A Bound Heart

A Bound Heart

by Laura Frantz

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Overview

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.

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.

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ISBN-13: 9781493416622
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/01/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 14,828
File size: 11 MB
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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 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 63 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Laura Frantz is an incredibly gifted author! What a captivating story of the challenges of life and a faithful love! It was so enjoyable!
Faye_reviews 5 months ago
Lark works in the stillroom creating herbal tinctures and teas, she refuses to participate in the free-trading done by many of the islanders to survive due to her Christian convictions. She is working on a herbal remedy to help the Lady Isla after the miscarriage of her 6th babe, but an unfortunate accident leaves her wealthy family looking for someone to blame. The Lark and the laird of the island, Magnus, grew up side by side, sharing a deep friendship, with hopes unspoken. Mourning the loss of his wife he seeks to prevent another wrong by defending Lark, but he himself finds himself convicted of crime, and together they are exiled to the New World away from the familiar hills of Scotland. Could their exile be the start of something new? A captivating read, riveting in it's stark wildness, beauty, injustices, and hope. Lark is a beautiful young woman, considered a spinster in her community, she lives with her wise grandmother. Lark is descended from a highly regarded family, but their lot has fallen in recent generations. Lark is beautiful inside and out, holding to her convictions of her faith through may trials. Her beauty catches the eye of many men that she meets from a sea captain who lives by his wits, a laird, a plantation heir, and others. She has a big heart, and compassion for those hurting, and I admired her unwillingness to compromise in regard to her faith. Larkin is a bonnie braw lad, well loved and a unexpected blessing. He brings joy to many around him, seeming to defy his lot in life at every turn. Many of the characters are well developed, and I liked the thoughtful Miss Flowerdew, as well as the many who befriend Lark and Larkin. Magnus is a man of many responsibilities as laird of an island, he tries to do his best to care for the people under his care, and is unashamed of his Scots heritage. He is bound by his responsibilities, I admired his faith despite the challenges he faced, honorably seeking to glorify God no matter the circumstances, holding back his own desires in the interests of others. Overall an utterly compelling read that grabbed my heartstrings and didn't let go, from the vast wild beauty of the stark lands, to the noble, faithful, Lark and Magnus who are admirable in the face of injustice. I especially enjoyed the strong themes of faith, holding to the promises, and strength in weakness. You won't regret picking up this epic journey of second chances and faith. Highly recommend! I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Voracious4Veracity 9 months ago
I very much enjoyed this book, my first by this author. She's a talented lady! Epic adventure, danger, intrigue, tragedy, beauty - this book has it all. Even the romance (which I generally only tolerate because I love historicals) was unobtrusively woven into the characters' lives (like in real life), rather than all-consuming. The prose is beautiful, even breathtaking in places. Franz's Scotland and its people captivate and enchant. The characters fairly leap off the page in their realness. I adored the portrayal of a hard but simple life on the Isle - bee skeps, stillroom, and community (with all its joys and sorrows). Unexpected plot twists and their outcomes kept me on the edge of my seat, and the historical detail is thrilling. One of my favorite things about good historical fiction is the immersive period minutiae. The depth of Ms. Franz's research shows in her loving attention to every detail. Only one thing prevented this receiving a 5-star rating; throughout the book, I was repeatedly jarred out the story by characters behaving oddly (for them), with no explanation or discernible reason. I almost wrote it off as convenience - having them step out of character to achieve certain plot points. But upon further reflection, I saw many of those plot points were not dependent upon the characters' sudden departure in behavior/choices/attitudes. Whatever the reason for it, it unsettled me while I was reading (and puzzles me still), but thankfully not enough to do more than scratch the surface of my enjoyment of an otherwise delightful book. I look forward to reading more from this author.
LizR1990 9 months ago
Laura Frantz has such a gift for storytelling. Her settings are superb and draw you into the story. Her characters are intriguing and feel familiar. What a journey this book took me on! From a murder investigation in the Scottish Highlands, life threating illness in the West Indies and finally, looming danger in Virginia Colony. The romance is quite a slow burn and at first it was overshadowed but boy, was it able to hold its own for the last half of the story! At this point I will read anything Laura Frantz wants to write knowing that it will be a wonderful experience. I would recommend this book to fans Jocelyn Green, Lori Benton and Jody Hedlund. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley. All opinions are my own.
Anonymous 11 months ago
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Ratgirl24 More than 1 year ago
