The Bound Heart by Dawn Crandall | My Review

Having quickly grown to love this novel's two main characters--Meredyth and Lawry--in book one, this story surpassed my excited expectations by a long shot. Now that I was familiar with all the characters and accustomed to Dawn's unique but stellar writing style (1st person for the win!), I fell all the more in love with Meredyth and this, her heart's story. This is a lovable and easily relatable character, but one whose story tugs at your heart strings, dare I say (in this reader's opinion) even more than Amaryllis and Nathan's story.
With the looming presence of Meredyth's past, her personality that is oft veiled (but not to the reader), Dawn took us on quite a heart-tugging journey with an intense, high-stakes climax and one of my favorite types of romances: where friends become more.
These two have a few years of friendship behind them. This results in a more open relationship between the opposite sexes than typical for the era, but oh those pesky societal rules propriety dictated during the gay 1890's for these two! Their "accidental" first kiss (I'm not spoiling! It's in the book description!) was one so full of promise and tenderness it just propelled me forward, deeper invested into seeing them to their Happily Ever After.
And oh, what an ending. Such redemption and restoration in the midst of quite an intense romantic suspense plot. A fine balance has been struck and so well, yet again, by this talented author!
*Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book by the author in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.

One accidental kiss from Lawry Hampton. 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 the desire to fall for her best friend. 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 she's convinced she deserves, and accept that God's plan for her life includes redemption...and, quite possibly, Lawry Hampton?


Dawn Crandall is an ACFW Carol Award-nominated author of the award winning series The Everstone Chronicles, which currently consists of: The Hesitant Heiress, The Bound Heart and The Captive Imposter. The Cautious Maiden is her fourth book and releases October 4th, 2016.
Apart from writing, Dawn is also a mom of two little ones and serves with her husband in a premarital mentorship program at their local church in Fort Wayne, Indiana. 
A graduate of Taylor University with a degree in Christian Education and a former bookseller at Barnes & Noble, Dawn Crandall didn't begin writing until 2010 when her husband found out about her long-buried dream. It didn't take her long to realize that writing books was what she was made to do. 
Dawn is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, the secretary for the Indiana ACFW Chapter (Hoosier Ink), and an associate member of the Great Lakes ACFW Chapter. She is represented by Joyce Hart of Hartline Literary Agency.

Words, history, and grace color my days here in The Burgh where I seek out the perfect coffee and red lipstick.

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