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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 just the keeper of his bees—and the woman who could provide an elixir to 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. Can they make a new beginning in this New World? Or will their hopes be dashed against the rocky coastline of the Virginia colony?

Laura Frantz's prose sparkles with authenticity as she digs into her own family history to share this breathless tale of love, exile, and courage in colonial America.

406 pages, Paperback

First published January 1, 2019

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Laura Frantz

32 books2,184 followers
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 www.laurafrantz.net.

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Profile Image for Beth.
779 reviews317 followers
January 21, 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 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!
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1,382 reviews
August 15, 2019
Contains content of an inspirational nature through an epic journey from the Scottish isles to Colonial Americ, filled with faith and patience that the instant-gratification crowd would never have been able to handle. It engages the reader's full attention from the beginning all the way through to the conclusion.

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 could make a new beginning--together.

I really wish that there had been an epilogue after 400+ pages, but there wasn't and so alas I sit here feeling rather cheated.

Laura Frantz's prose sparkles with authenticity and deep feeling as she digs into her own family history to share this breathless tale of love, exile, and courage in Colonial America.

This was a clean and wholesome tale with an anticipated H.E.A. that makes a body sigh with happiness.

Written for the General Market (G) (I): Contains little or no; sexual dialogue or situations or strong language.
Profile Image for Deanne Patterson.
1,829 reviews89 followers
January 15, 2019
I have waited a long time to read this book. Was it worth the wait?
That would be a resounding
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.
Profile Image for Melissa Tagg.
Author 36 books1,452 followers
December 15, 2018
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 wonderful...but it only made me more impatient!

But I can definitely say now that this book was worth the wait. I loved Magnus, I loved Lark...I 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 friends...and 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 longing...

Laura Frantz always excels at placing the reader so completely and enthrallingly in her setting...and this book was no different. But we got bonus settings! Scotland...the ocean crossing...Virginia...even 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.
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Author 13 books928 followers
November 7, 2018
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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Author 30 books1,230 followers
October 27, 2018
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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114 reviews96 followers
January 6, 2019
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” 
Profile Image for Melissa (Catch Up Mode).
4,576 reviews1,881 followers
December 27, 2018
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 more 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.
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2,235 reviews139 followers
January 5, 2019
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 more 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.

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Profile Image for Rachael.
637 reviews
December 20, 2018
Well, I tried to read it slowly...to 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 love...a 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.
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Author 7 books97 followers
November 8, 2022
I really wanted to enjoy this more than I did, but I don't know...it felt like the blurb promised something different. Magnus was my favorite character and he wasn't in it much. Honestly Lark and Magnus were only together for...well, very little of the book. Most of the romance building between them was off page in the past, so we didn't get to see that.
It a took about 30 percent for anything mentioned in the blurb to happen, which made if feel extremely long for me. As far as romance goes it was clean because there wasn't much going on...for most the time Lark and Magnus weren't together...so, yeah. A few kisses, two of which are not between Lark and Magnus but Lark and other guys who like her...the fact that she doesn't push away from those kisses or try to end them. Especially the second one, was just...I don't she was supposed to be waiting for Magnus and she lets someone else kiss her and even though she doesn't return the kiss I feel like she should have pushed away.
Overall, not my favorite. But because it was set in Scotland and because i really like Magnus it's getting 3 stars. :)
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Author 2 books178 followers
January 1, 2019
I honestly have no words to describe how much I loved this book. I wish I could rate it more than five stars. I wish that this book never ended. I wish Laura Frantz would come out with more 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 more 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.*

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219 reviews45 followers
January 4, 2019
“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; Scotland

I 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.
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1,108 reviews637 followers
January 8, 2022
Rating 3.75

Laura Frantz has a talent for describing a location in such a way, that you can see yourself there, in this case, on the Island in Scotland. This book just made my longing to visit Scotland stronger.

I appreciated that Laura Frantz kept to her characters true a Scottish tongue, even though it made the reading a bit slower. I did enjoy this story, but at times found myself I needed to put it down, just needed a break from the characters and story, but that is just because of my personal taste, fans of Laura Frantz will love and devour this story.

This story included everything fans of historical fiction loves: rich in historical facts, loss, heartache and sweet romance. Lark and Magnus was great characters, though I did not feel that 100% connection, I loved their strong faith and trust in God. There was also a lot of side characters to love and hate, and little Larkin was adorable.

Recommended to fans of historical fiction.
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1,979 reviews552 followers
February 12, 2019
A Bound Heart by Laura Frantz was such an intriguing novel. I was quickly absorbed into the story and enjoyed following the characters along their journey.

