bound + a giveaway

Guys, this book. It is a.m.a.z.i.n.g.!!!!

I first read Bound as it was published as a series of posts in the beginning of this year, and I absolutely fell in love with it. I was thrilled to pieces when Victoria mentioned that she was pulling the posts off her blog to publish the book. And then I had an excuse to re-read it as part of the blog tour….. =) This is the second book released by Victoria and I am *so* looking forward to reading more of her creations!

Bound: Two Broken Souls. One Journey by [Lynn, Victoria]

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?

My Thoughts:

Wow. Just…..wow. This book was a beautiful creation of words woven together to create a story so touching and sweet that it just pulled at my heart strings. The characters were well developed and the story line was fantastic; the emotions were so real, and many times raw. Yes, I cried reading this book. Both times I read it, in fact. It is seriously just so sweet.

The two main characters — Casey and Levi — represent so many children in foster homes. The abuse, the fear, the emotions…..maybe it was so touching because so many of my friends have adopted or fostered or both. And the stories of the children, the testimony of God at work in their lives, is precious to hear, just as Casey and Levi’s story was precious to read. Mr. and Mrs. Bellworth are wonderful characters who really live out the Christian faith and strive to follow their Lord’s commands, no matter the cost or inconvenience to themselves. Even the DHR worker is a wonderful example of a follower of Christ.

There was a strong Christian message throughout this book — even in the descriptions of the children’s home life God’s protective hand is clearly seen. The scenes where abuse is mentioned is never too detailed, just enough to give you a sense of thankfulness at God’s protection over them.

There are mentions of alcohol and drugs in the book, as well as physical abuse….I would be cautious with younger children reading it. But when they are older…..reading this book is a must! If it wasn’t on my kindle I would have already loaned it out to others to read. =)

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Victoria was kind enough to let me interview her…..and you get to read it =) My questions are in Bold and her answers are in italic.

When did you know you wanted to write?
Ever since I was little I have been scribbling stories. Always, I guess. I was an avid reader at a young age, and I had and incredibly active imagination, so it came naturally the desire to write stories on my own.

What would you (or your family) say is an interesting writing quirk?
About myself? Um, I have to have headphones in. It’s the only way to focus. That makes it hard for people to get my attention though, just ask my dad.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing (besides blogging =P)? Lots of things. Reading, Sewing, creating something. . . music is also a big hobby of mine and I love the outdoors. I wish I had more time to spend outside.

Was there something particular which inspired you to write this book?
A writing Prompt that I did on my blog originally. Everyone loved it so much and it was one where my brain was spinning with possibilities afterwards. God obviously had a plan for giving me that inspiration.

What was your favourite scene in Bound?
Ooh, tough choice for sure. Probably the epilogue, but then also the scene where Mikayla is pleading with Jason. My heart hurt so much in that one I was crying real tears.

Which character could you relate to the most?
Mikayla and Miz Mariah. I have Mikayla’s empathy and her passion. Miz Mariah’s motherly instincts are also a trait that I possess.

If you were stranded somewhere and could have only three books with you, which ones would you choose?
The bible for sure, Les Miserable’s by Victor Hugo, and The Hidden Hand by E.D.E.N Southworth. If I were stranded somewhere where I needed to work to survive, I would trade the last one for a survival book.

What is the best advice that you have been given as an author?
You can’t edit a blank page, but you can edit a bad one. So just write. I can’t remember who on pinterest had that first quote, but it is still one of my favorites.

What is one important thing that you would want readers to take away from what you have written?
The gospel and how deeply God loves them. I hope that my writing always and forever brings glory to the King of Kings.

Thank you so much for having me on your blog Kaitlyn! It has been an honor!

AND……there’s a giveaway folks!!

Hop on over to Victoria’s Blog for all the tiny details about entering and prizes and whatnot…..

Victoria Lynn is in her 20s and if she’s not writing, she is probably sewing, singing, playing the piano, washing dishes, creating something with her hands, or learning something new. She has a passion for serving her Creator, encouraging others and being creative. She blogs at www.rufflesandgrace.com about writing, fashion, modesty, her walk with God and life. She lives in Michigan with her parents and 8 siblings

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7 comments

    • Kaitlyn S. says:

      It definitely makes you want to do something to help other children in the same situations! I think those are some of the best kind of books out there — the ones that inspire you and get you thinking about difficult subjects :D

  1. Mary says:

    Awesome post, review, and interview, Kaitlyn!! I very much enjoyed them all, and this is my favorite post of the blog tour so far.

  2. Ashley says:

    HI Kaitlyn!
    Sorry I haven’t commented in a while…but I do read all your posts. :) I’m glad you were able to read Victoria’s second book. Wasn’t it great? I only read it once, which was last year when she posted it on her blog, but I hope to start reading it again.
    How have you been? Who’s turn is it to write a letter? It’s been so long I’ve forgotten! :)
    Oh, and how are your grandparents doing? Are you still taking care of them?

    Love
    Ashley

    • Kaitlyn S. says:

      Hi Ashley!
      Yes!!! The book was amazing!! I cried most of the way through it :D I was so excited to have an excuse to re-read it again!
      I *think* it is my turn for a letter — which is mostly done =) But I am warning you — it will be a looong novel-type of a letter! Because it has been too long since we’ve written! My grandparents are both doing really well — thank you for asking…..I’ve written more details in that letter =)

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