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Bound (Satucket #2)

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  1,382 ratings  ·  250 reviews
Alice Cole spent her first seven years living in two smoky, crowded rooms in London with her family. But a new home and a better life waited in the colonies, or so her father promised--a bright dream that turned to ashes when her brothers and mother took ill and died during the arduous voyage. Arriving in New England unable to meet the added expenses incurred by their misf ...more
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Published April 1st 2008 by HarperCollins Publishers
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Mari Anne
This sequel to "The Widow's War" is even more exciting and captivating than the first book. The story of Alice has a lot more drama and action than the story of Widow Berry in "War". That being said, the character of Alice takes a decidedly negative turn about midway through the book. She starts out as an object of sorrow and pity but ends up one of disappointment and disgust. I am not sure why the author took her character in that direction but this reader didn't like having the character "turn ...more
Gunning takes the reader into a world that is rarely described, pre-Revolutionary Massachusetts. Indentured servant Alice Cole, age 15, runs away from an abusive situation, finding herself under the wing of the widow Berry and her boarder, Mr. Freeman. Not yet free of her former master, Alice carries his child. Meticulous in detail, Gunning portrays Colonial Massachusetts as the groundwork is laid for a future revolution, and the homely details of life with apt description and a deft hand. Best ...more
If you need a real 'downer' then read this book. It's the typical modern 'histerical novel' I have learned to avoid. Well this story contains 3 of my favorite Pet Peeves: revisionism, modern ideals(read PC)and nihilism.
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I quite liked The Widow’s War and so got the two sequels right after finishing it--but while Bound is as competently written as its predecessor, it’s the kind of book that rises or falls on its protagonist, and Alice did not work for me.

The book tells the story of Alice Cole, who arrives in 18th century New England as a girl, losing most of her family on the trip only to be sold into indentured servitude at the end of it. When the real story begins, Alice is 15 and winds up with a master who rap
This book, about a young woman in indentured servitude prior to the Revolutionary War, kept me turning pages. Along with a lesson about the climate of the country during the various "Acts" that the British Parliament passed, you get a great cast of characters. In particular, Alice, the main character, is vivid and, I felt, more realistic. (I always hate novels in which the characters do something ridiculous simply because the author wants to mix things up a bit.)
I thoroughly enjoyed the novel un
This novel had me somewhat confused and not until I read another review did I completely realize why. First, I have to say I read the book in a 24 hour timeframe as I had to know how the story ends. That alone makes me give it 4 stars. The author didn't write obvious solutions, I didn't know where the plot was going, I loved the setting, Cape Cod 18th century. I enjoyed learing the way the law and court worked during this time. The people came to life and really seemed to act correctly for the t ...more
Donna Jo Atwood
Alice Cole is bound as a servant at age 7 when her father suffers from lack of funds upson coming to the American colonies. At first she is treated well, but at age 15 her contract is reassigned and life darkens. Each bit of happiness seems destined to be torn away.
We meet many of the characters from Gunning's earlier (and most excellent) book The Widow's War. Gunning once again examines the legalities of the mid 1700s and how it affects women. She adds to that the conditions of servitude in a c
I didn't read the first book but this sequel was enjoyable as a stand-alone. I actually liked the first half of the book better than the second. It was an interesting look at a subject I didn't know much about, white slavery in the 1700's.
Alice Cole's life is turned upside down when her father decides to emigrate to America. When her mother and brothers die on the journey, and the captain of the ship takes what remains of the father's money in payment for the medical treatment and burial at sea, the father binds Alice into service. As circumstances become desperate, she makes the choice to become a survivor. While the plot and setting are well done, I felt that the characters were not fully developed. The ending was also somewhat ...more
Nov 09, 2009 Valerie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes historical fiction
Good historical fiction. Verbiage from the times and descriptive passages of everyday life, but not so descriptive as to take away from the plot. I did have a hard time picturing the main character - as much as she was said to be very beautiful, no physical description of her is ever given. I was afraid that this was going to be a book that I liked until the end, but was pleasantly surprised that it ended not too happy, not too sad, not too weird. I greatly enjoyed reading this novel and would r ...more
Alice Cole travels from the UK to America on a ship in 1756. After her mother and two brothers die en route, her father can't afford to pay his bills so he binds 7-year-old Alice into indentured servitude. All is well until she is 15 and is abused by her mistress' new husband and by her mistress herself. She runs away and finds a new home but she is haunted by her past and eventually it catches up with her.

The story seems rushed in the beginning but is more focused in the middle. The author seem
I began reading this book and found it wasn't "awful" to read, but neither was it very compelling. The writing was straight-forward, but it didn't particularly grasp my attention.
I could have finished it (other than the fact it was one of those library books that's full of cat hair and other unnamed sticky gross substances), but I didn't really care if I did or didn't.

I picked up the next book on my list, was immediately sucked in, and went "Ah, yes ... THIS is why I read..."
The story was interesting and I wanted to find out what next. It was gloomier than I like in a story and hard to read at times but that was because of the subject matter. I felt for Alice and her position. At times I admired her courage but at other times aggravated by her behavior especially to those who cared about her. She didn't make sense to me at times. But considering all she had been through it's understandable her view of others and situations would be skewed.
Allen Elggren
White slavery in America. Excellent discriptions of survival level life in the early settlements of Mass., with the almost impossible status of those, especially children, indentured in the great state of Mass. After reading this, i believe we white folks need reparations. Indeed, I had no idea that white slavery, indentured was as prevelant today as it is.

