by Dawn Crandall
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The Bound Heart is Dawn Crandall's second book and while I enjoyed her first book, The Hesitant Heiress, I found it impossible to put book two down! I almost read the whole thing in one day but finally had to get to bed. Thankfully I was able to finish reading it the next morning before church because I was dying to find out how the story would end.
Lawry. Oh my goodness was he a wonderful character. He was such a good friend to everyone around him. And his love for orphans melted my heart. No matter the situation he was in he was always full of goodness and kindness. He is the kind of guy everyone wants for a friend and every girl dreams of falling in love with. And he's a good kisser so how could you not fall in love with him?
Mere was one of the most realistic characters I've read in a while. I enjoyed watching her learn and grow throughout the book. I also loved her characters introspective honesty even though I hated that she wasn't honest with Lawry. She knew she had made a past mistake and while she didn't like what she had to do she accepted her lot in life. But what I loved about her the most was how she absorbed scripture as she heard it or read it. Her willingness to learn more about God and His love for her was inspiring. I've never read a book with this much spiritual growth in a character and it was quite refreshing since many authors, even Christian ones, are dialing down the spiritual side of things in their books. But even though there was a lot of scripture in this book and many spiritual conversations I didn't ever feel the book was preachy.
Crandall is a unique writer in that she writes from the first person point of view. This gives me as the reader a special perspective into her characters and I love that since it isn't often found. She also writes excellent scenes with very realistic dialogue between her characters. But my favorite part of her writing aside from the great characters is the romantic chemistry! The Bound Heart is one of the best Christian romance books I've read because she managed to make the love relationship steamy while still keeping the book wholesome! This book is also full of great romantic tension too though and more than anything that is what kept me turning the pages. I was dying to find out who would end up with Mere in the end.
Aside from the great romantic tension the other thing that kept me turning pages late into the night was the internal conflict in Mere's soul. She was so convinced she had to live her life a certain way to atone for a past sin that she almost missed God's real plan for her life. It was heart wrenching at times to see the turmoil in her life but it was so satisfying to see God begin to work in her life to help her find forgiveness and peace and true love.
I suppose I knew all through the book how it would end but I sure did enjoy the journey with Mere. I love any book that keeps me intrigued the whole time and whose characters become like real life people to me. I cannot wait to see what book three has in store.
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A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for my honest review