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Bound

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Held by the terms of her indentured servitude all her life, Alice Cole finds herself torn between her new master and a life-long friend, a situation that forces her to run away to Boston, where she learns a new trade at the side of compassionate friends.

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Alice Cole spent her first seven years living in two smoky, crowded rooms in London with her family. But a new home and a better life waited in the colonies, or so her father promised—a bright dream that turned to ashes when her brothers and mother took ill and died during the arduous voyage. Arriving in New England unable to meet the added expenses incurred by their misfortunes at sea, her father bound Alice into servitude to pay his debts.

By the age of fifteen, Alice can barely remember the time when she was not a servant to John Morton and his daughter, Nabby. Though work fills her days, life with the Mortons is pleasant; Mr. Morton calls Alice his "sweet, good girl," and Nabby, only three years older, is her friend, companion, and now newly married, her mistress.

But Nabby's marriage is not happy, and soon Alice is caught up in its storm; seeing nothing ahead but her own destruction, she defies her new master and the law and runs away to Boston. There she meets a sympathetic widow named Lyddie Berry and her lawyer companion, Eben Freeman. Frightened and alone, Alice impulsively stows away on their ship to Satucket on Cape Cod, where the Widow Berry offers Alice a bed and a job making cloth in support of the new boycott of British wool and linen.

At Widow Berry's, Alice believes her old secret is safe, until it becomes threatened by a new one. As the days pass, the political and the personal stakes rise and intertwine, ultimately setting off a chain of events that will force Alice to question all she thought she knew. Bound by law, society, and her own heart, Alice soon discovers that freedom—as well as gratitude, friendship, trust, and love—has a price far higher than any she ever imagined.

Library Journal hailed Sally Gunning's previous novel, The Widow's War, as "historical fiction at its best." With Bound, this wonderfully talented writer returns to pre-Revolutionary New England and evokes a long-ago time filled with uncertainty, hardship, and promise.



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Held by the terms of her indentured servitude all her life, Alice Cole finds herself torn between her new master and a life-long friend, a situation that forces her to run away to Boston, where she learns a new trade at the side of compassionate friends. By the author of The Widow's War. 25,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, 2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061240256
0061240257
Branch Call Number: FICTION GUNNING
Characteristics: 307 p.

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rbeckbro
Oct 14, 2013

A really lovely, well-written, and thoroughly researched story that presented a beautifully complex side of pre-Revolution events.

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greenacres
Mar 29, 2012

Gunning has yet to let me down with her novels. At times shocking and rivetting, this is an interesting, educational read on the life of 18th century indentured "servants" .

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Robbie10
Dec 15, 2011

Sandy 12/11

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MOM_MY11206
Jun 17, 2011

I picked this up for the insight it seemed to offer about the history of indentured servants in Revolutionary War America. The lesson it offers about humanity seem appropriately broad and complex. Alice is just a young child when she is "bound" to a family, then a teenage girl when she is transferred to a new one. As a reader I could not help but empathize with her reasons for running away from her cruel circumstances. As an adult, I could only shake my head and plead with her not to do some other things afterwards. She is very young, and human, and makes many mistakes that one can imagine a young, inexperienced, desperate young girl might make in her circumstances. While I was often frustrated with Alice's thinking, I couldn't put the book down. Suspenseful and tragic, hopeful and powerful. A very well-written book.

samdog123 Oct 05, 2009

Sally Gunning, the author of this book, writes very good historical fiction. The main character, Alice Cole, is sold as an indentured servant after a difficult ocean crossing from England. All goes well for the next 8 years until the daughter of her master is married. She goes along to the new home and experiences terrible abuse and decides to take her future into her own hands. The author's previous book, The Widow's War, also features a similar theme of women standing up for themselves.

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avidreaderCB
Sep 04, 2008

It was an interesting story about the life of a young girl...I found the ending a bit deflating but at least it was a corny ending.

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MOM_MY11206
Jun 17, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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