3/21/2011

Bound by Guilt


Reviewed by Cindy Loven


All Roxi Gold wanted was love, a mother's love. But it seemed to be the most elusive thing in her life. Taken away from her own mother at eight years old, she has been in and out of foster homes for the last eight years and at sixteen she is now placed with her mom's cousin Irene. However even with a family member, however distant, Roxi doesn't find the family feeling she is looking for. Instead she finds herself living with a criminal. A criminal who is willing to use whatever she needs to use, to get the books she wants stolen, so Roxi is drug into the little criminal ring of book theives.

Roxi, does not enjoy this life, but she wants to be a team player, she wants it to all work out so she don't have to go to a new foster home, but the tenseness she is feeling is not helping things at all. Little does she know that things are fixing to blow up in all of their faces and a life will be lost.

C.J. Darlington, dives into the shady side of book dealing. Truly this book was a book I could not put down, I was totally into Roxi's story, wanting things to turn out for her, I cried as she found herself rejected once again by the mother, she just wanted love from. I cried as she slept by the dumpster. I could totally relate to Roxi, she came to life for me. Diego was also a very real character to me, just a kid who trusted his mother, more than she deserved, and she led him into a life of crime. C.J.'s writing seemed to deepen with the story development, truly making you feel you were part of the story. Most definitely a book to read and share with friends! 393 pages Discussion/Reader Group Questions included $12.99 US 4 stars.

This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this book.

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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?

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 http://www.titletrakk.com/ 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 http://www.cjdarlington.com/

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