Sunday, December 16, 2018

Giveaway, Tea Review, Book Review for A Bound Heart

Hello! It's me again!!

•*• Like a fantastic miniseries you can’t wait to watch each night •*•
This story is so authentic and heartfelt. I was swept up in the emotion of it all the way through.

Publisher’s Synopsis: 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.
My thoughts: This story takes you on an amazing journey beginning in 1752, rich in detail, from the beautiful isle of Kerrara including the castle and its garden, the small cottage homes, the caves where a pirating sea captain offloads his cargo, to the grime and misery of Edinburgh, to the awful ship where indentures and prisoners serve during transport, to the young colonies of America and the slave islands of Jamaica. Lark is a simple and sweet young lady full of never-ending kindness.  Her heart is linked to Magnus whom she cannot have. At times she considers Rory, the pirate captain, who may be her best chance at a future. Later she is drawn to Trevor who might meet her needs in America when her options seem to be running out.  No matter her thoughts, she continually seeks the Lord for wisdom and guidance. This book is so rich in history, faith and love. I truely enjoyed. 5 stars!

Interesting History can be found on Wikipedia re Gylen Castle which recently went through a restoration process thanks to worldwide members of the Clan MacDougall. 

SCOTTISH PROVERB: The devil’s boots don’t creak.
FAITH QUOTE: For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world.
TEA  QUOTES/MOMENTS: •*• “None could afford salt – or tea – since the Crown taxed both nigh to death.” •*• “Now, shall we have a dish of tea?” No more was said about the past. Lark felt a burden lift like a slate wiped clean. The lovely porcelain tea set appeared, the cozy room suffused with the fragrance of souchong. Though the housekeeper took her tea lain, she remembered Lark liked otherwise. Silver sugar tongs and a small jug of cream sat on the tea table. Truly, tea was the cup that cheered.” •*•“’Twas four o’clock in the afternoon. Lark watched as Mistress Flowerdew poured steaming water into a silver teapot and let the tea leaves steep for the customary three minutes. “I’m growing quite fond of cups with handles,” Theodosia said. “No more burning one’s hands and spilling tea on one’s skirts. I’ve ordered an entire set of Wedgwood from England and expect it any day now.””
I asked her permission to use her
memes which she graciously granted.
DEDICATION: “To my sixth great-grandfather, George Hume of Wedderburn Castle, Berwickshire, Scotland.”
SCOTS GLOSSARY: Can be found at the beginning of the book which was useful and interesting.

I downloaded a complimentary book in the hopes of a favorable review, with no further compensation thanks to NetGalley and Revell Publ.

Connect with the author at
Laura Frantz dot Net
Goodreads is having a giveaway for 5 copies!

Hallmark Countdown to Christmas Tea by The Republic of Tea: Exclusive to Cost Plus World Market. I had a 15% off coupon AND Saturday, Dec. 15 was apparently International Tea Day (you know that’s every day for me!) so I bought and tried this new “tea”. Turns out there are no tea leaves in it, making it caffeine free. The ingredients are cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, carob, chicory, black pepper, Chinese star anise, cloves, and cassia oil.  I found it to be subtle and not as warm as I would hope, but I could detect the black pepper which I do not prefer.  I would not buy it again. But it is a nice caff-free option to serve guests.
I love following  @WorldDayCalendar on
Instagram for fun and interesting days to observe!

My girlfriend in AL sent me
this and I thought it too funny and also true!
Until next time, hugs and cup of cozy Christmas tea!!!


  1. I enjoyed reading your review! It is totally like a wonderful mini series. It was so well written! I'm glad you loved it too!

  2. I received this fun comment from the author who was having trouble posting here.
    "Oh, your website home here is delightful and YOU have such a way with words! I can't thank you enough for taking time for A Bound Heart. It means more than I can say. Just wishing we could sit down and have some of that wonderful tea together and talk books! Endless thanks!" - Laura Frantz