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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. When thDutiful 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. When things go too far, Jessamine will learn that the man who is faithful through thick and thin is more worthy than the one who speaks pretty words. But will her disgrace keep Lance from reconsidering her as a wife? And when tragedy strikes and Lance becomes his father's heir and a titled gentleman, will he think she only wants him now because of his title?Fans old and new will love this lush Regency London story of discovering one's true self and finding one's true love....

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A Heart's Rebellion Reviews

  • Katie Marie
    2018-11-20 23:35

    A Heart's Rebellion is the second book in Ruth Axtell's London Encounters series. I did't care for this book what so ever, I had to force myself to keep reading it. There were times I wanted to throw it in the corner but I managed to finish it. One of the things that made this book difficult for me to read was the extensive details about botany, something the characters bonded over through the story. They used many words I didn’t understand and didn't even really care to know. It was very confusing and I wanted them to move on. I did not care for the heroine Jessamine Barry, I found her annoying and couldn't connect with her. She spent most of the book trying to break men’s hearts because she’d had hers broken a couple years before. I found this an odd direction to take the story in and thought it to be very childish of Jessamine. She is also very selfish, focusing only on herself most of the book. Lancelot Marfleet is the hero in this book. Though he is an okay character and I connected with him more than Jessamine he is not a favorite of mine. He is geeky, but loyal to Jessamine, though I must admit that I often wondered why. There were a few times I wanted him to give up on her but he never did. One of my main complaints is the lack of chemistry between Jessamine and Lancelot, though they fall in love at the end there didn't seem to be much attraction between them. I wanted their relationship to have more depth to it. Another thing that really bothered me was a specific sexual scene that was very descriptive which I did not appreciate at all. Jessamine also drank so much at one point that she ended up with a hangover the next morning. Something else that disappointed me was the spiritual content, it seemed almost forced, even though Lancelot was a minister. As the book went on it seemed to become less important. The best part of this book was Celine, one of the secondary characters. She had a very strong faith in God. She is also sweet and very kind, even when Jessamine was rude. All in all I give this book one star and do not recommend it. I received this book through The Book Club Network for my honest opinion, which I have given. I was not required to give a positive review and all opinions expressed are mine.

  • Brittany
    2018-12-01 19:42

    What a wonderful regency novel! Don’t worry if you haven’t read the first book, Moonlight Masquerade. A Heart’s Rebellion can stand alone just fine. However, I have read Moonlight Masquerade and it was such a pleasure to get to visit with Celine and Rees again! Now on to my review of A Heart’s Rebellion.The beginning of the book started a little slowly for me. This is not actually a complaint. I felt the author did a great job of setting the scene. Jessamine Barry had been horribly hurt approximately a year earlier when the man she had been in love with since childhood broke her heart. After waiting patiently and doing everything that a dutiful daughter should, she felt jilted and unlovable. When the chance comes to have a London season and remake her image, she takes it.Lancelot Marfleet feels drawn to Jassamine, but also very frustrated with the way she rebuffs him. He does know that he feels protective of her and is concerned with her reckless behavior. Lancelot is not the typical “hero” described in most romance novels, however, that does not diminish him in any way. His strong character and caring personality quickly made me root for him to win Jessamine’s heart.I truly enjoyed A Heart’s Rebellion. London society and all of the trappings that make regency reads enjoyable are present in this book. The author points to the importance of putting God first in your life. Jessamine had a real problem with blaming God for her disappointments instead of trusting that He would guide her and perhaps had a better plan for her than she could envision. The romance blooming between the main characters was sweet and satisfying and I loved the way the author ties up everything at the end of the story with a big romantic “bow” on it. Such a delightful read!I received a complimentary copy of A Heart’s Rebellion from Baker Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.You can read this review on my blog at:http://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.co...

