Monthly Archives: September 2013

Rebellious Heart by Jody Hedlund

Rebellious Heart is full of historical details chronicling the political tensions between the British and colonials just before the onset of the Revolutionary War.  According to the author’s notes, the two main characters are based on John and Abigail Adams and Jody Hedlund does a wonderful job creating a love story amidst the social and political unrest.  Susanna Smith, a strong and intelligent lady for whom a greater education is denied, has compassion for the less fortunate and this admirable quality takes her into uncharted waters.  Her assistance to a young, indentured servant leads her into danger and causes her to begin to question societal rules and laws that she had previously willingly accepted.   Benjamin Ross, a poor country lawyer who struggles with his place in society, is drawn to Susanna’s spirit but finds himself battling with his own beliefs and values as he aids her in her cause.  The development of each person’s character is artfully told through mystery and adventure; both must learn to look to what God desires for His people and fight injustice and pride to fulfill His greater plan.  Not all the details were predictable and kept the reader turning the pages to discover if good would triumph evil and justice would reign in the end.  A very thoughtful and detailed plot combined with an excellent writing style and a beautiful romance creates a remarkable story.  This historical fiction novel is highly recommended.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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Two Crosses by Elizabeth Musser

Two Crosses by Elizabeth Musser is a historical novel set during the height of the Algerian War and includes vivid historical information, deep character development, and suspenseful plot structure in every page.  Ms. Musser’s understanding of each side of the conflict and ability to communicate the emotions felt in each of her characters allows the reader to be transported into a world of hurtful pasts and forgiven futures.  She intertwines French words and remarkable geographical detail that sets the stage for a Protestant student, an Atheist professor, a Catholic nun, a desperate woman, and an innocent child to interact in an extraordinary story.  Each of these characters must learn to grapple with a painful past in order to let God direct their futures as they struggle to fight against the violence and terror characteristic of Southern France and Algeria during the early 1960s.  The symbol of the Huguenot cross draws the characters into a secretive and dangerous world of deception, rebellion, and suspense in the Algerian War with France.  The faith of all involved is tested and transformed, resulting in a gripping tale that beautifully demonstrates God’s redemption and forgiveness.  The suspenseful plot leaves the reader desiring to know more, allowing the story to deepen and expand in Two Testaments.

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