Monday, January 07, 2019

A Bound Heart by Laura Frantz

About the Book
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.

My Thoughts
I've discovered that you can’t read a Laura Frantz book fast. Her writing is so beautiful and rich that it makes you slow down and savor each artistically crafted sentence.
This book, like the others before it, was amazing. The story takes place in multiple locations and the author brought each one to life in vivid detail, transporting you to another time.
I absolutely loved both Lark and Magnus. Neither of them had had an easy life, facing many losses, and being the victims of circumstances beyond their control, but their attitudes through it all were inspiring. They never let their circumstances dictate their attitudes, instead they trusted God and His plans for them, their faith never wavering.
The story took place over a long span of time but it never dragged, the pacing was expertly handled and I was swept along with the characters.
I loved how the romance was subtly woven in, starting as a childhood friendship that remained strong throughout the years. Even when Magnus married they remained friends, only after his wife died did their friendship blossom into something more.
I feel like this review in no ways does justice to the beauty of this novel and I highly recommend you read it!

Meet the Author
Christy Award-winning author, Laura Frantz, is passionate about all things historical, particularly the 18th-century, and writes her manuscripts in longhand first. Her stories often incorporate Scottish themes that reflect her family heritage. She is a direct descendant of George Hume, Wedderburn Castle, Berwickshire, Scotland, who was exiled to the American colonies for his role in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715, settled in Virginia, and is credited with teaching George Washington surveying in the years 1748-1750. Frantz lives and writes in a log cabin in the heart of Kentucky.
According to Publishers Weekly, "Frantz has done her historical homework." With her signature attention to historical detail and emotional depth, she is represented by Janet Kobobel Grant, Literary Agent & Founder, Books & Such Literary Agency of Santa Rosa, California.
Readers can find Laura Frantz at

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own. 


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