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In the Best Interest of the Child Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B01LZ40XEO
- Publisher : CryBaby Books (30 September 2016)
- Language : English
- File size : 903 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 239 pages
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Olivia Chandler is not your everyday child advocate; she doesn't just empathise with these kids, she was one of them. When the judge presents her with Rena's case - a child whose personal circumstances reflect those of an eleven-year-old Olivia - of course, she embraces the challenge. But it is not just a case of doing everything she can for the child, the parallels force her to face up to some of her own demons - demons she has buried effectively for nigh on thirty years. However, Olivia hadn't reckoned with meeting the Bellamy family - a delightful tribe of huge personalities (and a plethora of characters whose name began with "B" - with Courtney being the (as yet unexplained) exception. There is a sequel, so maybe that gem will be revealed then.
Bruce Bellamy, in particular, is a tour de force. Their relationship explodes, and had me grinning from ear to ear, rooting for them all the way.
While Olivia tackles Rena's case - it's more than a job to her - she also confronts the very real possibility that she, too, needs to make changes.
This story highlights the many issues with the foster care system - issues that exist everywhere, not only in the US. Running the whole gamut of emotions, "in the best interests of the child" will having laughing, crying, smiling, sighing and just praying for a happy ending.
Without giving away too many Easter eggs, Olivia Chandler, lawyer and child advocate, is a complicated and tough woman who has no time for games. But the reader soon discovers the "why" behind Olivia's approach to life and those around her. It's not until Olivia's own childhood is reflected back to herself in the eyes of the child she is fighting for that she begins her journey to coming to terms with the residual issues that still lurk deep inside of her. Dealing with past trauma, loss and love interest with Bellamy gives the story a number of complex dimensions that keeps the reader interested to the very end of the book.
From the details throughout the novel, it is obvious that Ms. Denise is well-versed in the area of child protective services, details which added a level of authenticity to the book and Olivia as a character.
I have been following this writer for a while and expected no less than a great novel and that is what I got. It's a worthwhile read and I thoroughly enjoyed the introduction of a number of characters who could easily be developed into future stand-alone novels.
If you are looking for a great new author to follow now and for future books to come, I would highly recommend this book.
But the story is only half legal-drama. The other half is romance, almost too good to be true except that it runs up against Olivia’s deeply ingrained self-doubt related to her childhood.
The characters are deftly drawn and consistent—endearing, charming, greedy, and despicable (this is about lawyers, after all). If I had one tiny complaint, it would be that the extended family of Olivia’s love interest, Bruce Bellamy, is just way too wonderful. I loved Olivia’s strength most of all and her determination to protect her young client. There’s some questionable behavior going on that Olivia is determined to ferret out.
I enjoyed this well-written story on multiple levels. It’s not only about how the legal and foster care systems work (and don’t work), but the romance is sweet. The pace is steady and the dialog is exceptional. Well-edited. Highly recommended for readers of romance with a lawyerly twist.