A Heart’s Rebellion


9781441212917_p0_v1_s260x420Book Review: A Heart’s Rebellion

Author: Ruth Axtell

Review by Grace Olson

The Story

Taken from Revell’s website description of A Heart’s Rebellion:

In a world governed by unspoken rules, one young woman is about to break them all…

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.

Can Jessamine trust her heart to lead her to a love that proves true through thick and thin? Or will her rash actions close the door on the life she really desires?


A Heart’s Rebellion is the second novel in a Regency-ea series, but can easily be read as a stand-alone, something I was thankful for as I hadn’t read the first novel, Moonlight Masquerade, before starting this book. If you’re a fan of Regency romances or just interested in the Pride and Prejudice period, then Ruth Axtell is an author you’re going to want to keep your eye on.

If there is one thing that I can say for certain about A Heart’s Rebellion, it is that the detail in the book brings you right into the period. From descriptions of the ton to the tensions of the day, I was immersed in the era of Jane Austen and Napoleon.

This romance was different than others that I have read lately in that the heroine does not find the potential hero to be a very good-looking or even charming gentleman. I enjoyed this aspect of the book. However, the beginning was a bit slow, and it took me a good one-hundred pages to get into it. Once I’d passed that point, the story picked up, and I started to really enjoy this read.

As far as language, this novel was clean. There was a more mature scene near the end of the book that was difficult to read and did make me feel a bit uncomfortable.

Jessamine’s spiritual journey is one of forgiveness and healing; a journey that illustrates the dangers of turning away from God when we’re hurt instead of turning to Him to heal our hearts.

Here’s a quote from A Heart’s Rebellion that gives you a feel for the story, and one that I thought was particularly telling: “But there was something in her green eyes when she stared up at him that awakened all his protective instincts. It was the look of a little girl who has lost something precious and didn’t know where to find it.” Interested yet?

About the Author

Biography from Revell’s website: Ruth Axtell is the author of many novels, including Moonlight Masquerade and Wild Rose, one of Booklist’s Top Ten in Christian Fiction. Currently a resident of Downeast Maine, Axtell has lived in the Canary Islands, Miami, and the Netherlands. ~ To learn more about Ruth and her other books, visit her web page: www.ruthaxtell.com

I was given a review copy of A Heart’s Rebellion from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for an honest review. I received no monetary compensation for my review. The opinions expressed are solely my own.


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