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Review: Bound by Guilt by C. J. Darlington

 ...from the life of Diana Lesire Brandmeyer

Bound by Guilt by C.J. Darlington

What happens when an abandoned teenager seeks love and approval from the only one who will take her happens to be a criminal?

Bound by Guilt is an intriguing mystery involving a runaway and an out-of-control police officer. It begins with murder and the stealing of valuable books.

Roxi Gold will do anything to be a part of a family or so she thinks. When things go horribly wrong she knows she has to change how she’s living.

Bound by Guilt follows Roxi’s journey filled with guilt, fear and loneliness.

I found this an easy but tough read. The pages turned freely but the emotions captured by Darlington take time to process. You find yourself looking at teenagers on the street and wondering do they need a home? What can you do to help? And even, should I volunteer to be a foster parent so some child is loved?

Those are some of the questions I had and none of them appear on the pages. It was my take-a-way.

I like that while this book is by a Christian author with a Christian publisher you could easily hand it over to a non-Christian.  The values and scriptures are there but written so much in the characters personality it doesn’t feel like the author is trying to save, or preach to anyone.

Back Cover Copy:
Roxi Gold is a throwaway, shuttled from one foster home to another for most of her life. She longs for a family and will do anything to fit in—even if it’s against the law. Soon she’s traveling the country stealing rare books from unsuspecting bookstores, until a first edition of  ‘The Great Gatsby’ catches up with her.

Police Officer Abby Dawson has seen the worst of society, and not just at work. The job she once loved has become a chore, the world isn’t any safer, and there’s no joy in her life. One fateful night a man’s innocent blood changes both Roxi’s and Abby’s lives forever. One searches for justice: the other finds herself on the run. Will the power of forgiveness set them free, or will they both remain bound by guilt?




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