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Bound by Guilt

(Thicker Than Blood #2)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  543 ratings  ·  88 reviews
Alt Cover: ASIN B00GM0I680

Roxi Gold feels like a throwaway. Shuttled from one foster home to another for most of her life, she longs for a real family and a place to call home. She’ll do anything to fit in and please her new guardian—even if it’s against the law. Soon she’s traveling the country in an RV stealing rare books from unsuspecting bookstores even as guilt hounds
Published 2013 by Mountainview Books, LLC (first published January 29th 2011)
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Natalie Vellacott
Finally, Christian Fiction worth reading--I couldn't actually put this down and ended up staying up late to finish it. I can totally see why this author has won awards for her writing.

So, what did I like about it?

1. The Christian worldview wasn't compromised--right and wrong were clearly distinguishable. When characters made mistakes they suffered consequences but there was also grace and forgiveness when they were truly repentant.

2. The storyline was different. The author clearly has a heart fo
Nov 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Age Appropriate For: 15 and up (mild violence and difficult situations)
Best for Ages: 15 -25

If you are looking for a book where all the characters are in nice, neat packages, move on to another author. Darlington doesn’t sugar-coat her characters and is honest about pain and struggles without becoming vulgar. Even I, who can be very sensitive, feel like that her books are honest, are a bit gritty- without doing things just for the shock value. It is becoming harder to find books like this, but I
Apr 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Really enjoyed this book. Found this on one of the freebie download sites - it was worth the read.
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great second book to this series! It just gets better. I can't wait to read the others now.
Nora St Laurent
Mar 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was intrigued by the beautifully bound book and the troubled teen on the front cover. I was thrilled to receive a review copy of such a tension filled, heartfelt book. This novel kept me spellbound on many levels, as C.J. took me through the homey Book Barn - a place I’d love to go and explore its treasures myself. The author’s passion for books and her book experience shines through in this haunting, suspenseful tale of a teen caught in a hopeless web she struggles to get out of. Contrast to ...more
Feb 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As I read through this book, clutching the pages in suspense at times, I was enthralled with Bound By Guilt. Even though I haven’t read the first book in the series, I was able to jump right into the story, though enough history is given of Thicker Than Blood that I now want to dive straight into that book. The opening scene, with Roxi and Diego, sucked me right into this story and didn’t let me go until I had read the last word on the epilogue page. What a story this book told!

Bound By Guilt is
This is the most inspiring book I've read this year! CJ Darlington is a master at the craft of writing! At the age of 15, she wrote her first book Thicker than Blood. Jerry B. Jenkins noticed her talent too, especially after winning his First Novel contest!

Roxi has had a rough life. At the age of eight, the fast lane became too slow for Roxi's mom and she was sent to a foster home after an unfortunate accident left Roxi scarred for life. Bouncing from home to home, no one ever wanted Roxi long.
Lisa Johnson
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title: Bound by Guilt
Author: C. J. Darlington
Pages: 402
Year: 2013
Publisher: Mountainview Books
The first novel in the series, Thicker than Blood, sets the stage for the continuation of the main characters in Bound by Guilt, May and Christy. The sisters have experienced the loss of both parents in a car accident plus May has feelings of abandonment when Christy took off without explanation after the funeral. Now readers see in Bound by Guilt the inte
Apr 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Welcome to the unique and unusual antiquarian book world of author,
CJ Darlington!

Follow-up to Darlington's 'Thicker Than BLood', 'Bound by Guilt' contains enough explanatory history allowing for an engaging stand alone read. On the other hand, it was like old home week comfort to catchup with characters from the first novel.
Darlington's novels centre in the unusual setting of the antiquarian book world. Her novels
are filled with unique and interesting facts inspiring a broader understanding o
Mar 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What happens when an abandoned teenager seeks love and approval from the only one who will take her happens to be a criminal?

Bound by Guilt is an intriguing mystery involving a runaway and an out-of-control police officer. It begins with murder and the stealing of valuable books.

Roxi Gold will do anything to be a part of a family or so she thinks. When things go horribly wrong she knows she has to change how she’s living.

Bound by Guilt follows Roxi’s journey filled with guilt, fear and lonelines
Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
I met some of these characters in Thicker than Blood, which I enjoyed very much. I felt for Roxi right from the beginning - must be the mom in me. She seemed like such a good kid and was just craving someone to take notice of her and be proud of her. Because of this she was willing to do what she knew was wrong in the hopes that her mom's cousin and her current foster mom would be proud of her. When one of their planned robberies goes bad, Roxi has had enough and decides to head out on her own. ...more
Lydia Howe
I'm pretty sure that both times I've read this series I've read this book twice. That's probably because it's hard to find which book is the first when reading on kindle.

Bound by Guilt was amazing. Let me start out by saying that I really don't like violence in books. Like, not at all. But, if it's done correctly, then that makes a huge difference. And, then violence in this book was real, raw, and hard, but also vague. (In fact, most people would probably laugh at my usage of the word violence
Jul 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I simply love this book, despite the sad beginning. My heart felt for Roxi as she tried to run away from the guilt of a crime. She wanted, needed someone to love and care for her. Abby, a police officer, is adamant about searching for the criminal. The ending was exciting and perfect. A wonderful read that reveals God's forgiveness and love for all people.
Susan F
Jul 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent book for teens, young adults and adults. It is not "preachy". Those who are interested in stories about redemption, abandoned children, finding family, crime, law officers, etc. you'll like this one.
T. Darlington
If you like rare books you will love this one!
Mary Manson
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting Read

To begin with, I love books and I love to read. It is my favorite thing in my life to do. This book deals with books worth a lot of money, first editions. I found it interesting to read about and I intend to do some research into that topic. The mystery that involved the book store and the murder of one of the store's owner was very well written and grabbed my attention from the moment I started reading. I truly enjoyed this book and I am looking forward to reading the next book
I was going to try it even though it wasn't really what I usually read, but once I started I didn't feel the compunction to keep going. The content might have been semi-mature, but I don't know since I don't think I got more then 20 pages in. I might try it again later, but I also might not. This might be better enjoyed by someone else, but it's just not my style.
Nikki Van
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good book about forgiveness

I love reading stories about flaw3 characters finding God. The hardest character for me to connect with in n this story is Abby. She will be a tough nut for God to crack, but He can do it.
Patricia Thompson
I could not put this book down.

