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Posted June 8, 2014
Delayed Justice by Constance Bretes tells the story of Sami Parker and Sheriff Makeeta Robertson. Former lovers, he ended their relationship to marry the woman chosen by his parents. Shortly thereafter, a bombing at the local pharmacy injured Sami and killed Makeeta’s new fiancée. Accused of the crime, an abandoned, heartbroken Sami proclaimed her innocence, but despite the minimal evidence nobody believed her. She was convicted in the court of public opinion although she never stood trial.
Five years later, the real culprit has finally been found, but Makeeta needs Sami to help make the case and she is understandably reluctant to trust him. As they try to deal with the upcoming court battle, they also need to confront their shared past. Sami is a well-drawn character that tugs at the reader’s heartstrings. She suffered and grew through the pain of betrayal, but it isn’t quite clear why she stayed near the town that hates her, perhaps because she wasn’t ready to leave Makeeta behind for once and for all. Meantime, he has issues of his own with the death of his fiancée, but we never get to know him as well as we do Sami.
A well-researched debut novel with a great deal of courtroom drama – this was a fun read and great characters to share Saturday night. I can’t wait for the next book.
Posted June 2, 2014
Will true love and justice prevail? Sami and Makeeta had a fling five years ago.
The bombing at the pharmacy caused more loss than Makeeta knows.
The trial brings them together, but will they be able to forgive the past?
Believable love story that has a beautiful resolution.
Posted May 12, 2014
Delayed Justice, by Constance Bretes, tells the story of lovers separated by interfering families and tragedy. Sami Parker was severely injured five years ago following a bombing that killed the fiancée of her former lover, Sheriff Makeeta Robertson. On the surface, Sami appeared to be the obvious suspect with motive and condemning fingerprints found at the scene of the crime. Despite his undying love for Sami, Makeeta betrays her, breaking her heart and spirit which leads Sami to a solitary life away from the town and people she once loved.
This is a poignant story of love and betrayal. Though isolated and broken, Sami makes a life for herself as a best-selling author once she’s cleared of any wrong doing. She has one friend, the aging Shadow Dancer, who is her confidant and father-figure all rolled into one. Makeeta, meanwhile, has continued his life with little change despite the tragedy he’s experienced. The two meet for the first time in five years when a viable suspect in the bombing is arrested. Sami’s testimony becomes not only the key to the conviction, but also the gateway to bringing the former lovers back together.
This is a short story (122 pages) whose strength lies in the author’s talent for detailed description. Through the course of the book we learn much about the Northern Cheyenne Native Americans of Montana, including some of their history and customs. Bretes tells their story with great respect and I learned much about modern-day reservation life. But where I felt the book truly shined was during the trial at the center of the story. Bretes obviously knows her way around the courtroom and trial proceedings, which keeps the reader on the edge of their seat for the entirety of the trial.
As I read, though, I found that while the details were fascinating, the characters did not receive the same attention. The dialogue was very stiff and monotone, making it difficult to truly differentiate between speakers. And, while we come to know Sami fairly well, we don’t learn much about the book’s hero, Makeeta. Bretes could easily take Delayed Justice to the next level by fleshing out his character, giving the reader some insight into the man who has suffered incredible loss and not the tried and true town sheriff who appears to put duty above love.
Posted April 14, 2014
A well researched intriguing debut!
Sami Parker hides her injuries and heartache away from the town where she was persecuted for a crime she didn't commit. But her past relationship with sheriff Makeeta Robertson made her number one suspect. Accusations from the man she loved were too much to bear, so hiding away from life was her only option.
Years later Makeeta has to seek Sami's help to appear as a witness to convict the criminal who caused the death of his fiancee. Both are forced to face the past when secrets are shared that could threaten their future together. Can they survive losing each other all over again when they've already lost so much?
This book was like Law and Order combined with CSI, with added heat. The courtroom scenes and fragile relationship between Sami and Makeeta were tense. The ending even more so! A great read.
Posted March 9, 2014