Book Review: Saving Justice

7 Apr

savingjusticeAfter 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 . . . 

 

Susan-Crawford-photo-2-2Susan Crawford is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, president of the Oklahoma City ACFW chapter, and a team member of My Book Therapy. She was named a finalist in the 2014 Genesis writing contest and lives in Oklahoma City, where she happily crams writing in between being a wife, mom, and small business owner.

 

My Impressions:

Susan Crawford’s debut novel, Saving Justice, is a short and sweet love story perfect for porch or poolside reading. It is certainly a quick and light read, but it is also full of heart. This book is great for fans of contemporary romance.

Kinley Reid is a teacher in one of Oklahoma City’s most underprivileged and crime-ridden neighborhoods. Inspired by her deceased brother’s dedication to the children of the area, Kinley goes above and beyond when it comes to her students. Driven by success, Nash McGuire escaped his neighborhood and never wants to go back. A vandalized car puts them both together and on a course to impact one young child’s life.

Just under 200 pages, Saving Justice is, as I said, a quick read. The plot develops rapidly and there is not a lot of character development. But I liked the characters, especially Kinley’s 4th grade student, Justice. I also liked the social conscience of the novel — kids are worth investing in, especially when adult role models are few. Small acts like hugs and high-fives and waffle breakfasts really do make a difference. So if you are looking for a something short and sweet, then check out Saving Justice.

Recommended.

Audience: older teens and adults.

(Thanks to Redbud Press for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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