A Bound Heart

  • Title: A Bound Heart
  • Author: Laura Frantz
  • ISBN: 0800726642
  • Page: 174
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Bound Heart Though Magnus MacLeish and Lark MacDougall grew up on the same castle grounds Magnus is now laird of the great house and the Isle of Kerrera Lark is but the keeper of his bees and the woman he is hop
    Though Magnus MacLeish and Lark MacDougall grew up on the same castle grounds, Magnus is now laird of the great house and the Isle of Kerrera Lark is but the keeper of his bees and the woman he is hoping will provide a tincture that might help his ailing wife conceive and bear him an heir But when his wife dies suddenly, Magnus and Lark find themselves caught up in a whi Though Magnus MacLeish and Lark MacDougall grew up on the same castle grounds, Magnus is now laird of the great house and the Isle of Kerrera Lark is but the keeper of his bees and the woman he is hoping will provide a tincture that might help his ailing wife conceive and bear him an heir But when his wife dies suddenly, Magnus and Lark find themselves caught up in a whirlwind of accusations, expelled from their beloved island, and sold as indentured servants across the Atlantic Yet even when all hope seems dashed against the rocky coastline of the Virginia colony, it may be that in this New World the two of them 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Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Dec 31, 2018 Beth rated it it was amazing Shelves new releases 2019, christian fiction, historical fiction, own it, 2018, favorites 2019 Words seem to fail me when describing my thoughts of A Bound Heart what a sublime reading experience The evocative imagery of the descriptions of Scotland s craggy shores and the sultry summer heat of the New World transported me easily into the world of this story Lark MacDougall is a rich, endearing character, full of depth A time honed friendship between Lark and Magnus MacLeish, laird of her island, layer this plot with a poignant backstory, one that paints a beautiful picture of deep re Words seem to fail me when describing my thoughts of A Bound Heart what a sublime reading experience The evocative imagery of the descriptions of Scotland s craggy shores and the sultry summer heat of the New World transported me easily into the world of this story Lark MacDougall is a rich, endearing character, full of depth A time honed friendship between Lark and Magnus MacLeish, laird of her island, layer this plot with a poignant backstory, one that paints a beautiful picture of deep respect yet longing This is an achingly gorgeous romance, one that truly spans oceans, one that is steeped with integrity and tenderness.The plot itself ebbs and flows, flavoring the story with a life like feeling I deeply appreciated that Frantz does not rush the story, and though I found it one to savor, I couldn t help but read it as quickly as I could There is also such inspiration found in the faith of the characters I can t describe the faith element any other way than organic and original to the events and characters Nothing feels forced, in my opinion While faith is discussed, it never feels preachy, but rather a genuine and sincere element, as it frames circumstances that upend their lives Yet God has seen us here and promises to turn things in our favor no matter how dark If He promises to bring good from all this, should we not look for the good, too A few other quick notes the secondary characters are varied and fall all along the spectrum of what it means to be human doubters, believers, those seeking freedom, and those resigned to their fate yet hopeful for the future Additionally, I appreciated how realistic the dialect and accents feel, without being over the top or losing the meaning of certain words although there is a handy glossary at the beginning for Scottish terms The truth to the time period gives this novel a classic feeling that won t soon leave me It s one I definitely wouldn t mind rereading some day and is certainly a favorite 2019 release so far flag 55 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Vera Sin Awesome review Beth, now I really want to read it Jan 31, 2019 08 56PM Beth Thank you, Vera I hope you get a chance to read it soon and love it like I did Feb 01, 2019 05 42AM Jan 15, 2019 Deanne Patterson rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley, netgalley jan 2019 I have waited a long time to read this book Was it worth the wait That would be a resoundingYES Laura Frantz continues to amaze me with her writing perfection No matter what type of historical fiction she writes about she writes about it as if she was born to do it I ve read almost all of her books and the details are magnificent They transport me to the time period she writes about This book was a little different for me I ve never read a historical Scottish book before but I was t I have waited a long time to read this book Was it worth the wait That would be a resoundingYES Laura Frantz continues to amaze me with her writing perfection No matter what type of historical fiction she writes about she writes about it as if she was born to do it I ve read almost all of her books and the details are magnificent They transport me to the time period she writes about This book was a little different for me I ve never read a historical Scottish book before but I was truly impressed with it and it s authenticity Highly recommended for lovers of historical fiction Pub Date 01 Jan 2019 I was given a complimentary copy of this book from Revell through NetGalley Thank you.All opinions expressed are my own flag 25 likesLike see review Dec 14, 2018 Melissa Tagg rated it it was amazing This book A couple months ago, I found myself sooooo impatient for Laura Frantz s next book that I went back and read basically every other book of hers Which was wonderfulbut it only made me impatient But I can definitely say now that this book was worth the wait I loved Magnus, I loved LarkI loved the slow burn of their romance Honestly, probably my favorite piece of their romance was at the very beginning of the book when we see them as friendsand no possibility of being This book A couple months ago, I found myself sooooo impatient for Laura Frantz s next book that I went back and read basically every other book of hers Which was wonderfulbut it only made me impatient But I can definitely say now that this book was worth the wait I loved Magnus, I loved LarkI loved the slow burn of their romance Honestly, probably my favorite piece of their romance was at the very beginning of the book when we see them as friendsand no possibility of being anything but due to their circumstances at the time I don t know, there was something just so sweet about the innocence of it alongside the faintest whisper of longingLaura Frantz always excels at placing the reader so completely and enthrallingly in her settingand this book was no different But we got bonus settings Scotlandthe ocean crossingVirginiaeven Jamaica The writing was, of course, beautiful Altogether, a lovely, lyrical story that s definitely destined for my re read pile This book was provided to me by the publisher via NetGalley All opinions are my own flag 22 likesLike see review View 1 comment Nov 07, 2018 Lori Benton added it Equally suspenseful and heart wrenching, Laura Frantz s A Bound Heart takes readers on a journey that