Last Chance for Justice by Kathi Macias



Last Chance for Justice was a novel from a new to me author- Kathi Macias. I'm reviewing for the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance.

Lynn still misses her husband who died when she finds out her brother Myron- whom she hasn't seen in years- has also died and left her his old home near a cemetery as an inheritance. Lynn takes her grown daughter, Rachel, and goes to her old hometown to go through her brother's things. Lynn has to face people from her past, and Rachel has to choose between the affections of two men as the two women seek to clean out Myron's things and to solve an old mystery he has left behind.

I must admit that this one wasn't one of my favorites. I just never could seem to really get into the story, and I found myself just trying to be finished instead of really enjoying it.

What I liked:
*There is a little bit of a mystery. It keeps the story going as we hold on to find out what it is going to happen.
* Although Lynn's character isn't my favorite, I did like Rachel, her daughter. I thought she was an interesting character. I wish we had read more of her than of Lynn and that her character had been developed more.
* I liked the theme of the story- returning to your home town, Lynn's confronting people from her past.

What I didn't like:
*I didn't think any of the characters were well-developed. I just didn't feel like I got to know them through the story.
* There was this air of "Lynn needs to confront her past and solve her brother's secret," but as we know more about Lynn's past and the big secret, there just isn't much to it. The actual resolution is not much compared to the build up.
* Even though this "love triangle" with Rachel is sort of played up, I felt a little let down about that also.

I'm not sure I would look for more of the books in the series. It just wasn't my favorite.


This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Last Chance for Justice
B&H Books (May 1, 2013)
by
Kathi Macias


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored nearly 40 books and ghostwritten several others. A former newspaper columnist and string reporter, Kathi has taught creative and business writing in various venues and has been a guest on many radio and television programs. Kathi is a popular speaker at churches, women’s clubs and retreats, and writers’ conferences. She won the 2008 Member of the Year award from AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) and was the 2011 Author of the Year from BooksandAuthors.net. Her novel set in China, Red Ink, was named Golden Scrolls 2011 Novel of the Year and was also a Carol Award Finalist; her October 2012 release, Unexpected Christmas Hero, was named 2012 Book of the Year by BookandAuthors.net. Kathi “Easy Writer” Macias lives in Homeland, CA, with her husband.

Kathi is passionate about The Voice of the Martyrs and Open Doors. To learn more about the persecuted church, please visit VOM’s website and Open Doors Website.



ABOUT THE BOOK

Welcome to Bloomfield, where life is simple, love is real, and stories are shared.

Lynn Myers is still reeling from losing her husband of thirty-five years when word comes that her only sibling, an older brother, has also died. With no one else to settle the estate, she must return to her small hometown of Bloomfield, however briefly, to settle his affairs.

Lynn’s daughter, Rachel, has just graduated from Bible college and with no other commitments comes along to sort through her uncle’s huge old home, right next to the local cemetery.

It isn't long before Rachel has two men -- a handsome CPA and the youth pastor -- seriously vying for her attention. At the same time, Lynn's attention is drawn to a set of journals her brother has left behind detailing a long-standing Bloomfield mystery.

As they pursue solving this mystery, Rachel must make some personal decisions about her future, while Lynn is forced to face unexpected issues from her own past.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Last Chance for Justice, go HERE.