Book Review | Unbound

Title: Unbound: A True Story of War, Love, and Survival

Author: Dean King

My Review:

This book is a true story and it’s one that takes place in China~ a place that was so difficult to survive in if you were a baby girl. Girls were not regarded with much esteem , other than the value they had as wives.

Early on in the book we meet a little girl in Yeping who was not given a name because she was a daughter, yet Mr. King called her lucky. Lucky number one because they allowed her to live {baby girls were often drowned when they were born} and secondly because her family did not break the bones in her feet. {Girls toes were broken at a young age and bound so they would not grow and they would have a certain size and shape that was considered appealing.} She was needed in the fields.

This is not the main focus of the whole story, but it really stuck with me for some reason.

In 1934, the Chinese Red Army was forced to choose between certain death or facing a journey that was unlike any other and they took the journey. It was called “The Long March” and it certainly was. 86 000 soldiers began a 4000 mile trek on foot, which took them over a year.

A little known fact was that amongst those 86 thousand soldiers were 30 women and these beyond brave women are what this book focuses on. You will meet the nurses, teachers and “housekeepers” who would help maintain these men and who would face so many hardships of their own.

I love this book. It once again reminds me of how fortunate I am to be a woman in Canada at this particular time in history. The women you get to know in the book will stay with you for a long time as they did with me I am sure. More than a history story though, it’s a story of courage, determination and the sheer will to live in circumstances that would crush the best of us.

*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*


Vicki is a single woman living in Nova Scotia, Canada who loves to read, sing, cook for her friends and family and scrapbook. She loves to keep busy, hang out with her boyfriend and his cat and only sits still long enough to read and review books for "Simply Stacie."

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