A Heart Set Free

A Heart Set Free

by Janet S. Grunst

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Overview

In 1770, Heather Douglas is desperate to escape a brewing scandal in her native Scotland. Penniless and hoping for a fresh start far away, she signs a seven-year indenture and boards a British merchant vessel headed to Virginia.



Widowed planter Matthew Stewart needs someone to help raise his two young children. The tall blond standing on the Alexandria quay doesn't look like much after her harrowing sea voyage, but there's a refinement about her that her filthy clothing cannot hide. Could God be leading him to take this unknown indentured servant as his wife?



When Matthew purchases Heather's indenture, marries her, and takes her to his farm, she is faced with new and constant challenges. And Matthew wonders if they can ever bridge their differences and make a life together.



But in the Virginia countryside, Heather begins her greatest journey, one of self-discovery and of maturing faith. Here, she discovers that her emotional and spiritual scars bind her far more than her indenture . . . and love will finally set her heart free.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781946016010
Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
Publication date: 12/01/2016
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Janet Grunst is a wife, mother, and grandmother who lives in the historic triangle of Virginia (Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown) with her husband and West Highland White Terrier. A lifelong student of history, she has been fortunate to live overseas as well as throughout the United States. Her love of writing fiction grew out of a desire to share stories that communicate the truths of the Christian faith, as well as entertain and bring inspiration, healing, and hope to readers.

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A Heart Set Free 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Digging4Pearls More than 1 year ago
Heather Douglas flees Scotland for America thinking that a seven-year indenture is a small price to pay for her freedom. The sea voyage takes its toll, and she arrives half-starved and weighed down from the losses she encountered during the journey on the merchant ship. Matthew Stewart is tired of being separated from his two young children. With nobody to watch over them while he works in the field since his wife died, he's been forced to leave them in town with friends. When a merchant ship arrives in the harbor he comes up with a plan. He purchases Heather's indenture and marries her so he can have his family together again. Heather has many things to learn along the journey to understand what true freedom in Christ means. Janet Grunst weaves a delightful tale set in Virginia in the 1770s. She reminds us of the ups and downs of faith and believing in God. A great read you won't want to miss. This book was provided free. A favorable review was not required. All opinions shared here are my own - 2017.
PeggThomas More than 1 year ago
A lovely tale set in Colonial America. Heather Douglas sells herself into indentured servitude to pay for her crossing from Scotland to the British Colonies in America. She's running from her past and will do anything to start over somewhere else. Matthew Stewart is a widower with two small children. While he needs help, he can't buy Heather's indenture and then take her out to the wilderness to his farm. So he marries her. With no options and little choice, Heather has to find a way to either accept her life on the farm in a marriage she didn't want, for find a way to earn back her freedom. Well worth reading! Charming characters and plenty of story to keep you turning the pages.
Safety15 More than 1 year ago
I don’t normally read novels of this genre, but my wife convinced me that I would enjoy it. I did. The historical aspect was very interesting and the faith lessons were applicable to my life. In addition, alternating the present and past stories kept me involved in this easy read until the very last page. I grew up in Virginia, so it was fun to imagine these familiar places as they might have been 250 years ago. I look forward to future books by this new author.
MrsTina42MR More than 1 year ago
A Heart Set Free***** by Janet S. Grunst 1770....Heather Douglas stands on the dock in Virginia of Colonial America, having left her native Scotland and the scandal surrounding her far behind. But there is more than her indentured state that holds her heart enslaved, will she ever be free? Widowed Matthew Stewart needs someone to help him raise his two young children, could God be leading him to an indentured servant as the answer? Taking a leap of faith, he purchases Heather's indenture, marries her and takes her and his children home to his farm miles away in the Virginia countryside. Thus begins a new journey for Heather, one that will be far different than any she has ever faced—not only a new countryside home and all it entails but one of self-discovery and of a growing, maturing faith. The horrific conditions of those aboard ship crossing to Colonial America is described in vivid detail, giving the reader a glimpse of what Heather and the other passengers experienced...shudder. It is obvious Janet Grunst has done extensive research in the historical elements in this story, bringing to life an emotionally charged, heartwarming story with realistic characters who face many challenges, heartaches, joys, grief, second-chances, forgiveness, bitterness, love and enduring faith. A captivating story.
nurse_writer More than 1 year ago
Just finished reading my copy! Great story. Well done. Will there be a sequel? I fell in love with the characters.
KBRESLIN More than 1 year ago
Forgiveness and the healing power of love are at the heart of this touching debut, set amidst the verdant farmlands of colonial Virginia. Author Janet Grunst will delight fans of historical Christian fiction with this emotionally-charged story of faith, painted in beautifully vivid scenes and with engaging characters that will keep readers turning the pages. I was truly inspired after reading A Heart Set Free, and look forward to more works from this talented author.