on June 24, 2013 :
I loved this first novel that I've read by Sandy Wolters...Romance, ghosts, psychic revelations, for me, adds up to a book I would pick up to consider. When the writer has created characters with whom I immediately get involved, especially a sassy heroine, all the better! So then when the mother of a potential love interest comes to bless the union and suggest they get "acquainted..." Even moving her suitcases into the master suite! I am thoroughly hooked! Big Time!
Even if the man's mother has been dead for quite some time...
But his mother had always known that Patrick's wife would have special abilities and they both realized that his mother had probably led Rachel to this little town...and to her son...
Rachel was a homicide detective in Phoenix. She had resigned but her boss, instead, put her on leave, knowing that her last case had been extremely difficult and wanted her to have a chance to think about what she wanted to do. She had got in her car and just took off. Though she was directional-challenged, and had stopped to look at a map, she had a feeling to go one way rather than the other and had wound up in Brownwood, Texas...
Where it didn't take long for Patrick to find her, immediately...knowing... pics and excerpts on my blog...
But what he was mentally thinking about at the time was that she might be able to help him in the murder investigation. After all, it was his boss, the Chief of Police, who he knew had killed Emily...
Emily was his wife...
And nobody knew what it had been liked behind the closed doors of the Campbell's House...
Even Patrick was surprised though when Rachel started talking about the second ghost in the house! She explained that she was not like his mother had appeared, because Rachel could see through her. Rachel had told him she'd ask for help and Rachel had told her to try to find Paddy's Mom... But then the ghost had told her name...
Rachel knew that she was going to help! She interrogated Patrick as the officer on the scene and discovered that his boss had forced him to forget about protocol, to rewrite his statement and later the gun was gone from the evidence room, even though it showed Patrick had turned it in.
One little twist was that when Rachel and Patrick were ready to present to the DA, he immediately asked if she was "the" Rachel that his friend had talked so much about. Rachel was thrown by the name of her ex-fiancee and, even more, when he came into town to work the case at the DA's request! A love triangle it was not and Patrick, especially, had real problems dealing with it! LOL But, fortunately, they played by the rules for this important case and gathered the evidence even though Emily's husband had her cremated and had worked it so that no autopsy had been done!
But it wasn't enough for a trial and he walked...
NOT! Lots more and a reallllllly cool ending! That just had to happen! Can't guess? No problems! You've got to read this one anyway! Enjoy! Justice at its finest...
It's my hope that the author adds at least a sequel if not a series with these characters!
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
on June 6, 2012 :
I decided in the end that I would give it three stars instead of four. This is not the best writing I have ever seen. The plot is hurried and rather amateurish at times. The romance is forced and physical way too soon (I mean they have sex within hours of meeting each other, and fall in love ten minutes before said action). What perhaps makes this three stars instead of the two it probably deserves is the fact that despite all the logical reasons why I should not like the novel, I was still entertained while reading it.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Barbara Ebel, M.D.
on Oct. 8, 2011 :
4 1/2 Stars for this refreshing plot!
We all like our specific genres but once in awhile it’s nice to switch. It’s also nice to change your favorite book length once in awhile …you may have just read a voluminous 600 page saga and need a break or maybe you just read a too short, short story.
So that’s why I picked up Justice for Emily, a novella, and a detective story. It even haunts with a paranormal flavor over and above the plot of a gruesome Police Chief in Brownwood, TX and the hot romance between the two officers seeking justice.
I’ll sum it up: add Detective Racheal Merchant and Officer Patrick Sheehan to your reading list for a refreshing Fall read. What fun! Way to go, author Sandy Wolters.
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)
J. C. Allen
on Sep. 29, 2011 :
Emily Campbell’s “suicide” seems suspicious to Deputy Patrick Sheehan, but when his boss orders the investigation closed without a proper examination of the evidence, the whole case starts to reek of “cover up”. Enter Rachael Merchant, a Phoenix detective trying to escape the horror of her last case. Rachael and Patrick team up to solve the case and bring about Justice for Emily.
Romance, ghosts, spousal abuse, murder, and justice are woven into a compelling story. It has a strong message about an absolutely horrific subject matter, but includes a love story and enough humor to keep from being too dark and depressing. And the fact that the perpetrator is finally exposed, definitely has you cheering at the end. Sandy Wolters has done a great job.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
on Sep. 21, 2011 :
This story has many elements: romance, humour, visits from a loved one who passed on, and the paranormal aspects that the heroine is blessed with and what protects her and makes her the strong and beautiful person she is. But the one aspect that jumped out at me and touched me deeply was the cold brutality that domestic abuse and violence invoked in the storyline. Straight away, my heart cried out for "justice"; justice for the character, Emily, and justice for all women in real life who are subjected to ANY type of abuse, whether it be physical, psychological, verbal or all three.
There is a strong message in this story that cannot be ignored, and that is that evil exists in many forms; but through the love of those who care, justice and healing is possible. Certainly, a chilling read from the "abuse" perspective, but an enjoyable read as a whole. Thank you, Sandy; you have tackled a very difficult issue and dealt with it beautifully.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
on July 18, 2011 :
I really enjoyed this book. It was nice to see someone receive something without having to play around or chase that other person. The ghostly interference was great!!!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on July 17, 2011 :
Emily Campbell was loved by everyone in Brownwood, TX. She always went out of her way to help anyone who needed help. When she is found dead by her husband by an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, Patrick Sheehan is the responding officer. Patrick is suspicious of the circumstances, and believes her death was a murder, and that the murderer was her husband. The problem is, her husband – Boyd Campbell – is the chief of police, and he makes sure that the death is listed as a suicide and covers everything up. While Patrick tries to come up with a way to investigate and bring about justice for Emily, he comes across a woman on the road, looking at a map. It is Rachael Merchant, a homicide detective from Phoenix, AZ. Patrick decides that he needs Rachael to help him investigate, but as he gets to know her, he falls in love with her. Will they be able to bring about justice for Emily?
This is a fairly short book – almost a novella – but it is very well-written and a complete story. The characters are well developed and the reader will be surprised as how much information is provided in such a short space of time – Sandy Wolters has managed to cut down the story to the essential elements without it appearing to have been cut at all. Fans of romantic thrillers and suspense should enjoy this story – even those who, like me, don’t much care for romance. Definitely pick this one up!
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)