In April, I reviewed Jody Hedlund’s book, A Noble Groom, and commented that I had read it in four days. I couldn’t put her book down. It is easily one of the best books I have read this year. So, when Bethany house contacted me about reviewing her new book, Rebellious Heart, I didn’t hesitate to sign up. Historical fiction, plus a new favorite author what can go wrong?
Well, I read this book in two days. Thank goodness the kids are back in school! That is all I have to say about that little reading spree. I could not put this story down. It called to me while I was doing the laundry, washing dishes, and even at the grocery store. Have you ever had a book grab hold of you and that is all you think about? Well, that is what happened with Susanna and Ben.
Set in 1763, their story is one of sacrifice and love. Jody has done an excellent job of showing God’s unfailing love through the character of Ben Ross. He is a man who has been humiliated and rejected, yet he continues to open to his heart and the one woman he loves. Just as God continues to love us even when we are undeserving. Susanna Smith is a confused young woman who through the grace of God is offered a chance at redemption. She is afraid, but finds that God is her true source of strength, as she learns that just because it’s the law, that doesn’t mean that is morally right. I loved watching how her character changes and grows as the story progressed. It was like watching my sister fall in love and bring privy to all her secrets. I loved it!
At the end of the book, Jody leaves an author’s note, telling the reader this story was based on the life of John and Abigail Adams. She gave detailed information about how the story runs parallel to their lives. I believe knowing this serves to make this book even more special.
I was given a free copy of this book by Bethany House Publishers for the purpose of review and am pleased to recommend it to adult and teenage readers.