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.