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BOUND BY GUILT
BY C.J. DARLINGTON
I read C.J.’s first book, Thicker Than Blood, and I have to say that Bound by Guilt is even better. Not that I didn’t enjoy the first book immensely, but this story is deeper, as well as the characters. I actually cried at the end of the book.
In Bound by Guilt, Roxi Gold has lived half of her young life in and out of foster homes. None of them ever developed into anything she could call family. And that is the one thing she longs for. At sixteen, she’d been taken in by her absentee mom’s cousin, Irene, who coerces her into burglarizing antique book stores, so they can re-sell the books for large sums of money to live on. Roxi agrees to anything she thinks will gain her love.
Abby Dawson is a police officer on suspension who finds she’s lost her joy, and the love she once had for her job. But one night, both Abby and Roxi’s lives change forever. One searches for justice, the other finds herself on the run. Will the power of forgiveness set them free, or will they both remain bound by guilt?
C.J. is such a talented new writer. I was able to read Bound by Guilt quickly, because I couldn’t put it down. The story itself had some nice, little, unexpected twists. As for the characters, they are multi-dimensional, interesting, and spunky. C.J. is spot on in her portrayal of a sixteen-year-old girl who has no real family, and knows no real love. Yet, the reader can relate, and feel compassion for her. It’s much the same for the other characters. I highly recommend this book!
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