Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Book Review - Rebellious Heart - Historical Fiction

 
Rebellious Heart
By: Jody Hedlund
Publisher: Bethany House
 
Jody Hedlund does it again with another wonderfully written book, “Rebellious Heart”.
The setting of this book is in 1763 in the American Colonies at the beginning of the unrest with British Rule before the Revolutionary war.  Benjamin and Susanna’s characters are truly believable and you fall in love with them from page one.  Benjamin has just returned to his hometown after receiving his law degree and has become outspoken against the taxation by the British.  Susanna is a minister’s daughter and although she is drawn to Ben she realizes her station in life will not allow them to become more than friends since he is below her class.  However regardless of the difference between them  Benjamin and Susanna take on caring for and hiding a runaway indentured slave and bring to justice a person who hunts down and brutally kills them.    This is a wonderfully written story that deals with political unrest before the Revolutionary War, the branding of people for crimes, lack of education for women and inability to vote if you don’t own land. 
Ms. Hedlund has taken historical facts and loosely woven them together with fiction to create a compelling story that you will not want to put down.  Her story loosely resembles the lives of John and Abigail Adams.  It is a book that I will enjoy reading again. 
If you have a love for American History with a little romance, mystery and intrigue thrown into the mix, it is an absolute must read.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book by the publisher, Bethany House, through Bethany House   blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

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