About the Book
Levi Coulter is a teenage loner who is desperate to escape his abusive home life. But when that desperation finally propels him to leave it all behind, an encounter with another runaway half his age completely derails his plans. Casey Gage is so innocent and helpless Levi feels honor bound to befriend and help her. With complete self-confidence, he takes her under his wing. Yet when injury befalls the pair on their journey, Levi must accept help from the first people he finds. Abel and Mariah Bellworth are simple farm folk with a heart for kids and a passion for serving God. With unconditional love and gentleness, they begin to care for the two broken youngsters. Levi and Casey’s troubles finally seem to be over and they are just starting to flourish when Casey is dragged back into the abusive world she came from causing the emotional trauma, pain, and distrust to resurface. Will God answer their prayers? Or will they be forever bound by their past?
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In My Opinion
Bound is a quick read due to both the page count and the action that occurs throughout the story.
As Levi and Casey deal with their broken homes and what comes when they leave them, author Victoria Lynn gives readers insight into the doubt, fear, and anxiety of the uncertainty of their futures.
While some of the vocabulary came across as a little too mature for an eight and fourteen-year-old and pretty much every situation came to a nice resolution quickly, some of the scenarios just didn’t quite hit the mark with believability. However, Lynn’s character development and character emotions made this story memorable.
This story deals with difficult topics like abuse, alcoholism, and the foster care system but also offers hope and encouragement. It also is a warm nod to those special people who have room in their hearts for hurting children and give the gift of foster care with open hearts and arms.
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