A Bound Heart

A Bound Heart

by Laura Frantz


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ISBN-13: 9780800726645
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/01/2019
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 62,747
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Laura Frantz is a Christy Award finalist and the ECPA bestselling author of several books, including The Frontiersman's Daughter, Courting Morrow Little, The Colonel's Lady, and The Lacemaker. She lives and writes in a log cabin in the heart of Kentucky. Learn more at www.laurafrantz.net.

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A Bound Heart 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
Carol-Kelley 11 hours ago
A Bound Heart by Laura Frantz is a wonderful new addition to her stories. Laura's books are always entertaining and this book does not disappoint. Magnus and Lark grew up together. Magnus as the future Laird on the Isle of Kerrera and Lark is the beekeeper and herbalist. After accusation are made against Lark and Magnus they are sold into indentured service and Lark sent to the Virginia Colony and Magnus to a sugar plantation in Jamaica. There is romance, danger, betrayals but also there is a hope for the future. A lovely book. I'm am looking forward to more books from Ms. Frantz. I received this book from Revell through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
swissgranny 5 days ago
I must admit I’ve been waiting rather impatiently for this book since I first caught sight of that gorgeous cover. Plus, who can resist Scotland . . . and castles . . . and Scottish lairds . . . and the beautiful, exquisite stories written by Laura Frantz. It was definitely worth the wait. From the beautiful, craggy island of Kerrera in Scotland to the shores of America and even to the steamy heat of Jamaica, Frantz brings the settings to vivid life with her descriptive imagery and places the reader right into the story. The carefully-crafted and captivating characters are easy to visualize. Lark is a compassionate, caring, and courageous heroine, and Magnus is a loyal, dedicated, honorable hero with great integrity and trust in God. The trials they go through are heart-wrenching, but their faith and courage are inspirational. Filled with intrigue, suspense, rich historical detail, and a touch of romance, A Bound Heart is historical fiction at its finest. It has earned a spot on my keeper shelf and another on my favorite books of the year list. I heartily recommend it to those who enjoy outstanding historical fiction. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
Nicole_C 6 days ago
Laura Frantz’s latest book A Bound Heart gave readers a beautiful insight into the Scottish countryside. This historical fiction novel took place in the 1700s, and the wonderful descriptions made readers feel like they were in Scotland themselves. The relationship between Magnus and Lark was somewhat slow moving due to various circumstances throughout the book. I appreciated the fact that the author used authentic Scottish words in the dialogue but it did make it a little more difficult to follow along with what some of the characters were saying. The author did include a Scottish glossary in the beginning of the book to assist readers with understanding the terms. An overall enjoyable story by Laura Frantz. Fans of historical fiction will enjoy this novel. I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and Revell Publishing and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine.
Anonymous 6 days ago
A Bound Heart By Laura Frantz Take a trip back in time to Scotland, and the New World. Lark MacDougall lives and serves as a gardener to the castle on the Isle of Kerrera. Although she is of marrying age, Lark is content living with Granny, taking care of the gardens and tending to the mistress of Kerrera castle for now. One night however changes the future she envisioned for herself. Larks simple life is no longer in her hands as she is caught up in a whirlwind of drama. Larks calm and polite demeanor does not go unnoticed by the gentlemen in her life. In this turmoil can one still find love? Laura Frantz did a wonderful job at weaving this tale. I could imagine everything she wrote so clearly. It was quite a journey that the characters went through. I was pulled in and only to get lost into the landscape and story she brought to life.
CarolJo 6 days ago
Scots, history, love, danger, a healthy fear of God! How could I not love a book by Laura Frantz! Magnus is such an honorable man, even when everything is taken away from him for wearing a kilt! Lark is a caring young woman who is falsely accused, imprisoned and sent to the new world. In spite of the hardships, Lark keeps trusting in God. I loved the use of Gaelic terms and the Scottish setting in the early part of the book! I have enjoyed all of Laura Frantz's books and A Bound Heart was no exception. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical fiction. I received a complimentary e-book through NetGalley. This is my honest opinion.
BBulow 7 days ago
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 pict, ure 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!
