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The Bound Heart #2 in The Everstone Chronicles, by Dawn Crandall
Meredyth Summercourt is determined to marry Vance Everstone simply to redeem herself from her past. Vance is out of the country traveling in Europe. Lawry Hampton is her best friend and is by her side every day and they did have that accidental kiss. Will she relinquish her plan? Does God's plan for her include redemption and Lawry?
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Whitaker House
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Everstone Chronicles
lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5stupendous!September 21, 2016lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Meredyth Summercourt has been waiting for six years for Vance Everstone to return home from Europe to marry her. Her eighteenth summer she was smitten with Vance, who was a few years older than she. They had known each other forever, but she decided she wanted more than friendship. She thinks Vance returns her feelings, but when he doesnt offer to marry her after an incident that could ruin Meredyth he leaves her wondering. She clings to the promises she made to him that she would wait for him until he returned. She has rejected every suitor since then. Her good friend Lawrence or Lawry Hampton has returned from Washington. He has been gone for two years and they fall back into friendship easily.
Lawry has returned with one purposeto court Meredyth. She has no idea of his strong feelings for him, but he trusts God to set things right. What follows in the story are various situations where Lawry and Meredyth find themselves alone together, offering them ample opportunity to further their friendship and turning it into a romance. Lawry wonders if Meredyth still has feelings for Vance. She is holding herself at a distance from him, but he is not sure why. Lawry also has a secret of his own. He has funded and opened an orphanage in Washington and plans to return there to live permanently to oversee things. While back in Boston, he rescues a little girl, Wynn, from winter on the streets of Boston. Readers will fall in love with this adorable little girl; I know I sure did.
There is so much more to this story than I can write here. It delves into feelings of unworthiness, shame, guilt, love, compassion and much more. Lawry is steadfast in his constant love for Meredyth and has been for years, waiting for her to realize it. Meredyth cant get past her guilt. She longs for the One who can take away her shame and guilt, freeing her. The characters in this story I could easily identify with and had an emotional stake in the outcome of the story. Im looking forward to book three in the series, The Captive Imposter. Ive found a new author whose books are definitely going on my keeper shelf! This is a sweeping romance that will get your heart involved for sure.
Becky5 Stars Out Of 5Beautiful Story of Forgiveness and GraceSeptember 9, 2016BeckyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Bound Heart is a beautiful historical fiction novel that takes place in 1891 New England, ranging from Bostons Back Bay to Maines beautiful Bar Harbor. With characters seeking forgiveness and redemption, a complex story-line, a beautiful romance blossoming, and rich in historical detail that keep readers captivated. I absolutely loved this one.
Dawn Crandall paints a beautiful story that makes the reader feel as if they are actually there alongside the characters. I loved visiting all of the characters again and learning about Meredyth and Lawrys story. Its compelling and I couldnt put it down.
The books in this series can easily be read as a stand-alone because each book features a different character and story. I, personally, think its more fun to read them in order because theres so much back story from the other characters that help explain what is going on and who the characters are. Plus, all of the characters make appearances throughout the books.
Meredyth Summercourt is a strong female lead that I think many girls would relate to. She is raised in a wealthy and respected Boston family who knows that financial aid is not enough and finds herself serving the orphans. Everything looks perfect on the outside, but inside she was fighting that bounded by chains effect of sin. She finds herself willing to marry a man whom she does not love because she thinks its the only way she will truly be free and not fail God.
Lawry Hampton is one of my favorite male leads that I have ever read in fiction. He is swoon-worthy. I mean he loves God with his whole heart and wants to serve His life by honoring and glorifying Him. He genuinely cares about others, especially little Wynn whom he jumped out of a moving carriage to rescue off the streets! Even though Meredyth breaks his heart repeatedly, he still loves her with unconditional and passionate love.
And then theres cute little Wynn. I fell in love with her immediately. I loved the way that she bounded with Meredyth and Lawry.
I highly recommend this one! Its truly remarkable!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
Loraine3 Stars Out Of 5Interesting storyAugust 10, 2016LoraineQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0This was an interesting story. Meredyth has her mind set on marrying one man and Lawry makes her want to throw all of her good intentions right out the window. With the position that she had set herself in, I wondered how things between her and Lawry could ever turn out good. (Full review at my website)
Laura HiltonHorseshoe Bend, ARAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5The Bound HeartJuly 21, 2016Laura HiltonHorseshoe Bend, ARAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3THE BOUND HEART is book two in the Everstone Chronicles series, but it easily stands alone Fans will want to go back and read the first book, The Hesitant Heiress, if they are interested in knowing the story behind Nathan and Amaryllis. and their romance.
I absolutely loved the premise of THE BOUND HEART--an accidental kiss--and I wondered how a kiss could be accidental. I won't tell you the details because, of course, everyone likely loves a kiss and I adore how the sexual tension between Meredyth and Lawry came to life. Oh, and Lawry? Ahhh, definitely swoon-worthy.
The language of THE BOUND HEART was much more relaxed than in The Hesitant Heiress, and I enjoyed it. Also the scene breaks flowed ever so much smoother. I also enjoyed that this book is also first person (I mentioned in the review for The Hesitant Heiress that I enjoy first person point of view) and it is such a nice change of pace for a historical.
Fans of Laurie Alice Eakes' Regencies will enjoy Ms. Crandall's books. These are set in Boston.
I did get a little confused with the identity of some of the characters with A names - in fact I went back to look to see what Lawry's sister's name was because another character with a similar name was introduced as a very good friend (when you have time to kill at the pool while watching your daughter swim you notice stuff like that) and I did get a bit frustrated with her obsession over someone when Lawry was so swoon-worthy, but all in all I enjoyed THE BOUND HEART.
CaroljoFarmington, MOAge: Over 65Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Accepting ForgivenssJuly 7, 2016CaroljoFarmington, MOAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4The Bound Heart continues with characters from The Everstone Chronicles. I did not have much patience with Meredyth Summercourt, the female protaganist. I admired Lawry Hampton, the main male character. This book shows what life was like for the wealthy Bostonians. The main concept was forgiving ourselves and accepting God's forgiveness for our mistakes. I liked the book but not as well as book 1, The Hesitant Heiress. I do look forward to the next book in the series.
I received my free e-book of The Bound Heart from the author, Dawn Crandall, in exchange for my honest opinion.