begins in the misty isles of Scotland and crosses oceans to the sun drenched plantations of the New World, with finely drawn characters who rose from the pages to quickly capture my sympathies From start to finish, A Bound Heart is an absorbing, tender hearted story about the grace of second chances flag 21 likesLike see review Jan 06, 2019 Maddy rated it it was amazing Oh my goodness, this book is absolutely beautiful I enjoyed every minute of this story and it s definitely on my favorites list now A Bound Heart follows Lark and Magnus They were friends growing up but Magnus is now laird and Lark works for him I ve been wanting to try a book by this author for the longest time, and I m so glad that I finally got to The authors writing style is just beautiful and it immediately pulls you into the story This book has everything you could want in a historic Oh my goodness, this book is absolutely beautiful I enjoyed every minute of this story and it s definitely on my favorites list now A Bound Heart follows Lark and Magnus They were friends growing up but Magnus is now laird and Lark works for him I ve been wanting to try a book by this author for the longest time, and I m so glad that I finally got to The authors writing style is just beautiful and it immediately pulls you into the story This book has everything you could want in a historical book There s a ball, old friendships, and risky nighttime adventures There s also false assumptions and heartbreak This book will keep you hooked I absolutely loved this book and I will definitely be looking into the authors other books I received a free copy of this book in exchange of my honest review All thoughts are my own flag 19 likesLike see review View all 10 comments Jul 13, 2018 Jocelyn Green added it Shelves historical fiction, christian fiction, read for endorsement A soaring tale With her trademark attention to detail and lush imagery, Laura Frantz takes readers on an unforgettable journey certain to stir the soul Magnus and Lark captured my heart, and their courageous story stole my sleep until I reached the last page Sweeping readers from Scotland to Virginia to Jamaica, A Bound Heart dazzles with authenticity A triumph flag 19 likesLike see review Jan 04, 2019 Megan rated it it was amazing Shelves christian, historical, romance, scotland A Bound Heart by Laura Frantz was one of my most anticipated reads of 2019 Christian historical fiction that is partly set in Scotland Sign me up From the settings to the characters, I fell in love with this book Ms Frantz s descriptions of the scenery are lyrical and breathtaking certainly doing Scotland justice The first part of the book that is set in Scotland reminds me of Poldark with the smuggling and the rugged coastlines Ms Frantz also has an amazing grasp of the Scottish cult A Bound Heart by Laura Frantz was one of my most anticipated reads of 2019 Christian historical fiction that is partly set in Scotland Sign me up From the settings to the characters, I fell in love with this book Ms Frantz s descriptions of the scenery are lyrical and breathtaking certainly doing Scotland justice The first part of the book that is set in Scotland reminds me of Poldark with the smuggling and the rugged coastlines Ms Frantz also has an amazing grasp of the Scottish culture The two main characters, Lark and Magnus, are so likable and well written Lark instantly became a favorite for me She is so sweet, innocent and Godly I love watching Lark s struggle with her faith when her life is turned upside down She asks some frank and honest questions of God I especially love seeing that despite their troubles, both main characters praise God and count their blessings when going through suffering and loss What a wonderful encouragement and reminder to Christians I loved this book and highly recommend it You won t be disappointed Content I give this book a PG 13 rating Some examples of the content are mention of brandy and smuggling a man has a reputation for wenching a man swears but the word isn t actually written a person is possibly addicted to opium and may have committed suicide men smoke a baby is born out of wedlock men take women as lovers on a ship a man attempts to rape a woman but does not get far.Rating I give this book 5 stars Genre Christian fiction Historical fiction Romance ScotlandI want to thank Revell and Laura Frantz for the complimentary copy of this book for review I was not required to write a positive review The opinions I express in this review are my own This is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission s CFR 16, Part 255 flag 16 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Dec 19, 2018 Rachael rated it it was amazing Well, I tried to read it slowlyto savor it I just cannot slow down my brain when reading such a great historical read.The book has the perfect amount of everything Love, faith, family and written in such beautiful prose so rarely found Once a heart is given, it is bound to that individual and the heart works its way through the difficulties I so appreciated how romance was shown in this book, and the importance of faith to Lark was really what pushed it to five stars for me No butterflie Well, I tried to read it slowlyto savor it I just cannot slow down my brain when reading such a great historical read.The book has the perfect amount of everything Love, faith, family and written in such beautiful prose so rarely found Once a heart is given, it is bound to that individual and the heart works its way through the difficulties I so appreciated how romance was shown in this book, and the importance of faith to Lark was really what pushed it to five stars for me No butterflies, tingling skin, or electric touches a deeper lovea love of faith and home I simply couldn t give any less to a book whose characters stole my heart and took me on such adventures with them My only complaint was one frequently given to great stories, it was too short I wasn t in the least ready for the ending when it came.It s another beautifully written story by a terrific storyteller that obviously came from her heart, into the words on each page, words written with such care Just simply said, the story is beautifully done I received this book from the publisher All opinions are my own flag 16 likesLike see review Dec 27, 2018 Melissa rated it really liked it Outlander fans take note This is a faith filled tale set in the same setting and era as the famous series I really liked the slow burning romance between Magnus and Lark Due to numerous circumstances, their obvious attraction to each other is denied for many years, but this only serves to make the tale realistic and much satisfying in the end.So many exotic settings, tumultuous events, and twists in each of their stories kept me invested in the ultimate outcome I was happy to see that t Outlander fans take note This is a faith filled tale set in the same setting and era as the famous series I really liked the slow burning romance between Magnus and Lark Due to numerous circumstances, their obvious attraction to each other is denied for many years, but this only serves to make the tale realistic and much satisfying in the end.So many exotic settings, tumultuous events, and twists in each of their stories kept me invested in the ultimate outcome I was happy to see that there will be another book in this series because this book left loose ends hanging This is