Kayla_Stierwalt 8 days ago
A Bound Heart has the allure of the Scottish highlands and a romance that endures a perilous voyage across the ocean. However, it falls short of fully planting its characters and setting with the weight of their history. It has a lot of potential for learning more about indentured people and colonial living, but it doesn't explore the full extent of the personal implications and the internal dilemmas the characters face. These circumstances would stir a lot of emotion in most people, but these characters seem mildly affected. It all comes across a little too clean. I hoped to see more of the reality of their struggle both internally and externally.
vics49548 8 days ago
Danger, peril, and stormy seas abound in this book by author Laura Frantz. Lots of action kept me turning the pages quickly. But the pace of the book but was not frenzied; there were enough slower portions to help make this an enjoyable read. I loved the descriptions of the Scottish Highlands. Frantz did a really good job of putting the reader in Lark’s little cottage, for example. The wonderful descriptions continued throughout the book. The characters, especially Lark and Magnus, were strong and well developed. They were strong in their faith, and very human. You’ll love them! The secondary characters filled out the plot nicely with personalities that made you think. With a Christian thread from beginning to end, this book is a great read for those who enjoy Christian historical fiction. I recommend it! I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.
DianaFlow 9 days ago
In the deliciously poetic, elegant prose she is so well-known for, author Laura Frantz has once again penned a powerful story of loss, heartache, faith, and romance amidst the darkest of circumstances. From the descriptive beauty of historic Scotland to the Virginia coast in the New World—we follow Lark (a lovely beekeeper for the handsome laird of the castle), and Magnus MacLeish, on an unforgettable, angst-filled journey of heartbreaking loss and exile. I found myself utterly captivated by these two intriguing characters and couldn't help but whisper a prayer or two for some good fortune to come their way. Does it?...I canna tell. ;-) I have never been able to read a Laura Frantz novel quickly and this one was no different. I savored almost every word and found myself re-reading passages, simply soaking up the pure beauty of them. There is a portion of this book that I skimmed because of a lack of interest (insert sad face), but that didn't take away from this beautifully written tale I highly recommend to all historical fiction lovers! What a way to start the New Year out right!! I was given a complimentary copy of this novel by Revell. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.
Jaquelyn 9 days ago
I don’t know how Franz does it. From the very beginning I easily became invested in the story. She had me reading late into the night, and dreading going to bed, and trust me I love sleep. Franz has quickly become one of my favorites. It took a while to get used to the Scottish brogue, but once I did I loved it. I find myself wanting to say some of the words in my everyday language now. It kind of reminds me of how you end up mimicking your friends. I’m hoping that doesn’t make me weird. Haha. Franz had me on the edge of my seat many times, having no clue what would happen next. I knew what I wanted, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to get it. I loved seeing how the main characters often leaned on their faith to get them through the trials they faced. I can’t wait to see what she does next. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Historical Romance. I loved imagining the gorgeous landscape and how different things were back then. I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishers and was in no way forced to post a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
FHlady 9 days ago
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 sentence as 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 the 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..
Anonymous 10 days ago
A wonderfully written historical romance! Magnus and Lark will capture your heart and take you right along on their journey. Magnus is the quintessential hero. He is strong, honorable, and best of all...God is foremost in his life and heart! Lark is a beautiful heroine. Her love for her family, nature, and the Lord is inspiring. The vivid descriptions of their surroundings makes you feel as though you're along for their adventure...the beauty, the trials, the losses, and the joy. I enjoyed every moment of their story and look forward to what Laura Frantz will bring us next!! I received a complementary copy of this book through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.
sesquius 13 days ago
The book cover and design of this book is really quite lovely. It helps me create imagery as I am reading through the story. The details of the life of Lark has me captivated, because the author has successfully brought me into her world. I can visualize her gathering the herbs and creating her "recipes". The descriptions of the Laird and especially Rory were especially descriptive which helped with me in the rest of the book. However, and unfortunately there is a however, despite the great storytelling, I found it extremely difficult to get into. I completely understand that the speech of the day was not like our modern day English as we know it, but I still found myself plodding slowing through each chapter where there was dialogue. It interrupted my story flow in that there was plenty of stop's and go's where there should having been a flowing melody. My thoughts of the story is I wish it had gone a little faster. Based on the back cover of the book I already knew that the Laird's wife was going to die and each chapter I passed I kept waiting for her to die. And while the back of the book describes Magnus (the Laird) and Lark where is any mention of Rory? I just found myself a bit frustrated, while enjoying the basic writing, yet wishing for more. I've ready this authors books in the past and have enjoyed them in the past. Perhaps I need to do another read of the book with no back cover expectations and see how I feel about the book. The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.