Laura Frantz’ “A Bound Heart” is the story of childhood friends Magnus MacLeish and Lark MacDougall who grew up together on the charming and beautiful isle of Kerrera (off the Scottish coast). Although they had many of the same opportunities as children, they lead quite different lives as adults; Magnus is Laird of Castle Kerrera and Lark is the Keeper of the Bees. Lark has always been quite fond of Magnus and was heartbroken when he returned a few years ago to the isle with a wife. So, she busies herself taking care of her elderly Granny and her beloved bees. She also has a flirtatious friendship with the handsome captain of the Merry Lass, Rory MacPherson. The inhabitants of the isle soon learn that Magnus’ wife, Lady Isla, hates the isle and living there. She is mean, rude and often physically ill. Furthermore, she does not like “the help” to be seen (including Lark). Matters only worsen when she is unable to produce an heir. Lady Isla is desperate to have a child and dies after ingesting one of Lark’s potions. Lark is soon tried and found guilty or murder. Lark and Magnus’ trials and tribulations and ensuing love story comprise the rest of the book. Both Magnus and Lark are Christians and Frantz reminds us that it is “better to dwell in the wilderness than with a contentious and angry woman” and also that “husbands, love your wives.” She also reminds us that “the true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good!” If you require a lovely historical romance, this is for you! Frantz describes the isle of Kerrera so beautifully you will feel as if you are there. This book is great for any age reader. Hoping that this may become a series (although the cover did not designate as such). I would love to read more about their lives after the ending of the book. #ABoundHeart #NetGalley Publication Date: January 1, 2019 Genre: Romance, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Scottish Cover: Stunning and absolutely perfect! Rating: 5 stars Source: I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review. Thank you for the opportunity to read this great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great+book
irishniff More than 1 year ago
Top Notch Production! Aimee Lilly did a fantastic job narrating this beautiful moving story by Laura Frantz. First of all, the Scottish accents made for pleasing listening. Also, there were many characters and the narrator had a distinct voice for each one. I thought that the pace of the narration matched the action of the story perfectly. This well researched historical fiction grabbed my attention. The marvelous main characters faced struggles yet, clung to their faith to move forward despite their circumstances. Of course, the romance was developed wonderfully. Frantz weaves together a storyline that was engrossing and I soon found myself looking for any reason to listen. I was given a copy of this audiobook by the publisher. All opinions are mine.
RobinWillson More than 1 year ago
Set in the 1700s, first in Scotland along the sea, then America. Lark is descended from a fierce warrior clan whose laird was killed and their castle destroyed. She and her Granny lived and worked at the castle nearby, in the stillroom. Which means they gathered plants and tended bees, for medicinal and other uses, preparing medicines for the Laird and his people. She grew up with Magnus, the current Laird, learned with him. He is a good and handsome man, but forced by his father married another woman - and it didn't go well. Rich, deep Christian historical fiction. I want to spend more time with these people. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher and NetGalley book review bloggers program. 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.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A+lovely+story+with+fascinating+historical+details.+Wonderful+characters+both+main+and+supporting.+Can%27t+wait+to+check+out+other+books+by+Ms.+Frantz.+pbn
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A sweeping tale of injustice and adventure that spans the sea, A Bound Heart will have you aching, anticipating, and longing for the story line to give you what you hope for most: the hero and heroine to be together. Beautifully crafted, as always, Ms. Frantz has once again drawn the reader, heart and all, into an exquisite story of divided stations, denied love, and authentic characters. Five Stars!
CrystalCaudill More than 1 year ago
It's already started out as another year of incredible busy-ness, so I picked up this audiobook from my library to enjoy while cleaning house and running errands. Let me tell you, this is one book you definitely want to hear on audio! Oh my goodness, I know reading it in print, as good as it was, would not have had the same impact as listening to the AWESOME narrator do all the Scottish voices and songs. AMAZING. I found myself even picking up a bit of the accent and rephrasing my speech to match for several hours after each listening session. Definitely, definitely get the audio. What I loved:  Honestly my favorite part was the audio narration. As far as the book itself, I loved Laura's way of describing things and creating tension throughout the story, and of course the amazing ending which had me literally biting my fist as I anticipated when things might occur. She has such an amazing way about her writing that transports you to a different land and time. The historical details are phenomenal. Favorite Character: Magnus. Definitely Magnus. I loved Lark, but Magnus was a mand who is not without faults but is a man that makes you swoon. His faith, encouragement, and protect are dreamy. Who would like this: Anyone who loves stories with amazing historical details, romances wrought with tension and surprises, and those who are looking for something different from the typical romance. Rating and Why: Five-stars because of the emotional rollercoaster and the voice narration. Seriously, I can't say that enough. Get this book on audio.
EmilyBoyMom More than 1 year ago
