Historical Fiction, Review

The Bound Heart by Dawn Crandall

The Bound HeartOne accidental kiss from Lawry Hampton. That was all it took to throw Meredyth Summercourt’s world upside-down. Determined to marry the ever-elusive Vance Everstone, she simply doesn’t have the time or the desire to fall for her best friend.

But with Vance out of the country, and with Lawry at her side nearly every day, teaching her what the world is like through the eyes of a little orphan girl named Wynn–Meredyth can’t deny that what’s holding her to Vance is nothing more than a desire to redeem herself from her past.

Will she marry Vance once he returns from Europe? Or will she be strong enough to break free from the tangled web she’s convinced she deserves, and accept that God’s plan for her life includes redemption…and, quite possibly, Lawry Hampton?

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My Thoughts

Okay y’all, I don’t want you to think I’m being dramatic here but I have to confess, this happily ever is so beautiful, it made me cry. Now it’s not unusual for me to cry WHILE reading but this is the first book to inspire a post-read cry. Those were tears of satisfaction, readers!

Meredyth is (like so many of us) unwilling to forgive herself and clinging to the burden of guilt and shame. Lawry is the best kind of friend (like our dear friend, Jesus), patient, loving, generous, and prayerful. Meredyth has convinced herself that marrying Vance (the wrong man for her in so many ways) must be God’s will for her life (or more appropriately, punishment for her sin). Lawry is determined to woo her and fight for her heart. Of course, I have to mention a sweet little sprite named Wynn who wins not only Lawry and Meredyth’s hearts but mine as well.

Dawn again kept me on the edge of my seat with heart pounding attraction and clever plot twists! I’m eagerly anticipating reading the next title in the Everstone Chronicles!

I received an ebook copy of this title from the publisher. The opinions expressed are my own.

About the Author

Dawn Crandall is an ACFW Carol Award nominated author of the award-winning series The Everstone Chronicles from Whitaker House. The series currently consists of three books: The Hesitant Heiress, The Bound Heart, and The Captive Imposter. The next “Everstone” book, The Cautious Maiden, will release October 4, 2016.

Dawn is represented by Joyce Hart of Hartline Literary. Apart from writing books, Dawn is also mom to two precious little boys and also serves with her husband in a pre-marriage mentor program at their local church in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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