TrishRobertson 13 days ago
Oh, my heart! This story wove is delicate, threads around my heart and wouldn’t let go! Come along for a journey from the brooding, wind-swept western isles of Scotland to a growing plantation in colonial Virginia. These vibrant characters came alive and strolled through my imagination with such vivid detail that it was as if they were there in person. I loved the history and the characters. Lark is my current favorite heroine. Lark faces some very difficult choices as well as heart-wrenching separation from all she knows and holds dear. Her strength and poise in the face of unknown hardship and difficulty, along with her faith in God sustain her. Yes, she worries for a time. Yes, she faces internal battles with her fear. But she always turns to God and leans on scripture and prayer. Lark is a shining example of how to face both hardship and the unknown. A gentle reminder that we can trust a known God with our unknown because nothing is unknown to God! With descriptive beauty and vivid detail, this epic story is one that you will want on your keeper shelf to pull out and enjoy again and again! I give this book 5 enthusiastic stars and encourage you to pick up a copy for yourself as soon as possible! (I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I am not required to write a positive review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.)
BookwormMama2014 13 days ago
Like a cup of steaming tea on a cold rainy day, this, my friends is a story to savor. What a book to kick off the new year with! I am satisfied to the fullest degree with A Bound Heart. I wish I could spend days on end with Lark on the Scottish Isle of Kerrera. Her spirit, life, and love make her a person to love and admire. Magnus MacLeish, is a swoon-worthy hero like no other. And when he speaks Gaelic...SWOON!!! The history draws you in and causes you to get lost in this story. You can smell the lavender, taste the snow in the air, and feel the damp soak into your bones. Laura Frantz brings history alive on the page. With a steady flow, you will find the cadence soothing and intoxicating, and beware the "just one more chapter" syndrome. Readers are sure to fall in love with this story of discovery, trials, and hope. I received a complimentary copy of A Bound Heart from the publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
DarkWolf707 13 days ago
This is my first book by Laura Frantz, and I have to admit, A Bound Heart is definite a keeper. Frantz transports you to Scotland in the 1750s and the little island of Kerrera. Lark and Magnus are people who live in 2 different worlds. Lark, daughter of a noble clan, is now just the keeper of the castle stillroom where she makes her herbal brews and also tends her bees. Magnus, a laird bound in an unhappy marriage and trying desperately to take care of his people. When circumstances rip both from the land of their birth, they’re left with only their faith to see them through an ocean-voyage of hardships and then further testing in America. Frantz is excellent at creating vivid imagery, and the characters are very well-developed. While the story is slow in places, it never gets boring, and it’s wonderful to watch how God takes care of Magnus and Lark through the trials that come their way. If I have any complaints with the story, it’s only that I wish the romance between Lark and Magnus was better developed, and also that some threads were resolved more fully and fleshed out instead of being brushed aside to hasten the ending. Verdict: If you’re looking for a good read with inspiring characters, buy this book! (I received a free copy of the book from the publisher and author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.)
