Lauren Matthews made a name for herself as a sharp
prosecutor nine years ago. She 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 has
Lauren rethinking her involvement and has her traveling to
Richmond, Virginia to find him and to apologize for 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.
As she works to gain the trust of both Will and Arlen, Lisa
learns a lot about herself as well as she soon realizes she
can't read people as easily as she thought, and finds that
people will always do the surprising. Perhaps it's the
slower pace of life in Richmond that helps her take stock of
her job and how it affects people, or perhaps it's the spark
of love that is ignited between Will and herself, but a
change takes place that will affect all those involved in
Lauren's life, both past and present.
In her novel, A PROMISE OF SAFEKEEPING, author Lisa Dale
touches on a topic that is becoming more and more prominent
in the world's news -- the increasing number of people who
are wrongly convicted. Bringing in aspects of the
fascinating theory of reading people's body language and the
advent of the jury consultant, Dale creates a story that is
mesmerizing. She also includes a bit of pop culture with the
character of Will being a "picker" as well as an antique
dealer, and the fun he has taking Lauren out on "picks."
With elements of romance, a touch of mystery, and a great
deal of skillful storytelling, this is a novel that will
captivate readers to the very end.
A beautiful new tale of redemption from the author of
Slow Dancing on Price's Pier
Nine years ago, Lauren Matthews prosecuted the case of a
lifetime. But her error in judgment sent an innocent man to
prison for a long time. Now Arlen Fieldstone has finally
been released, and Lauren has only one thing on her mind:
asking forgiveness. How can she make up for nine years of
To get to Arlen, Lauren must first get through Arlen's best
friend, Will Farris. Will hasn't forgotten Lauren from those
days, and he hasn't forgiven her for destroying his best
friend's life. He is Arlen's keeper, protecting him from
suspicious neighbors as well as from Lauren.
In the steaming summer streets of Richmond, Virginia, three
people's lives collide. Lauren needs forgiveness. Arlen
needs hope. And Will? He needs something too, something that
no one can know-especially not Lauren...