Monday, March 21, 2011

Bound By Guilt by C.J. Darlington Blog Tours Presents:

Bound by Guilt
by C.J. Darlington
Published by Tyndale House

Shuttled between foster homes, Roxi Gold will do anything to fit in. Soon she’s traveling the country stealing rare books from unsuspecting bookstores. Police officer Abby Dawson has seen the worst of society—and not just at work. One fateful night, both their lives are changed forever. One searches for justice, the other finds herself on the run. Will the power of forgiveness set them free?
My review:
I was really looking forward to reading this book. The author won Jerry Jenkin's writing contest last year, with the prize being a novel published by Tyndale Publishing. She did a great job on that novel, but this one is even better. C.J. has improved a lot, and that isn't saying her first book, Thicker Than Blood, was not a good read. It was. The follow-up is just better.

There is more suspense in this book, and it also explores broken relationships and redemption, showing that God can redeem anyone, and turn bad into good.

As with Thicker Than Blood, the plot of  the book revolves around rare books and bookstores. It was interesting to read what some books are worth and how much people will actually pay for them.

I liked the plot and the characters. I found myself immersed in the main character and her problems, hoping somehow things would work out for the best for her.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It is one that I read in one evening, and I did not want to put it down until I finished it, so that is exactly what I did. I highly recommend it.

Great job! You kept me turning the pages.
--Francine Rivers, Internationally best selling author

C.J. is a wonderful, talented writer . . . extraordinary . . .
--Bodie Thoene, best-selling author of the A.D. Chronicles

This one engages your senses and reaches your heart.
--Jerry B. Jenkins, NY Times best-selling author & owner of The Christian Writers Guild

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About the Author:
C. J. Darlington won the 2008 Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild Operation First Novel contest with her first novel, Thicker Than Blood. She has been in the antiquarian bookselling business for over twelve years, scouting for stores similar to the ones described in her novels before cofounding her own online bookstore. In 2006 C. J. started the Christian entertainment Web site with her sister, Tracy, and has been actively promoting Christian fiction through book reviews and author interviews. A homeschool graduate, she makes her home in Pennsylvania with her family and their menagerie of dogs and cats. Visit her website



C.J. Darlington said...

Thanks for reading and reviewing Bound by Guilt, Mark!