Renee Chaw 13 days ago
Craving a trip to Scotland after having binge watched 20 episodes of Outlander in a matter of days, I knew A Bound Heart was the book I had to read! Usually Laura's books are set in the frontier or Colonies, but A Bound Heart is set in Scotland, Virgina, and Jamaica. What a perfect way to wile away the days between new episodes of my favorite tv show! A Bound Heart is a bit different than the sweeping romantic epic that I've come to expect from Laura Frantz. While there is a sweet romance, the heart of this story is Lark. Lark coping with being uprooted from her simple life in Scotland to carving out a life on a Virginian estate along with the responsibilities of an orphaned child. That said, she is not the only character. There's quite a complex cast in this one. I really had a difficult time with the laird, Magnus! He was a totally braw Scotsman, don't get me wrong, but I was left wondering about Rory and Trevor too. To be completely honest, I was a little saddened by Rory and I would love to hear more about Trevor. And what happened to Nonesuch the collie???? I'm crying! Save all the dogs, please. To segue, I adore the picture that Ms. Frantz paints in each of her books. This was no exception. As a reader, I immediately became immersed in the sights and sounds of Scotland to life aboard a ship. Laura Frantz gives a peek at the mid 18th century that is paralleled by a rare few in the genre. If you enjoy Christian fiction, Frantz is at the top of the game and always a must-read for historical fiction fans like myself. ~ My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ~ *I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.*
BethErin 13 days ago
Frantz's always exquisite storytelling graces this literary journey with intimate, gentle pacing, vivid settings, and genuine characters. Lark's life, faith, fears, and loves leaped from the page. Her innocence and compassion are the characteristics which I found most endearing yet Lark's growing strength and courage sustain her through the darkest valleys. Magnus is a true hero... honest, humble, hard-working, and sacrificial. His dedication to duty, friends, and family is evidenced by the loyalty shown to him in return. He is fiercely protective, intelligent, and charming! The sights and sounds of Scotland are authenticly depicted as A Bound Heart evokes an entire spectrum of emotion. I highly recommend this story. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
JLYoung 14 days ago
Do you ever see a book cover and think, "Oh I want to find out what's inside that book!"? That's how I felt about this book. The cover is intriguing. Look at the scenery, the building, the lovely curly red hair. Doesn't it look lovely? The writing I found inside well matched the cover. It was poetic and beautiful. The imagery used was spot on. I could hear someone with a Scottish accent talking. The story itself was well composed. It had ups and downs, love and loss, happiness and dread, injustice and forgiveness, etc. I did have a little bit of a hard time getting into the book at the beginning but once the action kicked in it was way more captivating. I also found that reading the book was difficult. I had a much easier time understanding everything when I listened to the book. Once I got the feeling of the language and the way the author writes it was much easier to understand. There was an impeccable amount of detail included, which for the most part was a great thing. There were some times where I found myself lost in the details and I wanted to rush ahead. This was the first book by Laura Frantz that I had the honor of reading. I would love to read more from this author. I love the settings included and all the reader learns about each place from reading the book. It's like I went on a trip. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This has in no way influenced my review. All thoughts are my own!
academy252 14 days ago
Our story begins in Scotland in 1752. Our heroine, Lark, is the daughter and only child of the MacDougall clan. Her parents have passed on but her Granny remains alive. Their castle has been destroyed and she is now serving the Laird, Mangus MacLeish. She is serving as a keeper of bees and learning from her Granny about herbs and natural remedies to be used in the stillroom for the manor. Lark and Mangus grew up together learning and playing side by side. They also grew up with a local captain named Rory McPherson. Mangus has a wife, Isla, who has been unable to carry a child to full term and has miscarried 6 times in as many years. She is from Edinburgh and is thoroughly unhappy in her role as a Laird’s wife and living on this little island of Kerrera. As the story begins to unfold we see Rory is not only a local captain of a ship but a pirate and smuggler of sorts. He seems to have feelings for Lark but is more of a manipulator than she first realizes. He repeatedly sneaks goods past local tax men and authorities in order to avoid penalty. He involves both Lark and Mangus in his scheme. The good people of the island show up when a shipment arrives to unload and stash everything. Lark and Mangus begin to realize that helping Rory could very well be something God does not want for them but it might be too late to back out by the time they understand this. When Mangus wife suddenly dies everything else begins to fall apart. They are sold as indentured servants and they wind up in the New World. For a young lady who has never left the island in her life except for one trip to Edinburgh this could be her worst nightmare or it could prove to be her greatest adventure. Life won’t be easy but she has faith in a God who holds her future. She will have to completely trust God to see her through whatever lies ahead. This is the second book I have read by Laura Frantz and this author writes twisty high adventure stories that keep me engaged. It is hard to put her books down and this one is no exception. Her books are not predictable… which is a must for me. Something that I have really loved about her writing is that she uses a great deal of detail including historical vocabulary of the time and place. This particular book has a quick access glossary of Scottish words up front that are used throughout the story. She does not shy away from dialect in her dialogue between characters. This book is a beautiful Christian historical fiction novel full of God’s grace and how He works in the lives of His children. I absolutely loved this book! I definitely give it a 5 out of 5 stars
Britney_Adams 14 days ago
A Bound Heart captivated me from beginning to end! The imagery is vivid and the setting, which spans the globe, is easily imagined. I loved Magnus and Lark, and their characters brought to mind those of Ross and Demelza Poldark. This sweeping story is one that slowly unfolds allowing the reader to savor its beauty and lyricism. Inspired by her own heritage, Laura Frantz has crafted a heartfelt historical romance. I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.