  • Kristine Hansen
    2018-12-07 23:25

    Here's an example of why I get fed-up with Christian romances and quit reading them for long stretches - there just isn't any genuine passion in the books. Even Christians feel it. I know that for a fact. I honestly felt in this book that there was more passion felt between our heroine and a would-be rapist than that was between her and the hero - and I say that ONLY because she at least was curious about kissing the predator, but didn't seem to have the same curiosity for Lancelot. (and Lancelot? I shook my head at the name...I do so again now as I write this)Without any level of passion (which can be portrayed as physical attraction without having to run down the path of erotica willy-nilly) I found it hard to believe that our couple even wanted to be together by the end of the book. Granted they were 'fond' of one another...but it's not enough to base a lifetime on. Ugh...I have to avoid getting on a soapbox here...The thing is, I felt her love for Rees at the start of the book. That was genuine emotion. Why did she become so flat from there? Why was he never more than a cardboard cutout who can spend a little time with his Bible and be cured of wanting to hurt the man that had tried to destroy the woman he "loves"? It just isn't realistic. Any of it. And while I know we read romance for a bit of happy escapism, if I don't care about the characters or feel their pain OR their passion...then what good is the story? It just becomes a diversion for a hot summer day. Sorry, that just isn't good enough. I'm giving 3 stars because there was a lot of potential there. I liked the characters of Megan and her beau and Rees and his very pregnant wife.

  • Cara Putman
    2018-11-17 00:45

    This was a nice addition to the series. It was fun to see Celine back in this book. But I really enjoyed watching the evolution of Jessamine as she pushes away Lancelot Marfleet for all the wrong reasons.

  • Lyssa
    2018-11-18 23:21

    I did not realize that this book was a sequel until I was already knee deep in it. While it stands alone fairly well, I wonder if my perception of a few key characters would have been different if I had read the first book.As it was, Jessamine and I did not get on. At all. She spent a good portion of the book being caught up in whining, self-pity, and pining after another woman's man. Oh my. It was difficult to swallow. Like a raw egg.Her behavior toward Lancelot was just awful. She was shallow and stuck up, immediately dismissing him because of his looks. After realizing who he was, I expected her to be mortified and humbled. But no, she was all pride and conceit, thinking herself better than him.As the story went on, her self-involvement reached a peak with her blaming everyone else for her feelings and obsessions, as if she is purely a victim of her circumstances. She may have been at one time, but at this point she is choosing her own self destructive path. She is no victim. Even when Megan tries to gently direct her to God, telling her to trust in His plans for her, she hardens her heart and persists.Jessamine's attitude and actions may be an accurate representation of how some people really think and behave but they are not people I could respect or stand to be around much.That being said, I did sympathize with her on a few points; overhearing the brief words between Rees and Celine was humiliating. I cannot even imagine. Rees in general seemed to be rubbing it in her face from the beginning all the way to the end with his talk of wishing she had found a love like he had with Celine. Why did he feel the need to compare the two? Why talk about himself at all? I also understood the root of her insecurities, the cause and effect; her comparing herself to Celine and trying to compete, her seeking out what consoled her bruised ego, even why she was repulsed by a man who seemed too timid and was too similar to both her father and former intended, both of whom she blamed. What I didn't understand is why she thought she was superior to him or even equal to him, why she was so confident in her own appeal that she felt the need to rebuff his advances from the very first.It was her total lack of humility and over abundance of insecurities (which I believe drove her constant defensive position at every interaction with Lancelot. I prefer characters who have a sense of humor; Jessamine was constantly irritable and offended.) that kept me from being able to connect with her or believe in their romance.As a side note, I wasn't sure what to make of the drugging episode. Initially it rubbed me the wrong way because it seemed way too modern and out of place. Did that really happen back then? It would seem so, considering that Lancelot referenced a drug he was aware of. The author must have done her homework here. If that's the case, it just seemed too extreme and poorly contrived that he would have the nerve to drug her and make off with her in public. Perhaps he'd thought her defenseless before, but after Celine's arrival, and their connection, I'd have thought the former Lady Wexham's position and influence would have been enough to end any dishonorable schemes.This is the first book I've read by Ms. Axtell and though I would have preferred to closely follow Megan's story rather than Jessamine's, and I will likely not read the next book (Delawney?), I might just go back and read the first book. Celine appears to be a protagonist who is classy, intelligent and generous. She fell in love with a man because of his honor and respected that, rather than trying to dissolve it- my kind of heroine, my kind of love story.