overall a beautifully told tale of longing, grace, forgiveness, and God s mercy despite terrible circumstances I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, all opinions are my own flag 15 likesLike see review Dec 31, 2018 Abigail rated it it was amazing Shelves christian books, historical fiction, romance, scotland, most anticipated 2019 releases, 2019 i have read, books i own read, favorites, to die for cover, 5 star books I honestly have no words to describe how much I loved this book I wish I could rate it than five stars I wish that this book never ended I wish Laura Frantz would come out with book set in Scotland This book took me on an amazing journey from Scotland to Virginia I felt like I was apart of the story and was there throughout all the events The story line, character development, setting, and just everything that went into this book was truly magical I have also loved Scotland so w I honestly have no words to describe how much I loved this book I wish I could rate it than five stars I wish that this book never ended I wish Laura Frantz would come out with book set in Scotland This book took me on an amazing journey from Scotland to Virginia I felt like I was apart of the story and was there throughout all the events The story line, character development, setting, and just everything that went into this book was truly magical I have also loved Scotland so when I first saw that Laura Frantz was coming out with this book I was ecstatic She definitely did not let me down This book had me on an emotional roller coaster I am still giddy and jittery as I write this review I was reading this book while watching Mission Impossible movies with my family and I literally was ranting and yelling at characters underneath my breathe, annoying my siblings whispers Hey it s not my fault Laura Frantz is such an amazing author The characters in this book were amazing, espicically are main ones Lark and Magnus, oh and oh could I have forgotten wee Larkin Ugh They were amazing characters and I loved their faith Even through the hard difficult times they had a realistic faith that made my heart sore Wee Larkin has to be one of the cutest book babes ever I just wanted to jump into this book just to meet this sweet babe Then there were characters that weren t that amazing like Trevor No, it was not just that he was after Lark even though her heart belonged to Magnus, it was his lack of faith that made me very angry Now, don t get me wrong there are LOT of people who lack the Christian faith but he just made my blood boil At one point when Lark was asking about his faith he pretty much told her that it wasn t important even though it WAS an important thing to her calms myself down before I start ranting Now back to amazing characters, I really loved Flowerdew She was just a sweetheart and I was so happy that Lark had someone like her when Magnus wasn t there Another aspect that I loved about this book was the romance Laura Frantz is known for her realistic romance and this book definitely confirmed that The romance between Magnus and Lark was so real that I can t even out it into words Let s just say that it could actually happen in real life It wasn t a love at first sight or other cliche troupes in romance that are out there It was a real love that your parents or grandparents would tell you about Also the faith in this book was another AMAZING part There was scripture and prayers continually throughout the book and that what makes Christian Historical Fiction books like these even better Sure you get some good Historical Fiction without the faith aspect but with the faith aspect it just brings beauty to the book All in all I could go on for days about how amazing this book was I highly recommend reading it because if you love Scotland, romance, and just an amazing historical read then pick up this amazing book D I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review It did not have to be positive flag 14 likesLike see review Jan 05, 2019 Brittany rated it it was amazing Shelves 2019 50 states challenge, 2019 new release challenge, 2019 scavenger hunt A Bound Heart was an intense, deeply moving, and beautiful story to read I loved the way the book spanned many locations, including Scotland, a sea voyage, Virginia, and Jamaica.The novel started off slowly, but not in a bad way The relationships and workings of the residents of the Isle of Kerrera were clearly described and made me feel as if I was experiencing life in Scotland along with them.The connection that Lark and the Laird, Magnus, had on the island was an innocent friendship that ha A Bound Heart was an intense, deeply moving, and beautiful story to read I loved the way the book spanned many locations, including Scotland, a sea voyage, Virginia, and Jamaica.The novel started off slowly, but not in a bad way The relationships and workings of the residents of the Isle of Kerrera were clearly described and made me feel as if I was experiencing life in Scotland along with them.The connection that Lark and the Laird, Magnus, had on the island was an innocent friendship that had grown with them since infancy I loved learning about their friendship as children and how the Laird ended up married to anyone other than Lark It was fascinating to finally find out how Magnus really felt and watch their beautiful romance bloom.The sea voyage that carried Lark and Magnus away from the sham of a trial and the troubles that fell upon them in Scotland was absolutely fascinating, as was reading about Colonial life in Virginia.Lark and Magnus were characters that I couldn t help but love Their kind hearts toward others, including slaves and orphans, and their desire to live as they believed that God wanted them to, endeared them to me.I received a complimentary copy of this book All opinions are my own.You can read this review on my blog flag 12 likesLike see review View 1 comment Dec 28, 2018 Olivia rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018 favorites, adult readers 20, e book challenge 2018, heroes, late teens 17 19, historical, wish list This book was provided by Baker Publishing through Interviews Reviews This book presented to me exactly why I was drawn to this author for the first time a couple years ago Her beautiful way with words and descriptions once brought me to care deeply for the characters and look forward to how their life worked out.I adored the romance, I adored the spiritual content, and adored the characters It was very realisticLark admired by than one fellow, her emotions for her true lov This book was provided by Baker Publishing through Interviews Reviews This book presented to me exactly why I was drawn to this author for the first time a couple years ago Her beautiful way with words and descriptions once brought me to care deeply for the characters and look forward to how their life worked out.I adored the romance, I adored the spiritual content, and adored the characters It was very realisticLark admired by than one fellow, her emotions for her true love, and the indentured years of waiting and sorrow I was sad that a couple key characters toward the beginning dropped off until they basically were nonexistent at the end But yet, isn t that like people who come and go in our life They seem a key part of our lives and then circumstances take them away.I was really pulled into the beginning story that was set in Scotland Some