The writing was fantastic. I felt like I was transported back in time and it all felt so real. I wasn't sure about the romance at first, but in the end I loved it.

All in all, A Bound Heart was a lovely read. It was realistic and told a great story. I loved it and recommend it.

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*
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1,706 reviews518 followers
July 21, 2019
Sweet tale that provides a glimpse of life in Scotland, Jamaica and Virginia in the 18th century.
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Author 32 books1,435 followers
January 2, 2019
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.
Profile Image for Olivia.
677 reviews105 followers
January 29, 2019
*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 more 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 realistic...Lark admired by more 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.
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144 reviews1 follower
July 27, 2021
Though I love Laura Frantz, I did not love this story. I had a really hard time connecting with the characters right from the start. I felt like I was missing something the whole time both with the characters and the overall story. I never really understood the love between the hero and heroine, it wasn’t really explained — you didn’t experience it, it was sort of just alluded too; there wasn’t much conversation that was had between the two of them throughout the story, instead it was a lot of circumstances that occurred, peppered with one liners. I found both hero and heroine’s personalities really boring—honestly, they didn’t really have much personality at all. You might enjoy this for the history and culture. In general, Laura is a good writer so it wasn’t painful to read. Comparing it to her other works though, this fell flat for me. I was bored.
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Author 12 books43 followers
July 7, 2019
I was kept very engaged almost the entire book. It was really well-written and well-edited.

The main characters and even several of the supporting characters were very unique and memorable. (The only inconsistency I noticed was in Magnus's “roguish air” and jest of the immoral relationship of the captain's on page 232.)

The setting was beautifully done, with each of the three main settings marking a change in circumstances and plot. I loved the differences between Scotland, the ocean voyage, and the Virginia colony in pre-Revolution days.

I also enjoyed the strong faith thread, especially Lark's refusal of a man whose religion was only nominal. Though I didn't like how they merely used the word Providence for God sometimes, I know that's how the Founding Fathers talked, so I took it to mean the God of the Bible, not just fate.

At 2/3 of the way through, I mentioned to my book club that there was only ending I would be happy with, and if the author hadn't given it to me, I would have been very angry! ;) She gave it to me. It was the perfect ending.

The only thing I didn't like was how long it took to get that perfect ending. Once they landed in Virginia, it really wasn't necessary to the plot to drag out the circumstances of Lark and Larkin's daily life. And

Favorite quotes:
“The captain shrugged. 'I'll take my chances.' 'Then leave Lark out of it.' Magnus underscored his words with a direct gaze that the captain did not hold.” (p.98)

“The music had them circling and gliding and spinning, testing their skill and surefootedness. Beneath it all pulsed a sweetness, an excitement that she danced with the handsomest man on Kerrera, mayhap in all the islands. Once she looked up at him, and his eyes were every bit as warm and lively as the music when they met hers.” (p.55)

I'm sure there are more, but I didn't mark them, as I was so enthralled and this was a library book so I couldn't mark in it, like I do my own. ;)

(I borrowed this book from the library. The decision to write a review, as well as the opinions expressed in it, are all my own. I was not compensated for this review.)
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2,051 reviews1,210 followers
March 28, 2019
Another wonderful Laura Frantz book!

I so enjoy a book I dread having to put down, and anticipate picking back up delving into its rich story. Such was this book.

Set in 1752 on the Isle of Kerrera, Scotland where Lark lived much of her life keeping the stillroom at the castle. Her work with herbs, tonics and bees benefited those with ailments or in need of comfort. The laird of this island was a childhood friend, but not one with whom she could be equal. Although "friends" he was the laird and she a commoner. His trips to Edinburgh ended her never-to-be realized childhood dreams when he brought home a wife; an agreement rather than a love match.

But life changes on the wind. With Magnus's wife's reported suicide, two accusations and convictions, both Lark and Laird Magnus were set on a prison ship to the Americas as indentured servants. One was taken to the yellow-fever ridden West Indies and the other to Virginia. What losses they would both suffer, the greatest of which was their beloved Scotland.

Suspense and deep emotions throughout this lovely book kept me riveted. Lark and Magnus were amazing characters to follow throughout, but then there was a whole cast of others that pull heartstrings as well.

