of my seat!
    Count me in!

  12. Sharon Fairclough

    The story sounds very interesting and I love christian novels Love inspired are my fave. Thanks for the giveawa

    sharr1226 at yahoo dot com

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  14. While I have not read anything by this author I am alway looking for new reads.

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