  • Erin
    2018-12-04 19:27

    This Regency story is a sequel to Moonlight Masquerade and features several of the same characters. This time our heroine is Jessamine, a vicar's daughter who is having a season in London thanks to the generosity of her godmother. Jessamine always planned to marry her best friend's brother, but when he chose someone else Jessamine was heartbroken. Now she's determined to catch the eye of a fashionable, wealthy man while she has the chance. Taking her cues from London's elite, Jessamine lowers her necklines and her inhibitions in pursuit of being found desirable.Having spent time in India as a missionary, Lancelot Marfleet is unimpressed with his return to English society. He desires to find a parish and continue learning about botany, but his parents are insisting it is time he find a marriage partner. When Mr. Marfleet first meets Jessamine he accidentally offends her, and his quest to make up for his blunder brings them together at further parties and dinners. At first he is drawn to her because she is different and has a genuine interest in his life experiences, but soon he's dismayed to see the drastic changes to her person and the questionable decisions about her choice of acquaintances.Jessamine doesn't realize that as a young lady with very little protection in town she is perfect prey for those of a less savory character. She only wants to be sought after and admired. While Mr. Marfleet is proving himself to be a friend, Jessamine doesn't want to further his attention too much. The last thing she wants is to end up with a man so much like her father.I confess I found this story quite hard to get into, but once I came to care about the characters I could hardly put the book down. I would caution that this story does contain a few scenes which might be triggering for victims of assault. I would recommend the novel for die-hard Regency fans, especially if you enjoyed the first book in the series.This review originated at http://reviewsbyerin.livejournal.com

  • Shantelle
    2018-11-26 00:29

    A Rebellious Heart is a sequel to Moonlight Masquerade, continuing the Regency saga. It was a heart-rending story of deep hurts spurring foolish decisions. –A desire to prove oneself beautiful and popular, giving way to rejecting an upstanding, truly caring suitor, and instead flirting with the dangerously rakish ones. A Rebellious Heart taught an important lesson through Jessamine’s actions…. First and foremost, run to God when you’re hurt! Don’t try to mend your heart by yourself. And don’t give up on love, God can heal even the most messed-up life if you let Him.There were a few parts of A Rebellious Heart that had me bored. I suppose I just didn’t relate. One such time was the picnic scene, which was a very long scene, and had much to do with flowers and plants and other specimen. That might be your thing, but I just didn’t get into it. So, I few scenes like that made A Rebellious Heart drag on a little for me. ...Though it might be just the thing for another person!But overall, A Rebellious Heart was a touching, bittersweet, ultimately very sweet(!) story with grave lessons and deep spiritual matters involved. I applaud Ruth Axtell for making her novel more than a fluffy, supposedly “Christian” romance. She added spiritual depth, which always makes the book much, much better for me!

  • Rachelle Cobb
    2018-11-30 23:44

    What I LovedThis Regency picks up where the first book in the series left off but it can safely be read as a stand-alone. I liked that the characters I knew from the first book appeared in this one but I got to know them from Jessamine's point of view--and they were not friends right away. In fact, neither were Jessamine and Lancelot!Quite the contrary.Jessamine is still suffering from being freshly jilted. Lancelot, recently returned from the mission field, is at a crossroads. They meet awkwardly, they form distorted impressions of each other, and they are equally intrigued and put off by the other throughout the better part of the book. Reminded me of Pride and Prejudice in an amusing and interesting way.What I Didn't Like As MuchThough the first part of the book was interesting, it moved slightly slowly. No matter, for this was soon forgotten when disgrace and scandal enveloped Jessamine and tragedy tore through Lancelot's family. The glittering opulence of the era and the entanglement of two hearts unsure whether each can trust the other make for a combination sure to entertain historical fiction lovers like myself!

  • Abigail
    2018-11-29 19:28

    This was a nice little book. I got into the story and characters. There was a moment, towards the end, where I found myself rolling my eyes and I wasn't the biggest fan of how things turned out. But it was a nice bit of mind popcorn to occupy a few hours of my time.The one thing I really liked about this book was that it didn't feel like the second in a series. In fact, I didn't even realize that some of the characters appeared in the first book, until I got to the end and there was an ad in the back for the first book with a synopsis. So the author did a wonderful job of not contriving meetings, or awkwardly mentioning characters just for the sake of world building. It felt quite seamless. The only other issue I had with this book is it sometimes felt like the character dialogue slipped from being Regency to more modern, but it didn't bother me enough to quit reading. All in all, this was a good book.

  • Elise
    2018-11-19 18:21

    I didn't like this one as much as her other book I read due to it feeling a bit on the immature side. Still a pretty good read.

  • Emma
    2018-11-21 23:39

    It was really hard to relate to the female protagonist, so this book ended up being rather frustrating.

