A Book for Regency Fans: A Heart's Rebellion by Ruth Axtell (My Review)

A Heart's Rebellion
by Ruth Axtell
Copyright 2014
Revell Publishers
ISBN: 9780800720902
The Story:
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 storm--and finds a rakish young man all too willing to help her do it. When things go too far, Jessamine will learn that the man who is faithful through thick and thin is more worthy than the one who speaks pretty words. But will her disgrace keep Lance from reconsidering her as a wife? And when tragedy strikes and Lance becomes his father's heir and a titled gentleman, will he think she only wants him now because of his title?

My Thoughts:
Coming off a rather lackluster book one I was reluctant to read A Heart's Rebellion, but since Ruth's older books are some of my favorite's I decided to dive in and give this series another chance. I'm so happy to report that this one was worth the day or so it took for me to read. While still not perfect, it's a marked improvement over Moonlight Masquerade and I look forward to seeing how this series concludes.

This time there is less mystery and more romance. Believe it or not, the slower pacing of the story actually kept it from becoming boring which was the main problem with Moonlight Masquerade -- a story that started out dramatically, so much so, that all that followed after the first chapter was a let down. This story focuses on Jessamine Barry, Rees' jilted lover. While she certainly seemed a little immature and snobbish at first, she grows on you by the end of the book. I felt so bad for Lancelot Marfleet. As you might have guessed from his name, he was nothing less than sweet and kind to Jessamine only to be brushed aside multiple times. He's definitely an underdog hero who I couldn't help but root for and fall half in love with myself!*Le sigh*

Ruth Axtell has won me over with this book and I'm very excited to see what happens next. A few of the characters, including Lancelot's sister, have stories that need telling. If you love regency romance that's heavy on Scripture, look no further than A Heart's Rebellion and other Ruth Axtell stories.

To learn more about Ruth and her books, visit her website: http://www.ruthaxtell.com

*I receive complimentary books for review from the publisher. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I express are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.*

~ My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars ~

Happy Reading!


  1. I'm very glad to hear you thought this one is an improvement over Moonlight Masquerade -- the pacing was all over the place w/ that one. Looking forward to trying this!

    1. Yeah, this was definitely a lot better -- still room for improvement, but definitely worth reading!


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