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Justice Delayed

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Eighteen years ago, Stephanie Hollister, a flight attendant, was murdered in her apartment. Now, Jimmy Shelton is sitting behind bars, his execution date only three days away. Yet out of nowhere, a letter surfaces from one of Stephanie’s roommates, stating that Jimmy Shelton did not murder Stephanie Hollister. Andi is determined to get to the bottom and figure out who actually killed her sister. However, when the roommate it found dead and a hit is called on Andi, things get a teeny bit complicated. And diamonds? What do diamonds have to do with anything? Will she bring justice to the real and finally get Will to notice her? Or will her sister’s killer get to her first?


Patricia Bradley, Justice Delayed had a great plotline. I will definitely give you that. I thoroughly enjoyed the plotline, the way you thought you knew who JD was until the end when it was all shattered, seeing the different paths Stephanie’s friends had taken after her murder… That was all great. And like a topping on ice cream, I love reading about cold cases. Digging back through the files, trying to figure out what happened ages ago… pure awesomeness.

However, it was Cookies and Cream ice cream (awesome), topped with Twizzlers (perfection) and Reese Cups (ew). *spoiler* Andi and Will’s romance throughout the book is… oh how do I put it? Awkward. Distracting. It takes away from the plotline, draws away from the race to prove Jimmy’s innocence. As soon as I would get into the plotline, Andi’s random thought or Will’s random bunny trail would lead me away from the main plot. Their romance seemed childish and annoying to me.And the romance was everywhere! A little thought here, a little thought there… I couldn’t get away from it. Sorry, Patricia. *end spoiler*

Overall, I give this book a three-star rating. I loved the plotline, the characters, the… all of it except for that spoiler mentioned. If another Memphis Cold Case comes out, I’ll probably try it out since Andi and Will are already together by then. But for this book… eh… nah.

3 stars

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts expressed here are my own.*

Life

Rosa Cueto Vega: The Survival Journey of a Dreamer | Compassion International Blog

Born in Villa El Salvador, southern Lima, Peru, Rosa Cueto Vega was surrounded by hills, sand and poverty. She experienced hunger and suffering. In the midst of her family’s struggle for survival, she didn’t have the luxury of dreaming for a future.

She Didn't Have Time to Dream. She Just Survived. Rosa Cueto Vega

Surviving in a House With No Walls

“When I was a child, my house didn’t have real walls. There was just a fence and we also had a hole as a bathroom; money was very scarce,” says Rosa.

“I was aware of the poverty around me. Sometimes I cried because I was hungry. And my mom was desperate and gave us boiled potatoes mashed with oil for the whole day. We didn’t have enough clothes and I had to wear my oldest siblings’ torn clothes for months. So we just lived like that…”

During her early childhood, this was the life Rosa lived, never imagining better plans for her life. But near her house was a church partnering with Compassion. Rosa had the opportunity to be registered at the child development center through sponsorship when she was 7 years old.

“I was excited and I enjoyed going to the center because I was able to eat varied meals and meats and I enjoyed making crafts. It was a different world compared to my house,” says Rosa.

Surviving in a Family With Mental Illness

After two years attending the center, Rosa’s mom was diagnosed with schizophrenia.

“My mom had her first schizophrenia attack when I was 9 years old, and she had to stay in the hospital for three months.

Finish the story: Rosa Cueto Vega: The Survival Journey of a Dreamer | Compassion International Blog

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Blogger Recognition Award!

Thank you, Tessa Megan, for nominating me for the Blogger Recognition Award! You can find her at Writer’s Ink where she writes about all things writing.

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Newest Member!

We have a new member of our family! Last Wednesday, my dad, grandpa, sister, and cousin trekked across the state to pick her up. Thursday night, she came home.

Everyone, I’d like you to meet Chippewa.

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She had a bad cut and then her owner moved away, so she hasn’t been ridden in over six months. However, when he did ride her, he mostly rode her bareback. She’s about four years old, so I’d pretty much be retraining her. Anyways, if my book reviews turn slightly Chippewa too… you now know the reason. 😛

 

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25 Things You Don’t See When You Read a Blog Post #Bloggers #BloggingGals #Writer

I recently read this and was amazed at how true it is. It’s great and funny, but real life as well. 😀 Enjoy y’all.

My recent post titled 35 Things You Don’t See When You Buy a Book proved popular, so I thought I would see if I could come up with a similar list for blog posts. A lot of time, effort and cre…

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Song

Worship Wednesday – The Anthem

I was at a women’s conference with my grandma this weekend, and this was the song they sent us home with. I love the chorus so much.

Wake up Child

It’s your turn to shine

For you were born for such a time as this

I hope you like it as much as I do. 😀

(Although honestly I liked it better when our worship leader sang it. :P)

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God’s Faithful Firebrand Ralph G. Finch

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If you want the thrill of reading about a real life pioneer who went beyond the bounds of safety and took unbelievable risks because he believed God had called him to carry the Gospel around the world, you will want to read this book. No Olympian runner ever carried a firebrand higher or ran with greater purpose and passion than did the farm boy from southern Ohio. Without hesitation, for a lifetime Ralph G. Finch crisscrossed America and the world holding high the torch of right and holy living. He thrilled with the excitement of the race and always saw victory ahead. He kept his face set like a flint of steel and never veered to the right or left. His fervent, pioneer spirit drove him to always explore new opportunities for ministry. His willingness to go to the hard places never ceased. He had the ability to make any place he went to, glow with expectancy and hope. To him, missions was not just an enthusiasm, however interesting and glamorous, that passed with time, but a fervor springing from a heart aflame with a burden to help hurting humanity the world around, which lasted throughout his whole life.

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