Susanna Smith was raised to be obedient and merciful. Unfortunately, her personality doesn't lend itself to proper obedience and acceptable mercy. When she finds herself needing to choose between obedience to not only her parents, but her king, and helping a runaway abused indentured servant, Susanna chooses to follow mercy.
In the process of sheltering Dotty, Susanna seeks the legal aid of Benjamin Ross, a local lawyer of poor beginnings. Ben is a passionate man who seeks freedom and justice for even the most down-trodden in society. Having been judged his whole life because of his family's social standing, rather than their achievements and faith, Ben carries a chip on his shoulder toward the wealthy Susanna. Much to his chagrin, he also carries a great attraction to not only her physical beauty, but also her quick mind and generous heart.
Tough decisions and tougher consequences are faced in Jody HedlundÃ¢â¬Ës newest book, Rebellious Heart, published by Bethany House. Once again, Jody has pulled from the pages of history and fictionalized a great couple from our past. In this case, John and Abigail Adams.
One of the things I most appreciate about Jody's writings, and Rebellious Heart is no exception, is her ability to explore deep subjects while weaving a beautiful, romantic tale with fully developed characters. I always find myself thinking of the issues brought up in her stories as I close the last page, but I never feel preached at.
Of course, I can't let this review go by without mentioning the innocent sensuality found in Rebellious Heart. From foot measurements to stolen moments in a closet, the physical attraction between Ben and Susanna parallels and augments their growing emotional relationship. I appreciate that more than a passing nod is given to the physical side of the developing love and the fact that the two stay innocent within that deepening attraction.
I give Rebellious Heart five stars.
I received Rebellious Heart from Bethany House Publishers at no cost in return for an honest review. My opinions are my own.
Ms. Hedlund's books have it all - action, intrigue, history, and a bit of romance. Rebellious Heart is no exception. It immerses the reader into life in Colonial America, and addresses tough issues related to indentured servants and the political unrest simmering above and beneath the surface.
Rebellious Heart is loosely based the courtship between John and Abigail Adams. While the details were fabricated, I found this to be an interesting take on our nation's history. A story of this nature, while subject to the author's imagination, brings the past alive in an intriguing way.
This book was engaging from beginning to end. I enjoyed getting to know the characters whose struggles were not so different from our own. The plot, rich with detail and purpose, offers an adventurous look at a pivotal time in America. Rebellious Heart is in my opinion, another wonderful book to Jody Hedlund's credit.
I really enjoyed this story. The characters were fun and witty. There was suspense, romance, danger, a wise and unconventional grandmother, plenty of wit, and it shows a side to pre-revolutionary war colonial American politics that I haven't read a whole lot about.
The story takes place mainly in Braintree, Massachusetts in 1763. The war at this point is over a decade away but already people were grumbling against the taxes, many were unhappy with having to feed and quarter British soldiers and smugglers honed their sailing skills.
The mystery was well written and I could feel the icy fear of the girls as they ran through the forest. The author did a great job of balancing out the evil with good.
Oh and the romance was really rather scandalous considering the time period; but quite good and it somehow managed to be proper for the most part. Bit of a contradiction I know, but it's still true. The author has a knack for writing a great kissing scene without it being too much.
If you like historical, clean romance set in pre-revolutionary war America then you should read Rebellious Heart.
Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
"Rebellious Heart" is a new passionate historical hitting store (and personal) book shelves now and I think many readers are going to be swept away in this dramatic retelling of life several hundred years ago.
Sometimes it can be hard to read about experiences from a different period, romanticized or not, because of the accuracy the author puts behind the words. To know that such horrible things could and would happen to people during such a time makes it difficult, but also fascinating.
Talk about a love story! Susanna and Ben certainly cross more than a few lines for the expected and acceptable of their society standings of their day and in more ways than just their romance. But oh boy, the attraction and sizzle on the page when they were even in the same room together. Talk about great tension!
I didn't find this one title my favorite, and I can't really put my finger as to why to be honest. The story was good, the characters well fleshed out, and plenty of action to fill the 360 pages. Maybe it was the slightly disturbing history, maybe it was the combination of a deadline I needed to reach - either way, I still give high marks to the book and encourage historical reader fans to pick it up.
This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publishers for my copy to review.
I love it when a book far surpasses my expectations, and this book did just that. This is an exciting, fast paced adventure with imperfect characters that have you cheering them on immediately anyways. I appreciated that Susanna wasn't comfortable with her deceptive role in helping the indentured girl escape detection and she was very aware of the danger she was placing the live around her in by aiding the runaway. It wasn't an easy decision for her.
There is a lot of interesting details about the time period, what it was like to live in the young Massachusetts Colony under British rule. Jody Hedlund obviously did her homework. I shows in the writing. There were a few words I'd never heard before but I got the idea of what the item was by the rest of the description, and that never interrupted a vital part of the story. My only small complaint was that there was to much romance in this story, but in my opinion it did stay very clean.
This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.