What it’s about: from the publisher:
“One accidental kiss—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 desire to fall for her best friend Lawry Hampton. 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 of deceit she’s convinced she deserves, and accept that God’s plan for her life includes redemption…and, quite possibly, Lawry Hampton?”
I was bit worried if I would love this second book in The Everstone Chronicles as much as I liked the first. How silly of me! I liked it even more! The Bound Heart grabbed my heart from the first page and kept me emotionally involved for the entire book. Ms. Crandall weaves a tale to grip your emotions and make you FEEL.
I absolutely loved Meredyth! She is someone who I was imagining I was her best friend, living out the pages of this book with her as she told me everything in first person POV. There were enough twists and turns to keep me guessing and wondering, yet it mostly focused on Meredyth’s emotions. I love living through a character and Ms. Crandall was able to transport my mind where I felt like I was feeling and experiencing Meredyth’s emotions, so I had so much fun while reading The Bound Heart!
It’s been a really long time since I have really fallen in love with a male lead in a book. While I liked Lawry from the very beginning, I completely, totally, head-over-heals, heart-knocking and sighing out loud; fell in love with Lawry at the end of chapter 8! I am sure it will happen in different spots for other readers, but that was mine. I’ve had this experience two other times this year while reading this year, while both of the other books are quite different and that was more the overall experience than falling in love with the main male character. I believe Dawn Crandall is in good company with Becky Wade and Katherine Reay. The other two books that made me FEEL were Meant to be Mine by Becky Wade and Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay.
Of course there are other characters, especially one little gem in this book that play important roles and show off the author’s character development, but I think you should read the book to find out rather than have me keep going on. 😉
I can’t wait for paperbacks to be released so I can re-reread them and hold them in my hands!
I give The Bound Heart 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to emotional historical lovers!
I received this book in digital format for my honest review.
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