Books Teens Love: C. J. Darlington’s Bound by Guilt

Renee Ann Smith —  April 16, 2012 — 9 Comments

Need some suggestions on which books the teens in your life would love? Let us help. I enjoy bringing good books to school and allowing my students to browse through them. Recently, I decided to ask them to do mini-reviews of their favorite reads.


So first up, please meet Danielle, one of my happy, hard-working freshmen. Danielle has kept a solid B+/A- average in spite of transitioning from homeschooling to attending our Christian high school. As you can imagine, this means lots of studying. In spite of the workload, Danielle makes time to read.

Well, that’s an understatement. She’s an avid reader.

Without missing an assignment and in the midst of helping take care of her five siblings, Danielle finished Bound by Guilt in two days. Here’s what she had to say about C. J. Darlington’s story . . .

Bound by Guilt was a thrilling book. Darlington really brings her characters to life. Never judge a book by its cover because this book was thrilling, adventurous, and not what I expected. It was definitely a page-turner. I couldn’t put it down. And it seemed like real life to me. Darlington uses a realistic situation to show how love triumphs over hardships and trials—and that the love of God is stronger than anything.”

Are you interested in what made Danielle love this story? You can purchase Bound by Guilt at this link.

Need more info? Here’s the book blurb: Roxi Gold has been shuttled from one foster home to another for most her life. She longs for a family and will do anything to fit in even if it’s against the law. Soon she’s traveling the country in an RV, stealing rare books from unsuspecting bookstores. She knows it’s wrong, but if she refuses, she’ll be put out on the streets.

Police officer Abby Dawson has seen the worst of society, and not just at work. Her ex-husband wrested her daughter away from her in a bitter custody battle. The job she once loved has become a chore, the world isn’t any safer, and there’s no joy in her life.

One fateful night a man’s innocent blood changes both Roxi’s and Abby’s lives forever. One searches for justice; the other finds herself on the run until a first edition of The Great Gatsby catches up with her. Will the power of forgiveness set them free, or will they both remain bound by guilt?

About the author: C. J. Darlington won the 2008 Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild Operation First Novel contest with her first novel, Thicker Than Blood. She has been in the antiquarian bookselling business for over twelve years, scouting for stores similar to the ones described in her novels before co-founding her own online bookstore. In 2006 C. J. started the Christian entertainment web site Title Trakk with her sister, Tracy, and has been actively promoting Christian fiction through book reviews and author interviews. A homeschool graduate, she makes her home in Pennsylvania with her family and their menagerie of dogs and cats. You can find her website at this link.

Renee Ann Smith

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

9 responses to Books Teens Love: C. J. Darlington’s Bound by Guilt

  1. Thanks for the suggestions, Renee! I love that you’re involving your students. 🙂

  2. What an awesome way to start my morning! Thank you so much Renee & Danielle for this. It means a lot to me!

  3. Great post. I need to check this one out.

  4. What a great idea to have your students a part of the review process! Although my girls are in their mid-twenties, I always appreciated having a solid review when we would check out the new books at the library.
    Thanks for sharing at NOBH.

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