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Friday, September 27, 2013

Rebellious Heart by Jody Hedlund

Publisher:  Bethany House Publisher
Release Date:  September 15, 2013
Pages:  384



Wanda's Review:  Rebellious Heart was inspired by the lives of John and Abigail Adams, the second President of the United States and the First Lady. This book was the author's attempt to recreate their courtship. Historical facts and fiction were cleverly woven together to create this great novel. The story has drama, mystery, and a smidgen of romance. 

Braintree, Massachusetts - 1763 - The body of a young maiden was found along the rocky coast of the bay. An old fisherman, Hermit Crab Joe, defended by Benjamin Ross is found guilty. Mr. Ross had finished his education at Harvard, along with his lawyer training and had just recently returned to Braintree with a growing practice. Ben decides it is time to find a wife. 

Susanna Smith wanted to find a man that would love her for her inner qualities rather than her outward assets. She wanted an education and begged her parents to send her to an academy in Massachusetts that admitted girls. Most men didn't want a wife who was an independent thinker or more knowledgeable than them. Susanna was intelligent, witty, and interesting and Ben found her to be the most stimulating woman he'd ever met, but her mother, Mrs. Smith would never accept him as her son-in-law. Susanna's heart rebelled against the status and wealth seeking mentality of marrying up, but it was ineviteable. She really had no choice in the matter. Susanna also had an inner quality about her. She was willing to sacrifice her own safety for someone less fortunate than herself. She enters a very risky venture by aiding an indentured servant. 

Another murder occurs and there was a murderer roaming the countryside and it wasn't a matter of if he would strike again, but when. And the story unfolds ----

The author shaped this story beautifully with vivid imagery of scenes and interesting dialogue. You'll really disappear into the Colonial times of the 1700's in this absorbing novel. My rating is 4.5 stars. 
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions shared are my own.