Saturday, September 7, 2013
Book Review - Rebellious Heart by Jody Hedlund
My latest book to review from Bethany House Publishing is Rebellious Heart by Jody Hedlund. It is an engaging historical romantic drama set in 1763. I loved it. The main character is Susanna Smith, a devout and wealthy young lady who is dedicated to both her family and the king of England. She befriends a young, ambitious lawyer named Ben Ross, who forces her to see life from a different point of view. And everything changes for her when she meets a runaway indentured servant. Helping the girl would mean breaking the law, but her heart can't handle not helping when the girl is obviously in need. She enlists the help of the family slaves and asks Ben for advice, and soon she finds trouble, both for herself and for all she loves. She is reminded that "God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."
There is plenty of drama in this book, as it starts with a murder trial and then involves Susanna's dealings with both the indentured servant and her increasingly complicated relationship with Ben, who makes no effort to hide his displeasure with the king. The many secondary characters are fleshed out nicely. The historical details are wonderful, and the characters are believable and likable. I highly recommend this book.
Be sure to read the author's note at the end. It was both interesting and surprising!
I received this book from Bethany House Publishing for my review, but the opinions stated are my own.