The Bound Heart - The Everstone Chronicles Book Two - Dawn Crandall

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Bound to her past, will Meredyth be chained to a man she doesn't love and forever barred from the one her heart desires above all others?

From the Back of the Book
One 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?

"It had taken my going back to the hardest place in the world for me to face in order to realize that it was the freedom found only in Christ that I needed most."

My Thoughts
Dawn's books just keep getting better and better! I have been told by very reliable sources that the remaining books in the series continue to exceed expectations! 

The Bound Heart captured my attention from the start. The setting is beautiful, the people engaging, and the story very real. Throughout the book there are great examples of spiritual and natural bonds we make with people. How many times have we made a mistake, big or small, and carried the guilt around with us for far too long? My heart broke for Meredyth, when every decision she makes, is based upon being bound to her past. Unable to live with the knowledge that she can not fix her own life she dives headlong into trying to fix everyone else's. And like Meredyth, even in our desperation to break those bonds tying us down, we can not do it on our own. However, if we allow our Heavenly Father to break those chains, to free us, to cleanse us and make us whole...We can become a new person. "All you have to do is claim your freedom." (Location 4042) Why is it so hard for us to reach out for our freedom? If only we would listen to the sweetness of His voice.  First person books can be slightly maddening because there were many times that I wanted to crawl into Lawry's head and find out what was going on behind those big gorgeous eyes of his. And can I just say, "Can we have a novella of Claudine please???" She is an incredible woman and I would love to learn more about her. I laughed out loud, literally, and cried while reading this book. Very well written and I am so excited to start the next book, The Captive Imposter. While these technically could stand alone, I recommend reading through the series from the beginning.

I received a free copy of The Bound Heart from the author in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

My Rating

★★★★★ - You have bewitched me, body and soul. (More Info)

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About the Author
A graduate of Taylor University with a degree in Christian Education, and a former bookseller at Barnes & Noble, Dawn Crandall didn’t begin writing until 2010 when her husband found out about her long-buried dream of writing a book. Without a doubt about someday becoming published, he let her quit her job in 2010 in order to focus on writing The Hesitant Heiress. It didn’t take her long to realize that writing books was what she was made to do. Dawn is represented by Joyce Hart of Hartline Literary.

Apart from writing books, Dawn is also a first-time mom to a precious little boy (born March 2014) and also serves with her husband in a premarriage mentor program at their local church in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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The Everstone Chronicles

The Everstone Chronicles Book 1
The Hesitant Heiress
My Review

The Everstone Chronicles Book 3
The Captive Imposter

The Everstone Chronicles Book 4
The Cautious Maiden
Releasing October 4, 2016
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