Review: Rebellious Heart by Jody Hedlund
I have a new to me author that I can’t seem to get enough of since reading Rebellious Heart. I like Colonial times and who doesn’t love an innocent romance and a good mystery…
Rebellious Heart contains drama, mystery, and just a smidgen of romance. It is inspired by the lives of John and Abigail Adams, the second President of the United States and the First Lady. This book is based on their lives and courtship. I loved how the history was woven throughout the story. I found that I did not want to put it down!
The time period was tough on women. They were raised to be obedient. When Susanna finds herself faced with challenges having to choose between obedience and helping a runaway abused indentured servant, Susanna chooses mercy. The story that develops will keep you turning the pages as the imagery of the times and scenes unfold. I found myself back in the Colonial times of the 1700′s!
In 1763 Massachusetts, Susanna Smith has grown up with everything she’s ever wanted, except one thing: an education. Because she’s a female, higher learning has been closed to her, but her quick mind and quicker tongue never back down from a challenge. She’s determined to put her status to good use, reaching out to the poor and deprived. And she knows when she marries well; she will be able to continue her work with the less fortunate.
Ben Ross grew up a farmer’s son and has nothing to his name but his Harvard education. A poor country lawyer, he doesn’t see how he’ll be able to fulfill his promise to make his father proud of him. When family friends introduce him to the Smith family, he’s drawn to quick-witted Susanna but knows her family expects her to marry well. When Susanna’s decision to help an innocent woman no matter the cost crosses with Ben’s growing disillusionment with their British rulers, the two find themselves bound together in what quickly becomes a very dangerous fight for justice.
Title: Rebellious Heart
Author: Jody Hedlund
Publisher: Bethany House Publisher
Release Date: September 15, 2013
About the Author:
Jody Hedlund is an award-winning and bestselling author of inspirational historical romances. As a busy mama-writer, she has the wonderful privilege of teaching her crew of 5 children at home. In between grading math papers and giving spelling tests, she occasionally does a load of laundry and washes dishes. When she’s not busy being a mama, you can find her in front of her laptop working on another of her page-turning stories. She loves reading almost as much as she loves writing, especially when it also involves chocolate and coffee.
As a member of the Bethany House Blogger Program, I did receive a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. Opinion shared about this book are my own and they may vary from yours.