Guest Review: Rebellious Heart

By Jody Hedlund
Published on September 15, 2013
Published by Bethany House
Source: Publisher
Because she's a woman, higher learning was always closed to Susanna Smith. But her quick mind and quicker tongue never back down from a challenge. And she's determined to marry well, so she'll be able to continue her work with the less fortunate.

Growing up with little to his name, poor country lawyer Benjamin Ross dreams of impacting the world for the better. When introduced to the Smiths he's taken by Susanna's intelligence and independent spirit, but her parents refuse to see him as a suitor for their daughter.

When the life of a runaway indentured servant is threatened, Susanna is forced to choose between justice and mercy, and Ben becomes her unlikely advisor. But drawing closer to this man of principle and intellect lands her in a dangerous, secret world of rebellion and revolution against everything she once held dear.

   I love when a historical read intertwines fact with fiction & keeps them both entertaining. Rebellious Heart did this really well. The story takes place in 1763, right at the beginning of the American Revolution, & is based around the story of Abigail and John Adams. I had mixed feelings about the main characters, Susanna and Ben, though. They were so intelligent & compassionate, but both seemed to have trouble getting past the notion that they needed to marry well to continue doing good & improve their position in society. I loved them together though. The romantic feelings between them were written really well & I liked that you could tell the attraction was there without it being over the top. I really liked Mr. Cranch; he was so cheery & I liked that since it added some balance. I couldn't stand the Lieutenant which was good. You aren't supposed to like the bad guy. The story was well-written with a good plot & I liked the writing itself too. There was murder, romance, and just general excitement at times.
   In all, I thought Rebellious Heart was a good historical read. I may not have been absolutely in love with the main characters throughout the entire book, but I really enjoyed it overall & would definitely read other books from Jody as well as recommend this one to people who like a good historical fiction read.

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