Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “A Bound Heart” as Want to Read:
A Bound Heart
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

A Bound Heart

by
4.18  ·  Rating details ·  1,613 ratings  ·  407 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 407 pages
Published January 2019 by Revell
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.18  · 
Rating details
 ·  1,613 ratings  ·  407 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Start your review of A Bound Heart
Beth
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
...more
✨ Gramy ✨
..
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 t
...more
Deanne Patterson
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have waited a long time to read this book. Was it worth the wait?
That would be a resounding
YES!!!!!!!!
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
...more
Melissa Tagg
Dec 14, 2018 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 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
...more
Lori Benton
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.
Jocelyn Green
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.
Maddy
Jan 06, 2019 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
...more
Melissa
Dec 27, 2018 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 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 t
...more
Rachael
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 butterflie
...more
Megan
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“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
...more
Laura
I loved this book. Absolutely loved it.
“Thou art my most beloved.” ~ Magnus
Abigail
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 w
...more
Brittany
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
...more
Melanie
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-read
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
...more
Joleen
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 sh
...more
Staci
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
Sweet tale that provides a glimpse of life in Scotland, Jamaica and Virginia in the 18th century.
Olivia
*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, a
...more
Pepper Basham
Jan 02, 2019 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
...more
Lila Diller
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
...more
Clara
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, favorites
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.
...more
Rachel McMillan
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
...more
Victoria Goodbrand
ABOUT THE BOOK
:: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: ::
Title: A Bound Heart
Author: 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
...more
Kate Breslin
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Joyce
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Public library copy. Am taking my time reading, since the libraries are all closed for the pandemic. I absolutely love (caps) this book! I love the setting (Scottish Isles), the characters, and the plot. I am enjoying the adventure. Best of all is a strong faith base, which is woven into everyday living. The story is dark, but there is such hope and trust in God. My kind of book :-) Oh, and there's the history too... Thank you to whomever recommended this one. Love the cover too.

I highly recomme
...more
Rebecca
Dec 31, 2018 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
...more
Gretchen Scott
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
...more
Gretchen
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 wa
...more
Abigail Harris
Maybe I should review this one?
Kate
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story. I thought the beginning in Scotland was a good way to introduce us to the relationships between Lark and Magnus (but also Rory) and all the other islanders. My heart absolutely broke when Lark was condemned for something she did not do. Add to that the injustice of Magnus being imprisoned for following his Scots culture . . . just tragic.
There were more moments of pain to come, of course . . . but also moments of hope and joy. Larkin especially was a bright spot in t
...more
Sarah Monzon
Dec 18, 2018 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.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Christian Fiction...: July's Group Buddy Read - A Bound Heart by Laura Frantz 18 30 Jul 22, 2019 07:26AM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • Between Two Shores
  • A Reluctant Bride (The Bride Ships, #1)
  • With This Pledge (Carnton, #1)
  • Daughters of Northern Shores (Blackbird Mountain, #2)
  • A Desperate Hope (Empire State, #3)
  • The Governess of Penwythe Hall (Cornwall, #1)
  • Flights of Fancy (American Heiresses, #1)
  • The King's Mercy
  • The Number of Love (The Codebreakers, #1)
  • More Than Words Can Say (Patchwork Family, #2)
  • Searching for You (Orphan Train, #3)
  • The Spice King (Hope and Glory, #1)
  • Far Side of the Sea
  • The Noble Guardian (The Bow Street Runners, #3)
  • A Return of Devotion (Haven Manor, #2)
  • The Runaway Bride (The Bride Ships, #2)
  • The Sky Above Us (Sunrise at Normandy, #2)
  • In the Shadow of Croft Towers
See similar books…
1,550 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 Vi ...more

News & Interviews

Summer is a great time to lose yourself in a page-turning mystery. To help you sleuth out a new read, we asked five of the season’s hottest myst...
31 likes · 8 comments
No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »