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Book Review: “Dying for Love” by Cara Putman

Dying for Love (Hidden Justice) by [Putman, Cara]

“Dying for Love” by Cara Putman

A novella/prequel to Hidden Justice series.

Review copy from the author

My rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars



About the Book:

Things were business as usual for family law attorney Ciara Turner, until she walked into her mentor’s office to find the judge had been murdered. To make things worse, the emotional moments were witnessed by Ciara’s nemesis, opposing counsel David Evans—the man she once thought she’d spend the rest of her life with.

David can’t walk away from the murder investigation. Judge Palmer was the only one who believed in him enough to give the boy from the wrong side of the tracks a fighting chance. But his amateur sleuthing keeps him crossing paths with Ciara and he can’t help but admire her passion for her clients, even if they are often at odds across the judgment table.

As David and Ciara get closer to discovering who killed Judge Palmer, their old feelings reignite. But the investigation takes an unexpected turn, can they trust each other enough to push for the truth? And will their rekindled relationship survive the aftermath?


My Thoughts:

This was an enjoyable novella, centered around the relationship between family lawyers, Ciara and Daniel, with a bit of a murder mystery woven between the pages.
The romance was sweetly done, and the mystery of the murder tied up swiftly in the short 9 chapters.
To be honest, I was a bit relieved that the main focus was on the romance and not the lawyer side of it, as I had recently finished a legal book that was a miss for me. But this novella kept my attention, and it was nice to see how their relationship wrapped up at the end! :)
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Book Review: “Canteen Dreams” by Cara Putman

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“Canteen Dreams” by Cara Putman

Book One in the Cornhusker Dreams Series

Review copy from author

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars


About the Book:

A heartwarming WWII love story.
In the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, Nebraska schoolteacher Audrey Stone wants to support the war effort in any way she can. When her community starts a canteen at the train station, Audrey spends nearly every spare moment there, offering food and kindness to the soldiers passing through. She never expected to fall for a local boy…or face the challenges of budding love in the face of war.

Rancher Willard Johnson admires Audrey’s passionate nature, but when his brother is killed in action, he feels he must avenge by enlisting himself. His father insists he stay, but Willard knows he must go. Reality intrudes, and he never expected the jealousy he experiences when he sees those in uniform.

Can Willard’s budding relationship with Audrey weather the storms of war? Or will one of the other soldiers at the canteen steal her heart?


My Thoughts:


It’s been a while since I read a story set during WWII, so it was nice to get back into that setting/genre with “Canteen Dreams”. Very well written, with a captivating story line. And the faith-strand was quite excellent, weaving in sound truths that the characters learned. I thought that was beautiful. :)
“Canteen Dreams” was a very sweet story, with real characters, and real lessons. And the romance was believable, and pretty cute. ^.^ Not all simple and roses, but definitely good.
It was interesting to see how the War affected a smaller town, and what they did to pitch in.
If you’re a fan of WWII fictions, or even just good, sweet stories, be sure to pick up a copy of “Canteen Dreams”. :)
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Blogging For Books Review” “Where Treetops Glisten” – A Christmas Collection

Title: Where Treetops Glisten

Authors: Tricia Goyer, Cara Putman, and Sarah Sundin

Source: Blogging for Books

Type: Christian fiction, WWII, Christmas

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars



The crunch of newly fallen snow, the weight of wartime
Three siblings forging new paths and finding love in three stories, filled with the wonder of Christmas
Turn back the clock to a different time, listen to Bing Crosby sing of sleigh bells in the snow, as the realities of America’s involvement in the Second World War change the lives of the Turner family in Lafayette, Indiana.
In White Christmas by Cara Putman, Abigail Turner is holding down the Home Front as a college student and a part-time employee at a one-of-a-kind candy shop. Loss of a beau to the war has Abigail skittish about romantic entanglements—until a hard-working young man with a serious problem needs her help.
Abigail’s brother Pete is a fighter pilot hero returned from the European Theatre in Sarah Sundin’s I’ll Be Home for Christmas, trying to recapture the hope and peace his time at war has eroded. But when he encounters a precocious little girl in need of Pete’s friendship, can he convince her widowed mother that he’s no longer the bully she once knew?
In Tricia Goyer’s Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Meredith Turner, “Merry” to those who know her best, is using her skills as a combat nurse on the frontline in the Netherlands. Halfway around the world from home, Merry never expects to face her deepest betrayal head on, but that’s precisely what God has in mind to redeem her broken heart.
The Turner family believes in God’s providence during such a tumultuous time. Can they absorb the miracle of Christ’s birth and God’s plan for a future?


My Review:

I was so excited to get to read and review this book, because, well, it sounded so good! And I know I love Sarah Sundin’s works, so I was pretty sold on the idea of it all. I’ve read one thing of Cara Putman’s before, and have been curious to read something of Tricia Goyer’s, so this was the perfect time to start! I was not disappointed with any of the three stories. They were brilliantly put together, and so…fun. Despite the war going on, there was still joy and healing through each of the books, and I really liked that.

I can’t really pick a favourite, because they were each good in their own special way. The first one, “White Christmas” by Cara Putman got me totally hooked, and I really loved the characters. Abigail and Jackson were just lovely. In “I’ll be Home for Christmas” by Sarah Sundin, I LOVED the writing. And the center message of God’s healing – it was so complete, and so well done. Mrs. Sundin ties things together so nicely. In “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” by Tricia Goyer, I really liked being over in the war – it really added to the collection of having two stories on the homefront, and one on the battlefront as a nurse. And being the first time reading Mrs. Goyer’s books, I did enjoy her writing, and now know to read more from her. Oh and I must say, I loved her character’s name, Merry. =)

As I said, they were each soo good, and I love how they tied into the Christmas songs they were titled after. Very neat. I also liked how you got something different out of each one, making the end result perfect. “White Christmas” gave the perfect, innocent, sweet romance that I like, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” gave the perfect godly message that I so appreciated, and “Have Yourself a Merry little Christmas” gave the realistically of the war on the front lines, for the nurses.

The only “bad” thing is, they were too short! :D Each should’ve been a full novel on their own. ;) Of course, they were all done so well in the short amount of pages.

An excellent read, all the way around!


I received a free  copy of “Where Treetops Glisten” from the publishers in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All thoughts given are my own.