The Bound Heart by Dawn Crandall

One accidental kiss—that was all it took to throw Meredyth Summercourt’s world upside down. Determined to marry the ever-elusive Vance Everstone, she simply doesn’t have the time or desire to fall for her best friend Lawry Hampton. But with Vance out of the country, and with Lawry at her side nearly every day, teaching her what the world is like through the eyes of a little orphan girl named Wynn—Meredyth can’t deny that what’s holding her to Vance is nothing more than a desire to redeem herself from her past. Will she marry Vance once he returns from Europe? Or will she be strong enough to break free from the tangled web of deceit she’s convinced she deserves, and accept that God’s plan for her life includes redemption…and, quite possibly, Lawry Hampton?

This book drew me in with a refreshing, new plot, a familiar character, and new love, and is by far my favorite of the Everstone Chronicles!

THE GOOD
1. Lawry!!! He’s so great.
2. The plot of this book is just really great. Well paced and suspenseful! 
3. Vance! I loved how rude he was and how he changed from a rude guy to someone special. I can’t wait for his story!
4. Meredith! She was loyal and torn and really quite a good character.
5. I loved the love in this story. It was unexpected and sweet.
6. I was glued to this book! I couldn’t leave it alone until I finished it.
7. I love the cover on this book! It is really beautiful.
8. Wynn! She was sweet and lovely and a great addition to the book.
9. Garrett and Ainsley! I loved how their story developed within Meredyth and Lawry’s.
10. The loved the romance! Carrying on with the things I loved with the last book.
11. The emotion! The emotional stakes are definitely raised in this book.
12. Again, the first person. I just love that Dawn wrote her books in first person.

THE BAD
1. The book was confusing while I figured out a few things.

FOR THE PARENTS
INTIMACY/KISSING – Meredyth gave her virtue to Vance, which was important for the plot. It’s implied, but not shown. Also some mild kissing and innuendos.
CUSSING – Nothing to report!
VIOLENCE – This book is a bit more violent. People are shot. Someone dies.

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