♫♪ Blest be the tie that binds out hearts in Christian love; the fellowship of Christian minds is like to that above. Aaaaaaaameeeennnnnnnn ♪♫ [and, you're welcome]
I recently read Ties that Bind by author C.J. Darlington. The more I think of it, the more I believe the song we all have stuck in our minds right now is a good way to describe Tires that Bind.
How many times have we questioned God's trustworthiness in our own lives? Major life events happen and we wonder 'where is God in all of this'.
On the way to find her father, she realizes she has two sisters both of whom have no idea another sister exists. And, wouldn't you know, Brynn finds herself living with and working for one sister and meeting the other all in the same day. But, Brynn just can't find it in herself to tell the sisters she exists because of the pain it will cause.
Brynn and her sisters are in a community of people helping people. Neighbors and friends prove they are trustworthy and care for Brynn. But, Brynn feels unworthy as she has skeletons in her closet.
And, isn't that how it truly is at times in our own lives? People try to show us love and care but we find ourselves needing to prove our worthiness of that love and care.
Ties that Bind is a story that will grab the reader from the beginning. It's a story of real life issues--good and bad.
If you like horses, it's in there. If you like old books, it's in there. If you like a story that isn't filled with 'fluff', you will enjoy this novel.
The downside of Ties that Bind? Besides the story ending, there were a few scenes I felt held a little too much "preaching". Do not get me wrong, that is very important. Very. But, I, personally, tend to skim over it when it gets a little "too much". To the author's defense, it did go along with the story and it was needed. Just a personal taste thing. Without giving the ending away, there was an issue I felt might have been resolved a little too quickly. But, novels need to end at some point and the story wrap up was handled nicely.
I found myself thinking about the real-life issues in this novel for days. It's one of those books you'll continue to think about long after you've finished reading.
Should you, the reader, purchase this book? You betcha!!
I would recommend reading Thicker than Blood and Bound by Guilt to get more familiar with some of the characters. Ties that Bind can be read as a stand alone novel and the author does an excellent job of giving the back story without confusing anyone. But, if you are like me, you'll get more out of it if you read the first two books.
Note: Bound by Guilt is free for your e-reader for a very limited time. In fact, today (Saturday) is the last day so hurry!!
Make sure you read the Q & A section after the book ends. There may be a couple questions C.J. answers from yours truly.