Review: Rebellious Heart by Jody Hedlund

RebelliousHeart_mck.inddREBELLIOUS HEART
Jody Hedlund
Bethany House Publishers
Publication Date: September 15, 2013

From the back cover:

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.

After reading REBELLIOUS HEART (my second Jody Hedlund book), I have now become a huge fan of this author! This amazing book is loosely based on the courtship of Abigail and John Adams, and Jody Hedlund does a beautiful job of weaving romance and faith with mystery and intrigue.

Susanna and Ben are two people who come from very different backgrounds. Susanna is expected to “marry up” and her parents are extremely opposed to Benjamin Ross from the start, because they believe he is not of good enough social standing. But Susanna sees what they cannot. Marrying a man like Ben IS marrying up, because he is a man of great moral character if not great means. Ben challenges her to be better, to not accept the rules of society without questioning them. And as she starts to look at people through his eyes, she sees a chance to help them, even at the cost of her own safety. REBELLIOUS HEART is about choosing to do the right thing in God’s eyes, even if it wrong in the eyes of the law. It’s about knowing that God is always on your side, and knowing that He will lead you safely down the path he has called you to go. And it’s about finding that one special someone who makes YOU want to be a better person.

The romance between Susanna and Ben is written with a breathtaking push-pull that completely captivates the reader from page one. And the intrigue involving murdered indentured servants puts you on the edge of your seat. Clear your days, because I guarantee this is one book you won’t want to put down once you start it. I highly recommend REBELLIOUS HEART and cannot wait to see what Jody Hedlund writes next.



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