Sunday, September 22, 2013

Book Review: Jody Hedlund’s "Rebellious Heart"

I just finished reading Jody Hedlund’s newest book, Rebellious Heart.
The historical fiction book is set in Massachusetts in 1763.  It has several plotlines that are woven together.  I particularly enjoyed the various inequities and injustices that Hedlund discussed:  the illegal smuggling of goods into the town that was under jurisdiction f the king, the injustices and abuses of indentured servitude, and the gender inequality in education.  I also enjoyed the more emotional storylines with the character’s relationships – courting, engagements, marriages, parent/child relationships, community alliances…  I appreciated Helund’s subtle challenges to her readers:
·         God’s mission for you will not necessarily be easy, but you are stronger than you think you are.  It’s often painful to correct injustices and create social change. 
·         Be courageous and do what’s right.  The government is an important authority figure, but if they are not doing what is ethical, than people must take a stand to do what’s right.
·         Don’t marry for money or personal gain.  Marry for love.
Hedlund does a great job packing so many historical elements into a beautifully written novel.  I loved every minute of reading it, and it was hard to turn the lights off to go to bed several nights!
This is the 2nd Hedlund book I’ve read, and I enjoyed this one as much as the first.  I recommend this to any woman age 17+.  
I received this book as a gift from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.



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