A Promise of Safekeeping: A Novel
Published by The Penguin Group
Release Date: January 3, 2012
Lauren Matthews was just starting her legal career nine years ago when the case of a lifetime was handed off to her. She was successful, the jury found the man guilty of murder and sent him to prison.
Now she finds out the man was innocent. How could she have been so wrong? There is only one thing she can do. She must find him and beg him to forgive her. The idea that is was her determination and drive that sent an innocent man to prison is eating her alive. Arlen Fieldstone has lost nine years of her life because of her.
To get to Arlen she has to go through his best friend, Will, the man that was there to pick up the pieces after his friend’s release. He remembers Lauren from the trial and he holds her responsible for his friend’s fate. He is not about to let her near his friend just to ease her pain.
These people’s lives collide. The outcome is yet to be determined. Will they each get what they need to move on with their lives?
This story was much more than I expected from the snippet I saw prior to receiving a review copy. There are so many layers to this story and to each character’s life. The author peels the layers slowly drawing the reader further and further into the lives of Lauren, Arlen and Will. She does this with the skill of a true storyteller. She also lets the reader get comfortable with the characters and then throws in a zinger that sends us reeling. Masterful, just plain masterful.
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