Title: Ties that Bind
Author: C. J. Darlington
Publisher: Mountainview Books
Sometimes when life seems to throw a curve, besides reading the Bible for comfort, I love to escape into the fictional world created by an author. Ties that Bind is the final book in this western trilogy which centers around two sisters previously introduced to us in Thicker than Blood & Bound by Guilt. Christy is the bibliophile while May loves being outdoors and ranching. We are now introduced to an episode in their parents’ lives of which the two sisters knew nothing prior to their parents’ deaths. Now, out of the blue, a young woman shows up at May’s ranch asking for a job, and the co-owner Ruth gladly hires her.
When tragedy strikes the ranch, the new girl begins a downward spiral, and Christy knows better than May how to help Brynn Taylor overcome her addiction. There seems to be more to Brynn’s past which audiences will enjoy discovering as they read the tale. As time passes, May is the first to learn about their missing half-sister, but never in her wildest dreams could she imagine who it turned out to be.
For me, this was an absolute stunning way to cap off the stories, characters and themes I read in the previous two books. One aspect of the characters I like was how they, like real people, had to wrestle with problems, forgiveness and more. I loved how faith was held up as the one and only way to walk through hard times, or even when one fails, God is shown for his loving and forgiving character. No character in the book desired to become a believer or give up their self-destructive ways which also lends to the authenticity of how humans choose.
All three novels are amazing, encouraging, and faith-filled along with dramatic, pulling readers further into the tale until the very last page. There is so much more to the novels than I have revealed here, so please grab yourself a set, ask for them as gifts or give them as gifts because they are amazing books you will read over and over again!
My rating is 5+ stars.
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