surprising events and happening that truly made the rest of the story hold my interest The Scottish accents and lifestyle was beautiful and realistic and I loved seeing how the Scots reacted to America There is so much I could say about this book, but I will leave you with the encouragement to read it yourself It is captivating and worth every moment spent reading it flag 11 likesLike see review Jan 02, 2019 Pepper Basham rated it it was amazing There are books that describe places and then there are books that TAKE you to places.In Laura Frantz s newest novel, A Bound Heart, the reader is drawn into the world of Kerrara by the exquisite detail and descriptive beauty of Laura s prose As usual, reading a Laura Frantz book promises beautiful writing, and her newest offering to the historical fiction world with romance fulfills that promise And as much as I usually fawn over Laura s heroes in her books, the real star of this book is th There are books that describe places and then there are books that TAKE you to places.In Laura Frantz s newest novel, A Bound Heart, the reader is drawn into the world of Kerrara by the exquisite detail and descriptive beauty of Laura s prose As usual, reading a Laura Frantz book promises beautiful writing, and her newest offering to the historical fiction world with romance fulfills that promise And as much as I usually fawn over Laura s heroes in her books, the real star of this book is the heroine, Lark Her story the aches, uncertainties, compassion, and kindness takes center stage, even as the dashing and honorable, Magnus MacLeish, plays a large role Don t get me wrong, he s a formidable character strong, thoughtful, kind and intense A true Scottish laird It was such fun to see his lighter side at times and any time he and Lark shared the page those were my favorites Now, this book was kind of like brownies cooking in the oven It took a while to benefit from the full effects of the work The start moved a little slowly, but there was a lovely aroma of both conflict and romance to come, so that when both come, the reader is left savoring both the sweetness and richness of the flavor The friendship between Magnus and Lark was sweet, and Lark s relationship with her granny and Larkin add so much to the story I m a fan of the friends to lovers trope, and we are certainly rewarded with the tender romance by the end.If you were a fan of Laura s book, The Lacemaker, then you ll enjoy her newest release There are many similarities in the flow of this story and the careful unfolding of both romance and historical detail I would rate this beautiful story a 4.5 out of 5 It was a pleasure to read this story as my first of 2019 Thank you to Netgalley for making it available I was not required to write a review These opinions expressed are my own flag 10 likesLike see review Jan 07, 2019 Victoria Goodbrand rated it really liked it Shelves 2019 reads, 5 stars, historical fiction, na no re mo 2019, 4 stars ABOUT THE BOOK Title A Bound HeartAuthor Laura Frantz Publisher Revell, a division of Baker Publishing.Length 406 pages.Release Date January 2019.Genre Historical with light romance A Bound Heart was a lovely, historical novel set it Scotland, in the mid 1700 s Frantz has such a beautiful writing style that quickly draws you in.One thing I espicially appreciated was how well researched the history was It was vibrant and the book was ABOUT THE BOOK Title A Bound HeartAuthor Laura Frantz Publisher Revell, a division of Baker Publishing.Length 406 pages.Release Date January 2019.Genre Historical with light romance A Bound Heart was a lovely, historical novel set it Scotland, in the mid 1700 s Frantz has such a beautiful writing style that quickly draws you in.One thing I espicially appreciated was how well researched the history was It was vibrant and the book was full of interetsing history This book really reminded me of the mini TV series, Little Dorrit at times the housekeeper totally reminded me of Flora Lark was one of my favorite characters ever finally, a book where the two main characters don t have a bad past or past tragedy so they scared to love again that drives me innnnnsaaannnneeee Magnus was also a character I loved too, he was very well rounded and his loyalty to his Father was very fresh in the Christian Fiction market For once, a character thats not rebellious or has past regrets The storyline was very intruiging and pulled you in From the ball, to the scenes on the ship, and all the way to Virginia, this book will keep you hooked until you turn the last page.i wasn t sure what to think of the love triangle at first but it was very quickly cleared and thinsg were set straight which I very much appreciated There was still a few dislikes it was hard at least to me to follow along at some points, different names, Scottish words and slang made me lower my rating a bit.I would still recommend this to people who are looking for a good clean Christian Fiction book full of history I m definitely going to be reading by Laura Frantz in the near future, starting with A Moonbow Night D I received a free copy of this in exchange for an honest review through the publishers All opinions are my own flag 9 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Jan 02, 2019 Clara rated it it was amazing Shelves favorites, reviewed I love the solemnity in Laura Frantz s books They are timeless and precious She truly has a gift.I ve been holding my breath since The Lacemaker for her newest book because, if someone had not been convinced of Frantz s gift until now, The Lacemaker surely did.With trepidation and excitement I opened A Bound Heart, and oh how my bookworm heart was satisfied Taking us from one continent to another, crossing different oceans, the power of story and connection is stamped throughout the pages I love the solemnity in Laura Frantz s books They are timeless and precious She truly has a gift.I ve been holding my breath since The Lacemaker for her newest book because, if someone had not been convinced of Frantz s gift until now, The Lacemaker surely did.With trepidation and excitement I opened A Bound Heart, and oh how my bookworm heart was satisfied Taking us from one continent to another, crossing different oceans, the power of story and connection is stamped throughout the pages No review big enough can do this book justice I received a review copy from the piblisher All opinions are my own flag 9 likesLike see review Dec 31, 2018 Rebecca rated it it was amazing 4.5 stars Ye were my choice Lark MacDougal has lived a life of few choices Mistress of the grand Kerrerra Castle s stillroom on a tiny Scottish isle, her once grand heritage has kept her comfortable and warm on the castle grounds, while her heart still dreams of days gone by when life was not bound by such strict societal expectations Her childhood friend, Magnus MacLeish is now her baird, and though quite kind, he has maintained the honorable demeanor of a married man, whose wife suffers fr 4.5 stars Ye were my choice Lark MacDougal has lived a life of few choices Mistress of the grand Kerrerra Castle s stillroom on a tiny Scottish isle, her once grand heritage has kept her comfortable and warm on the castle grounds, while her heart still dreams of days gone by when life was not bound by such strict societal expectations Her childhood friend, Magnus MacLeish is now her baird, and though quite kind, he has maintained the