About the Book
Book: Lawfully Innocent
Author: Robin Helm
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: August 31, 2019
Benjamin Beckett, a handsome young English lord, lacks purpose in his life of privilege. After learning the truth about his heritage, he decides to leave unbearable boredom behind, making drastic changes in his too predictable life.
Adventure awaits Benjamin across the ocean, and he embraces the challenges before him. Can a man who’s not yet thirty be strong enough to impact the New World? Will he find a cure for his loneliness and ennui?
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In My Opinion
Even though this was a quick read, I had a difficult time engaging with Lawfully Innocent. As I’ve given the why some though, what keeps coming up is the lack of a central conflict.
Now, don’t get me wrong. There’s conflict in Lawfully Innocent, but it plays out as episodic. There’s a problem, it’s solved, then another issue needing a resolution pops up. I wish there had been more at stake with a conflict that carries through from the beginning and woven through the story.
That said, there were several parts of this novella I did enjoy. Ben’s move from England to a South Carolina plantation is an interesting twist as well as the US Marshal aspect. I also loved that Ben is a man who shares the gospel with the prisoners.
This novella makes a decent read if you’ve got an hour or two you’d like to spend with a story about a man’s journey to becoming the person God intends him to be.
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About the Author
Robin Helm’s books reflect her love of music, as well as her fascination with the paranormal and science fiction.
Previously published works include The Guardian Trilogy: Guardian, SoulFire, and Legacy; the Yours by Design series: Accidentally Yours, Sincerely Yours, and Forever Yours; Understanding Elizabeth; and More to Love. Ms. Helm also contributed stories to A Very Austen Christmas and A Very Austen Valentine.
She plans to publish Maestro, Lawfully Innocent, and A Very Austen Romance: Austen Anthologies, Book 3 in 2019.
Her life in (usually) sunny, small town South Carolina is busy, but affords time for writing, reading, teaching and performing music, and playing games on her phone. (Would you believe she’s an elder in a war game? And she’s writing a book about it?)
More from Robin
I grew up in South Carolina during the 1960’s and 1970’s when the Civil Rights Act of 1964 became law. South Carolina did not comply immediately, so I remember my doctor’s office with two waiting rooms, two water fountains, and two doors, both leading to the same doctor and same examination room. It seemed very strange to me even then. I did not know any African American children, because schools, restaurants, churches, the town pool, the public health center, our neighborhoods – everything – was segregated.
When I was in high school, that began to change. At first, only a few African-American students came to my school. I really didn’t notice, because we all worked together. I have since looked back and realized the bravery of those students. They left their newly built high school, which was much nicer than the very old one I attended, and came to a place where they knew almost no one.
My junior year, our schools and all public buildings were desegregated. Our town handled it very well. Three high schools combined, but everyone kept doing the things they had done. That year, three sets of cheerleaders combined and three of each sports team came together. It was wonderful! We had cheerleaders all the way down the sidelines, and the captain’s position was shared. The school buses were desegregated as well, and I drove a route.
I have no bad memories of that time. There were no fights, no arguments, no violence of any sort.
This story is set in the mid 1840’s in South Carolina, and it addresses what sorts of things had to happen before we could get to The Civil Rights act and desegregation.
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Melissa Wenger says
Looking forward to reading this one!
Robin Helm says
Hi, Melissa! Great to see you. Good luck in the giveaway!
Bea LaRocca says
Thank you for sharing your book and author details. This sounds like an intriguing read.
Debbie P says
This book sounds like a great read. Beautiful cover,
This sounds really interesting–especially with what what the author has shared about the background she is coming from.
Caryl Kane says
Thank you for your honest review!
Living in South Carolina, I think I would enjoy reading this story!
Alicia Haney says
Hi , this book sounds like a good read and the cover is beautiful. I would love to read this book. Thank you for sharing your book review.
Sounds good. I love the cover!
Looks wonderful, nice review.