What a talent to put a book such as this together. I could not find a place to take a break. I agree with the author. The characters are fictiona! But they could be real. Realistic fiction. Loved this book.
Amy (ArtsyBookishGal)
Mar 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Bound by Guilt is an action-packed page turner that will keep you riveted to the end when you will feel satisfied by a story well-told. This is the kind of work readers can expect from C.J. Darlington, who wowed the literary world with her first novel, Thicker Than Blood. And, if possible, the sequel may be even better.Once again, we return to the Book Barn and Christy Williams, who so heroically fought her alcohol addiction, reunited with her sister, and fought off a crazy ex-boyfriend in Thick ...more
Sandra Stiles
There were so many connections to make with this book. My first connection was with Abby Dawson. She was a cop who felt she had failed at her marriage and then felt like she was a failure as a cop. Her ex-husband, a lawyer and fought for custody of their daughter and won. I admired Abby for not putting her daughter in the middle of their divorce and problems. I know there were times she wanted to shout and explain the truth to her daughter. I know when I went through my divorce it took every oun ...more
Jun 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Author C.J. Darlington is a home school graduate and a lover of antique books, two things she and I have in common. I've heard about her novels since her first book debuted in 2009, and I always thought I would enjoy them. I was happy to be proved right in reading "Bound By Guilt."

Roxi Gold's life has been anything but golden. At sixteen, she's been through several foster homes and finally ended up with her mother's cousin Irene and her son Diego. Wanting to be accepted and loved within this thi
Christy Lockstein
Bound by Guilt by C.J. Darlington is the sequel to Thicker Than Blood. Roxi Gold has never felt truly wanted anywhere. Taken from her mother at the age of eight after suffering a terrible accident, she was shuttled from foster home to group home until a cousin of her mother's named Irene took her in. Life with Irene and her teenaged son Diego isn't what most people would consider normal. They live most of the time traveling across the country in an RV, which sounds like fun, but they make their ...more
Mar 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An antiquarian bibliophile I’m not. But for those who are, it’s a high-stakes book collection! Books can range from $40 up to $40,000 for just one book!

This is the world Roxi Gold finds herself landing into, ’rescued’ from the life of a foster-home shuffled, abandoned girl, when her Aunt Irene Tonelli and her son, Diego, finally take her in. Traveling the country, they stake out bookstores and steal the rare, preferably first edition books, to sell to make a living for themselves. How did Roxi e
Mar 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
C.J. Darlington


Tyndale House Publishers


Reviewed by Cindy Loven

All Roxi Gold wanted was love, a mother's love. But it seemed to be the most elusive thing in her life. Taken away from her own mother at eight years old, she has been in and out of foster homes for the last eight years and at sixteen she is now placed with her mom's cousin Irene. However even with a family member, however distant, Roxi doesn't find the family feeling she is looking for. Instead she f
BOUND BY GUILT by C.J. Darlington is an amazing contemporary christian fiction set in modern day America.It is this author's second book.Her first book "Thicker Than Blood".While this a sequel,this second book has no connection to the first book,and is a stand alone. This story has multiple intertwining stories with Roxie and Abbey the primary characters. Roxie,is a runaway,she thinks a throwaway,abandoned by her mother as a child,moved from foster home to foster home,and finds a friend in Diego ...more
Heather Trim
This story kept me captivated till the very end. There are many layers to the story and it’s very well paced. Granted some of the characters weren’t as fully vibrant as they could have been, but she twisted a good tale around them. Abby, the police woman, is strong, harsh and bold. I liked her but Jan was my favorite character and the most three dimensional in the book. I anticipated learning that Jan was controlling with selfish motives, but it never came about. She is loving and forgiving, a r ...more
Lori Twichell
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
C.J. Darlington’s sophomore release marks her first venture into publishing after winning the 2008 Christian Writers Guild’s Operation First Novel contest. Her first book, Thicker than Blood, was an excellent glimpse into the world of antique book collecting and selling. Now she has continued this story in a fascinating new way, focusing on external characters while, at the same time, returning to the familiar favorites that we loved from the first book.

Though her career started out as a contest
Margaret Chind
Sep 26, 2010 marked it as kindle-ebook-to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Margaret by: C.J. Darlington
This is a sequel to Thicker Than Blood, but can be read as a stand alone quite easily as well. If you know me, you know that Christian Historical Fiction is my genre, and I do not usually get into contemporary novels. They just contain too much real life for my taste. Yet sometimes there are authors that just snag me and I have to make an exception. Especially in the realm of Suspense for authors like Kristen Heitzmann and C.J. Darlington. (I'm not talking about my adventure books here, that's a ...more
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C. J.'s love of reading began when she was a kid dragging home bags of books from the library. When she was twelve she started dreaming about becoming a published author. That dream came true when her first novel Thicker than Blood won a national writing contest. It became the first book in the Thicker than Blood series, which also includes Bound by Guilt, Ties that Bind, and Running on Empty. She ...more

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Thicker Than Blood (4 books)
  • Thicker Than Blood (Thicker Than Blood #1)
  • Ties that Bind (Thicker Than Blood #3)
  • Running on Empty (Thicker Than Blood #4)