Thursday, March 13, 2014

A Heart's Rebellion : a Regency Romance

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AXTELL, RUTH
A HEART'S REBELLION : A REGENCY ROMANCE

Dutiful Jessamine Barry is tired of waiting patiently for a man to decide her future. So even though Lancelot Marfleet, second son of an aristocrat, is taking an interest in her during the London season, she refuses to consider him as a suitor. Instead, she's ready to take fashionable society by storm--and finds a rakish young man all too willing to help her do it. When things go too far, Jessamine will learn that the man who is faithful through thick and thin is more worthy than the one who speaks pretty words. But will her disgrace keep Lance from reconsidering her as a wife? And when tragedy strikes and Lance becomes his father's heir and a titled gentleman, will he think she only wants him now because of his title?

My Review:

Superb Regency romance! Axtell catapulted me back to a Regency drawing room with her incredible historical voice. I just had to savour every word in order to enjoy my reading experience to the fullest. From dialogue to the detailed customs of the early 1800s I was in a near reader swoon most of the book! As captivating as reading about that time period is though, I'd have made a horrible Regency miss. Argh to the restrictions! What a futile outlook for young women of that time. And it's that subject that Axtell addresses in her latest historical novel.

At first Jessamine seemed too shallow for me - especially for a heroine. But as I read I became steeped in the mores of the time and began to understand her better. Honestly, if your only hope for a future is to make a good marriage and that's all that everyone around you focuses on what are to do when your love is betrayed? Rebellion that's what. And wait -- what if it wasn't really love but a girlish infatuation that coloured every aspect of your life for years? Well -- you can imagine the churning emotions.

There were times I just wanted to shake Jessamine and times I wanted to do bodily harm to a certain gentleman. And times when I screamed warnings (only naturally they went unheeded causing me no end of reader angst) so you might say I found this book an emotional roller coaster of a read. :-)

If you love Regency romance you are going to love this book!!!

Oh -- and bonus for Moonlight Masquerade fans -- you'll be able to get reacquainted with a number of characters though A Heart's Rebellion reads fine as a standalone.

Giveaway Opportunity:

 If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of A Heart's Rebellion please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca.  If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . to protect yourself from spammers. If you email me, please be sure to put the title in the subject line so it is easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday March 16 2014. Offer open to international readers. Good luck.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

19 comments:

  1. Wow, what a great review, it really makes me want to read the book! I have the first one "Moonlight Masquerade" in my TBR pile, I should put it on the top of the list. Thanks for the review and giveaway.
    garfsgirl [at] hotmail [dot] com

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    1. Thanks Lis. I do love me a good Regency romance and this one is fantabulous. Definitely Move Moonlight Masquerade up to the top of your TBR pile. Good luck!

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  2. I love the Regency love stories, it's like being captivated by a lovely dance. Great review, Kav, I can't wait to read this!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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    1. I know, Merry, there's just something so satisfying about a good Regency. Good luck!

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  3. I love your review!! :) I would love to read this book. I've read Ruth Axtell's book, Her Good Name and I loved it!
    bluejayandredcardinal509 (at) yahoo (dot) com -Virgina

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    1. Thanks Virgina. I've only read one other book by Ruth -- Moonlight Masquerade, the first in this series, but I love her writing so I guess I'd better hunt down some more. Good luck!

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  4. Oh, Kav, this sounds great! Thank you for the giveaway.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome Melanie. Good luck!

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  5. thanks for the chance to read this novel, kav

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Karen. Good luck!

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  6. Ruth's books have been hit or miss for me, but this sounds like a winner!

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. I found it to be a winner. Good luck Patty.

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  7. I especially love this era - Lancelot, hmmmmm, that's a name to be considered on the romantic side!

    missionwife@hotmail.com

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    1. I know and it's a clever name for the hero because on the surface he isn't very Lancelotish...but sometimes he is to a swoonworthy degree. :-) Good luck Melody.

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  8. I would love to read this one...what a great cover to pull you into the story! truckredford(at)gmail(dot)com

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  9. It sounds like a great book
    God bless you
    ChrisG
    granvilleATfrontiernetDOTnet

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  10. What a wonderful review! Thank you for the opportunity to win A HEART'S REBELLION!

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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