Historical Fiction, Review

A Bound Heart by Laura Frantz

A Bound Heart by Laura Frantz will make your reader heart cry for joy, “Great Scots!”

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.

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my thoughts

My reader heart desired and delighted in this story like a cozy blanket and a mug of rich hot cocoa on a damp and dismal winter day. Frantz’s always exquisite storytelling graces this literary journey with intimate, gentle pacing, vivid settings, and genuine characters. This book is wholly engaging to the most all-consuming, sleep-defying sense of the word.

Lark’s life, faith, fears, and loves leaped from the page and blurred the line between fiction and my truly tangled emotions. Her innocence and compassion are the characteristics which I found most endearing yet Lark’s growing strength and courage sustain her through the darkest valleys.

Magnus is a true hero… honest, humble, hard-working, and sacrificial. His dedication to duty, friends, and family is evidenced by the loyalty shown to him in return (especially by Lark’s granny and Magnus’s precious dog, both of whom who I adore). He is fiercely protective, intelligent, and charming!

The sights and sounds of Scotland are authenticly depicted as A Bound Heart evokes an entire spectrum of emotion. I highly recommend this story and fully expect this first review of 2019 to land on my year-end favorites list.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.


about the author

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. Visit her website!


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The Mistress of Tall Acre is featured in our BOOKISH BARGAINS!



Laura Frantz has generously provided a paperback copy of A Bound Heart with bookmarks and a signed bookplate for one fortunate Faithfully Bookish reader!

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This story was inspired by the author’s own family history!
Do you have Scottish roots, reader friends? 

56 thoughts on “A Bound Heart by Laura Frantz”

  1. Hi! Happy New Year! This book sounds emotional and has excellent setting and characters. Can’t wait to read it.


  2. I love reading Laura’s books! I can’t wait to read this new one! I do have some Scottish ancestry on both sides of my family tree.


  3. I know I had some English ancestors on my mom’s side of the family. She thought we had some Scottish in the mix too but we haven’t gone back far enough to find any evidence of that. I do love Laura’s books so am wanting to read A Bound Heart.


  4. I’m a full European mutt! Scotland is just one of the lovely countries from which my ancestors came! I hope to be able to visit Ireland and the UK someday.


  5. This story sounds fascinating, and, yes, I do have some Scottish roots. I have tracked one line back to the 1700’s in Scotland, shortly before they came to the US. I have some other “probable” lines.


    1. Cathy, That’s so interesting your Scots kin came over about the same time as mine. They may have even known each other as Scotland is smaller than the state of Indiana. I appreciate your wanting to read!


  6. Love Laura Frantz, such a gifted writer – I won’t be surprised if this book makes it onto my Best Reads 2019 either!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!


    1. Hi Connie, Bless you for being here. Beth Erin writes wonderful reviews! She could teach a class on how to do that:) And I’m honored you want to read this historical of mine!


  7. I remember my grandfather saying we were a bit Scotch-Irish but I don’t know the origin of that. It’s interesting that Laura Frantz wrote about her own family. It will be on my “must read” list.


    1. Perrianne, So good to see you here 🙂 Love those ‘must read’ lists. 2019 looks like a banner year for books!


  8. Oh, thank you ALL for the wonderful comments and your heart to read! I’m late to the party as I’ve been under the weather and catching up. Thank you, Beth Erin, for being such a gracious hostess. The reading world is sure blessed to have you!


  9. As far as I know I don’t have Scottish ancestry, but it’s entirely possible. As far as I know my family background is German and English.


  10. Love the review. My husband has some Scots in him, along with Rnglish & Irish. I have English & German. Thanx for the giveaway!!!


  11. Lovely review! I keep hearing amazing things about this book and desperately want to read it! ❤ I have some Scottish roots on my mother's side, but I think the Polish on my dad's side is stronger. Love both though!


  12. Would love to have a chance to win this! This book is literally everywhere on my social media feeds. Seems like everyone is reading and loving it! So I added it near the top of my to read list for sure!


  13. I absolutely love Laura Frantz’s books! Always so good! I do have Scottish roots, on my mom’s side. Thanks for the giveaway!


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