by Helene J. Smith
After more than a decade, Dan runs into his former love, Steffi, at a bar, and they both find they still have a long-buried, consuming love between them. There are a couple of problems, though—Dan is married to Amy and has three children, and Steffi is also married. Although both are in unhappy marriages, they still do not wish to hurt their spouses, so they keep their affair a secret—until Steffi becomes pregnant with Dan’s child.
Knowing he is unable to have children, Jack, Steffi’s husband, suspects Steffi is having an affair and swears to kill the man if he ever finds him. Meanwhile, after Dan walks out on Amy, proclaiming his love for another woman, Amy sits nearly comatose every day in a rocking chair for nearly four years while her eldest daughter and son struggle with the sudden burdens of running the household and taking care of Lilli, the youngest child.
At first Jack doesn’t confront Steffi about the pregnancy but ironically, he hires Amy as an employee at his bar. Neither Jack nor Amy know the extreme connection they have with each other until pieces of the puzzle start to come together.
What will happen when Jack finds out about Steffi’s baby? Will he accept the child as his or abandon Steffi, the love of his life? And what will become of Amy and Dan’s children, left alone to care for themselves? Tempered Justice is a generational saga that follows the lives of two families intertwined through love, revenge and, hopefully, happiness.
This book takes place during the depression. It is about a man who runs into his long lost love but is married to someone else. I loved the authors writing but I really struggled with the concept of the book and how things played out. I think it was hard for me to get into because of the time period the book takes place. I honestly thought that the characters all acted super weird and I just could get into what was going on.