[Book Review] Rebellious Heart by Jody Hedlund

Rebellious Heart


Jody Hedlund

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars!!

My Review:

It is so hard to pick a favorite author because there are so many good authors out there and I love so many different books. But one of the authors that I have found to like every single one of their books is Jody Hedlund. She has yet to disappoint me.. and I doubt she ever will! Each of her books have gripped my emotions and torn at my heart-strings. The romance she writes sets my heart pumping and the characters she creates have all become my friends. Each setting is full of history lessons that come to life through the fiction stories she writes. I love the poetic way she writes her stories and each book leaves me smiling and sighing happily.


With all that being said, Rebellious Heart was everything and more that I wanted it to be. Have you ever just stared at the cover of a book, wanting to read it but waiting because you know this is the only time you will experience the book for the first time? That’s what I did with Rebellious Heart. I just had to hold it for a while, soaking in the freshness of the story, the mystery of what it held. But as I opened this book, I was whirled away to the 18th Century where I fell in love with these characters.


Susanna Smith has everything she wants. That is, except for a higher education. Living in a world where women do not receive that kind of education, Susanna does what she can to soak in any kind of education she can find. She is determined to marry well and help the less fortunate with their needs. Susanna also believes herself to be loyal to the crown.

Ben grew up as a farmer’s son and despite his Harvard education, still finds himself looked down on for his poor background. As a lawyer, Ben is also eager to help the less fortunate. When he meets Susanna, he is quickly drawn to her, though he knows she intends to marry well.

While the two hold opposing views on the king and the crown, they find themselves needing the other’s help and one of them finds their view on the crown wavering.


Rebellious Heart was written as a fictional account of the courtship between John and Abigail Adams. I loved the history found in this book and I love the details that Jody Hedlund weaved into this story. There is nothing about that book that I didn’t like except the fact that it ended. I felt the emotions that these characters felt. I lived right beside them as I entered their world. I couldn’t decide if I wanted to read this book slow and soak it all in or read it fast so I could find out what happened next. I think I did a little bit of both. If you are looking for a sigh-worthy romance that will get your heart racing and tug at your emotions, definitely pick up Rebellious Heart. You will not be disappointed.


I received a free copy of this book from the author and Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my review. I received no compensation for this review and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions stated are my own.

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Have you read any of Jody Hedlund’s books? If so, which one(s) have been your favorite(s)? If you have not read any, I highly recommend that you do! Believe me,  you won’t be disappointed 🙂



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5 responses to “[Book Review] Rebellious Heart by Jody Hedlund

  1. This is my next book on my TO READ list. Thanks for the exciting review 🙂

  2. I agree with you…I had a hard time not reading this book quickly but SO didn’t want it to end! I enjoyed reading your review…thanks for sharing!!

  3. This is definitely one of my favorite reads this year. Such a fantastic novel!

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