honorable demeanor of a married man, whose wife suffers from a barren womb and increasing melancholy When circumstances go terribly awry, Lark is falsely accused, leaving Magnus no other choice but to toss aside convention and place himself in a most precarious position having to leave Scotland for the New World, bound by a contract of indenture, was the last thing either of them ever wanted to do Can love survive continents, contracts and misconceptions A Bound Heart is proof that it can God be praised I both purchased a copy, and received a copy of this book from the publisher The opinions stated above are entirely my own flag 10 likesLike see review Dec 18, 2018 Sarah Monzon rated it really liked it If you re in the mood for a story that is like taking a long meandering stroll through a beautiful garden, you re sights and senses heightened by prose and descriptions, this is the book for you An epic tale One lovers of Poldark will be swooning all over flag 7 likesLike see review Jan 10, 2019 Dawn rated it it was amazing Shelves read in 2019, revell, review copies, tbr 2019 Combine Scotland, historical fiction, plus a book by an author I have read everything from, and what do you get A book that is amazing I ll admit that I m a sucker for anything Scottish or Irish There s just something about those locations that I love When I learned that Laura Frantz had a new novel coming out that was partially set in Scotland, it immediately hit my radar It was easy for me to be drawn into this beautiful story Lark is easy to love And so is Magnus As their story unfolde Combine Scotland, historical fiction, plus a book by an author I have read everything from, and what do you get A book that is amazing I ll admit that I m a sucker for anything Scottish or Irish There s just something about those locations that I love When I learned that Laura Frantz had a new novel coming out that was partially set in Scotland, it immediately hit my radar It was easy for me to be drawn into this beautiful story Lark is easy to love And so is Magnus As their story unfolded, I felt that these characters were now friends of mine I didn t want the book to end I truly didn t.As always, I look forward to the next book that this author has to offer.I received a copy of this book from the publisher in order to share my honest opinion of it I was not required to like the book, only share my opinion My thoughts and opinions are my own.Recommended to fans of historical fiction, Jody Hedlund, Laura FrantzRating 5 stars flag 6 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 08, 2019 Eva rated it liked it Shelves 2019 books So, I have mixed feelings about A Bound Heart On the one hand, it s a rather well written story especially for a Christian historical romance with some good characters, but on the other it took me a while to slog through it and there were some characters I didn t appreciate To begin with the good, I really liked the main character, Lark She was refreshingly unique for the Christian historical romance genre She has an actual job tending beehives and growing herbs and is quite courageous t So, I have mixed feelings about A Bound Heart On the one hand, it s a rather well written story especially for a Christian historical romance with some good characters, but on the other it took me a while to slog through it and there were some characters I didn t appreciate To begin with the good, I really liked the main character, Lark She was refreshingly unique for the Christian historical romance genre She has an actual job tending beehives and growing herbs and is quite courageous throughout the whole story I feel like this would have been a better book if it focused on her and didn t try to stick in romance Larkin was a dear one of the few authentic, non cloyingly sweet babies I ve read about.The main thing I disliked about A Bound Heart was the romance Magnus is one of those Christian romance heroes that you can tell was written by a woman Which may sound confusing and sexist, but basically he s fake He s so perfect and manly that he s unlikable because you know that guys like him don t really exist If we re being honest There were two other potential love interests for Lark that I liked way because they seemed like real guys you might bump into.Overall, A Bound Heart was a well written story with an atmospheric portrayal of Scotland but some annoying Christian romance cliches flag 6 likesLike see review Jan 17, 2019 Angela rated it it was amazing Sighhhhhh Amazing book This is one of those books that you end with a huge smile on your face Magnus and Larks story with not soon leave my heart I loved the faith elements in this book and how important faith was to both Lark and Magnus They showed how to persevere under hard life circumstances and keep your chin lifted to the God who sees you Laura made me feel like I was in this story I could smell the lavendar and feel the salt spray hit my face from the ocean Oh this is one of th Sighhhhhh Amazing book This is one of those books that you end with a huge smile on your face Magnus and Larks story with not soon leave my heart I loved the faith elements in this book and how important faith was to both Lark and Magnus They showed how to persevere under hard life circumstances and keep your chin lifted to the God who sees you Laura made me feel like I was in this story I could smell the lavendar and feel the salt spray hit my face from the ocean Oh this is one of those books I wish didn t have to end Read it flag 6 likesLike see review Nov 18, 2018 Christine Roberts rated it really liked it Lark wants nothing than to care for her bees, tend to her herb garden, and create tinctures to heal the people of Kerrera Little does she know that her simple island world will come crashing down, when she is accused of being an accessory in the murder of the Isla MacLeish, wife of the Laird of Kerrera, Magnus MacLeish As she stands trial and is accused of horrible crimes, only one person comes to her defense, Magnus But his defense not only does not save Lark, it also condemns Magnus an Lark wants nothing than to care for her bees, tend to her herb garden, and create tinctures to heal the people of Kerrera Little does she know that her simple island world will come crashing down, when she is accused of being an accessory in the murder of the Isla MacLeish, wife of the Laird of Kerrera, Magnus MacLeish As she stands trial and is accused of horrible crimes, only one person comes to her defense, Magnus But his defense not only does not save Lark, it also condemns Magnus and both are cast out of Scotland forever as indentured servants bound for the New World As Lark and Magnus sail across the Atlantic to the Americas, their lives are put in terrible danger and new responsibilities pull at them bothand new feelings However, as new feelings begin, so must they end as Lark is destined for America and Magnus for the Caribbean Will their hearts, bound in love survive their bonds of servitude and ultimately separation This was a really good book I read it in 2 days and I can t wait to see if this becomes a series as I REALLY want to know what happens next to all of these characters Thank you so much LibraryThing for the advanced copy of Ms Frantz s book flag 6 likesLike see review Dec 16, 2018 Lori rated it it was amazing Loved Loved this book I stayed up til 3 am to try and finish this awesome story about Lark and Magnus I