Excellent, well written book about the period just before the Revolutionary war.
The further I read in this book, the more captivating it became. It was thoroughly interesting to discover what indentured servants experienced - mostly injustices and hardships, and how difficult it was to escape or endure until one's debt is paid.
The female protagonist, Alice Cole, was a fascinating character - her actions kept me guessing. An overall good read for fans of historical fiction.
Anne Broyles
When Alice Cole comes to the United States in 1756, the young child is indentured out to live the next 11 years as a servant/slave. This excellent historical novel manages to convey both the hardship of Alice's life, how her choices are limited by law, society and her own difficulty in thinking through options. As I was giving blood, I chatted with the phlebotomist about the book (she noticed me reading it) and she said, "Are you going to cry? I would cry if I read that book."

There are numerous
Shai Unfiltered
I could barely finish this book. The stupidity of the main character Alice made me want to simply reach in and shake her. Reading this book was like watching a by the numbers horror movie - yelling at the screen don't go outside, or take off those heels, etc.
pretty good fiction read, like popcorn for the brain. Entertaining, but not really filling. However, the writing is excellent, managing to suggest a tone from the time period without causing the reader to puzzle over obscure language usage.
Truly wanting to like this book better, I stuck with it. My main problem to enjoyment or connection with the read was my inability to grasp Alice herself. In some ways she seems apt and intelligent, and in others dense as a wooden plank. Also it's like a Job in the Bible type of story. Gloom, doom, and more perverse gloom. And the reaction to such adversity? Sad and pitiful, far more than encompassing to her full world.

Not a favored style of writing for me either here. But most of all it is the
I learned that indentured servants were sometimes treated soooooooooo badly that they would want to leave.
“Bound” by Sally Gunning left me disappointed, not just by the simpleton characterization of the protagonist Alice, but also of the novel's ending. There were a couple of times I shook my head in disbelief, but when I thought about the time period and the youth of the main character, I decided those points were believable.

Alice Cole, sold by her father into 11-years of indentured service is not unlike other women of the era, no voice and no power. Her hardship situation compounds her inability
Sally Gunning is a historian living on the Cape and writes with precision and imagination. This is a fictional story that takes place in the 1750's. It's about a young English child whose father goes into debt while on the ship to America and is forced to sell his little daughter as an indentured servant once they come to America. In the beginning she is cared for in a good home but eventually sent off to a place where she is brutally abused. She escapes and lands in the small seaside town of Sa ...more
From the time I became intimate with the works of Shakespeare, I have realized that human nature is now as it ever was. That being said, while reading Bound, I felt the behavior portrayed had a little too much contemporary sensibility to fit the time (pre-Revolutionary war). Nevertheless, I was drawn to the story of an indentured servant's long road to independence, cleverly juxtaposed with the backdrop of the colonies' journey to independence. The characters were well developed, especially Alic ...more
Margo Brooks
Set in Massachusetts (Boston and the Cape) just before the Revolutionary War this novel describes the trials of being an indentured servent in the Colonies in an unforgettable way and in an unforgettable voice. Sally Gunning writes in clear straighforward prose that mirrors the direct attitude of her charcters, but also paints pictures of scenes so quickly, that you don't realize you are reading desciption. A few words here and there and the Colonial scene comes to life in your mind's eye. Gunni ...more
This is the story of Alice Cole who as a young girl, traveled across the Atlantic with her family to the Boston area in the pre-Revolutionary War period. Her mother and two brothers die on the journey, and upon arriving, her father sells her as an indentured servant. Alice is not unhappy in her new home and is treated well, almost as a member of the family by the widower and his daughter. When the daughter, Nabby, marries, she insists that she gets Alice as part of her dowry. In her new home, Al ...more
This tale of a young girl that is sold into servitude in the early years of this country is sad, yet hits close to home, as we realize that this exact story happened to many young children when their parents couldn't pay off their debts. The author really knows her history here, and engages us in this young girls life, as we share with her the good times and the horrific times of being bound as a servant, just because her father sold her. She is lucky enough to be bought into a good home, when s ...more
This book is a sort of sequel to 'The Widow's War' which I absolutely loved. I found it to be a page-turner in its own right. The historical setting is pre-revolutionary Cape Code and Boston, just before and during the Stamp Act. Historical fiction doesn't get too much better in my opinion.

'Bound' is the story of Alice Cole, a 15 year old girl who has traveled to America during the 1750s to find a better life in the colonies. As happened often to lower class people traveling overseas, essential
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Janice Williams
I choose to read this book because I've been researching family history and many of my relatives arrived in the US in the 1600s and lived in Mass. and CT in the 1600 and 1700s. Two of them came to America as indentured servants (one from France and one from England) and then they married. I thought this might give me an idea of what life was like for these ancestors.

Gunning has been recognized by professional reviewers as an excellent storyteller and she certainly is. I read this book quickly (i
Chana Snyder
What a gem of a little book! Set in pre-revolutionary Eastern Massachusetts, 'Bound' gives readers a look at the then-common practice of indentured servitude. The author writes her characters wonderfully: Alice innocent and righteous but naive and flawed in her choices; Widow Berry quick-witted, sharp-tongued and perfectly capable of getting along by herself, thank you very much; Freeman patient and caring and progressive and completely exasperated by the women around him. All this set against t ...more
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Sally Cabot Gunning, a history buff specializing in the eighteenth century, lives with her husband in Brewster, Massachusetts, in an old cottage not far from Cape Cod Bay. (from the publisher's website)"
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