“Rebellious Heart” is a new passionate historical hitting store (and personal) book shelves now and I think many readers are going to be swept away in this dramatic retelling of life several hundred years ago.
Sometimes it can be hard to read about experiences from a different period, romanticized or not, because of the accuracy the author puts behind the words. To know that such horrible things could and would happen to people during such a time makes it difficult, but also fascinating.
Talk about a love story! Susanna and Ben certainly cross more than a few lines for the expected and acceptable of their society standings of their day and in more ways than just their romance. But oh boy, the attraction and sizzle on the page when they were even in the same room together. Talk about great tension!
I didn’t find this one title my favorite, and I can’t really put my finger as to why to be honest. The story was good, the characters well fleshed out, and plenty of action to fill the 360 pages. Maybe it was the slightly disturbing history, maybe it was the combination of a deadline I needed to reach - either way, I still give high marks to the book and encourage historical reader fans to pick it up.
This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publishers for my copy to review.
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.