I read a lot of books as a child and many of them have gotten lost in the mists of my memory. Some of them, however, have gotten lost in actuality. This is one of them. I don't remember where we first found a copy of this book. I just pulled it off our bookshelves one day and got lost in the story. I read it over and over which is what I tended to do with any book that caught my fancy. I didn't love it the way I loved Little Women and the Little House books but it was a book I was a bit obsessed with for a while. Then, at some point, my mom thinks she loaned it to a friend and it vanished never to be seen again. The story stuck in my head though and from time to time I wished I could read it again purely for nostalgia's sake. Now I have a daughter and I have slowly been accumulating all the books I think it is vital for her to read. This book kept popping into my mind but I didn't remember the title, I had not idea who the author was, and, by this point, my memory of the story was a bit fuzzy. All I remembered clearly was that the girl's name was Felicity, she lived as a servant in Puritan America, and the title had the word 'bound' in it. Oh, and that there was a bit of romance at the end which thrilled my little ten-year-old heart all those years ago.
From time to time I would do a little puttering online trying to find out exactly what the title was and who wrote it. I wasn't too successful at first. There are a lot of books out there and searches for books with the word 'bound' in the title can turn up some interesting things. One day, though, I stumbled across a copy of The Bound Girl by Nan Denker. The cover had a puritan scene on the cover which was reassuring after some of the other things I had come across but I still wasn't sure it was the right book. There was no description of the story line at all. I filed it away in the back of my head and periodically looked to see if I could find copies and if there was any more information. Recently, I came across this copy. It had a description that made it clear it was the book I wanted but it was more than I really wanted to pay. I added it to my cart and kept checking back when I remembered and, lo and behold, the price eventually dropped down to next to nothing and I joyfully clicked the 'purchase' button.
I know this isn't really an enthralling story but it has made me happy. It is a bit of my childhood, of my book history, that I can now pass on to my daughter. I hope she enjoys the book as much as I did all those years ago and I hope her little ten-year-old heart is just as thrilled by the bit of romance.
I am going to read it again myself though part of me almost doesn't want to. What if it isn't nearly as good as I remember? I don't think, though, that it really matters. I will be reading it through the eyes of the little girl I used to be and that little girl will still love it.
In case you want a more complete description of the story here is a picture of the synopsis that is pasted inside the front cover.
Are there any books that you have lost track of or wish you could remember more clearly?