Fiction Review: Rebellious Heart by Jody Hedlund
by Jody Hedlund
Bethany House Publishers
A Love That Would Shape History Forever
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.
Jody Hedlund is one of my very favorite historical fiction writers. With each and every book, she introduces strong heroines and divinely delicious heroes who melt hearts. You can't help but root for her characters and this time around with Rebellious Heart, it's no different.
Following the French and Indian War, life in the colonies is anything but stable. With new taxes levied at every turn, citizens are starting to feel the weight of the crown squeezing every last coin. Susanna Smith is loyal to the king and believes in following all of the rules. When upstart lawyer, Benjamin Ross returns with his seditious ideas, he challenges Susanna's mind and heart in more ways than one and Susanna must decide which to trust.
Their story is an adventure. Taking place near Boston in thew 1700s, it's easy to imagine that this story could have easily taken place. The stirrings of an uprising were just beginning to blossom and the attitudes towards the crown would rapidly change. Rebellious Heart, while taking place in such a small area is nothing short of breathtaking! I honestly couldn't have predicted that there would be so many close calls and heart pounding moments for Susanna and Ben and the town of Braintree! Hedlund does a wonderful job amping up the suspense in this one. Did I mention that absolutely sizzling chemistry? Umm...yes. I would have never believed that getting measured for a shoe would create so much tension.
Rebellious Heart is definitely a book for fans of clean romances. I would go so far as to say that even if you're not a fan of Christian fiction, that this one will still appeal to you, as I didn't find it "preachy" in the least. A great story!
~ My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars ~
To learn more about the author visit her website here: www.jodyhedlund.com
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