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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 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
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Published January 2019 by Revell
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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
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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.
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
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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
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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
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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
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Brittany
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
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Melanie
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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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
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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
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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 lov
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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
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Victoria Goodbrand
ABOUT THE BOOK
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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.
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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
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Clara
Jan 02, 2019 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.
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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
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A. Harrison
Maybe I should review this one?
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.
Dawn
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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Eva
Jan 08, 2019 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 ...more
Christine Roberts
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lark wants nothing more 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 ...more
Lori
Dec 16, 2018 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
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Jennifer
3.75 stars.

I know I shouldn't take things for granted, but this book is exactly what I've come to expect from Laura Frantz: a wonderfully engaging tale, full of historical details, flawed yet relatable characters, and a beautiful story of God's redemption. The writing was lovely and I really enjoyed the reading experience. (As usual with Laura Frantz)

However, there are two reasons why I can't give this more stars. The premise of this story really isn't my favourite. Without giving anything awa
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Becky
First sentence:
Isle of Kerrera, Scotland, 1752
As 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
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Loraine
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 ...more
Jane
Dec 26, 2018 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. ...more
CarolynB
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
Excellent! The history is so rich, from the Scottish countryside through the perilous crossing of the Atlantic to Virginia Colony and the West Indies, it’s a beautiful story. Life was hard in the eighteenth century, but people were still people, with needs and wants and loves and conflicts different from ours, but similar still. I love everything I’ve read by this author and this book is one of her best!
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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
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