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Setting Two Hearts Free

(A Heart Set Free #3)

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Would their love survive the invisible wounds of war?

Donald Duncan joined the Patriot cause for noble reasons, battling the British while enduring deprivation and hardship on every side. The war has changed him, and now the battle is internal. Returning home to Virginia is in sight where a new life and his Mary wait for him.


Mary Stewart spends the war years with her family
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Published October 6th 2020
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Elaine Cooper
Dec 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Author Janet Grunst has written a powerful book about a young couple beset by emotional and physical trauma, related to events during the American Revolution. Today, we acknowledge the existence of post-traumatic stress. Years ago, there were no resources for victims of PTSD and the misunderstanding of friends and families only added to their pain. Ms. Grunst has powerfully depicted the after effects of trauma, both physical and emotional. This is Book 3 in the "Heart Series:" Book 1 is "A Heart ...more
Norma
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Janet Grunst rounds out her series set in Revolutionary War-period Virginia with a sweet story of love, loss, heartbreak, and healing in the Stewart and Duncan families. The love story of Donald Duncan and Mary Stewart will tear at your heart as they both face overwhelming hurt from events beyond their control. Realistic characters and events portray the struggle of those who feel their status as victims disqualifies them from happiness only to discover that God heals all wounds.

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Dawn Linton
Setting Two Hearts Free , by Janet Grunst is a delightful read! Character development kept me turning pages until the end. I am not a history buff, but I love how the author’s grasp of history colored the story. Her ability to convey complex love due to post traumatic stress, presents a reality of compassion, suspense, and unwavering faith. Don’t miss this awesome read!

I received an ARC. A favorable review was not required, and all opinions shared here are my own.

J.M. Hochstetler
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved revisiting the world of Stewart’s Green in Janet Grunst’s new release, Setting Two Hearts Free. Grunst shines at creating the engaging characters that populate the charming backcountry Virginia inn. Set in 1781, several years after the two previous books of the series, the story now centers on the Stewarts’ older daughter, Mary, and Donald Duncan, the son of their friends in Alexandria.

Grunst vividly depicts the trauma of war from the front lines to the home front, where those left behi
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Bonnie
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing

4.5 out of 5 stars Is there a path for Mary and Donald to rekindle what was lost?
Reviewed in the United States on October 13, 2020
March 1718, still at war with England 6 years later, the British are closer, Donald and Mary are still apart, 8 months until his dicharge . . .
Donald Duncan faces another day filled with unspeakable horror of the wounded and dying, causing his faith in God to waver. Plagued with violent nightmares, he wonders if his life will ever be normal again. Would Mary still be
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Debbie Mitchell
Sep 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wonderfully written!

Setting Two Hearts Free is a wonderfully written story of love, heartache, healing, strength, courage and faith. Mary and Donald's tale is one that echoes the many lives that had to endure the agonies of war. Ms. Grunst has such a way of drawing a reader into her stories, making the characters a part of your life...even long after the story ends. Her previous books were just as powerful and I highly recommend them as well. We all have struggles in life, yet some much more tha
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Kathleen Rouser
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Author Janet Grunst has again brought a crucial time in our nation’s history to life through the continuing Stewart family saga. Separated by Donald Duncan’s enlistment to fight for freedom during the Revolutionary War, he and Mary Stewart are no longer wide-eyed young teens filled with dreams, but they have become young adults facing difficult realities. Grunst weaves each of their stories with delicacy through the tragedies which befall them. Donald and Mary must decide whether they will allow ...more
Georgia Lowe
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
After enjoying the first two books in this trilogy by Janet Grunst, A Heart Set Free and A Heart for Freedom, I was excited to read her third book, Setting Two Hearts Free. I think I like this third book even more than the first two. Once I started reading, I didn’t want to put it down. Although it came to a satisfying conclusion, I was a little sad that I was at the end and couldn’t read even more about this family. And it’s always nice to get a history lesson along with a story to help me imag ...more
Phyllis Rundell
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
True to form, the author has brought us another historical story that is on point historically and with great character development. This is Donald Duncan and Mary Stewart's story. This is a couple who have been affected by a war that has dragged on for six years. Each of them have suffered much during this six year period: tragedy, disappointment, hurts, uncertainty and turmoil. Once they are reunited, will each of them be able to overcome the nightmare events that occurred to each of them duri ...more
Judith DeNazarie
Mar 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The third in the "Heart Series" by Janet Grunst, Two Hearts Set Free, was a truly enjoyable step back in time to one of the most historically significant periods of American history. Ms. Grunst has a way of creating such characters as living, breathing & likable Mary Stewart & Donald Duncan who deal with struggles which are as relatable today as ever. Her plots captivate the reader with it's clever twists and turns that keeps one asking "What's going to happen next?" I very much enjoyed Ms Gruns ...more
Debbie Hipple
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Setting Two Hearts Free is the third in a series of historical Christian fiction by author Janet Grunst. Set during the Revolutionary War, this novel delves in to the inhumanity of war and the universality of men and women seeking peace in the midst of evil. Ms. Grunst develops her main characters, Donald and Mary, so fully that the reader is captivated by the story line and inspired by the work of God in the characters' lives.
I did not purchase this book, nor was a favorable review requested.
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Kathy Stackhouse
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Janet Grunst's third book, Setting Two Hearts Free, is just as entertaining as her first two books. There is some unexpected drama involving the two main characters which entices the reader to keep on reading to the end. I highly recommend this book. This book was provided free and a favorable review was not required. ...more
Lesley Atkinson
Oct 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A wonderfully crafted and accurate historical novel. The writing is crisp and well defined. Descriptions make you feel a part of the scene and the characters are well developed. In addition, the author has tackled some difficult issues we also face today. Well done!

Kate Breslin
Jun 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
It is often in the aftermath of tragedy’s physical scars that we realize the deepest and most lasting wounds lie within. Author Janet S. Grunst brings us hope in this beautifully poignant tale of love torn apart by war’s terrible secrets; and only truth as the invitation to God’s healing grace can make us whole!
Carol Stratton
Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing

Set during the Revolutionary War, this is a story of a young couple both dealing with traumatic experiences beyond their young years. Their individual anxiety and pain causes them to separate, each feeling undeserving of marriage. Often poignant, I found myself rooting for Mary and Donald to find true love as they navigate sickness, misunderstanding and tragedy.

In addition to writing an appealing story line, the author has done an excellent job of researching the history and the culture, taking
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Janet is a wife, mother of two sons, and grandmother of eight who lives in the historic triangle of Virginia (Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown) with her husband. Her debut novel, A Heart Set Free was the 2016 Selah Award winner for Historical Romance. The second book in the series, A Heart For Freedom was released 2017. A lifelong student of history, her love of writing fiction grew out of a desi ...more

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