The first book I read by Jody Hedlund drew me quickly, and every time I put it down, I couldn’t wait to pick it back up again. I found the same hard-to-resist draw in Rebellious Heart.
The good Lord don’t want us walking around in fear. He wants us to have courage, love our enemies, and use our minds.
Book Description from GoodReads
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.
What I Thought
I found so much to love in this book! Romance, intrigue, and a multiple-murder mystery. I was really drawn to the main character as she struggled to determine right and wrong in the face of overbearing or abusive authority. And I love when an author finds their inspiration from history and strives to follow that whenever possible.
The characters were great. I truly enjoyed getting to know Susanna and Ben, loved the contrast between Phoebe and Tom, and truly did not like the proverbial Big Bad Wolf of the story. I could sympathize with Susanna’s parents, and enjoyed the expected response near the end of the story–sorry, I won’t tell you more than that so I don’t ruin anything for you.
The perceptions of the time felt genuine, and I could feel the tension rising between the Redcoats and the Colonists, as well as between those who wanted more freedom and the strict Loyalists to the Crown. Mrs. Hedlund did a wonderful job infusing the story with the simple naiveté of the time, as well as the chosen ignorance in many matters.
The Bottom Line – 5 stars
I love how Jody Hedlund takes what she can discern from history and let her imagination flow into a grand story. I loved the main characters and wanted to fight right along side them. If you like historical fiction, don’t miss Rebellious Heart.
About the Author
Like many writers, I’ve been writing since my childhood days. I always loved telling stories. However, as I began my college years, I quickly realized that creative writing wasn’t a career track that would help pay the bills. For a time, God moved me into social work. I went on to get my masters and was thankful for the experiences and opportunities I had during those years of helping underprivileged people. I can see now how many of my heroines have that same passion for helping others.
While I was working all those years, I was still writing and submitting manuscripts. I took a seven year break after my twins were born. At that time I had a toddler and twin babies and so I was just slightly busy changing diapers! But I couldn’t stay away from writing forever and eventually started again.
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