also loved that this was based on the author s ancestors How truly fascinating I wish I knew my family history But alas I am adopted.However I do know that my adopted father s family came directly from Germany But anyway, I held my breath in some places and was rooting for the characters the next Lark is a magnificent woman Her faith just astounds me It s like o wow I admired Loved Loved this book I stayed up til 3 am to try and finish this awesome story about Lark and Magnus I also loved that this was based on the author s ancestors How truly fascinating I wish I knew my family history But alas I am adopted.However I do know that my adopted father s family came directly from Germany But anyway, I held my breath in some places and was rooting for the characters the next Lark is a magnificent woman Her faith just astounds me It s like o wow I admired how she got through the tough times.Little Larkin bless his soul I think he had to be my little hero Be times I wanted to reach into the story and hold him myself Makes me sometimes miss having a little one to hold So I imagined getting to hold him in the story It s funny how babies sense things I loved how Larkin didn t like certain men but he took to others Smart baby I hope his story continues Magnus is something else He knows how to get things done I love how he loved the Lord as well as Lark did I am thinking that this story is telling us not to marry someone that is unequal or an unbeliever I should say.It would make a marriage fullfilling I also believe that people shouldn t own one another It s wrong on all accountsSometimes waiting patiently can be very rewarding In my opinion it makes that person a little appreciate the finer things in life Way to go Magnus and Lark Oh I also loved Lark because she has red hair like me lol I received a copy of this book from the publisher and was no compensations were received All opinions are my own flag 4 likesLike see review Dec 24, 2018 Becky rated it it was amazing Shelves 2018reviews, 2018goodrule new, operationactuallybooks, reviewcopy First sentence Isle of Kerrera, Scotland, 1752As the sun slid from the sky, Lark pressed her back into the pockmarked cliff on the island s west shore Laura Frantz s A Bound Heart is historical fiction set in the 1750s in Scotland, Virginia, and Jamaica The hero and heroine find themselves far from their native land and not by choice Both are transported to the colonies, albeit different colonies to serve out their indentures.Lark MacDougall, our heroine, is a joy to spend time with She s First sentence Isle of Kerrera, Scotland, 1752As the sun slid from the sky, Lark pressed her back into the pockmarked cliff on the island s west shore Laura Frantz s A Bound Heart is historical fiction set in the 1750s in Scotland, Virginia, and Jamaica The hero and heroine find themselves far from their native land and not by choice Both are transported to the colonies, albeit different colonies to serve out their indentures.Lark MacDougall, our heroine, is a joy to spend time with She s a bee keeper and a keeper of the stillroom Like her grandmother, she knows how to make elixirs and remedies for most of what ails you Unfortunately, she hasn t found an elixir that can cure infertility which is what her mistress is demanding of her.Magnus MacLeish, our hero, is also a joy He s also a laird, and Lark s employer These two have known each other all their lives, grown up together His city wife isn t adapting well to Kerrera It doesn t help that she s been unable to have a child, an heir With every miscarriage, she loses the will to live a little.I won t spoil the novel by telling you the details his crime or her crime That should probably be crime For the justice system is an injustice system for these two Scots.But I will add in a thousand loves I loved, loved, LOVED this novel It was giddy making I loved the characters I loved their big hearts I loved their strength and determination Magnus is definitely a swoon worthy hero Lark was lovely Lark and Magnus just belong together I was cheering for them from the beginning I loved the setting as well Scotland Virginia These are two places my own ancestors lived The novel swept me up, up, and away It was just a delight to read flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 12, 2019 Loraine rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves abc maximus 2019, around the world 2019, 50 states 2019, netgalley, new releases 2019, new releases challenge 2019, e reader 2019, kindle, historical fiction, christian fiction Laura Frantz has written another incredibly well done historical fiction novel There were so many things to like about this book I thought learning about the court system and indenture sentences in the Scottish courts in the 1750 s was quite interesting The back story of the relationship between Magnus and Larkin set up the current situation I also enjoyed learning about the herbalist activities of a stillroom and the beekeeping garden I especially loved baby Larkin and the role he played t Laura Frantz has written another incredibly well done historical fiction novel There were so many things to like about this book I thought learning about the court system and indenture sentences in the Scottish courts in the 1750 s was quite interesting The back story of the relationship between Magnus and Larkin set up the current situation I also enjoyed learning about the herbalist activities of a stillroom and the beekeeping garden I especially loved baby Larkin and the role he played throughout the story Lark and Magnus both were strong Christians, and it was their faith that kept them going through the rough times they faced as well as the challenges of being transported to new countries This was definitely a plot driven story with a predictable ending which I thought ended somewhat abruptly In my mind, I was thinking I want to know what happens to them now they are together I also thought that both Magnus and Lark were very lucky in contrast to most indentured servants as they both landed in rather better than average situations But, overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this story based on indentured servants I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell through NetGalley Opinions are mine alone I was not compensated for this review flag 4 likesLike see review Dec 26, 2018 Jane marked it as to read A Bound Heart by Laura Frantz is excellent Christian Historical Fiction that travels from Scotland to Virginia and Jamaica in 1750 I enjoyed the story of Lark and Magnus, the period detail, the values of the Christian characters, and most of all the continual thread of God s faithfulness Laura Frantz has a rare talent with the written word and includes her own personal family history in her work Yes, I am prejudiced she is one of my favorite authors and I recommend every book she has written A Bound Heart by Laura Frantz is excellent Christian Historical Fiction that travels from Scotland to Virginia and Jamaica in 1750 I enjoyed the story of Lark and Magnus, the period detail, the values of the Christian characters, and most of all the continual thread of God s faithfulness Laura Frantz has a rare talent with the written word and includes her own personal family history in her work Yes, I am prejudiced she is one of my favorite authors and I recommend every book she has written.I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell