Sometimes it is hard enough to do the right thing when you know the results will be good. It is even harder to do the right thing when you know that the consequences of doing that are going to be terrible!
I can’t even imagine how Joseph must have felt as he went from a loving father to slavery. From lowly slave to housemaster. From house master to prison. I’m sure he questioned God more than once during that journey. Yet when his brothers appeared in Egypt years later, he was able to say to them
As for you, what you intended against me for evil, God intended for good, in order to accomplish a day like this—to preserve the lives of many people.
May my life and perspective be so focused on the goodness of God that I can be gracious and forgiving and trusting God to work good out of everything in my life!
A Bound Heart
by Laura Frantz
Published by Revell
Publication Date January 1, 2019
Genres: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance, Action/Adventure
Setting: Scotland, Virginia, Jamaica Colonial Era - US - 1607 - 1776
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
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.
I would like to thank Netgalley, Revell for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
A fascinating journey from the Scottish Isles to the Americas.
Lark and Magnus are intricate characters with the kind of faith that withstands the strongest storms. I loved how at the beginning of the story, before Magnus’ wife died, despite her petulant nature, he continued to remind himself of the Scriptural admonition “husbands, love your wives.”
Magnus, though laird of the castle, didn’t find it beneath him to help watch the sheep and he cared deeply for the people of his island. His was the kind of nobility that is truly noble, based on his deep love the of Lord and desire to obey Him.
I loved Lark’s occupation as the keeper of the stillroom and the bees! The way she was able to surround herself with plants and her knowledge of herbal remedies was fun to read about. She was truly humble and never thought more highly of herself than she should. Her thoughts were almost always of others and how she could help them. And similarly, as I am prone to do at times, despite her strong faith, she sometimes questioned God’s love and will for her life.
This is a very sweet story with some surprises along the way. Lovers of historical fiction will want to be sure to grab a copy.