ARS8 14 days ago
I have been so excited for author Laura Frantz’s new book A Bound Heart since I heard the blurb and when I saw the cover. That cover is especially beautiful. This story did not disappoint and I found myself swept away back in time to Scotland, Colonial Virginia, and Jamaica. This novel was chock full of historical detail concerning unjust arbitrary laws the British pushed on the Scottish, wrongful imprisonments, indenture hood, slavery, and more. This book read as in different parts as circumstances beyond Magnus’s and Lark’s control swept them across the ocean on a rather eventful ship voyage to the new world and one in which they would have to grow accustomed to. As with the author’s other books, she balances out the romance with the historical. I know there will be a happy ending, but the trials and tribulations she put these two through had me reading late into the night and thinking about the next day. I tend to like my hero and heroine together most of the book and these two were for the most part but under such circumstances that their love was to be tested and strengthened by the trials and tribulations they faced together and apart. This reading year is starting out very promising. I was provided a copy of this novel by the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
Angie Fehl 15 days ago
Though I have a few other of Frantz's books on my TBR shelf, this is the first of hers I've now read. Inspired by the story of some of Frantz's own ancestors, A Bound Heart lacked a lot of heart IMO. It's not a bad story by any means, but all the 5 star ratings I'm already seeing for it (being offically released just a few days ago) strike me as awfully generous. Frantz has a solidly enjoyable writing style, the novel definitely shows the woman is dedicated to research! The novel is detail-rich, but almost to a fault, as the plot is very slow-going. Now typically I don't hate a slow-burn novel if a steady increase or layering in plot complications or character histories can be seen. I'm all about being invested in fictional worlds! Unfortunately, this one fell a tad short for me in that department and I found myself not only not attached to the characters but I think at one point I believe I literally fell asleep mid-read. There are little bursts of action here and there but they are SUPER brief. The rest of the story seems to be just general conversing, lots and lots of conversations going down while characters (and readers) wait for their lives to turn eventful. That said, I will say the pace of things noticeably picks up once our primary characters board the transport ships. The romances -- or the suggestion of pairings, anyway -- tickled me about as much as flat soda. The only character that really struck my interest was Lark's smuggler friend, Captain Rory. He appeared pretty personable in the beginning of the novel, but boy, did he end up showing his true colors towards the end! Trevor grew on me a bit, but he seemed like the type who'd want to pin down Lark's strong, independent nature. As far as Magnus and Lark, there's a sweet friendship there to be admired but the reader isn't really given enough of a backstory between them to really feel much for them beyond that. The glossary for Scottish terminology provided at the beginning of the book was helpful. While I was already familiar with some of the terms, there were a few in there that I'd never heard used before. Also a nice touch, the quotes from famous poets, novelists and philosophers that Frantz uses to foreshadow each chapter's events. She found some particularly great quotes to reference! FTC Disclaimer: Revell Books kindly provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The opinions above are entirely my own
Sprinkle23 16 days ago
A Bound Heart by Laura Frantz captured my attention instantly with its setting, the foreign words, the underhanded activities, and the subtle attraction between Magnus and Lark. Descriptive imagery brought the places and characters to life in my mind. As the story unfolded, several issues began to play out: slavery, smuggling, adoption, a personal relationship with God. These matters added a pleasing depth to the story and induced character development. The action and romantic tension carried the story along until sometime after they landed in Virginia. At that point, the momentum and my interest waned a bit. However, Laura Frantz writes beautifully and the satisfying ending more than made up for the slowing pace. Overall, I liked A Bound Heart by Laura Frantz even though it wasn't quite what I expected. It has a permanent home on my bookshelf and I'll read it again. I recommend it as a faith-filled love story to fans of historical romances. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 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."
LucyMR1 16 days ago
Be prepared to be swept away from the Isle of Kerrera to the new land of Virginia to the humidity of Montego Bay. This book paints a picture with its attention to detail and words that leap from the pages into your heart. The hardships of becoming an indentured in a strange land with some cruel taskmasters is heartbreaking and leaves you drained from the emotional roller coaster ride. The faith that Magnus and Lark hold onto during this despairing time is so inspirational and touches emotional depths of your soul. It starts out slowly and builds in tempo and momentum like an orchestra and leaves you flying through the pages for the outcome. This will go on my best reads list for 2019. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher/author. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.