As a public defender, Caitlin McLoughlin dreams of someday locking the bad guys in prison instead of defending them. But prosecuting jobs are scarce, and Caitlin’s future seems bleak. When her current client is about to walk away from a brutal crime, she risks her career to make sure he doesn’t hurt anyone else. But how far is she is willing to go — especially when she needs her job so she can continue caring for her mentally disabled sister?
Then Caitlin meets Parker Hathaway, charged with kidnapping a four-year-old child. Just another criminal, just another job, Caitlin thinks. But when she learns the real story, she realizes that she must put everything on the line to defend her client and save the little girl before it’s too late. Saving Madeline is the story of a man determined to protect a child he loves, and the woman who dared to trust him.
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By Carol, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I had no idea how horrible life was for so many children until I read this book and the information at the end. I found the romance to be satisfying and the story a good use of time. I like feeling like I learned something while entertaining myself!
By Camille, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Inspired by real life stories, this novel tore my heart apart. One moment I found myself aching for Madeline and Parker, the next rooting for Parker to kiss Caitlin. I was afraid the romance in the story would seem false when interwoven with such a serious subject, but it felt very real.
Rachel delves into the critical issues of drug abuse, protecting precious children, and how sometimes our legal system can injure the innocent. It is obvious the author knows her subject well and feels passionately about it. This is a book that I will not soon forget. I would highly recommend it.
By Anne, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I recently had the privilege of reading Rachel Ann Nunes’ exceptional new novel, Saving Madeline, and have to say if anyone’s looking for a romance that’s both compelling and thought-provoking, this is it.
I was immediately pulled into the awful dilemma faced by both Caitlin McLoughlin (a public defender) and her client, Parker Hathaway, who is arrested for kidnapping his own daughter (Madeline) to save her from his ex-wife, who is apparently addicted to drugs. As the story unfolds, Madeline’s life is in ever-increasing danger.
Rachel Ann Nunes has excelled herself with this book – her twenty-ninth published novel – and I give it ten out of ten, plus some. Raising public awareness to the huge problems facing children of drug-taking parents is vital if things are ever going to change for the better.
Hats off to Rachel for making a difference. Here’s part of what she says at the end of the book:
States seem to be losing the battle against methamphetamine addiction. Child welfare, law enforcement, substance abuse, and treatment systems are overloaded. Some estimate that over 8.3 million children in the United States live with a parent who has a substance abuse issue. Nearly 2 million child abuse cases each year are investigated, and a half million of those have enough evidence to act on. Some 200,000 children are removed from their homes each year.
But what about the cases that aren’t proven? What about the children who fall through the cracks, but are still at risk? To what lengths might a non-custodial parent be compelled to go in order to protect a child from danger?
To quote from the Deseret Book website at deseretbook.com , “Saving Madeline is the story of a man determined to protect a child he loves, and the woman who dared to trust him.”
It would be great to see Saving Madeline in stores across the world. It will touch readers’ hearts no matter where they live, of that I’m sure.
By Teri, Submitted on 2015-02-25
It's been awhile since I've read a Rachel Ann Nunes book, but this offering is a heart-wrenching story about a young Defense Attorney, Caitlyn McLaughlin, a fiery red haired, blue eyed Irish woman wanting to send the bad guys to prison that she defends. With the case she's working on, she gets to send her client to prison for a long time, but she's not sure she did it ethically or not. When she gets to defend Parker Hathaway, a decent guy who has kidnapped his daughter Madeline, she wants to help him and will risk her career to do so. Parker is sure his ex wife Dakota, who's on drugs, is causing health problems and poses a danger for Madeline and her baby brother, Reese. Sally, Caitlyn's best friend and a detective on the police force, is certain that Dakota is involved with drugs and helps Caitlyn to get the evidence to save bo9th Madeline, Reese and Parker. With having to shoulder responsibility for her mentaly disabled sister Amy, who loves both Parker and Madeline, it's a race to find the truth and rescue them all. This book would make a great Hallmark film.
Forever Friends Rating 5 Stars by Teri
Until Next Time, See You Around The Book Nook.
Publisher: Deseret Book Company
Pub. Date: September 09, 2009