8 Feb 2019

First Line Fridays: A Bound Heart by Laura Frantz

Today I am including one of three books (well OK, two books and one audiobook) that are on my Currently Reading List. 
I've never read anything by Laura Frantz before, although I understand this book is very popular. Its the first of two books coming out this year about people from Scotland who get sent to America in the 1750s. 

When you notice a lot of books with a similar setting coming out in a short time like that, it usually means they are following some fashion. In this case, I think the proliferation of stories set in mid 18th century Scotland (or featuring characters from there), are a based on the success of the Outlander series. I've never watched it and don't particularly care to do so.

The synopsis for the book A Bound Heart reads: 

"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 First Line today is from Chapter 13, which I am currently onto (nearly finished in fact) in the Audiobook. 

Whilst the book seems good so far, I have noticed a few mistakes and misunderstandings relating to British history and culture. 

The most noticeable is the common misconception that the Jacobite Rebellion an English vs Scottish conflict. It wasn't: it actual fact it had more to do with religion was was really more a matter of Catholic vs. Protestant since many Protestant Lowland Scots were opposed to Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites. 

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  1. Happy Friday! My first line is from "Falling for Grace" by Janet W. Ferguson:

    "It was finally over."

  2. I'm always reading several books at the same time too. :) Happy reading!

  3. I listened to the audio version of this about a week ago and loved it! Both the story itself and the narration :)

    Today on my blog I shared the first line from American Omens by Travis Thrasher but it's also my current read so I'll share the first line from my current chapter (8) here: "'I believe.' Dowland said with all the conviction and soul he could muster." Hope you have a wonderful weekend with plenty of quality reading time! :)

  4. Happy Friday! Today I'm sharing the first line from The Wood's Edge by Lori Benton: "A white flag flew over Fort WIlliam Henry."

    Have a great weekend!


  5. Happy Friday! I’m sharing the first line from Death in the Stocks by Georgette Heyer on my blog today. Here is the second line:

    “No lamp shone in the window but a full moon sailed in a sky the colour of sapphires, and lit the village with a pale light, as cold as the sheen on steel.”

  6. I really want to read this one!

    I'm featuring "The Seamstress" by Allison Pittman on my blog, but I've just started reading "Atoning for Ashes" by Kaitlin Covel, so I'll share that first line here:

    Josie had always detested black.

    Have a great weekend!

  7. I agree. I think since the publication of Outlander, there has been a proliferation of time travel novels and this particular time period in Scotland.


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