A Heart's Rebellion, A Regency Romance, book 2 by Ruth Axtell*****
A Heart's Rebellion is a historical regency romance set in 1815 London. For years Jessamine Barry, now 20, has been in love with her best friend, Megan Phillp's brother, Rees. However, Rees breaks her heart when he marries a french woman, Celine de Beaumont, formally the Countess of Wexham. Jealous of Rees's happiness, becomes angry and blames everyone, including God for all that has gone wrong in her young life. Seeing no other recourse, she decides to take matters in her own hands and agrees to a London season staying with her godmother, Lady Bess Beasinger in London. Being a Vicar's daughter, she has been sheltered and an obedient daughter, but determines to leave that behind and enjoy herself.
While at a social gathering, Lancelot Marfleet overhears Jessamine and her friend Megan talking. He joins their conversation even though they have not been properly introduced. Lancelot is the second son of a Baronet, Sir Geoffrey and Lady Marfleet. She learns that he is a Vicar and had been to India on a missionary trip but while there became ill and recently returned home to recover. Even though Lancelot pursues her, she discourages him as she does not want to marry a Vicarâ€”even one so much like her beloved father.
Instead, she encounters Mr. St. Leger at another social gathering and encourages his attentions. However, she does not know the dangerous game she is playing. Mr. St. Leger is of unsavory character and womanizer. Thus she finds herself on a destructive path and in danger. Will Lancelot be able to find her and save her in time? Can she forgive herself and allow God to heal her heart? What of Lancelot, will he win her heart? What plans does God have for their lives?
This is a wonderful historical story full of lost love, jealously, bitterness, danger, restoration, love, romance, forgiveness and more. Ruth Axtell develops her characters in a way that captures the readers heart.
~I received a copy of A Heart's Rebellion from Book Fun Network for my review~
"A Heart's Rebellion" is a historical novel that takes place in the early 1800's. The story is about a young woman that goes to London for the season of balls and parties in the hopes of meeting a wonderful man to marry. But, Jessamine has a dilemma. She has always been a "good girl." A vicar's daughter, she is an obedient and submissive gal. During her season in London she sees that the "nice girls" do not always win, and she decides perhaps it would be better to attract attention by lowering the bodice of her gowns and drawing men's attention to her physical attributes. There is a bit of excitement when Jessamine makes a bad choice and things quickly get out of her control.
Jessamine learns many lessons about waiting on God, wisdom and what type of man one should be attempting to attract. I think this lesson is a good one for many women today also. While I realize that the Coming Out Season is the way things were done back then, I did feel all of the rules and proper etiquette made the book a bit tedious to read, but I suppose to be historically accurate, one must follow all the rules.
Ruth Axtell did a good job explaining the attitudes, dress codes, surroundings and proper decorum of that era. I learned a few things about the time period, and am grateful that I didn't live in it! What would I do in public without my glasses?!
I received this book free from "The Book Club Network" in exchange for my honest opinion.
Although this is the second book in this series I had no problem reading it as a stand alone book. It was an enjoyable read and I think Ruth Axtell did a great job with all of the characters in her story. The story includes so much. Historical settings, God'love, faith, hope, rebellion, bitterness, romance and love.
Set in the 1815's Jessamine Barry has been jilted by Rees Phillips who is her best friend Megan's brother. She is angry, jealous of Rees's happiness, cynical and blames everyone and God for everything that has gone wrong in her life. She sets out on a road of destruction trying to prove she is beautiful, popular and deserving of a husband. Jessamine meets Lancelot Marfleet at a London social event. He is the son of a Baronet who has just returned from India to recover from an illness. She captures his attention immediately. Jessamine does not return his feelings and snubs him. He is a missionary too much like her father and she feels he insulted her and of all things he has red hair! Not husband material. She turns her attention to a Mr. St. Leger who leads her down a destructive path.
What happens to Jessamine's relationships with Mr. St. Leger, Lancelot Marfleet, Rees and Rees's wife Celine.
I recommend this book.
I received this book from bookfun.org for my honest opinion and review
I was given this book to review and really enjoyed this introduction, for me, to Regency Romance. I liked the author's character development, and the description of the era, 1815 London, England. I enjoyed reading how the 'prim and proper' dress, date, work through their difficulties, and attempt to live up to the demands of their society life. The author delves into the 'London season', which is the time of year when many parties are arranged for singles to meet. Jessamine has 3 loves, and in this Regency Romance you'll be drawn into the traps, trials and temptations she encounters in London. It's a great book!
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.