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“A thoroughly entertaining romance with an unflagging social conscience.”
Romantic Times, July 2001
**** four stars
“I just finished Roberta Olsen Major’s BOUND and am mourning the book's end: I wanted the story to go on and on. The characters are so completely well-drawn, the story engaging, the setting and history is flawless.
“I'm not normally a fan of historical romance, but this is one that doesn't drone on and on with the author's proud display of research. Enough to make it real, but without the truckload of dry, historical facts that slog a story down. Bess Murphy and Ben Elliott are a hoot, and their reluctance to fall in love with each other is smooth and natural—no forced “relationship” scenes here. Flawed but charming, the couple engages the reader from the start.”
—Anne Carter, author of
and IN TOO DEEP
“…I really, really enjoyed BOUND. It was like Louis L’Amour, only with a woman.”
—a male reader from Texas
“…you know how I know that I have really liked a book? When I am done, I feel a twinge of regret that my time with these characters is over. And that's how I felt when I closed [BOUND].”
—an East Coast reader
“It was a really good story, with so many twists and turns, and such a wonderful command of language ...”
—a reader from Maryland
“Historical novels are my favorites and [the author has] combined this with adventure, romance, a big social message and very interesting characters.”
—a reader from Vermont
“[BOUND] is a great book—and wait until you read both TIES and PIECRUST PROMISES. More of those same folks! They're every bit as well crafted and entertaining.”
—an advance reader from Iowa
Roberta Olsen Major wore out two toy typewriters as a child before her parents realized she needed the real thing. Throughout junior high and high school, she tapped out lurid, angst-filled stories peopled with impossibly beautiful characters speaking highly improbable dialogue.
After earning a BA from Brigham Young University, she worked for a time as a librarian in sensible shoes, before switching her Major to the care and feeding of a science-minded husband and two charming children.
A published playwright and reviewer of children’s books, she now lives in Texas, where she tap dances, collects dust, and is, as always, working on her next book.