Sunday, January 15, 2012

A Promise of Safekeeping by Lisa Dale + Giveaway

Lauren Matthews became a big shot prosecutor nine years ago. She walked in and successfully prosecuted a high profile murder case convicting, Arlen Fieldstone. Nine years later, the verdict is overturned and Arlen is pronounced innocent. During those nine years, Lauren made a name for herself as a jury consultant with her amazing knack for reading people…while Arlene’s wife divorced him and his mother died.

Reeling from the shocking news of Arlen’s innocence sends Lauren running to Richmond, Virginia to find him and to apologize for her involvement in his wrongful conviction. Expecting to just to apologize and go home to her job and promotion, Lauren finds Arlen hostile and his best friend, Will working somewhat as a go between. Lauren realizes she can’t read people as easily as she thought, remembering the most important rule: people are always surprising.

I really enjoyed A Promise of Safekeeping. When Lauren first arrives in Richmond she is quite uptight and all business. Though I could respect and admire what she was doing she felt less than genuine. I really enjoyed watching her open up not only to Will, to the reader, but mostly to herself. She slowly started to ‘think’ about her own life instead of living out a plan.

On the other hand, I went back and forth about Arlen. I began with having all this sympathy for him, but then began thinking how he was always on the verge of becoming the criminal he wasn’t before. I understood but also felt frustrated. Then the more and more I read, I began liking him and routing for him.  I also really enjoyed getting to know Will. I wasn’t really sure what to make of him and thought him to be a really good friend to Arlen. The characters were all really well developed and enjoyed watching how they moved forward when they realized they were each at a crossroad.

I felt the story moved at a fairly good pace, but the end came fast and I didn’t really get to fully appreciate or savor the ending. The book comes to a very dramatic end, which I really wasn’t expecting. This was the first book I’ve read by Lisa Dale and I will definitely read her again. I definitely recommend A Promise of Safekeeping. Not only do I recommend it, I’m giving a copy away! Leave a comment below with your email address. You must live in the US and no p.o. boxes. Sorry! You don’t have to be a gfc follower, but it is appreciated!! This giveaway will close at midnight EST on 1/25/12. Good luck!

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  1. Thank you for the review.

    What a creepy feeling - to know you wrongfully prosecuted a man that spent time in prison and was later found innocent. If I were Lauren I'd be scared to death to go see him. Yikes!

    I'd love to read this book. It has a great premise and the cover and title are eye-catching.

    nicnac63 AT hotmail DOT com

  2. Thanks for the review! Sounds like a good read—please enter me to win!!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

  3. Ahhh - the reason I never considered becoming a lawyer! I personally couldn't handle that type of mistake.

    This looks fascinating. To experience the mistake, see where it led, and to travel with Lauren to apologize and "watch" her grow would stir many emotions in the reader. This must go on my TBR list!

    Thank you for the chance!

  4. This one doesn't really tempt me. It doesn't strike me as a reasonable expectation that she'd think she could just apologise and go back to business as usual.

  5. Sounds like an intriguing story. Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. Thank you for the review. Sounds like a good book.

  7. Sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing the review.



  8. This giveaway is now closed! Thanks everyone for participating!!!