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?
An antiquarian bibliophile I’m not. But for those who are, it’s a high-stakes book collection! Books can range from $40 up to $40,000 for just one book!
This is the world Roxi Gold finds herself landing into, ’rescued’ from the life of a foster-home shuffled, abandoned girl, when her Aunt Irene Tonelli and her son, Diego, finally take her in. Traveling the country, they stake out bookstores and steal the rare, preferably first edition books, to sell to make a living for themselves. How did Roxi ever get this low? Will she ever get out?
Officer Abby Dawson’s life has become a job, not the career of ‘saving the world’ that she once dreamed of. It’s after one of the bookstore heists that her life changes forever. She’s looking for justice by the law, while Roxi is running from the law.
C.J. Darlington, in Bound by Guilt, wrapped multiple meanings into her title. She delineates the different levels of depravity of life–extreme selfishness, greed, danger, illegality, and murder. The intensity of danger leaps from the pages of the book. But she displays the love and acceptance that definitely touches the depth of your heart as the story unfolds.
C.J. does an excellent job of mixing the different personalities of the characters and the power some have over the others. Their lives are very real-to-life, ranging from pain-filled and lonely, to fearful and anxious, to sharp and legalistic, to uncaring and greedy, and finally to love and acceptance. A lot like some of our lives today during different seasons of our lives.
Although justice is one of the main thrusts of the book, C.J. brings in the realms of truthfulness, forgiveness, and unconditional love, which she uses to bring about the first in a way that draws you through the book, page after page after page! Great job, C. J.!
I enjoyed meeting Christy’s sister once again from C.J.’s first book, Thicker Than Blood, and how she ministered to those in grief in Bound by Guilt. You’ll have to read the first book to find out more about her!
This book was provided by TitleTrakk in exchange for my honest review. No monetary value was exchanged.
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
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 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 www.cjdarlington.com