Title: Bound by Guilt
Author: C. J. Darlington
Publisher: Mountainview Books
The first novel in the series, Thicker than Blood, sets the stage for the continuation of the main characters in Bound by Guilt, May and Christy. The sisters have experienced the loss of both parents in a car accident plus May has feelings of abandonment when Christy took off without explanation after the funeral. Now readers see in Bound by Guilt the intensity notched up by focusing on a teenage girl who has felt rejected all her life. Roxie is now traveling in an RV, living a less than stellar life.
Page after page shine of God’s love, forgiveness and provision as readers delve deeper into the tale. I can say that the depiction of foster situations and group homes in the story is pretty close to reality in some though not all homes. There are some good foster parents/homes and some group homes should be held up as models for others to emulate. Please know I used to work in the social work field and group homes.
What readers will sense is the fervor of the action that increases as a murder is committed along with the theft of expensive rare books. Roxie’s character insecurity and search for a love that won’t abandon her is really heart gripping. Christy was engaged to the young man who was killed, and the way she works through her emotions to forgive the perpetrators is astounding. Abby is a policewoman and the sister of the victim. She is rough around the edges with many questions. Her past is littered with brokenness. It is hard for Abby to control her anger and emotions, especially when dealing face-to-face with the accused. I liked how the author leaves her open minded by not making a decision for or against God. Real people are like this too. They need time, and it is work that only the Lord can do.
Audiences are just going to want to get comfy and read all the books in the series one after the other. The order is Thicker than Blood, Bound by Guilt then Ties that Bind.
My rating is 5+ stars.
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