One of my favorite things to do it read. Not just anything, but almost! I don’t know how long I have been able to review books, but I have loved being forced to make time to read, because honestly it would be so easy to get busy with other things that this would have to take a back seat, and that would break my heart!! Reading takes me to places I would never be able to really go. I meet people I would never know. And through these stories I get to experience so many emotions and feelings. I love reading!
I recently finished A Bound Heart by Laura Frantz, and I absolutely loved this story.
There were so many little details that captured my heart! The characters were so well thought out, deep and relatable, as well as lovable. Ms. Frantz somehow writes about people who face struggles but handle their lives with integrity and honor. I just loved getting to know Magnus and Lark and will miss their story now that it is over.
The setting is a coastal island with Scottish roots and English control, which was enchanting to learn about. The time frame is mid 1700’s. Every part of this story held my attention and kept me wanting more!
My favorite part of this story was Lark and her love of herbs and her dependance on them to offer healing to those around her. Lark is the stillroom mistress and a keeper of bees as well. In those roles she is the expert about herbal remedies. When the island doctor (who prefers to prescribe nothing more than laudlum for just about every situation) is unavailable, and even sometimes when he is, Lark is the go to for the local people when they need healing.
Laura Frantz is a new favorite on my list of authors! I love her style of writing, the depth of research that comes through her stories and her world view. All were woven throughout A Bound Heart and all make for a masterful story!
There is a sweet element of adoption in this story that is just delightful as well. When Lark becomes the caretaker of a tiny baby names Larkin, who favors her with his head of red-hair, we see even more of her character and integrity shine through. She is a woman I would love to know in real life, and her character is one I admire even if only made up! I loved her resilience and determination as well as her constant love of the Lord.
I highly recommend this amazing book!
NOTE : I received a copy of A Bound Heart ins exchange for an honest review.
More about A Bound Heart :
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.