A Heart Set Free

Narrated by: Cecily White
Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
Categories: Romance, Historical
4.4 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

2017 Selah Awards Winner for Historical Romance

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.

Inspirational content (I): Content of an inspirational/religious nature. May also contain some violence (V) or references to human sexuality (S) certain listeners may deem objectionable.

©2016 Janet S. Grunst (P)2018 Janet S. Grunst

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This audiobook is a joy to listen to.

Heart warming story. Well written and read. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good story.

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Beautiful Historical Romance

Such a lovely tale, it was captivating and I found it very interesting and entertaining :) This is my first book from author Janet Grunst, and I love it!! Will definitely be looking for more. Well written and beautiful narration : Definitely recommended :) You'll like it :) I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Please take a moment to click the "YES" ("Helpful") button below if you found this review helpful :) Thank you!

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Draws you in from the first few minutes.

This book drew me in, leaving me wanting to keep listening to find out the mystery behind why Heather had to leave her home in such a drastic way. This was a very clean book, set in 1770, with religious notes throughout it. I found it very refreshing. There is a sweet love story. Cecily White, did a great job reading this book. My own thoughts started to have an Scottish accent, after listening to this book for a while. I received this book for free, through Audiobook Boom, in exchange for my honest opinion.

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.Historical romance.

This is the first book I've read from this author. It was a pleasure to listen to and I would recommend it to anyone who prefers to read Christian related books but also for anyone as it is a historical romance novel as well. The story is well written and all of the narration was great - except the voice for Heathar, which was jarring compared to the rest of the narration - but that did not change my recommendation. This book was easy to listen to and it kept my attention so that I 'read' it in one day. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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sometimes you need to run to find something new

a beautiful story about change a lovely and well written book I adored this story very much I loved it I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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A new author [ to me]

I really enjoyed listening to this book. A young lady running away from a life changing mistake, indentures herself to begin a new life in a new country. I think it was well written and performed.

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Beautiful story. wonderful read

I would highly recommend this book. it was a wonderful read. there were a lot of wonderful lessons taught, and even some laugh out loud moments. The narration was also excellent. What else can I say? All in all, a beautiful sweet story that was very satisfying, yet had a lot of deeper meaning. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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A Heart Set Free

A Heart Set Free is a nice story about one woman's journey toward God and acceptance of herself set to the backdrop of slowly falling in love. Narration was pretty good and the story is well written. I was given a free copy of this book and am leaving this honest review voluntarily.

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Compelling Christian historical women's fiction

The audiobook description seems to indicate that this book is a romance since it won a historical romance award. While the format is that of a romance (third person perspective with separate chapters for the primary female and male characters), there is only a small amount of romantic content. If you've heard of slow burn, this is almost no burn, even while the characters are technically married. Instead, I think this audiobook is a very good example of Christian historical women’s fiction. If you start the audiobook with that genre in mind, then you won’t be disappointed. There is a happy ending, and I was consistently captivated by the story and the narration. I am not particularly religious, but the praying and religious content we’re not too pervasive for me. The first few chapters of the audiobook immediately captured my attention with the harrowing situation of the likable Scottish heroine. It is circa 1770 Edinburgh, Scotland, and Heather Douglas has sold her freedom for 7 years of indenture so that a ship will take her away from some mysterious scandal that happened to her in her hometown of Perth. The ship is bound for Alexandria, Virginia, to a hopefully new start. However, the long, torturous journey in the hold of the ship is filled with sickness for everyone and the deaths of many of her fellow travelers. This realistic slice of life gave me a vivid experience of what my ancestors must have faced in their 18th-century journey to South Carolina and how they survived on their farmsteads. The author has a true gift for characterization, atmosphere, and bringing places to life. Cecily White did a great job on the narration. Her Scottish brogue accent for Heather is lovely and perfect. Her smoothly sexy tenor in an English accent is a great voice for Matthew Stewart. The narrator’s children’s voices and all the rest are very believable. Her pacing is wonderful, and the beautiful narration enhances the very good writing. My only minor gripe about this 8.5-hour audiobook is how stupidly dense Heather is! I understand that Heather had trust issues for good reason, but she dwells so much on how people hurt her back in Scotland. I got rather frustrated with her and silently yelled “Spit it out! Tell someone about it!” Her character development stalled for quite a while, but I remained glued to the audiobook, and my patience was rewarded. I recommend this audiobook to anyone who likes Christian historical fiction or Christian women’s fiction. I requested and received a free audiobook copy via #AudiobookObsession, and I voluntarily wrote this honest review. #AudiobookObsession Reviewer

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Historical romance

This is a sweet heartwarming Story about coming to America in the 1770's. Heather was running away from a scandal and becoming an indentured servant. She finds solace in turning to God throughout her journey and the decisions that are made for her. I enjoyed how the writer incorporated how she had to learn basic farm chores, gardening, milking a cow. gathering eggs. Plucking her first chicken was hilarious. Janice S. Grunst was very descriptive in the historical details of this story. Cecily white narration was very good, from her Scottish accent to the voices of the other characters were spot on 🎧audiobookobsessionreview🎧