Tempered Justice

About The Book

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.

My Review & Thoughts

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.

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Final Justice


When several grisly murders stun a quiet Midwest town, a dedicated young attorney is certain she knows the killer’s identity. Is her intuition correct? And, can the “Rockport Ravager” be stopped? Follow Rebecca Fraser’s sleuth work in a page-turning murder mystery that’s got it all: love, lies, cover-ups, and a ton of unexpected twists.

Some of the interesting characters you’ll meet include an ambitious district attorney, a psychotic young heir, a smug defense attorney and his attractive British wife, a promiscuous secretary, and a police psychologist with dark secrets. Whodunit? You’ll probably guess wrong – but you are sure to have a delightful time solving the mystery!

My Review

I was so glad that this book was so short because I couldn’t put it down. I read it in less than 24 hours. Right from the start this book grabbed my attention and held it until the very end. The characters were so easy for me to relate to that is was easy for me to like them and understand them. The only part I didn’t like was the ending but that is only because it is a typical ending.

FTC-I Received this book for free from Dorrance Publishing in exchange for my review.  I received no other compensation and the opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own opinions.
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Behind The Iron Curtain

About the Book

The book is about Maxim Starchenko’s experience on Druzhba-78 between 1986 and 1996. The story graphically describes the cruelty and inhumanity of the team’s only coach, Ivan Pravilov. He abused and constantly reprimanded his players for his own entertainment and personal satisfaction. The book describes the author’s constant struggle for survival and eventual road to recovery. Maxim faced adversity on two fronts, with his coach and his misunderstanding parents, doubling the burden. The author hopes his book will encourage other former players to step forward and make Ivan Pravilov accountable for his actions. More so, it raises an important question of why this monster continues to instruct children and live comfortably in the United States.

My Review

I was totally disgusted that someone could treat people the way the coach treated his players.  Just when I thought it couldn’t get any worse the coach would do something that is worse than what was done before.  I can’t even imagine what it was like to be treated like these boys were treated.  I will never understand how the parents didn’t do anything to stop it or even look into what was going on.  I was shocked that he would go home after some of the incidents and him mom would by his story about getting hit in the head with a puck.  It makes me sad to think that things like this could still be going on and no one will stop it.  I wonder how many people really knew what was going on but didn’t say anything or try and stop it.

I am so glad that he wrote this book and I hope that it will open peoples eyes.  I hope that after people read this book they will stop any abuse that they see going on or that they think might be going on.  I am truly surprised that the man who wrote this never died from some of things he was put through.   I think everyone should read this book and have their eyes opened to what goes on in other countries.

FTC-Received this book from Dorrance Publishing in exchange for my review.  The opinions in this review are 100% mine and I received no other compensation.
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Inner Window: An OSS Adventure

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Inner Window: An OSS Adventure
by R. C. Souther

To the untrained eyes, Colena is a picture of a girl next door enjoying the best years of her life. Navigating the waters of Lake Chelan with her love interest, Bill, and close friends, Larry and Susan, she appears to be at the zenith of her life.

Yet the lake triggers memories of a life deeply locked in the inner recesses of Colena’s mind. The memories, as they unravel, challenge her cherished relationship with Bill.

In Inner Window, by R. C. Souther, we see a young girl thrust in the intrigues and life-and-death games of global espionage, all in the service of her nation during World War II. Barely coming out of it alive, she must race to retrieve her memories in order to gain back control of her own destiny.

Will she be successful in the attempt and gain her freedom, or will she wilt and surrender under the stress and fear of what she might discover about herself?

My Review

This book was hard for me to get into.  For some reason the writing just didn’t grab my attention.  It also took me awhile to get through it because I really couldn’t focus on it.  Now my grandma on the other hand really enjoyed the book so it just wasn’t the right fit for me.  I may try and read it again a little bit later and see if I can get into it.  I would recomend that people at least give this book a shot.  Over all it is a good story and it is interesting as she gets her memories back a little bit at a time.

I received a complimentary copy of The Inner Window, An OSS Adventure, as a member of the Dorrance Publishing Book Review Team. Visit dorrancebookstore.com to learn how you can become a member of the Book Review Team.

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