The Bound Heart

The Bound HeartThe Bound Heart by Dawn Crandall
Series: The Everstone Chronicles
Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Whitaker House on October 6, 2015
Pages: 320
Also in this series: The Captive Imposter, The Hesitant Heiress, The Cautious Maiden
Also by this author: The Captive Imposter, The Hesitant Heiress, The Cautious Maiden

 

About The Bound Heart (from the back cover):
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 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. Now 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?

The Bound Heart is a beautiful story of forgiveness and redemption. Meredyth Summercourt’s heart is truly bound into a life she feels was set into motion for her one summer day years before.

Dawn Crandall has a very distinct writing style that I found myself loving more and more as I read. She writes in first-person and writes it very well – Meredyth’s voice is crystal clear, and I loved getting to know her throughout the story. The tone of the story is often a bit mysterious, which I loved. The plot itself kept me guessing – there are a few surprises that propelled the action along in a realistic way.

Dawn Crandall has a very distinct writing style that I found myself loving more and more as I read.

And can we just pause a moment and talk about one of the most gentlemanly male leads that I’ve had the pleasure to read about in a while! Lawry Hampton was such a kind, sweet soul that loved Meredyth in spite of how hard and unforgiving she was toward herself. Sometimes it’s just nice to have a male lead that is just loyal and constant, not distant and cold. And make no mistake – the romance here is not cheesy, nor easy, but filled with passion and bumps along the way. Quite swoon-worthy at times!

As for the spiritual aspect of the novel, there was so much to appreciate here. Sometimes I am the last person to forgive myself, when I know that God already has forgiven me – my heart ached for Meredyth as she clung to an idea of redemption in the wrong place and ultimately found it in the perfect place.

And can we just pause a moment and talk about one of the most gentlemanly male leads that I’ve had the pleasure to read about in a while!

And tiny, sweet orphaned Wynn! What a darling little girl – I think one of my favorite things is when she calls Meredyth “Meredy,” talk about making my heart melt. I just loved the scenes between those two, as well as the mystery surrounding Wynn’s parentage – usually I call things pretty earlier on, but this rather caught me off guard.

I wholeheartedly recommend The Bound Heart for fans of inspirational historicals, with a good measure of romance.

I wholeheartedly recommend The Bound Heart for fans of inspirational historicals, with a good measure of romance. Although I think it can be read as a standalone, I recommend reading The Hesitant Heiress first – Dawn has connected these families in a very neat way – you feel like you’ve known them all as long as they’ve known each other. I fell very easily into their various relationships and intertwined pasts.

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