Susanna Smith was raised to be obedient and merciful. Unfortunately, her personality doesn’t lend itself to proper obedience and acceptable mercy. When she finds herself needing to choose between obedience to not only her parents, but her king, and helping a runaway abused indentured servant, Susanna chooses to follow mercy.
In the process of sheltering Dotty, Susanna seeks the legal aid of Benjamin Ross, a local lawyer of poor beginnings. Ben is a passionate man who seeks freedom and justice for even the most down-trodden in society. Having been judged his whole life because of his family’s social standing, rather than their achievements and faith, Ben carries a chip on his shoulder toward the wealthy Susanna. Much to his chagrin, he also carries a great attraction to not only her physical beauty, but also her quick mind and generous heart.
Tough decisions and tougher consequences are faced in Jody Hedlund‘s newest book, Rebellious Heart, published by Bethany House. Once again, Jody has pulled from the pages of history and fictionalized a great couple from our past. In this case, John and Abigail Adams.
One of the things I most appreciate about Jody’s writings, and Rebellious Heart is no exception, is her ability to explore deep subjects while weaving a beautiful, romantic tale with fully developed characters. I always find myself thinking of the issues brought up in her stories as I close the last page, but I never feel preached at.
Of course, I can’t let this review go by without mentioning the innocent sensuality found in Rebellious Heart. From foot measurements to stolen moments in a closet, the physical attraction between Ben and Susanna parallels and augments their growing emotional relationship. I appreciate that more than a passing nod is given to the physical side of the developing love and the fact that the two stay innocent within that deepening attraction.
I give Rebellious Heart five stars.
I received Rebellious Heart from Bethany House Publishers at no cost in return for an honest review. My opinions are my own.
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