By Beth White
Five years after the final shot was fired in the War Between the States, Selah Daughtry can barely manage to keep herself, her two younger sisters, and their spinster cousin fed and clothed. With their family’s Mississippi plantation swamped by debt and the Big House falling down around them, the only option seems to be giving up their ancestral land–until a hotel management agent for the railroad offers her hope for the future.
If she’ll turn her home into a hotel, Levi Riggins says, he can all but guarantee it will be saved. Selah isn’t sure she entirely trusts the handsome Yankee. Yet what other options does she have? She’ll have to stay on her guard . . . but she never expected to have to guard her heart.
(Back cover summary from Revell Publishers)
Oh, how long I’ve waited for Beth White to release another novel! I discovered her book, The Pelican Bride, when it first came out. Then a year or so after, I had the privilege of meeting her in person. She’s as kind, genuine, and gracious as her writing.
A Rebel Heart explores a time period that is not often looked at. Set several years after the close of the Civil War, this is a fascinating story that studies what reconciliation and survival may have looked like in the years following. I love the historical detail she holds to, even down to the words she uses in the narrative.
I loved the character of Selah. She’s strong, practical, and does what it takes to help her family. Her relationship to her sisters and her former slaves isn’t perfect, but feels authentic. Beth allows for the process that relationships are. Levi is a strong character, but I loved how Beth White gave him flaws as well. I also enjoyed getting a look at the beginning of the Pinkertons, a product of the Civil War.
The plot pulled me along, and it was all I could do to put the book down when I had to. I love that Beth doesn’t back down from the hard issues, she faces them head on. Forgiveness isn’t easy or immediate, but a process, and she allows for that.
As usual, I can’t get enough of Beth White and her writing. Five stars for this beautiful, poignant novel!
About the Author
Beth White’s day job is teaching music at an inner-city high school in historic Mobile, Alabama. A native Mississippian, she writes historical romance with a Southern drawl and is the author of The Pelican Bride and The Creole Princess. Her novels have won the American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award, the RT Book Club Reviewers’ Choice Award, and the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award. Learn more at www.bethwhite.net.
(Biography from Revell)
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.