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Book Review: A Bound Heart by Laura Frantz

The synopsis (from the back cover):

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. Can they make a new beginning in this New World? Or will their hopes be dashed against the rock coastline of the Virginia colony?

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.

About the author:
Laura Frantz is a Christy Award finalist and the ECPA bestselling author of several books, including The Fontiersman’s Daughter, Courting Morrow Little, The Colonel’s Lady, The Mistress of Tall Acre, A Moonbow Night, The Lacemaker, and the Ballantyne Legacy series. She lives and writes in a log cabin in the heart of Kentucky. Learn more at


With rich imagery and deep characterization, Ms. Frantz coerces, nay, yanks, readers into the compelling and heart wrenching tale of a Scottish lass and laird from the Isle of Kerrera.
I must say, I was very much surprised with the depth that this story held. I was able to relate so much with Lark’s realistic struggles and truly admired her faith throughout this book. I was not expecting to walk away from this book strengthened, encouraged, and challenged in my faith, but that is exactly what occurred.
I have seen some say that the language of the Scots was difficult to grasp, but I found that it merely added yet another layer of depth to the tale, and it definitely assisted in pulling me into the world of these wonderful Scots. I absolutely love all things Scottish, so it was no surprise that I adored that part of the story. I thought that the descriptions of Scotland, as well as Virginia, were so clear and I was able to see it all with a very clear eye.
As I said above, the characters were characterized so well and I honestly felt like they were real people. Throughout the book I kept thinking of them as though they were real and then I was like “Oh wait, they don’t actually exist!”
This was the first book by Laura Frantz that I have read, and it this is anything like any of her others, I will definitely be reading more! In my experience it is rare to find fiction this deep and wholesome and I loved every moment of reading A Bound Heart; I didn’t want it to end.
Overall, A Bound Heart gets 5/5 stars. Ms. Frantz, thank you for this wonderful book!
**I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts in my review are my own.**

In the clutches of the cross,



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