Absolutely enthralling book of intrigue, royalty and the early stages of Colonial America! I have never read Laura Frantz before, but I have enjoyed the masterful storytelling, characters that are well developed and a journey that does not let up. The beginning chapters set the scene for the adventure to follow. Childhood friendships will be tested, pirates, love triangles, impossible adventures ensue...I am captivated by the book. I believe this story is for just about anyone who wants to read a well rounded, expertly investigated historical piece. Drawing from her own family history and extensive research, Laura Frantz does a beautiful job of drafting people who leap off the page. I was thankful to be able to read early! Thank you, NetGalley!
Phyllis_H More than 1 year ago
A fascinating journey from the Scottish Isles to the Americas. My rating is 4.5 stars A fascinating journey from the Scottish Isles to the Americas. Lark and Magnus are intricate characters with the kind of faith that withstands the strongest storms. I loved how at the beginning of the story, before Magnus’ wife died, despite her petulant nature, he continued to remind himself of the Scriptural admonition “husbands, love your wives.” Magnus, though laird of the castle, didn’t find it beneath him to help watch the sheep and he cared deeply for the people of his island. His was the kind of nobility that is truly noble, based on his deep love the of Lord and desire to obey Him. I loved Lark’s occupation as the keeper of the stillroom and the bees! The way she was able to surround herself with plants and her knowledge of herbal remedies was fun to read about. She was truly humble and never thought more highly of herself than she should. Her thoughts were almost always of others and how she could help them. And similarly, as I am prone to do at times, despite her strong faith, she sometimes questioned God’s love and will for her life. This is a very sweet story with some surprises along the way. Lovers of historical fiction will want to be sure to grab a copy. Read with a Preview at AmongTheReads.net I was given a copy of this book for free. I was not required to give a favorable review nor was any money received for this review. All comments and opinions are my own.
tealovingbookworm More than 1 year ago
It took me a couple of chapters into A Bound Heart to get past the Scottish brogue; I found it a bit difficult to read at first. But it became quite an endearing story, and it’s evident that a lot of historical research went into writing this book. The landscape details are so well vibrantly described that one feels you’re right there with the characters. The descriptive accounts of the treacherous life on board ship, the Colonial life in Virginia, and the perilous life in the West Indies add spark to the storyline. Lark captured my heart immediately, as did the precious babe Larkin. And poor Magnus, Lord of the castle in Scotland, sent into indentured status for wearing a kilt. Several plot twists and unique characters keep the story moving quickly; however I was a bit disappointed with the ending as I felt it could have been expanded on and left me wondering. Another Laura Frantz masterpiece! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Belovedbrat More than 1 year ago
Title: A Bound Heart Author: Laura Frantz Chapters: 40 Pages: 400 Genre: Christian Historical Fiction Christian Historical Romance Rating: 5 Stars A Bound Heart took me on a journey from Scotland to Virginia. A Journey I was expecting and didn't know I needed. A Bound Heart is the tenth book by Laura Frantz and the most emotional one to date. There was more twists and turns in it than The Mistress of Tall Arce and Love's Reckoning combined. There was plenty of times through this one that I almost gave up on a happy ending, well not a happy per say just on the way I wanted the story to end. Ever since Outlander I've been on a bit of a Scottish Highland or Scotland setting in general, because something was missing from Outlander that a main stream series can't fill. And that's characters with strong faith and a clean story. But that's what A Bound Heart gives readers. A Christian historical fiction novel with romance set in the same time period of Scotland. Though the story doesn't stay in Scotland. The last Jacobite rebellion pretty much ruined the highland way of life. Magnus MacLeish and Lark MacDougall grew up together on the island of Kerrera but as adults their lives couldn't be more different he's the Laird of the castle and she's the keeper of bees and the stillroom. When his wife dies unexpectedly be he and Lark finds themselves indentured servants headed across the Atlantic though for different reasons. Both characters will have to hang to their faith to see them through. Much like with The Mistress of Tall Acre the character who most stole my heart wasn't a main character nor an adult but a wee child. I loved seeing another hero in Laura's book have a strong faith. I loved Magnus more than I thought I would but not enough to knock General Seamus Ogilvy out of my favorite hero of Laura's spot but I do believe Laird Magnus MacLeish ties for first place. I'm still not sure will Lark ranks. A Bound Heart has me wanting to find more historical fiction books set in Scotland I'm not ready to leave Alba behind. For those not familiar with Scots, there is a Scots glossary at the beginning of the book. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves Christian Historical fiction and romance. Anyone who loves historical fiction in general as well as books set in Scotland. This book is also perfect for fans of Outlander who would love a cleaner faith filled read. I received a e-copy of this book from the publisher through netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone
Carol-Kelley More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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.