Saturday, December 14, 2013

Rebellious Heart By Jody Hedlund

I received this book from Bethany House Blogger Program for no charge in exchange for my honest review of this book. The opinions expressed here are my own!

Book Description:

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.

My Thoughts:

Rebellious Heart is a Historical Christina Fiction book by Jody Hedlund.  Susanna Smith, a woman in 1763 Massachusetts, longs for an education but because of being a female, it is not an option to her.  Since she cannot do formal education she decides to use her status to reach out to the poor. She feels lead to this kind of work and knows that when she marries, she will continue this work because of the status and resources  she will have. Susanna meets Ben Ross, a poor farmers son, who went to Harvard and is now a poor country lawyer.  He finds himself drawn to Susanna but knows that he doesn't fit the expectation.

Rebellious Heart is the first book by Jody Hedlund I have had the pleasure of reading. I had heard of her and have her books on my to be read list. Jody Hedlund writes with authority about the 1700's, Massachusetts, the ways of life during this time period, and the historical events that happened during this time in our history.  I love reading historical fiction, especially when it has historical facts within the fiction. The characters in this book are well written and interesting.  Susanna's spirit and determination really grabbed me. All the characters brought the story together. I found myself unable to put this book down once I started it! I definitely held my interest and kept me guessing from start to finish.  I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Historical Fiction. You won't be disappointed. I look forward to reading more of Jody Hedlund's books. I give this book 4 STARS.

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