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- Book 1 of 7 in The Advocate Series (7 Book Series)
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More About the Author
Books in order of publication:
The Advocate's Betrayal
The Advocate's Conviction
The Advocate's Dilemma
The Advocate's Ex Parte
The Advocate's Felony
The Advocate's Geocache
Teresa Burrell has dedicated her life to helping children and their families in both the courtroom and the classroom.
As an attorney in San Diego, Burrell maintained a private law practice for twelve years, which specialized in domestic, criminal, and civil cases. Her work in juvenile court focused on representing abused minors and juvenile delinquents. Burrell has received several awards and special recognition from the San Diego Volunteer Lawyers for her countless hours of pro bono work with children and their families.
Burrell has also enjoyed a satisfying career as a teacher. She has taught children of all ages with diverse backgrounds and special needs. After creating an after-school program that kept kids off the street, she received a community service award.
Now in semi-retirement in California, Burrell continues to educate groups about social issues impacting children and write novels, many of which are inspired by actual legal cases. She is the author of The Advocate Series which now contains seven novels: The Advocate, The Advocate's Betrayal, The Advocate's Conviction, The Advocate's Dilemma, The Advocate's Ex Parte, The Advocate's Felony, and most recently, The Advocate's Geocache.
Burrell has recently released a children's book that is fun for the whole family--Gaspar, the Flatulating Ghost.
My website is: www.teresaburrell.com
My email address is: email@example.com
My Facebook address is: www.facebook.com/theadvocateseries
Top Customer Reviews
I also liked the fact that the author refrained from throwing in some contrived romance, but instead concentrated on the story.
The writing style was a bit flat, but with more practice, I'm sure the author will improve.
This read like a first-semester creative writing class assignment. Terrible dialogue! The author should read her dialogue out loud and rewrite the parts that do not sound like sentences any human being anywhere on earth has ever or would ever utter.
The depiction of the relationship between the main character, Sabre, and her friend, Bob, was goofy. They talked to each other like lovers and were constantly hugging or touching each other, which would have been fine except for the frequent mentions of Bob's wife and kids (who never appeared in the book).
Here is one example of the things in this book that irritated me: In the beginning of the book, Bob and Sabre called each other "honey" several times, but apparently that was just to set up a plot point. When another character wrote a letter that began, "Dear Honey," which was not the addressee's name, Sabre shrugged it off because she and Bob called each other "honey," but after that they never called each other "honey" again.
I do admire this author's persistence in completing and publishing this book. She thought up a story that was mildly entertaining, though completely unrealistic, and got it onto paper. Perhaps a good editor could have helped her turn it into a good read. If she got some editorial help, the later books in the series might be worth reading. I'm not going to take a chance on them; I'll stick to Scott Turow for my legal thrillers.
Gaylord obeys court orders determined to prove he is a fit father so he can regain custody of Alexis. When Sabre talks with Alexis, the frightened tweener asks if she must go home. That question leaves Sabre wondering if Murdock is the upright citizen he claims to be. Someone is also harassing Sabre. Calls with no voice on the other end at any time night or day; items in her home are misplaced or lost; and a bat was tossed into her office through the mail slot. Finally she finds a lizard in her bed with all her doors and windows shut. Sabra discovers Peggy has a daughter Honey who has goes missing yet no police report is filed. She fears what happened to Honey will happen to Alexis and Jamie once they go home, but the law is on the side of Gaylord, so far.
Readers will admire dedicated Sabre, a strong advocate of protecting the young as she deals with adult predators to prevent them from abusing children. Not always easy as the law can be on the side of the beast; still she goes the extra kilometers to try keeping the kids safe. The story line is fast-paced and filled with action though the assault on Sabre adds suspense, but also detracts from a great legal thriller as the lives of children are at stake.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thought this warranted four stars because it kept me coming back for more. I liked the twists. Some parts were a bit predictable.Published 5 days ago by tjl58
A great book that kept me guessing what was next. I'm guessing I'll not quit until I read the whole series.Published 8 days ago by Janet M. Long
I found Sabre, the leading lady lawyer, way too unreal in her relationship with her married buddy, Bob. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Dorian H.
On the plus side - this book had the makings of a good story. There are some good twists. However, the writing was extremely sophomoric. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Nana Mac
A lot a twists and turns in this book. Enough to keep me interested but not get lost. I want to read the series.Published 13 days ago by Sandy D.
This was a really good story. I couldn't wait to get to the end to find out a lot of things about a lot of people. Read morePublished 15 days ago by C. Milne
I enjoyed this book immensely. As I immediately admired the main characters, the story moved along at a place hard to stop reading. The plot was involved was interesting. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Kindle Customer
I enjoyed the book. It felt more like two stories since there wasn't a clear transition between the beginning where the characters were established and the second half. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Lavon S. Hood