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The winner of the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild�s 2008 Operation First Novel contest is back with a story of the heartache of abandonment and the power of true forgiveness. Sixteen-year-old Roxi can only dream of what being a part of a real family would feel like, after being shuffled through the foster care system to end up living in an RV with a thieving family. Through a tragic set of events, her path is intertwined with that of Abby Dawson, a divorced cop desperately trying to reconnect with her daughter when her brother is murdered, the victim of a burglary gone wrong in his rare book store. Peppered with intense moments of suspense as well as grace, Darlington�s latest provides fans of Christian women�s fiction with a solid page-turner that may also intrigue readers interested in rare books and fans of inspirational crime fiction. --Elizabeth Ponder

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You will forget you are reading fiction as you follow these deeply drawn characters on their desperate journey to find truth and acceptance. Darlington's stellar storytelling rivals that of any seasoned pro! --RT Times, 4.5 Star Rating

Peppered with intense moments of suspense as well as grace, Darlington's latest provides fans of Christian women's fiction with a solid page-turner that may also intrigue readers interested in rare books and fans of inspirational crime fiction. --Booklist

From the fitting title to the last page, this book delivers it all: complex plot, fascinating characters, suspense, emotion, and a story of redemption from sin and guilt, stressing the power of forgiveness and unconditional love. --CBA Retailers & Resources

Product Details

  • File Size: 767 KB
  • Print Length: 409 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1414340125
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (February 21, 2011)
  • Publication Date: February 21, 2011
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004LB59YQ
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C. J. has been in love with reading since she was a kid dragging home bags of books from the library. When she was twelve she started dreaming about becoming a published author. That dream came true when her first novel Thicker than Blood won the 2008 Christian Writers Guild Operation First Novel contest. It became the first book in the Thicker than Blood series, which also includes Bound by Guilt and Ties that Bind. She has also written Jupiter Winds, a YA space adventure.

In 2013 C. J. started the publishing company, Mountainview Books, LLC. and has had the privilege of publishing authors like James Pence, Don Brown, and Darcie J. Gudger. A homeschool graduate, C.J lives in Pennsylvania with her family and their menagerie of dogs and a paint mare named Sky.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Wolfe Moffat on February 17, 2011
Format: Paperback
When C.J. Darlington made her debut with "Thicker Than Blood," I was really excited. I thought she did a great job with it, and my wife did too. Talking with an author like Susanne Lakin, you might have your doubts. But when it came time for me to use my own brain, I ignored every negative word Susanne had to say, because she was just wrong. And I agree with what authors like Francine Rivers, Jerry Jenkins and Bodie Thoene had to say. They believe in the talent that was put on paper, and I do too! This girl has what it takes to write a great book, and then back it up with a 2nd one, and you don't want to miss "Bound by Guilt," so don't!

Meet a life where a last name like Gold doesn't exactly glitter as such. That would be young Roxi. Simply to be accepted, that's all she wants, and the things she does are not the right way to get attention. She steals rare books with a young man named Diego, and a woman named Irene, and they go to great lengths to get what they want!

Abby Dawson is a cop with a rough edge to her at times. She does her job well, but she doesn't like it. Around the same time her brother is gunned down, she happens to get suspended without pay from her job for showing that rough edge to the Mayor's wife. But needless to say, somebody is going to pay for what happened to her brother. He had his dreams, and just like that, they are gone and done with.

The paths of Roxi and Abby will eventually cross. What will happen?

You can see the work that Darlington puts into her books. She is no slouch. She might be a newer author, but handles the task at hand like a true master! I don't care what some people might say, because I really enjoy getting lost in what this new, young talent has to offer. It is more than good enough for me.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Heather Trim on March 21, 2011
Format: Paperback
This story kept me captivated till the very end. There are many layers to the story and it's very well paced. Granted some of the characters weren't as fully vibrant as they could have been, but she twisted a good tale around them. Abby, the police woman, is strong, harsh and bold. I liked her but Jan was my favorite character and the most three dimensional in the book. I anticipated learning that Jan was controlling with selfish motives, but it never came about. She is loving and forgiving, a reflection of the nature of Jesus, even after all the damage in her life.

Okay, now about that "Christian" aspect of this book... The preaching was noticeably toned down from the first book. Which is a plus! There was less jibber-jabber about religiosity and more heartfelt actions that reflect the values of the bible. Which is what I'd rather read than preachy fiction. And the author didn't make us to go to church in this book to see God in the story. (Thank you!) The ending was touching and satisfying even though there was some over-explaining in the end. Some things can be left unsaid and our imaginations can make the connection to faith principles.

RATING:
Regardless of the negative points... This story touched me. I loved Roxi's ending, I was nearly in tears. When emotion is evoked from a story, you know the author succeeded. I'd rate it at a 3: A good read, no regrets. It's worth the time to read especially compared to the first book. The cover is pretty and I like the combination of antique books and the ranch (again).

RECOMMENDATIONS:
I'd recommend this book to Christians who love a good mystery. I think this book would be appropriate for teens and adults alike.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wyn on March 24, 2011
Format: Paperback
I was quite pleased to see that this contemporary novel didn't depend upon the first book in the series for a set up. It included the main characters but was definitely a stand alone story. I wasn't quite as pleased with this one as I was with the first book, "Thicker than Blood". The first third was interesting and set up the characters with great hope for a good story. I found the middle third to be a bit blah and uninteresting, I just about didn't finish it; but the last third was exciting, full of action and twists and apprehension. I'm glad I stuck it out! In this book we meet Abby Dawson, Hunter's sister, a cop with a temper and an ex who has full custody of her teenage daughter and Roxie, a throw away child of a drug addict who is trying to please cousin Irene in any way she can because she so desperately needs a home and a family. Of course, that combination is bound to run into each other and create lots of tension. The story is totally believable, compassionate, and with a twist at the end.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Katie Garvin on April 26, 2011
Format: Paperback
As I read through this book, clutching the pages in suspense at times, I was enthralled with Bound By Guilt. Even though I haven't read the first book in the series, I was able to jump right into the story, though enough history is given of Thicker Than Blood that I now want to dive straight into that book. The opening scene, with Roxi and Diego, sucked me right into this story and didn't let me go until I had read the last word on the epilogue page. What a story this book told!

Bound By Guilt is filled with a host of believable, three-dimensional characters. Sixteen year old Roxi was my favorite person to read about, but Deigo, Christy, Abby, and Jan were just as endearing. Even though Diego had made a huge mistake in his life, he realized his wrong and wanted to face up to the consequences of his actions. I really came to like this older-brother figure of Roxi's. Christy and Abby were perfect together--they were more alike than they realized. Survivors of similar evils. I really enjoyed watching their friendship bloom. And Jan. Wow. She was just one amazing lady. The way she cared for Roxi and loved her in a way that no one ever had, was touching. I always looked forward to scenes between these two, knowing they would be powerful.

This story was refreshingly unique. With the whole plot revolving around The Great Gatsby book, Roxi's life as an accomplice to a mother and son business of stealing rare books, and then her struggle to survive on her own, isn't a normal plot. It was amazing! Just when I thought Roxi's trouble would be over, something is thrown into her plans and she finds herself worse-off than before.

Gifted with a wonderful, engaging writing voice, CJs skill with words is amazing.
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