  • Beverly
    2018-11-23 20:46

    Regency romances encompass a world all their own. The setting is unique as is the manner of speech, way of thinking, clothing styles and belief system. I started reading books of this genre back when I was in high school. I also enjoyed some Victorian era literature. It was easy to recognize that this author is immersed in the culture. The effortless use of the vocabulary, idioms, government conflicts, and popular public figures used in this book demonstrate this. It made slipping into the story much easier. There were even some terms in this book I was not familiar with. I found it to be a refreshing change from those who write of the era but only throw in terms and well known historical figures from time to time to add authenticity though it feels forced. For me, the author's attention to detail made the story come alive. Jessamine Barry grew up in the country, the only daughter of the small town minister and his wife. Her quiet life was tranquil and ideal until her best friend's brother broke her heart. In her efforts to recover, Jessamine and her friend Megan decided on a change of pace--a season in London with Jessamine's godmother, Lady Bess, who kindly sponsored both young ladies. Once they had arrived, Jessamine tried to affect a change of appearance and behavior, to throw herself into having as much fun as possible. She would reject the familiar. In her efforts to experience the whirlwind social life, she made some errors in judgment. One of the young men Jessamine and Megan became acquainted with was Lancelot Marfleet. He had recently returned from two years as missionary in India, recovering from serious illness. Not having been out in polite society recently, his first blunder while observing the doleful expression on Jessamine's face was the mocking comment, "Your frown could crack marble." He was only commiserating with her sentiments about the parade of people she and Megan were watching at an event, but she took offense. Since that opening gambit, they seemed destined to clash wherever they met, especially when she discovered how similar he was to her father. Lancelot was facing issues of his own. He had wanted to return to India, but his poor health made it currently impossible. He was living in his parent's home, and they were applying pressure for him to marry and produce an heir, since his older brother had not. He was concerned about his brother's reckless lifestyle. But he reluctantly attended a few events where he met Miss Barry and Miss Phillips. In spite of Jessamine's antagonism toward him, he felt attracted to her. At first, the introductory set-up for the two main characters seem to drag a little bit. However, I realized it was an appropriate way to convey the tediousness of the social life of the ton and their endless rounds of social events showcasing the young women presenting themselves for "the marriage mart." In writing this, the author has demonstrated a contrast between the idealism that many of the young ladies held, while at the same time exposing some of the unsavory underbelly of those who preyed upon the naive. The author also effectively draws the reader into the inner conflict of Jessamine's heart as she struggled for affirmation. I felt that her efforts to fight against the invisible restraints from society and parental expectations was realistic and something many readers would feel kindred to. Many can remember times when we tested the boundaries to determine where we stand in the world. She was also dealing with the loss of her first love. When she finally met Rees's new bride and saw for herself how much they loved each other, the finality of the situation caused her pain but also released her to move on with life. But as is often the case, it took a near tragedy to wake her up to the real world and the opportunities she had been passing by. When all is said and done, the love story is stormy yet sweet, Jessamine and Megan's friendship is heartwarming, the overall pace is comfortable, and the resolution is satisfying. I enjoyed the book and can recommend it to anyone who enjoys Christian Regency romance books. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from The Book Club Network on behalf of Revel, a division of Baker Publishing Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  • Courtney Clark
    2018-12-09 23:38

