When Jenna and Randolph met at college, neither one doubted what they felt was true love. As in any relationship, there were hurdles to overcome; Jenna and Randolph believed they could conquer them all as long as they had each other. They didn't count on facing a shocking death, disapproval from their families and a pregnancy. Can they beat the odds and remain together forever as they had previously promised?

Ties that Bind spans more than 30 years. Ms. Jackson portrays the characters' lives during their pivotal and remarkable turning points. I was immediately sucked into this story and fell in love with all of the characters (with the exception of Angela!).

In this powerful book, Ms. Jackson spins a tale featuring the truest, purest type of love. (Nov., 357 pp., $13.95)
Reviewed by: 
Robyn Glazer