Contemporary Fiction

Unbound by Eleanor Bertin. A Review

For His glory…
The Mosaic Collection is an international community of women authors who use faith-based fiction to touch hearts with the good news that Christ’s finished work on the cross has made us one family, and to nurture affection for the people God has placed within our circles of influence, so that the grace and glory of God may become visible and personal to everyone we meet.

…and our good
We are sisters, a beautiful mosaic united by the love of God through the blood of Christ. We have experienced the redemptive, restorative power of God’s grace in our marriages and families, and we believe our God is able to heal, restore and redeem our brokenness. His love fills us with the courage to persevere, and to offer others a Christ-like compassion that is full of His wisdom and grace.


Ruthie Adrian loves ranch life with her handsome husband, Mac and his family. But her fading hope for a child dissolves when Mac is killed in a crash along with his brother and father.
Added to their heartbreak, Ruthie and her mother-in-law, Naomi now face rejection by her sister-in-law, and impossible barriers as they try to protect their land.
Jake, a self-styled prophet steps up with a bizarre offer. A Godsend or a trap?
With raw grief, unexpected humour, and life-giving grace, Unbound is a modern twist on a timeless tale of the unique bond between two widows who harbour a few secrets of their own.


Unbound was a tough read but a good one because it kept me thoughtful.

Two women whose actions resulted in pain, loss and guilt.

Ruthie and Naomi dealt with loss in one fell swoop it seemed like all they had was gone. They were bound together not just by familial loss,but also by their past sins that held them bound in fear and feelings of worthlessness.

It takes Anna, Naomi’s sister and Amelia a lady in their Bible study to get them to understand that there’s grace available for us all. Christ already paid the price when He died on the cross and our greatest sin would be to reject His gift of salvation so freely given because we feel we are not good enough. It never is more clear as in
Titus 3:4,5: “But when the kindness and the love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us…” the joy that finally dawns on them when they realise that yes they are free because Jesus came to save them.

Then there’s Jake who from his self righteous attitude and self proclamation of being God’s remaining prophet and his poor treatment of the women around him, he only proved to be someone I wouldn’t want to be around, highlighting the dangers of cults claiming to be Christian organisations.

It deals with real issues from abortion to child abandonment and choices that led to the accident of a family member. But most of all grace that is available to us all.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and was in n way required to give a favourable review. All the thoughts expressed are solely mine


Eleanor Bertin holds a college diploma in Communications and worked in agriculture journalism before leaving the workforce for thirty years of raising and home-educating a family of seven children. What felt like the sacrifice of career and recognition gradually became a joyful calling.

But children have a way of growing up and she returned to writing with her first novel, Lifelines, followed by the memoir, Pall of Silence, about her late son, Paul.

She writes to convey the ways that God’s grace pierces through the armour of even the hardest heart, softening and transforming people, both real and imagined, into true worshippers.

Eleanor lives with her husband and youngest son, who has Down syndrome, amid the ongoing renovation of a century home in central Alberta where she reads, writes, sweeps up construction rubble and blogs about a sometimes-elusive contentment at

The first words in The Mosaic Collection were put to paper in 2018 when a handful of Minnesotan authors breathed life into the lonely world of self-publishing by doing it together. Now an international community of women, the authors in The Mosaic Collection claim much of North America as home, from Alberta to Kentucky and Oklahoma to Ontario.
With over 150 years of collective writing experience, more than 550 years of life experience, and well beyond 50 novels, novellas, devotionals, and memoirs that tell their stories, the women in The Mosaic Collection have faced devastating loss, offered prayers that seem unanswered this side of heaven, experienced the disintegration of family, and wrestled through the unknowns of long military deployments. They have also stepped out in faith to see Kingdom purposes accomplished even in the face of discouragement or dismay, chosen gritty determination and joy over anxiety, and persistently chosen to trust God through uncertain circumstances and unanswered prayers.
Award-winning and best-selling authors, the authors in The Mosaic Collection are active leaders and members in American Christian Fiction Writers, InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship, the Minnesota Christian Writers Guild, The Word Guild, Romance Writers of America, Wordsowers Christian Writers, Serious Writer Academy, and My Book Therapy. Many also haunt annual writer’s conferences around the North American continent.
Wives, mothers, and lifelong readers, the authors in The Mosaic Collection have done exactly what you’d expect. Not ones to settle for just the expected, they’ve also covered other creative territory, including (but not limited to) time as a flag twirler, agriculture news reporter, A&W waitress, caretaker, church soloist, MA grad, hot cocoa enthusiast, mostly-encouraged home educator, time waster, hyper-responsible conscience for the whole world, former alpaca owner, city-girl gone ranch wife, rainbow baby, procrastinator, paralyzed evangelist, optimist, and really grateful friend to many other women.

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