So well written! Loved, loved this book.
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Author 12 books1,043 followers
March 5, 2020
This was my first time reading works by author Laura Frantz and A Bound Heart held me captive from the first page! Frantz is a master at blending impeccable history and dialect with beautiful, fluid writing, and I was immediately transported back into 18th century Scotland, the Highlands, with their mysterious lore, glorious snow-tipped crags, and stormy seas. I was also drawn into the lives of her characters—the troubled laird, Magnus MacLeish, a rebel for the old ways who struggles to appease his sickly, contentious bride; and his childhood friend, the beautiful Lark MacDougall, a bee-keeper and herbalist whose attempts to heal cost her dearly. As the two are finally cast out to sail across an ocean and become separated once they reach the New World, I was kept on the edge of my seat wondering if these star-crossed lovers would ever reunite with each another. A Bound Heart is a triumph of love and loss and knowing that “hope never disappoints” (Rom 5:5) when faith can overcome the most difficult trials. This Laura Frantz novel is sure to be another favorite of her readers and all who love Christian historical romance!
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259 reviews36 followers
February 4, 2020
This book has taken such an emotional toll on me! I feel like it’s going to take me a long time to digest. So much to unravel, I don’t know where to begin! Lark was a delightful heroine, so likable that waiting for her to have a happily ever after with Magnus tore me apart. This novel was such a page-turner.. new characters and road blocks at every chapter.

My only disappointment was that after waiting what felt like SO long for resolution and a happy ending, the ending seemed so brief. After waiting and investing so long as a reader, I would have liked to have had an epilogue seeing that the plans the main characters dreamed of have come to fruition. Magnus is a noble hero and I loved how protective he was of Lark. Baby Larkin was so lovable and the perfect addition to the tale. Laura Frantz never disappoints me and this novel is now another story of hers that I will treasure.
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312 reviews55 followers
July 22, 2019
Such a good story of how status in society can be changed in the blink of an eye. For Magnus MacLeish and Lark MacDougall an unfortunate death does just that.

Magnus MacLeish and Lark MacDougal grew up together, he the future heir of the land and she the keeper of the bees and herbs. But when his father refuses Magnus's request to marry Lark, he marries another, but his heart is forever with Lark. After Lark is accused of murder, Magnus is there to defend her. However, it doesn't go as planned and both are sent away to the Colonies as indentured servants. Along the way Lark is given a new role, that of adoptive mother to Larkin, a baby given to her in prison before she sails. Lark is to become the beekeeper at a plantation in Virginia for two years, Magnus is to be the overseer at a plantation in Jamaica for three years. Can their faith, and love, survive?

I loved this book, could not put it down and was sad to see it end and a big 4.5 stars. I loved the characters of Lark and Magnus and how no matter what hardship came their way, they knew they were to be together. The secondary characters brought much life (Mrs. Flowerdew and little Larkin), and some I really disliked (Mr. Granger and yes, even Trevor and Rory). I would love to see this story continue with Magnus, Lark, and Larkin and their lives in the Colonies.
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1,853 reviews97 followers
July 20, 2019
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!
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126 reviews7 followers
July 4, 2019
This book was beautifully stunning. Just just in the overall storyline of the book, but the word usage and imagery as well. I sadly have not been to Scotland yet, but reading this book I felt like I was right next to Lark feeling the breeze and tasting the salt air with her. Laura Frantz did such a great job with giving enough detail that you feel like your there, but not so much that it gets boring.

While I did think the beginning of the book was a little bland, like some books you have to get all the background and it’s not all that entertaining. After the first ten chapters the rest of the book was anything but bland. While this book was both historical and romance I would counter that it is also suspense. There were so many times in the book when I just wanted to skip ahead because their futures were so uncertain or you had in your mind that it was just going to be guy “A” but then guy “B” enters and then guy “C” and then random crazy events just randomly happen and I found myself looking up from the going “what?!”

The writing in this book was just truly amazing and I was certainly roped in by the characters and the places.
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Author 25 books1,059 followers
February 26, 2019
In customary Frantz tradition, A Bound Heart is a lush portal to a historical time period explored with supreme poetic confidence.

The depth of painstaking research is paid off in the immediate immersion of the reader into a world rift with problems of ownership and tradition.

A unique heroine with a fascinating gift and a hero who is binding his life back together intersect at the crux of hope and despair.

The slow burn romance most perfectly suited to a night by the fire: Frantz never creates the same experience twice and, thus, A Bound Heart is wrought by an achingly familiar voice but is a completely unexpected, surprising and wonderfully thematic journey.
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January 10, 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 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 Frantz

Rating - 5 stars
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Author 22 books423 followers
December 18, 2018
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.
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