Justice Review, Author Guest Post, & Giveaway!

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“I don’t want your kind of justice. What I want is to heal. I want to be whole. I want to find the treasures God has for me here.” Brooklyn from Justice

Achingly-tender from the first chapter, this story captured my heart in a tangible way, stamping my memory with brilliant strokes of grace.

About the Story:

Jake thought he was meant to marry Brooklyn, but now she’s pregnant, and he had nothing to do with it. As Brooklyn wrestles with questions about what her pregnancy means and how it will affect her relationship with Jake, she can’t bring herself to tell him the truth. To make matters worse, if the man who owns the bookstore across from Jake’s coffee shop, has anything to do with it, the baby will ruin them both. Can Jake and Brooklyn overcome the obstacles thrown in their path, and finally find the truth in God’s love and in each other?

My thoughts:

Having previously read—and enjoyed—short stories written by this author, I’ve been anticipating Justice’s release. Sensitive issues laced the pages, but with a poignant delicacy, the story skillfully addresses the layers of grief and bitterness which often arises from trauma, revealing that the beauty of forgiveness can bloom in even the most heartbreaking trial.

I was immediately drawn to Brooklyn. I found myself championing her healing from the tragic assault that left her soul broken and her life in shambles. I admired her convictions, hoping as the chapters progressed, that she’d find the wholeness she desired and discover the once-in-a-lifetime love given by Jake.

Out of the scores of heroes I’ve met through novels, Jake stands alone as far as loyalty is concerned. His devotion reminded me a lot of Christ—unconditional and fervent. The relationship Brooklyn and Jake shared is beautiful and inspiring.

So add these engaging characters to a vivid plot penned with a unique voice, and it equals an unforgettable story! I can’t wait to see what this author brings us next!

Click here to purchase Justice!

*The author provided me with a copy of this story. All opinions are my own *

Guest Post By Emily Conrad

A couple of years ago, I asked my grandma to reteach me to crochet. The skill made its way into the manuscript I was working on, and now, when it starts to get colder out each fall, I tend to break out my bag of yarn (okay, there are several bags…) and start a new project. Though, come to think of it, I still haven’t made an afghan.

I find it relaxing and the end products useful, but all that sitting around with a hook and a wad of yarn and nothing to do but count stitches has also given me a lot of time to reflect on what crochet can teach us about life.

One of these ideas is mentioned in Justice, but you’ll have to read the book to find out which one!

Little routines make a big difference. Crochet has a few basic stitches, and different patterns are created by combining them. A little switch—sometimes just the difference between stitching into one thread instead of its neighbor—repeated row after row, create pretty texture.

Little routines in our lives do this, too. A routine of working with my dogs will result in better behaved dogs. A routine of helping a neighbor will result in a friendship. A routine of time with Jesus will sweeten life in so many ways.

Sometimes, you have to practice blind faith in the pattern, moving forward with it even when you seem to only be making a mess. Once, a pattern left me feeling like I was performing the crochet version of gymnastics. What a mess of yarn I had on my hands! But, I kept following the pattern, and wouldn’t you know—it turned out in the end.

Living out our faith can be a messy process sometimes, too. It can put us at odds with others. It can mean changing our plans. It can mean years of waiting. When we stay faithful to the pattern (the Bible), we can be assured that life with Jesus will turn out in the end.

Generations need each other. My mother and paternal grandmother taught me to crochet. Another woman at church taught me to knit. Likewise, these women also teach me about faith.

I’d love to hear about what crafts you enjoy! Knitting, crochet, painting, something else? Use the comments to tell us about it!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

IMG_3561.JPGEmily Conrad lives in Wisconsin with her husband and two rescue dogs. She loves Jesus and enjoys road trips to the mountains. Her debut novel, Justice, released March 9, 2018 from Pelican Book Group. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, she is an ACFW First Impressions winner (2015) and finalist (2014) and an ACFW Genesis semi-finalist (2012, 2015).
Her non-fiction has been published in Southern Writer’s Magazine (May/June, 2016) and on various blogs including GraceTable.org, KrisCamealy.com, CreativeandFree.com, and JerushaAgen.com.