through Netgalley Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own I appreciate this opportunity and thank the author and publisher for allowing me to read, enjoy and review this book flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 18, 2019 Jessica rated it it was amazing I read this through Net GalleyI absolutely loved this story The characters, locations, scripture verses, historical aspects, everything made this hard to put down The author has a way of holding your attention until the very last word flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 22, 2018 Susan Snodgrass rated it it was amazing Please, may I give this book 10 stars For it truly deserves every one of those How can I craft a review worthy of the words written on these pages I feel woefully inadequate to the task and yet somehow I must What was left of her sheltered world that sacred, inviolate haven made up of Magnus and Kerrera, croft and castle lay in irretrievable ruins Magnus MacLeish and Lark MacDougall grew up together on the same castle grounds on the Scottish isle, but Magnus is now laird and Lark is th Please, may I give this book 10 stars For it truly deserves every one of those How can I craft a review worthy of the words written on these pages I feel woefully inadequate to the task and yet somehow I must What was left of her sheltered world that sacred, inviolate haven made up of Magnus and Kerrera, croft and castle lay in irretrievable ruins Magnus MacLeish and Lark MacDougall grew up together on the same castle grounds on the Scottish isle, but Magnus is now laird and Lark is the keeper of his bees and the one who keeps the stillroom And she is the one who can provide a remedy for his ailing wife to conceive a bairn after many miscarriages Then that wife dies suddenly and Lark is arrested, then Magnus, though for a different reason They find themselves caught up in a maelstrom of uncertainly, sold as indentured servants in the New World and Jamaica Will all their hopes for a new life be dashed against the rocks of the new place they have sailed to Will God intervene Laura Frantz once again takes her readers on a journey that is full of grace, beauty and the mercies of God Her prose is magnificent and readers are instantly transported to the time and place in which her story is set Her descriptions of locale, wardrobe and food are indeed feasts for the imagination Truly, she plops us right down into the very core of her story and the world around us ceases to exist as long as we are reading There we stay until book s end And for a time to come, even There is something so incredibly precious about settling down and sinking into a Laura Frantz novel that is just soul nourishing The feelings her novels evoke are not to be missed All her books have a permanent place on my keeper shelf, destined to be read again and again Frantz takes us on an epic, heart wrenching journey from Scotland to the colonies in Virginia and to the sugar plantations of Jamaica in the mid 1700s Details are her specialty and these two characters lay their hearts on the pages and will remain with me for many a month Lark, with her plants and bees, her tender heart and strong faith, always looking to God for His will for her life Magnus, a noble man, truly loyal to Christ and a true heart for Lark and God This one is masterful and extraordinary, full of Frantz s heart and made my own heart swell than once I purely loved everything about it and highly recommend it My thanks to the publisher for an advance copy of this book All opinions stated here are entirely my own flag 3 likesLike see review Nov 13, 2018 Betty rated it it was amazing A wonderful historical romance The beginning takes place in Scotland but then moves to The American South and Jamaica The main characters have know each other since early childhood, but are of different social status Their lives seems to take them in different directions but somehow they manage to overcome the barriers It was a fun read flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 06, 2019 Carissa rated it it was amazing Shelves coming soon, 50 states 2019, around the world 2019, new releases 2019, january clean off the bookshelf, marathon tbr 2019, 2019 reviews first reviewed here A Bound HeartAuthor Laura FrantzChapters 40Pages 400Genre Christian Historical Fiction Christian Historical RomanceRating 5 StarsA Bound Heart took me on a journey from Scotland to Virginia A Journey I was expecting and didn t know I needed A Bound Heart is the tenth book by Laura Frantz and the most emotional one to date There was twists and turns in it than The Mistress of Tall Arce and Love s Reckoning combined first reviewed here A Bound HeartAuthor Laura FrantzChapters 40Pages 400Genre Christian Historical Fiction Christian Historical RomanceRating 5 StarsA Bound Heart took me on a journey from Scotland to Virginia A Journey I was expecting and didn t know I needed A Bound Heart is the tenth book by Laura Frantz and the most emotional one to date There was twists and turns in it than The Mistress of Tall Arce and Love s Reckoning combined There was plenty of times through this one that I almost gave up on a happy ending, well not a happy per say just on the way I wanted the story to end Ever since Outlander I ve been on a bit of a Scottish Highland or Scotland setting in general, because something was missing from Outlander that a main stream series can t fill And that s characters with strong faith and a clean story But that s what A Bound Heart gives readers A Christian historical fiction novel with romance set in the same time period of Scotland Though the story doesn t stay in Scotland The last Jacobite rebellion pretty much ruined the highland way of life Magnus MacLeish and Lark MacDougall grew up together on the island of Kerrera but as adults their lives couldn t be different he s the Laird of the castle and she s the keeper of bees and the stillroom When his wife dies unexpectedly be he and Lark finds themselves indentured servants headed across the Atlantic though for different reasons Both characters will have to hang to their faith to see them through Much like with The Mistress of Tall Acre the character who most stole my heart wasn t a main character nor an adult but a wee child I loved seeing another hero in Laura s book have a strong faith I loved Magnus than I thought I would but not enough to knock General Seamus Ogilvy out of my favorite hero of Laura s spot but I do believe Laird Magnus MacLeish ties for first place I m still not sure will Lark ranks A Bound Heart has me wanting to find historical fiction books set in Scotland I m not ready to leave Alba behind For those not familiar with Scots, there is a Scots glossary at the beginning of the book.I would recommend this book to anyone who loves Christian Historical fiction and romance Anyone who loves historical fiction in general as well as books set in Scotland This book is also perfect for fans of Outlander who would love a cleaner faith filled read I received a e copy of this book from the publisher through netgalley I was not required to write a positive review All opinions expressed are mine alone.I also won a copy of this book from flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 06, 2019 V Palmer rated it really liked it Ready for a romantic tale that will whisk you away to foreign lands and times gone by Well, Laura