Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Rebellious Heart

GIVEAWAY

HEDLUND, JODY
REBELLIOUS HEART

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.
 
My Review:
 
Honestly, I'm running out of superlatives for all the topline historicals coming out in the Christian market this year. I'm speechless -- nearly :-)
 
Once again, Hedlund's stunning portrayal of volatile time in American history left me feeling as if I'd lived each minute right along with the heroine. This author has the incredible ability to take her readers into the past and she makes that journey a fascinating one. Especially for this Canadian who has to admit that our Empire Loyalists who settled parts of Ontario and Nova Scotia were considered enemies of the Americans and fled the states. History is all about perspective, isn't it?
 
One of the most striking aspects of this book is Susanna's struggle with her core beliefs of basic values. In the beginning of the book she is almost childlike in her simplistic 'black and white' viewpoints. Ben challenges her to think beyond the constraints of the time and watching her wrestle with issues like loyalty and justice really made this read an exceptional one for me.
 
And oh,, the romance! I'm amazed I don't have scalded fingertips from smoldering pages. Toe-curling doesn't begin to describe it! Add in a sinister villain and some breath-taking suspense and you've got an exceptional read that shouldn't be missed.
 
Giveaway Opportunity:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Rebellious Heart 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 . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday November 24 2013. Offer open to international readers. Good luck! 

28 comments:

  1. The Christian historicals these days are so packed with information, I feel like I've learned so much that I never learned at school. Being Canadian, I wonder if you feel you know more about American history from reading these books, than most Americans do :)

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    1. You've totally got that right, Lis! I love learning history this way. Good luck!

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    2. oops, sorry I forgot to include my email. have a good day!
      garfsgirl [at] hotmail [dot] com

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  2. These kind of books are one of my favorites.
    I'm going to have to read this book.
    rosebudsinjune at gmail dot com

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    1. It's a great read, Deborah! Good luck!

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  3. Kav, I love your reviews! You make me smile. :) This is on my wish list, it sounds so good!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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    1. Glad I make you smile, Merry. :-) Good luck!

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  4. One of the reasons I love historical fiction is the fact that I feel I am learning something in the process=)
    Jody has written some great books!

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Me too, Patty. It's so fascinating! Good luck!

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  5. Ummmmm this looks and sounds phenomenal! I know they say not to judge a book based on its cover, but the covers are just so scrumptious! LOL would at the very least make me pick it up to read the back. I love that Jody's books tend to be located a little closer to home for me.

    This review was just as fabulous as ever, Kav!!
    Thanks,
    Hannah
    hccelie[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. You're right about covers, Hannah. They play a huge role in what reader's buy, I think, shallow as that may sound. Good luck!

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  6. I love Jody's books and want to win this one BAD!!! :) Keeping my fingers crossed! :)

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  7. Great review,Kav! Thank you for the giveaway, it sounds like a great read!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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  8. What a fantastic review! I can't wait to read this book!! Thank you so much for the opportunity to win!!!

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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

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  9. I agree with Lis, I've learned so much from historical novels. Really like them. rrwalter34ATgmailDOTcom

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    1. Wouldn't it be great if schools taught history through fiction???? Good luck, Becky!

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  10. Wonderful review, Kav!! I've read many good reviews about this book. Would love to win it. Book sounds great. Thank you for the chance to win this giveaway.
    Barbara Thompson
    barbmaci61(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Jody Hedlund is fantastic author so it's no wonder she has so many good reviews. Good luck Barbara!

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  11. Oh! This sounds like a fantastic read!!! Great review, Kav.
    mbaaij at hetnet dot nl

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  12. Rebellious Heart has been on my "want" list since I first heard about it. Your review has pushed it higher on the list! I really enjoy Jody's writing. Thanks for the chance to win her new book.

    pmk56[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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    1. It's a list topper for sure. Good luck Pam.

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  13. I love Jody's books and I missed getting this one.....thanks much Kav for offering this!!
    Blessings...Joy
    ibjoy1953@yahoo[dot]com

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  14. This sounds fabulous! Thank you for the opportunity to win, Kav! Love love *love* the review. Scalded fingertips? A villain? Yes, please! :)

    amanda38401 at gmail dot com

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  15. Another great review. You are great at this Kav. I love Jody Hedland too. Please put me into this drawing for her book. Thanks. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

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