Review: A Bound Heart by Laura Frantz

a bound heartA Bound Heart was an intense, deeply moving, and beautiful story to read. I loved the way the book spanned many locations, including Scotland, a sea voyage, Virginia, and Jamaica.

The novel started off slowly, but not in a bad way. The relationships and workings of the residents of the Isle of Kerrera were clearly described and made me feel as if I was experiencing life in Scotland along with them.

The connection that Lark and the Laird, Magnus, had on the island was an innocent friendship that had grown with them since infancy. I loved learning more about their friendship as children and how the Laird ended up married to anyone other than Lark. It was fascinating to finally find out how Magnus really felt and watch their beautiful romance bloom.

The sea voyage that carried Lark and Magnus away from the sham of a trial and the troubles that fell upon them in Scotland was absolutely fascinating, as was reading about Colonial life in Virginia.

Lark and Magnus were characters that I couldn’t help but love. Their kind hearts toward others, including slaves and orphans, and their desire to live as they believed that God wanted them to, endeared them to me.

(5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.


a bound heartThough 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.

Purchase your own copy here.


Laura Frantz


Award-winning, bestselling 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.

You can connect with Laura on her website, Facebook, and Pinterest.

About Brittany

As a homeschooling mom and avid reader, I get great joy through reading and reviewing books. I focus my reading and my reviews on Christian fiction, primarily Christian romantic fiction. I also review sweet, clean fiction. I hope you will find my reviews helpful in your decisions on what books to read.
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2 Responses to Review: A Bound Heart by Laura Frantz

  1. debraemarvin says:

    Just as expected, right? I’m so looking forward to this and will likely get the audiobook. Great review, Brittany.

  2. carylkane says:

    Beautiful review, Brittany! Laura Frantz never disappoints!

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