Frantz has done it again with A Bound Heart It is absolutely enchanting The vivid detail one of the author s greatest strengths will engulf you the second you crack the spine You will feel the spray of the ocean You will smell the herbs of the stillroom You will feel the heat of the Virginia sun The attention to even the smallest details combined with the rich history of each setting will Ready for a romantic tale that will whisk you away to foreign lands and times gone by Well, Laura Frantz has done it again with A Bound Heart It is absolutely enchanting The vivid detail one of the author s greatest strengths will engulf you the second you crack the spine You will feel the spray of the ocean You will smell the herbs of the stillroom You will feel the heat of the Virginia sun The attention to even the smallest details combined with the rich history of each setting will leave you breathless Magnus and Lark s story is told in three distinct parts, and a minor subplot with a secondary character served to provide even rich history for the era The author makes your heart ache for Magnus and Lark, for their unrequited love to finally bloom despite all the horrors and obstacles in their way While the last third of the book made me shake my fist at the sky, I suspect that was the author s plan all along because I was desperate for these beautiful souls to find their way back to each other The author didn t ignore the painful realities and injustices of the world at that time Instead, Magnus and Lark did their best to live their lives according to God s loving justice despite all the evil around them When it would have seemed like providence for them to take the safe path, they chose to go where they were truly needed Magnus and Lark may not have changed The World, but they changed their everyday worlds by choosing to walk in God s love, a truth that will resonate and challenge the heart.Four Stars A Bound Heart is a romantic tale that will sweep readers into it s poetic tide A Bound Heart is a standalone, but fan s of Laura Frantz s previous novels, like The Lacemaker, will be captured by this latest treasure Disclaimer In accordance with FTC regulations, I received a copy of this book from the author publisher I was not compensated, nor was a positive review required 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    1. Laura Frantz is passionate about all things historical, particularly the 18th century, and writes her manuscripts in longhand first Her stories often incorporate Scottish themes that reflect her family heritage She is a direct descendant of George Hume, Wedderburn Castle, Berwickshire, Scotland, who was exiled to the American colonies for his role in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715, settled in Vi Laura Frantz is passionate about all things historical, particularly the 18th century, and writes her manuscripts in longhand first Her stories often incorporate Scottish themes that reflect her family heritage She is a direct descendant of George Hume, Wedderburn Castle, Berwickshire, Scotland, who was exiled to the American colonies for his role in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715, settled in Virginia, and is credited with teaching George Washington surveying in the years 1748 1750 Frantz lives and writes in a log cabin in the heart of Kentucky.According to Publishers Weekly, Frantz has done her historical homework With her signature attention to historical detail and emotional depth, she is represented by Janet Kobobel Grant, Literary Agent Founder, Books Such Literary Agency of Santa Rosa, California.Readers can find Laura Frantz at laurafrantz


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    1. Words seem to fail me when describing my thoughts of A Bound Heart what a sublime reading experience The evocative imagery of the descriptions of Scotland s craggy shores and the sultry summer heat of the New World transported me easily into the world of this story Lark MacDougall is a rich, endearing character, full of depth A time honed friendship between Lark and Magnus MacLeish, laird of her island, layer this plot with a poignant backstory, one that paints a beautiful picture of deep re Wor [...]

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    2. I have waited a long time to read this book Was it worth the wait That would be a resoundingYES Laura Frantz continues to amaze me with her writing perfection No matter what type of historical fiction she writes about she writes about it as if she was born to do it I ve read almost all of her books and the details are magnificent They transport me to the time period she writes about This book was a little different for me I ve never read a historical Scottish book before but I was t I have waite [...]

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    3. This book A couple months ago, I found myself sooooo impatient for Laura Frantz s next book that I went back and read basically every other book of hers Which was wonderfulbut it only made me impatient But I can definitely say now that this book was worth the wait I loved Magnus, I loved LarkI loved the slow burn of their romance Honestly, probably my favorite piece of their romance was at the very beginning of the book when we see them as friendsand no possibility of being This book A couple m [...]

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    4. Equally suspenseful and heart wrenching, Laura Frantz s A Bound Heart takes readers on a journey that begins in the misty isles of Scotland and crosses oceans to the sun drenched plantations of the New World, with finely drawn characters who rose from the pages to quickly capture my sympathies From start to finish, A Bound Heart is an absorbing, tender hearted story about the grace of second chances.

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    5. Oh my goodness, this book is absolutely beautiful I enjoyed every minute of this story and it s definitely on my favorites list now A Bound Heart follows Lark and Magnus They were friends growing up but Magnus is now laird and Lark works for him I ve been wanting to try a book by this author for the longest time, and I m so glad that I finally got to The authors writing style is just beautiful and it immediately pulls you into the story This book has everything you could want in a historic Oh my [...]

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    6. A soaring tale With her trademark attention to detail and lush imagery, Laura Frantz takes readers on an unforgettable journey certain to stir the soul Magnus and Lark captured my heart, and their courageous story stole my sleep until I reached the last page Sweeping readers from Scotland to Virginia to Jamaica, A Bound Heart dazzles with authenticity A triumph.

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    7. A Bound Heart by Laura Frantz was one of my most anticipated reads of 2019 Christian historical fiction that is partly set in Scotland Sign me up From the settings to the characters, I fell in love with this book Ms Frantz s descriptions of the scenery are lyrical and breathtaking certainly doing Scotland justice The first part of the book that is set in Scotland reminds me of Poldark with the smuggling and the rugged coastlines Ms Frantz also has an amazing grasp of the Scottish cult A Bound He [...]

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