Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Book Review: Rebelious Heart by Jody Hedlund

Book Details:
Title: Rebellious Heart
Author: Jody Hedlund
2013, Bethany House
ISBN: 0764210483
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction

Book Summary:
Massachusetts, 1763
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.

My Review:
Jody Hedlund is quickly becoming one of my most favorite authors. I love her novels. I stayed up WAY too late finishing this one up.

Like many of her novels, this one is loosely based on a real-life couple, John and Abigail Adams. Many things are known about their lives and marriage, but Hedlund took it back to their courtship. Although many of the things in this novel are not factual, I love it that you can tell the author has made a huge effort to research her subjects before writing about them. So even though the events might not be true, their real-life characters shine through.

Susanna Smith always follows the rules. She always try to do what is expected of her. Sometimes her loves of learning, books and her way with words gets her in trouble. Despite her frustrations with how she's denied a formal education because of being a woman, she still tries to follow the direction and expectations of her parents.

Benjamin Ross grew up as a poor farmers son. His father sold off some of the farm to send him to Harvard and Ben is determined to make something of himself - to gain the status and wealth he's be missing all his life.

But things do not always work out as expected and these two are thrown together in the midst of the growing strife between the Colonies and England.

Excellent read for anyone who loves true historical fiction. Based on a real time, place and characters. Shown from both Ben and Susanna's POV. I can't wait until her next novel comes out!

Disclosure: This book was given to me free of charge by Bethany House Publishers for my honest review. No other compensation was received and all thoughts are opinions are strictly mine.

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