This book is totally different from all the other books I´ve read so far by the author. Full of emotion, drama, love and the desire for a normal life and a family. Yes, I know that some of this too, is part of her Royals Saga, but in a totally different way. Read this book, and you´ll understand what I am talking about. My first thought was when I got a glimpse at the beautiful cover: I must have and read it! Blue, black and the shimmering silver – holy crab what a hot combination. And again, I know *smile* blue and hot is not the usual way to describe that color. But then, what is usual when it comes to a Geneva Lee book?

The Sins That Bind Us*
by Geneva Lee
Publisher Westminster Press on May 2, 2016
Genre Novel
Pages 276
Format Softcover
Source Blanvalet

I wasn´t given a choice. Not when I did my first line of cocaine. Not when I became a single mother. But I changed, and every decision I´ve made was to protect myself and my son from my weaknesses – and my past. Until Jude came along and made me question everything, even my own secrets. The sins I carry with me can never be discovered. Life handed me broken bits of people and left me to construct my own world, and it´s too fragile to take a chance on Jude Mercer. We write our own stories. We build our own prisons. We weave our own lies. We commit the sins that bind us.
Faith is fighting. To stay alive, to be there for her little son, to care for him and to keep him away from the hell, she once was in – and still feels. Drugs, alcohol and being addicted to something, is nothing she wants her son to know or even experience himself. And men are so far out of reach for her. They are all nothing but trouble and that´s the last thing she needs. So, when Jude Mercer shows up at the church where her weekly meeting is, she is not only thrown out of her daily routine but also has to face the truth. That she lives a life that isn´t hers and never was.

From Faith´s first-person narrative you learn the story that made her life such a drama. The loss of her parents at such a young age, the growing up at her grandmother´s house and the moment she went to her first party and her life turned upside down. But there are moments when you think that something isn´t quite right here. There are some scenes where nothing seems to make any sense and you start guessing “could it be, that ….?” And oh yes, the end shows that exactly that, what you weren´t sure off, is correct. The pages between fills the author with a great story, that is told in a sensitive but blunt way and where you always have the thoughts that this must have a happy end. Not a kitschy one, but a happy one that fits into the plot and to the characters. 

Geneva Lee is very clear in her writing style. It is kind of the same, she used in her Royals Saga and yet totally different. The focus is more on the addiction and that addiction can have many faces. It is not always about drugs, alcohol or glue. No, a person can be addicted to a lot of things. And not all of them are life-threatening. On some pages, the story goes back to the time when Faith and Grace lost their parents and got on the wrong track. Where one of them lost the fight to get clean and the other had to step in and give up her plans because of the other. 

Losing a parent or both due to an accident or a sickness is never easy. To lose them at such a young age is the worst-case scenario and no matter what the rest of the family does, it is never enough. 

Faith was after the sudden death of her parents for many years the good girl. She loved books and wanted nothing but to discover and to experience the romantic part of life for herself. Doing wrong things or the opposite her grandmother wanted her to do, was not an option. Not, until her sister Grace wanted to go to a party and invited her to come along. From that moment on, everything went south for her and there was no turning back.

OMG, this was awesome! I never felt so touched, so shocked and so numb after I had finished it. This novel wasn´t at all what I´ve expected – it was way more and excelled my highest expectations. You have to read it!

Happy reading

*I read the German edition new release published on March 3, 2017, by Blanvalet.

Geneva Lee
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Geneva Lee was since always a hopeless romantic, who prefers fantasy to reality – especially fantasies involving powerful, dangerous, and sexy men. With her Royals Saga, the love-story between the English crown prince Alexander and commoner Clara, she hit into the heart of the reader and took the international bestseller lists by storm. Geneva Lee lives with her family in Kansas City.


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