Thursday, January 21, 2010

Review: Tempered Justice by Helene J. Smith

Paperback: 298 pages
Publisher: Dorrance Publishing Co. Inc. (July 1, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 080597752X
ISBN-13: 978-0805977523
Book Summary:
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:

Helene J. smith is a wonderful writer! This book was just above and beyond my expectations.

It's a scandalous story set in the Depression era. The characters in the story are so intertwined in life without realizing it, that it made for a fantastic plot. These characters are also so in depth and multidimensional that Smith managed to keep me guessing about each one.

Have you ever heard the old saying "Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive?" Well, I think that describes this book perfectly!

It was also an extremely emotional story. I won't took alot out of me emotionally. I felt for the character of Amy and her situation. I think in all, that everyone can identify with at least one person in the story. And WOW!!!! what a story it was.

I highly recommend this book! It will probably end up in one of my top 10 books of 2010.


About the Author:

Born in 1918 in Calumet City, Illinois, Helene J. Smith is of Polish extraction. Brought up in Wisconsin, she has been married four times, losing three to cancer and the last to a massive stroke. She has a son and three grandchildren by her first husband. Currently a resident of Hallandale, Florida, she belongs to the Polish American clubs of Miami and Hollywood, the Gold Star Mothers of Miami, the Women's Auxiliary of Miami, and the Senior Citizens Association of Miami. In addition she enjoys dancing, cooking, reading, entering contests, and writing songs, of which she has had several copyrighted.

**I received a complimentary copy of Tempered Justice as a member of the
Dorrance Publishing Book Review Team. Visit
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