I am thrilled to have discovered another author who tells a captivating story. Ruth Axtell has definitely won me over with this book. I am so excited to go back and read her other titles. If you enjoy Regency Romances, this book is for you!
In A Heart's Rebellion, Jessamine and her childhood best friend Megan have arrived in London for their first season. Jessamine's heart has been broken by Megan's brother, Rees Phillips. Jessamine and Megan are the wallflowers of the season until they meet Lancelot Marfleet who is the second son of an aristocrat. Lancelot is a vicar and not exactly the suitor Jessamine had hoped to win. Instead, she begins a flirtation with a gentleman with a less than stellar reputation. As Jessamine comes to terms with her lingering feelings for Rees, she opens herself up to possible ruination.
I could so feel Jessamine's heartache in this book! There are many times I wanted to strangle her for her stupidity! I found myself rooting for Lancelot and longing to see the hero rescue the lady! This wonderful book could totally be a BBC mini series. A Heart's Rebellion is the second book in a series, but I did not feel like I was missing out by not having read the first book, Moonlight Masquerade. However, I will be reading Moonlight Masquerade because I so enjoyed this book!
I was given a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I have not been compensated.
A Hearts Rebellion by Ruth Axtell is about a woman, Jessamine Barry, whose father is a vicar. She tries to put many things that she has learned aside and make the most of her season in London. Her rash actions prove that she should have been more careful and guarded in her actions.
I enjoyed this book as a quick read, but I didn't find myself liking any of the characters or taking a deep interest in them. I generally prefer heroes and heroines who are presented with faults, but I didn't find myself truly liking the characters.
It is a good story and I enjoyed the relationship between Jessamine and get best friend. I was never that close to anyone outside family. I really enjoyed following their strong friendship.
It is a good quick read with not a lot of depth, but there are some morals that are presented well in this book. To me the lessons the book taught was it's best redeeming value, which is not at all a bad thing.
A Heart's Rebellion is the sequel to Moonlight Masquerade by Ruth Axtell. We briefly met Jessamine in Moonlight Masquerade and saw that she had deep feelings for Rees Phillips. In A Heart's Rebellion, Jessamine is pining after the newly-wed Rees and refuses to get over her broken heart. Entering her season in London, she tries to heal her broken heart by surrounding herself with other handsome men. While flirting, she finds herself caught up with some men who may not have her best interest at heart and may cause her reputation to be ruined.
Lancelot has taken an interest in Jessamine but she shows him no interest because she does not find him exciting as her other suitors. Despite being snuffed, Lancelot continues to seek out Jessamine and get to know her.
I thought this was a good sequel to Moonlight Masquerade. Personally, I think you will be able to follow along a lot better if you read Moonlight Masquerade before you read this one. I was excited to see Celine and Rees back in the story and see what is going on in their lives.
In regards to A Heart's Rebellion, I was a little disappointed. To me, Jessamine was a little annoying the way she refused to let Rees go and I felt like that dragged on for longer than it should have. But other then that, it was still entertaining and Lancelot was a hero worth swooning over.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, Revell, in exchange for my honest review. I received no compensation for this review, nor was I required to write a positive review. All opinions stated are my own.
I enjoyed reading Ruth Axtell's A Heart's Rebellion. Of most interest to me was learning about the customs of this time period. I found it amusing to read some of the things that were considered taboo in society. For example, it was improper for a young man to address a young lady before being introduce to her. Nowadays it is not uncommon for a girl to call a guy on the phone or to pursue a relationship. I found it refreshing to go back to a time where proper behavior included NOT doing such things.
I felt sorry for Lancelot as he tried to develop a relationship with Jessamine while she continued to be disinterested, almost to the point of being rude. I also sympathized with Jessamine. I began to understand that Jessamine wanted to avoid experiencing the pain of a broken heart again. Ultimately, Axtell tells a vivid story of self-discovery and the desire to be loved and accepted for who you are.
I had actually never read a Regency Romance and had a hard time getting into this one. But I would have to say it was an enjoyable read for me. Reviews that I have read extoll the virtues of Axtell's A Heart's Rebellion. That being said, I would recommend it for anyone who enjoys reading about the British Regency time period of 1811-1820 or early 19th century.
Ruth Axtell in her new book, "A Heart's Rebellion" Book Two in the A Regency Romance series published by Revell brings us into the life of Jessamine Barry.
From the back cover: In a world governed by unspoken rules, one young woman is about to break them all . . .
Dutiful Jessamine Barry is tired of waiting patiently for a man to decide her future. So even though Lancelot Marfleet, second son of an aristocrat, is taking an interest in her during the London season, she refuses to consider him as a suitor. Instead, she's ready to take fashionable society by stormâ€”and finds a rakish young man all too willing to help her do it.
Can Jessamine trust her heart to lead her to a love that proves true through thick and thin? Or will her rash actions close the door on the life she really desires?
Lose yourself in Ruth Axtell's sumptuous story of discovering one's true self and finding true love.
Jessamine was jilted. passed over for a woman who turned her beloved's head. This traumatized her, though she doesn't admit it. And when suitors do not come calling while she and her friend are in London she decides to reinvent herself like the woman who took Rees away. Lancelot loves her however even though he is an aristocrat he is also a Vicar which is what her father is and Jessamine feels she wants more. Now it begins she starts to hang out with the type of crowd and trouble seeks her out. Lancelot also has his share of trouble. These two need each other but they have to learn to accept their present circumstance, get over their past hurts so that they can accept their future. All the characters are likable and Ms. Axtell has a way of bringing you into the story and making the characters lives very real.
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