Giveaway!!!

coffee pic Emily's post.jpgBecause most of this fabulous story takes place in a coffeeshop, Emily is offering a bag of coffee to one commenter! And because this story is SO enamoring, I’m going to include a copy of Justice! Sooooo one lucky winner will win both a bag of coffee AND an e-copy of Emily Conrad’s Justice! Winner will be announced March 21st! *Due to crazy shipping costs, this giveaway is limited to the continental U.S.*

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17 thoughts on “Justice Review, Author Guest Post, & Giveaway!

  1. Nice review, Rachel! And Emily, your post was super-sweet. What a way to look at staying faithful to the Bible. As a child, my grandmother taught me to cross-stitch ,and it turned out to be a wonderful way to relax as an adult. Congrats on your debut! It’s been fun seeing everyone sharing your release on Twitter and Facebook 🙂

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    1. Isn’t it great how those skills our grandmothers teach us carry into our adult lives? I just love how the generations can help each other! As for the sharing about the novel, I’ve been blessed to have the support of an amazing group of women as I launch Justice. They’re just the best–Rachel among them, and I’ve seen you helping to share, too, Rebekah! 🙂 So grateful ❤ Thanks so much for joining the conversation!

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  2. I LOVE this review, Rachel! You always capture the heart of a story. Emily, it’s been so fun learning new things about you on this tour! At one point, I really wanted to be good at knitting but I’m not at all. I do enjoy drawing, though. When I get stuck writing I’ll pull out a sketch book and make a picture while I think. Rachel, it would be fun to get your answer to Emily’s question too. 🙂

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      1. Sewing would be a helpful skill! I know some basics, but sometimes, being able to alter clothes would come in really handy. Although, like you, Rachel, I prefer to spend my time on words, too! 🙂

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    1. I didn’t know you drew! Very cool! I can see how switching gears like that could get the creativity flowing again. Knitting takes more patience than crochet does, in my opinion. Maybe because I learned crochet first? I don’t know, but it feels like it goes so much faster!

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  3. Thank you for approaching this subject so gently in your fiction book. I hope it does well, and you can write even more to encourage others. I used to crochet and cross stitch. It doesn’t seem like I have much time now. For me now, the little thing I do is doodle and sketch. Doodling seems to line up my thinking, offer possibilities, and make me smile. And sometimes the doodles are something I share!

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    1. Thank you! I hope Justice is encouraging! I used to draw, but for me, sadly, that’s now the thing I don’t have much time for. Doodling sounds like a great outlet! How fun that you share what you create!

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  4. Oh wow, this sounds like a great story. Of course, you had me at coffee shop.lol Wonderful review. I do cross stitch and enjoy it. I can’t knit, but I crochet. I’ve never really thought of myself as a crafty person though. When my children were little we did lots of crafts and it was lots of fun. Thank you for this opportunity.
    Blessings

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    1. Ha, yeah, coffee shops get me, too 🙂 I bet those craft sessions with the kids created some wonderful memories they’ll carry with them the rest of their lives. How special that you put the time and effort into doing that with them!

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  5. I haven’t read any of your work, Emily. But, Rachel, your review tells me I must! And you post, Emily, tells me I will deeply enjoy your novel. My Mom sewed and knitted ~ but told me that because I was left-handed, she couldn’t teach me how. 😦 As an adult I learned various types of needlework ~ cross stitch, crewel, embroidery, candlewicking ~ and enjoyed many soothing and creative hours doing and teaching them. Until a spinal tumor took away that enjoyment. I like painting, but am not very good. Now I paint with words. 🙂 Thanks for sharing, ladies. And for the giveaway! Ever hopeful.

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    1. The joy of a craft is more important than skill at it, in my opinion. I’m glad you’ve found a love of painting, but I’m with you on painting with words–that’s my favorite craft of all! I hope you do enjoy Justice if you read it! Thank you for joining the conversation!

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  6. What a beautiful review…and a sweet, inspiring post! Justice sounds like an amazing book, and I can’t wait to find time to read it. As for crafts…well, I sure I wish I were creative and crafty, but alas, I have not only two left feet, but two left hands – and I’m right-handed! lol

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    1. Ha, oh no! Well, you are a writer, and that’s a craft, too, so I’m sure you are creative! Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you enjoy Justice if you’re able to find the time–I totally understand the pressure of that!

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