Guest Post: Rachel Carey’s Review of The Bound Heart by Dawn Crandall

Reader friends,

Today I have the distinct pleasure of welcoming my good friend, and fellow University of Delaware alumni and English major, Rachel Carey, to A Way With Words. I’ve known Rachel for about seven years now (what a blessing to have friends for such a time) and got to know her quite well when we served as fiction editors for Ceasura, UD’s literary magazine. Aside from her superb editorial skills, Rachel is also a terrific literary writer. When the time came to find reviewers for Dawn’s second novel I knew I wanted to ask Rachel to join the team. Her history as a prolific creative writer is just what authors look for in a reviewer.

I hope you enjoy Rachel’s review of The Bound Heart. Be sure to keep an eye out for this young lady’s work–someday, you may see her name on your bookshelf.

Happy reading!


The Bound HeartIn Dawn Crandall’s beautifully written second installment of The Everstone Chronicles, The Bound Heart, she again tells an astonishingly honest story of a stuck young woman, grappling with the truth of her own desires and how God’s plan fits into her life. Meredyth Summercourt thinks she has her whole life figured out. Even though her own desires fall far from what society expects from her, she knows one thing is for certain: in order to recieve atonement for her sins, she must marry Vance Everstone. She is even at peace with the inevitability of it all, until an unexpected kiss lets her see what she is missing. Then, she begins to realize that there is more to life, and more to the equation of her happiness, than simply giving into what she feels is expected of her…and does that equation possibly have someone other than Vance Everstone walking her down the aisle?

Lawry Hampton is a man of God and one of her oldest friends. He’s good with children and has a heart of gold. But, when it all comes down to it, does Meredyth really have the courage to act against the plans that she believes that God has set for her? And ultimately, even if God is forgiving, will she be able to forgive herself for how she has acted and move on to bigger and better things? All of these timeless internal conflicts and more face Meredyth as she struggles to make sense of her need to meet the expectations of society, her family, her love, her God, and herself. At the end of it all, one truth is certain: Sometimes God’s plans aren’t so different from our own; in fact, sometimes, the desires that reside in our hearts are put there by God—it just takes some faith to realize that He wants our peace and happiness just as much as we do. In Crandall’s story, it is up to Meredyth to release her heart and give into what is right.

Rating: 5 stars

About the Reviewer:

Rachel CareyRachel Carey is a recent graduate of the University of Delaware, trying to navigate her way through the “real” world, when really all she wants to do is write to make sense of it. If you’re ever looking for her, you are most likely to find her with her nose in a book— either reading or writing. As far as the future, she knows that she will continue writing no matter what, but hopes to one day become more involved in the world of publishing— maybe even the publishing of her own novel!


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