Bound by Guilt  -     By: C.J. Darlington
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Bound by Guilt

Tyndale House / 2011 / Paperback

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Foster kid Roxi Gold travels the country in an RV, stealing rare books from unsuspecting bookstores. Police officer Abby Dawson has seen the worst---professionally and personally. One fateful night, a man's innocent blood changes both their lives forever. While Abby searches for justice, Roxi's on the run. Will the power of forgiveness set them free? 384 pages, softcover from Tyndale.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1414340125
ISBN-13: 9781414340128
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Roxi Gold has been shuttled from one foster home to another for most 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 in an RV, stealing rare books from unsuspecting bookstores. She knows it's wrong, but if she refuses, she'll be put out on the streets.
Police officer Abby Dawson has seen the worst of society, and not just at work. Her ex-husband wrested her daughter away from her in a bitter custody battle. 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 until a first edition of The Great Gatsby catches up with her. Will the power of forgiveness set them free, or will they both remain bound by guilt?

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C.J. Darlington's Bound by Guilt is an intriguing story about forgiveness, hope, and developing family unity. Roxi Gold is a teenager struggling with her mother's abandonment and trying her best to make others proud of her, even if it means breaking the law. Abby Dawson is a suspended police officer, who has tense or broken relationships with nearly all of her family members. When the one person in her family she is close to is murdered, she becomes determined to catch the killer. The lives of these two women are thrown together through tragedy, but it is through this tragedy they find freedom from the guilt that holds them back and obtain love from people they would not expect to care for them.

Bound by Guilt switches between the perspectives of the different characters, but Roxi and Abby remain the primary figures throughout the novel. Darlington's writing style—with short paragraphs and fast-paced sentences—makes for quick and easy reading, and she especially shines in scenes of action and suspense.

After being shuffled from one foster home to another, Roxi finds herself living with her mother's cousin Irene and Irene's son, Diego. The three travel for months at a time, stealing rare books and selling them for profit. When one robbery goes terribly wrong, Roxi runs away, unable to keep going as if nothing has happened. She eventually finds herself in the small town of Elk Valley, where a ranching couple, Jan and Keith, allow her to work for them. Meanwhile, Abby learns of her brother’s tragic death and travels home to face her emotionally distant father and meet her brother's fiancee, Christy. Roxi launches her own investigation into her brother’s death, determined to find his murderer.

Roxi is a determined, hard worker who wants more than anything to be loved and to know what a real family is like. But she is held back from getting close to people because her past has distorted her ability to trust others. She is haunted by the memory of the tragic accident that put her on the run.

Abby feels like a failure as a wife, mother, and police officer. She feels as though she has to prove herself to everyone, and with her brother's death, she is even more alone in the world. Her search for the truth helps her to bond with Christy and learn the beauty of mercy over vengeance.

Bound by Guilt is an exciting and uplifting story that shows there is hope even in the darkest of lives. Despite using a few outdated references that a sixteen-year-old Roxi likely would not know, Darlington effectively communicates this intriguing adventure with fast-paced action and heart-warming community. Her characters draw the reader into their lives, but some of the minor characters leave room for further development. Overall, Bound by Guilt is a thrilling tale that explores the emotional chains that keep so many people from living in freedom. – Laura A. Coulter, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    bound by guilt
    November 8, 2014
    faye
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    this book is very good give it a 5, but where can I find the book thicker than blood I have looked ever where please let me know
  2. The Maritimes
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great book
    October 27, 2013
    CurledUpWithaBook
    The Maritimes
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    It's not often I give a book a five star rating but this was a fantastic book. I had a hard time putting it down. A good story line, an interesting variety of characters, lots of suspense but best of all a good gospel message.
  3. Anchorage, AK
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    An atypical choice that paid off!
    July 21, 2011
    aklinslow
    Anchorage, AK
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I'm not normally a fan of contemporary fiction, but the back cover synopsis of this book intrigued me. Having a far-less-than-perfect protagonist ~ a teenage foster child named Roxi Gold who has turned to a life of crime ~ being one of the most intriguing aspects of this book.

    As I started reading "Bound By Guilt," I fully expected to not only dislike the main character, but I figured I'd dislike the book as a whole as well. However, before I even finished the first chapter I realized I was quite wrong. The author, C.J. Darlington, weaves a wonderful story, one that is heart-wrenching at times and heart-warming at others. Darlington not only is able to get you to sympathize with the juvenile delinquent that Roxi has become, but as you learn her back story and witness the hard life she is now essentially forced to lead, that sympathy grows to true empathy as your heart breaks for and with her.

    Sadly enough, as you read the book, you realize there's probably more truth than fiction in it, and I believe it will open people's eyes to the plight that so many children in our foster care system face day in and day out.

    Consequently, I believe this takes "Bound By Guilt" from being merely a good read to a great experience, as its not only entertaining, but educational as well. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is looking for either one of those categories.
  4. Cedar Rapids, IA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Forgiveness is hard work!
    July 17, 2011
    KitKatDoe
    Cedar Rapids, IA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Before even cracking the book open, the praises of notable authors on the back cover make the reader want to find a comfy recliner, and soon! Ms. Darlington has a superb story of the ins and outs of forgiveness. She artfully weaves a tale of a young woman's life on the run, stealing rare books with ‘family' just to survive, with the story of another woman, grieving the loss of her brother, searching for Truth. Both woman carry loads of guilt from past and present experiences, but learn after ‘coincidentally meeting', that God is One of love and forgiveness, and He removes our burdens of guilt just for the asking. This is definitely a must read novel.

    This was a book I reviewed for Tyndale House Publishers.
  5. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    very fun book to read
    July 11, 2011
    chartless
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    The book was a really easy read, and really enjoyable for me. The author has a fun way of weaving in fun facts about rare book collecting and it was fun to learn a few basics of rare editions of books. Some points of theology might have been a little off, but they certainly weren't the main focus of the book, and it ended up being a very touching story that does a good job of point out how God can use willing people to do amazing works of love in the lives of those around them who are hurting.
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