Meet Jude in The Sins That Bind Us by Geneva Lee!
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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.
This for me is Geneva’s best work to date, it was not my first book of hers and it will definitely not be my last either.
Faith is an addict, so she regularly attends meetings and gets support from fellow addicts. She then meets Jude Mercier and despite spending a long time closed off and not allowing anyone into her heart, she can’t help but feel this connection to the mysterious Jude.
Faith and Jude connect with each other and there is one scene whereJude and Max meet, and my heart melted. From that point on I knew somehow this book was going to break me into pieces!
“I don’t dream or wish. I cant risk it, and I can’t fly”
“Then I’ll build you wings.”
Jude! Stop being so cute and making me want to steal you away from Faith!
“Loving you two is the least selfish thing I’ve ever done. I know that you have a hard time trusting other people, and I’m trying to be patient with that. But, dam… sooner or later you’re going to have to accept that I’m not going anywhere”
The fact that Jude and Max bond straightaway pretty much meant that Faith had to finally let herself love and believe that she is worthy of the love that Jude is offering her. Her own family with him.
“We’re both broken and no amount of imagination can combine our pieces into a working whole.”
Jude and Faith are two differently broken people on their own path and find their lives colliding with each other. After a certain amount of pages, I just got this feeling of a major twist that could happen and I was right in the end. My heart broke for Faith more than once because her life is dedicated to Max, there is not anything that she wouldn’t do that little boy and it shone through in this book.
Faith’s Nan is in a care home and doesn’t have many moments of lucidity due to dementia but the rare moments that she does, Faith finds out something that she has been waiting forever for, her acceptance, the truth about how much Faith doesn’t need to hold onto her past, that it is actually okay to let go and allow herself to be happy with Jude.
Jude, he’s a little bit naughty in this book and not that kind of naughty, he does hurt Faith but he doesn’t hurt her intentionally and that for me made all the difference.
“Life is messy, Sunshine. Some of those messes are ugly, but this is a beautiful one.”
This book is about finding a way through your tortured past and the pieces of your life that shattered. It is about find a way to move on despite the past. Your past does not define who you truly are, your actions define who you are. I love this book beyond words, I have tears down my face as I write this review, it just touched me so much. I cannot wait to read more of Geneva’s words.
5 Beautiful Stars
About the Author:
Geneva Lee prefers fantasy to reality, especially fantasies involving powerful, dangerous, and sexy men. You can find her devouring a good romance while avoiding the laundry and the children. She lives in Kansas City with her family.
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