A Bound Heart

A Bound Heart

by Laura Frantz

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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: 1,096
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 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 reviews.
Anonymous 5 months 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!
Anonymous 10 days ago
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Anonymous 27 days 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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 6 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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.*