Saturday, 19 October 2013

Review of Rebellious Heart by Jody Hedlund

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Description (From Amazon)

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 Review

What can I say. I absolutely loved this book and could not put it down. The characters, the setting, the conflicts they had to face - it was all so well written that I felt I was there with them.

A good mix of harrowing and heart-warming, this a one of the most beautiful historical romances I have ever read (with a good dose of mystery thrown in too), and one of the best books I have read this year.

If you like historical romance, you have to read this book. I have now added all of Jody Hedlund's other books to my Christmas wish list.

I give Rebellious Heart 5 out of 5 stars.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating System:
1 star: I will never post a 1 star review because this means it was so bad I couldn't finish it, and I don't won't publicly rate a book I haven't read all the way through.
2 stars: I may have liked the story but it was badly written or it may have been a boring story well written. Something about it kept me reading but I didn't enjoy it.
3 stars: A good, enjoyable read. If the description appeals to you I'd recommend reading it.
4 stars: A really good book that I thoroughly enjoyed and may even read again. I will want to read other books by the same author. Highly recommend.
5 stars: Reserved for books that blew me away and whose characters I can't get out of my head. These are books that I will definitely read again, possibly several times. If I read an e-book version I may even have to go buy a hard copy for my shelves. Why are you still here? Go read this book right now.


  1. I loved that book too! I haven't read a book by Jody Hedlund that I didn't like.

    1. I have been wanting to read her books for so long but with all the review commitments I rarely get to read anything else. When this came one came up as a review option I jumped at the chance. I am planning on cutting the reviews back down again next year so I am hoping to read the rest of her books then.