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Rebellious Heart Paperback – September 15, 2013
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Hedlund (A Noble Groom) offers another beauty for fans of historical romance, unfolding an unlikely relationship in the midst of political and social machinations in pre-Revolutionary War Boston. This fast-paced drama draws the reader in quickly while introducing engaging characters who wrestle with ethical and emotional challenges. As tensions begin to flare between the king's soldiers and colonials, young lawyer Ben Ross finds himself winning court cases by day and smuggling molasses by night. He's drawn to Susanna Smith, an intelligent young socialite with a heart for the less fortunate, but Ben knows his common social status is no match for her mother's expectations. As their feelings for each other warm, Susanna struggles to reconcile her religious obligations and honoring her parents—duties that seem to conflict with her desires. Ben and Susanna form a growing, but seemingly impossible, bond while risking their lives to save an abused runaway. Both are faced with the same question affecting their personal and political loyalties: what is more important—doing what is right or obeying God-ordained authorities? Twin themes of faith and loyalty animate the story's conflict. Don't miss the author's note revealing her real-life inspiration for these characters. Agent: Rachelle Gardner, Books and Such Literary Agency. (Sept.)
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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.
"Hedlund's talent for creating three-dimensional, deeply human and realistically flawed characters is the welcome highlight of this tale set in pre-Revolutionary Massachusetts." --RT Book Reviews
"Hedlund offers another beauty for fans of historical romance, unfolding an unlikely relationship in the midst of political and social machinations in pre-Revolutionary War Boston. This fast-paced drama draws the reader in quickly while introducing engaging characters who wrestle with ethical and emotional challenges." - Publishers Weekly
"The romance in Rebellious Heart is sweet and charming...fast paced with tons of action." -- Fresh Fiction
"[Hedlund] vividly captures authentic historical details as she explores the radical changes looming in light of the approaching American Revolution. In a note, Hedlund explains how she used John and Abigail Adams as her role models for her characters." -- Library Journal
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I liked everything about this book from the realistic characters and struggles, pre-Revolutionary War, to the author's pick of a historically inspirational couple and facts that enabled her to weave her own imagination into a gripping read.
The heroine struggles with doing what is right and not giving in to fear, which everyone should be able to relate.
The hero also was very human in his hopes and desires but possessed the courage and goodness that kept you rooting for him.
The romance progressed well and realistically considering all of the many events in the story.
Anticipation of what the villain might do was suspenseful throughout. The author even was able to give you a moment of compassion for his misguided decisions.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys history or would like to start. The book naturally weaves prayer and reference to key scriptures into the story as part of the hearts of the characters.
Except for falling asleep I really didn't put this book down! Loved every minute!
Rebellious Heart was nearly impossible to put down. I lost sleep because I was either reading late or lying awake thinking about what I had already read and what might happen next. I put my housework on hold, as the story consumed my thoughts and ignited an irresistible desire to just keep reading.
Rebellious Heart takes place in the pre-Revolutionary time period and is loosely based on the courtship of John and Abigail Adams. I love when Jody Hedlund bases her characters on real people. On her blog, http://jodyhedlund.blogspot.ca/, Jody describes herself as a romance author first and a historical fiction author second. Although all of her books have a strong romantic element, she makes history come alive and seamlessly marries both these elements together in her writing. She gives a realistic feel of life during this time, intricately including the good, the bad and the ugly. She also infuses faith based Biblical truths, Rebellious Heart focuses on following God over following man.
Rebellious Heart, as in previous books, has a nefarious villain. A Jody Hedlund book would not be complete without one. This time, there is a killer on the loose who enjoys hunting down women like a gentleman on a fox hunt. Only this man is far from a gentleman, and what does when he catches them is both twisted and shocking. I was half hoping that this was one of the true elements of the story, sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. I didn't want to believe that my favorite author could imagine such a thing. You'll have to read, in order to find out.
I hope Jody Hedlund NEVER runs out of stories to write, because I NEVER want to stop reading them!
If you've never read one of Jody Hedlund's books, you must buy or borrow one today! Her stories are all worth 5 stars. You won't be disappointed.
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Thank you Bethany House and Jody Hedlund for the advanced copy of Rebellious Heart (I also purchased my own digital copy) to read in exchange for my honest review.
The novel tells the story of Susanna Smith, a young woman from a moderately well-off family, and Ben Ross, a farmer’s son who has been educated to be a lawyer at Harvard. Both young people have known each other since early childhood. Their shared history adds to the background story and eventual romance. Susanna and Ben both struggle to achieve parental approval. Susanna lacks an interest in the areas in which her mother wants her to succeed, and she has a distinctly unladylike eagerness for reading and education. Ben feels that he needs to marry well and elevate his status in the community to make his father proud.
As the story unfolds we find Susanna and Ben becoming reacquainted and frequently thrown together through the relationship unfolding between Ben’s best friend, Richard Cranch, and Susanna’s sister, Mary. Further drawing Ben into Susanna’s life is her involvement with a runaway indentured servant. A local mystery surrounding murders pulls Ben, Susanna, and the indentured servant further into the plot. At the heart of the story is also the struggle of the budding revolution. Ben does not agree with the King’s unfair taxation and is involved on the fringes with smuggling operations, along with his friend, Cranch. Susanna, however, starts out as a very steadfast believer in God, King, and parental law.
Read this excellent novel to find out how Susanna and Ben resolve their differences and to find out what happens to the mystery surrounding the indentured slave. A terrific read for lovers of historical fiction and inspirational fiction both!