Hi everyone! How is your weekend going so far? I apologize for this late post- life has been busy, and there were a couple of things that I needed to prioritize over this. 😀 Thank you for your patience! Today I’ll be sharing a review of Victoria Lynn’s Bound and I can’t wait for you to read it!
Onto the review!
Two souls don’t find each other by simple accident. ~Jorge Luis Borges~
Levi thought he was making this journey alone. But when he meets an eight-year-old girl at the train station, that plan is turned on its head.
Casey is running away and finds out that Levi is too. They decide to journey together and their lives are suddenly bound together in a journey they will not soon forget.
Both children come from abusive situations and are running from the dangers of their previous life. Levi is confident he can handle this on his own, but when Casey is injured on the journey, he must seek help from the first person that comes into his path, or rather people. Mr. and Mrs. Bellworth are simple farm folk with a heart for kids and a passion for serving God. When their unconditional love and gentle care surrounds Levi and Casey, the troubles of their previous lives melt away and they start to flourish. But when Casey is dragged back into the abusive world she came from, the emotional trauma, pain and distrust resurfaces. Will they be forever bound by their past? Or will God answer their prayers?
taken from Goodreads
When I picked up this book, I was immediately drawn to the gorgeous and descriptive writing style. Bound is a story about two children who ran away from abusive homes and were taken in by a lovely couple. It’s a story about forgiveness, love, mercy, grace, and more, and I absolutely adored the gentle Christian aspect of it. I also love Victoria’s writing style; she had me turning the pages really quickly and guess what? I finished in a little over an hour. Well, that’s a new record. 😀
There are some heavy topics in here, but I thought Victoria addressed them very well in an understanding and humble way that I really appreciated.
- Levi. The way God strengthened his faith was so amazing to read about.
- Casey. She’s the most adorable eight year old around, and her struggles with her family made me tear up. ❤
- Mr. Abel, Miz Mariah, and Jason. They’re the sweetest family ever and I love how Victoria shared the gospel + Christ’s love through them.
- Some of the events seemed a little strange / unrealistic, but given the situation, I can see why Victoria put them in there.
- I didn’t really dislike this, but I did think it strange that Mr. Abel’s wife is called “Miz” Mariah.
- Levi’s and Casey’s POVs seemed a little advanced for a 14 year old and 8 year old.
(page numbers taken from the PDF version)
A doctor stood in the doorway, a wrinkled white coat over his
dress shirt and tie. He had a clipboard in his hand. What was it with
medical personnel and their clipboards? – pg. 51
Heh. I agree. xD
When nobody was looking, she held it to her face and
whispered her secrets in its [Casey’s stuffed animal- a bear] ear. Her fears, what she thought of everyone around her.
She also told him that whatever he did, he was to be friends with Levi. Levi was her favorite person in the whole world, and if the bear wasn’t nice to him, they couldn’t be friends.
The bear had agreed, and she had pulled him close, tucked
under her arm in a hug. – pg. 74
Aww, Casey’s so precious. ❤
- Drugs are talked about a lot in this book. However,they’re shown in a bad light and I do believe it is necessary for the story.
Bound was one of the most brilliant books I’ve read this year. It shows God’s love and redemption in such a special way, and I can’t wait to share it with all of my friends. I also really want to read London in the Dark and Beauty Blooms, Victoria’s other books. ❤ 5 stars.
Recommended to ages 12+ because of drugs mentioned.
Have you read Bound, London in the Dark, or Beauty Blooms? What did you think of them? Let me know!
Any questions? Feel free to ask them in the comments!