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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Bound by Guilt by C.J. Darlington (Book Review)

TitleTrakk.com Blog Tours Presents:

Bound by Guilt
by C.J. Darlington
Published by Tyndale House

Shuttled between foster homes, Roxi Gold will do anything to fit in. Soon she’s traveling the country stealing rare books from unsuspecting bookstores. Police officer Abby Dawson has seen the worst of society—and not just at work. One fateful night, both their lives are changed forever. One searches for justice, the other finds herself on the run. Will the power of forgiveness set them free?

My thoughts:  I met some of these characters in Thicker than Blood, which I enjoyed very much.  I felt for Roxi right from the beginning - must be the mom in me.  She seemed like such a good kid and was just craving someone to take notice of her and be proud of her.  Because of this she was willing to do what she knew was wrong in the hopes that her mom's cousin and her current foster mom would be proud of her.  When one of their planned robberies goes bad, Roxi has had enough and decides to head out on her own.

Even though she doesn't know it, God is preparing the road ahead of her and puts people in her path that help her make the right decisions.  It is a great story about forgiveness - both for the people DOING the forgiving and those NEEDING it. 

Like Thicker than Blood, it is definitely not a preachy book but very much sets down beliefs in a "take it or leave it" fashion.  A reader does not need to have the same beliefs to enjoy and be touched by this story.  I found myself with tears in my eyes a couple of times while reading this one. Keep writing C.J. - can't wait to see what you have in store next!


Great job! You kept me turning the pages.
--Francine Rivers, Internationally best selling author

C.J. is a wonderful, talented writer . . . extraordinary . . .
--Bodie Thoene, best-selling author of the A.D. Chronicles

This one engages your senses and reaches your heart.
--Jerry B. Jenkins, NY Times best-selling author & owner of The Christian Writers Guild

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About the Author:
C. J. Darlington won the 2008 Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild Operation First Novel contest with her first novel, Thicker Than Blood. She has been in the antiquarian bookselling business for over twelve years, scouting for stores similar to the ones described in her novels before cofounding her own online bookstore. In 2006 C. J. started the Christian entertainment Web site http://www.titletrakk.com/ with her sister, Tracy, and has been actively promoting Christian fiction through book reviews and author interviews. A homeschool graduate, she makes her home in Pennsylvania with her family and their menagerie of dogs and cats. Visit her website http://www.cjdarlington.com/

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1 comment:

Mystica said...

This book sounds wonderful and I really, really like the cover!

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