Psalm 27:1

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Rebellious Heart Book Review

SUMMARY:  Massachusetts, 1763
     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 the man of principle and intellect lands her in a dangerous , secret world of rebellion and revolution against everything she once held dear.

REVIEW:  Set before the Revolutionary War, this story shows the struggles Colonists faced if they didn't agree with the policies, laws, and taxes out in place by the British; the limitations put on women whether they are aristocrats, poor, or slaves; and the limitations of those who did not have money or land of their own.  Susanna loved to learn but, because she was a woman, she was not allowed to further her education beyond the basics.  Ben wanted to make a difference in his community but, because he was not a landowner or came from money, his legal work for the disadvantaged or wrongly accused didn't garner him much other than admiration from the lower classes.  When Susanna helps an indentured servant who escaped a very abusive situation (which is highly illegal and involves the death penalty), she and Ben have to keep Lieutenant Wolfe, the commander of the local British troops, from finding out.  The story keeps you turning the page until the very end in anticipation of what will happen next. It is also loosely based on the courtship of John and Abigail Adams, which makes it even more fascinating.   This is a good one to put on your "Must Read" list.

This book was provided by Bethany House for review without compensation.

Jody Hedlund is the bestselling author of A Noble Groom, Unending Devotion, and The Preacher's Bride, which won the 2011 Inspirational Reader's Choice Award and the 2011 Award of Excellence from the Colorado Romance Writers.  Jody loves hearing from readers on Facebook and on he blog at

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