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A Heart Set Free

By Janet S. Grunst


In 1770, Heather Douglas is desperate to escape a brewing scandal in her native Scotland. Penniless and hoping for a fresh start far away, she signs a seven-year indenture and boards a British merchant vessel headed to Virginia. Widowed planter Matthew Stewart needs someone to help raise his two young children. The tall blond standing on the Alexandria quay doesn't look like much after her harrowing sea voyage, but there's a refinement about her that her filthy clothing cannot hide. Could God be leading him to take this unknown indentured servant as his wife? When Matthew purchases Heather's indenture, marries her, and takes her to his farm, she is faced with new and constant challenges. And Matthew wonders if they can ever bridge their differences and make a life together. But in the Virginia countryside, Heather begins her greatest journey, one of self-discovery and of maturing faith. Here, she discovers that her emotional and spiritual scars bind her far more than her indenture . . . and love will finally set her heart free.

Book Takeaway:

The freedom forgiveness brings, and the power it has to remove the barriers that separate us from God and from each other.


Year Title Description
2017 A Heart Set Free Selah Award for Historical Romance

Why the author wrote this book:

I was intrigued by the people who indentured themselves to come to the colonies to begin new lives. Virginia history and stories about the founding of our nation fascinate me.


"Fascinating story! I, too, pitched and rolled with waves of emotion along with Heather on her voyage to Virginia and in coming waves of hope, spiritual growth, fear, severe disappointment, and love."
- mommaj on January 15, 2017

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