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    OMG! Thrilling, Heartbreaking, Intense,

    I have to start out by saying that I loved this book but it's not the type of story I'd usually read. I normally only read romance stories, and mostly only gay romance, but something about the book's description grabbed me. I picked it up from NetGalley and I'm so glad that I did. I loved it so much that I ended up buying a copy, too. Once I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down. The blurb really tells it all but it can't begin to convey how heart-breaking the story would be. I've always loved watching shows like Law and Order so I found the details of the trial, fact gathering, investigation, etc. very compelling. I really feel like I can't say too much for fear of giving too much away. The only thing I'm going to say is this: Grace Mead, I implore you to write a sequel.
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    Defense of an Other

    The Defense of an Other by Grace Mead is fiction but at times feels like it's based on a true story. This book completely held my attention and was difficult to put down as I wanted to know what happened next. I enjoy legal thrillers and this certainly falls under that category. I was given a copy to review.
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    Amazing Read

    Defense of an Other, written by Grace Mead is a fictional legal thriller of sorts, but not in the real sense. In my opinion, this book could definitely read as a nonfiction book. Defense of an Other will keep you on the edge of your seat in ways that you won't anticipate. After reading the synopsis of this book I knew exactly what the book was about, the law, how it is, at times, behind the times, unfair to some communities and biased. This book was exceptionally well written and thought out, paying particular attention to the period and the social issues of those times. The characters were well developed and stayed true to themselves throughout the book. I was easily able to relate and feel empathy for the main character. I do not think that you need to be part of the LGBTQ community to enjoy this book. Actually, I think that this book can help people see that we all have a responsibility to all communities to ensure they are treated equally including when it pertains to our judicial system. Matt Durant, the main character, is a successful lawyer who is struggling with his sexuality and is attempting to explore his sexual orientation by going to a gay bar. Through a series of unfortunate events, Matt kills a man and is then put on trial. The author through her writing enables the reader to feel the happiness, sadness, compassion and sheer willpower to overcome the ignorance that her characters experience in this book. I felt entirely connected to Matt as a person. Mead did not make this man perfect, far from it, he definitely had flaws, but in my mind, it made his character more believable and relatable. As a mother, I could feel the depth that Matt’s mother felt for what her son had to go through, not just during the trial but also with his struggle to acknowledge that he was gay. The relationship that the two shared was extraordinary, and the author captures it perfectly. I found the trial part of the book fascinating, and the detail that the author put into this part of the book was terrific. The constitutional questions that the author set forth and the way she did it was pure genius. My favorite part was the back and forth dialogue between Matt’s lawyer, Farrar, and Chief Justice Roberts, Justice Scalia and Justice Ginsburg. I felt this part gave the reader an accurate glimpse into the Supreme Court's process. Defense of an Other engaged me on so many levels I was unable to put it down and read it in about three days, I am a slow reader, so that is pretty fast for me. This is the type of book I will remember for a long time to come. It is not an easy book to stomach because of all the bigotry and hate, but it is so worth it to experience how the human spirit can rise above it all. I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading more from this author. ***I kindly received a copy of this book by way of NetGalley/publisher/author. I was not contacted, asked or required to leave a review. I received no compensation, financial or otherwise. I have voluntarily read this book, and this review is my honest opinion .***

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