The Bound Heart is the second book in the Everstone Chronicles. I loved the first book, The Hesitant Heiress, and wondered if this second one could possibly be as good. Well, it definitely is and I love it even more than the first!
These characters are wonderfully deep and complex and the themes of redemption, God’s cleansing grace, and forgiveness are beautifully wrapped up in a story that I did not want to set down.
Meredyth feels bound by obligation to marry a man she does not love. Having convinced herself that it is the right thing to do, she has trouble keeping her growing and changing feelings toward her best friend, Lawry, under control.
Lawry is one of the best heroes I have ever read about. I liked him right from the start, but my admiration for him grew with every chapter I read, and then grew even more toward the end of the book as I realized just what an honorable man he truly was.
These two best friends are so right for each other. You can see it all through the book. And although Meredyth is determined to wed another, for all the wrong reasons, I could understand why she had this misguided notion.
I loved the twists and turns in this story. It kept me on my toes right till the very end. I enjoyed getting to catch up with the characters that I had grown close to in the first book of the series, and also to get to know a few new ones as well. A sweet child named Wynn enabled an even closer bond to grow between Meredyth and Lawry, while a rogue named Vance sought to undermine all that was good between them. Even so, Vance was a character that I would like to see redeemed in a future story! What an interesting tale that would be. (5 stars)
My thanks to the author for the complimentary copy of The Bound Heart. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.
ABOUT 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?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Dawn Crandall is the author of The Hesitant Heiress (released August 1, 2014).
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 encouraged her to 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.
Click here to be taken to Dawn’s blog and enter her Rafflecopter giveaway for one of three ebook copies of either The Hesitant Heiress or The Bound Heart! Ends November 24, 2014.