    A Heart’s Rebellion (Revell), the second in the “London Encounters” series by Ruth Axtell, is a Regency-era romance set in the city of London. It follows the story of Jessamine Barry as she spends her first season in London and struggles to overcome the heartbreak of her youth.Jessamine Barry, a vicar’s daughter from a small village in the country, is staying with her benevolent godmother Lady Beasinger for the season. Her best friend, Megan Phillips, has accompanied her. Still heartbroken and saddened over the rejection of Rees Phillips – Megan’s older brother – she tries to find solace in her new surroundings. Everywhere she turns, however, she is reminded of his neutral feelings and her unrequited love. While out with their older godmother, who is less in touch with society now than in her prime, Jessamine and Megan struggle to make the acquaintance of any eligible young men. It seems that dinner parties and card games with Lady Beasinger’s associates are not the best place to make the proper social connections – until the girls meet Lancelot Marfleet.Lancelot Marfleet, a vicar (preacher), has recently returned from a missionary voyage to India. A quiet and humble man, he is not concerned with socially expected obligations. However, as a Baronet’s youngest son, his parents are pushing him to marry and produce an heir, due to his brother’s current lack of children. After the two young ladies amuse and spark his interest, they soon become invited to more social gatherings.When news of Rees returning to town with his new French wife reaches Jess, it makes her aloneness all the more real. With her newfound social status, Jess turns to more frivolous pursuits, determining to move past her small-village image. She proceeds to alter her dress to fit the fashion of the times, which happens to be immodest for a young lady of her character. As a result, her flirtatious manner attracts the attention of several “gentlemen” of questionable character.The social scene of London consists of an endless array of dinner parties and balls – anyone who’s anyone is to be invited. Lancelot’s character continually finds himself at odds with Jess over matters of propriety. This serves to make her weary of him. She won’t admit that she’s fond of his interest in botany or his quiet manner because they remind her of her father. And that’s the last kind of man she’d be interested in. Jess is faced with circumstances and decisions which cause her to question her actions and the person she’s become.Axtell includes beautiful detail of the era in London, from the dinner parties, dances, ball gowns, fashionable buggy rides in parks, and visits to gardens. Botany is an uncommon and refreshing element in this novel, complete with a visit to the famed royal Kew Gardens.Axtell includes snippets about current practices of the Anglican Church of England – and then-radical evangelical tendencies of the Baptists and Methodists. One example is the idea of sending evangelists and missionaries to foreign lands. This added an interesting historical perspective to the growth of Christianity during that time.At the opening of the story, Jess is already brokenhearted and determined to guard her heart from anyone else. As the story unfolds, the reader glimpses small bits of compatibility between Jess and her eventual hero. Her character faces challenges and must learn to rely on others to help her overcome them. Ultimately, the characters experience that real love forgives as Christ forgave, and trusting your heart and future to God is the best thing to do.Note: thanks to Revell for a complimentary advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Rachael
    2018-11-23 22:43

    Sequel to her Moonlight Masquerade, Ruth Axtell writes about a young woman come to London for her first season. After years of pining for her best friend's brother, even coming to an understanding with him, he has married another, and the London season seems the best way to show him that she does not need him. Being a good girl has utterly failed to deliver her heart's desires, and so she throws off the mantle of a vicar's daughter and adopts the airs of society's femmes fatales. While Lancelot Marfleet, the first eligible young man she meets, would be suitable for her, his profession in the church and interests so similar to her father's only set her more against him. In her rebelliousness and pursuit of the world, will she go so far as to lose everything?As it is said, hell hath no fury like a woman scorned - and Jessamine, spurned for a wealthy, French beauty, is simmering in it. Her frequently bad attitude and childish actions made it really hard to care for her - especially when she deliberately abandons the faith and principles in which she was brought up. It is one thing when a non-christian lives in the way of the world - that is to be expected. It is much harder to watch a girl who knows better pursue the world out of anger-born rebellion. As I have never been particularly inclined to rebelliousness myself, I just could not connect with her.However, while Jessamine is frustrating, Lancelot makes the story worth it. Though imperfect, he has a passion for Christ and tries to keep Him foremost in his thoughts and actions. While he is not sure that he even really likes Jessamine, he is attracted to her, and he pays close enough attention to see glimpses of the girl she has buried under the coquette - a garden-loving vicar's daughter with whom he could easily fall in love. He cares enough about to her as a human being to tell her - no matter how little she wants to hear it - that (essentially) she is being a flirtatious idiot and apt to ruin her life. While that honesty gets him in trouble, it shows that he actually cares, unlike most of London society. Had I realized A Heart's Rebellion was the second novel in a series following Moonlight Masquerade, I would have made an effort to read that one first, since I prefer to read books in order. However, in spite of its sequel status, I had no trouble following the plot, nor suffered any confusion from what must have been events from the earlier book. It summarizes some details from Masquerade to clarify a few things, but it works quite well as a stand alone novel. I do not think I could read about Jessamine's folly again - it is too frustrating watching her destroy herself. However, I did enjoy the author's inclusion of historical details, and I would like to try some of her other novels. I learned a little more about London seasons - I had always assumed everyone was presented to the queen. Apparently not! I also liked the botany aspect of the story - given that it is a subject that interests me, I enjoyed learning how the field was growing so much during that era, while new lands were being explored and samples brought back and studied. 3.5 starsThank you Revell for providing a free copy for the purpose of review; I was not required to make it positive, and all opinions are my own.

  • Kathleen E.
    2018-12-17 01:22

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014A Heart's Rebellion by Ruth Axtell, © 2014There is therefore now no condemnation tothem which are in Christ Jesus, who walknot after the flesh, but after the Spirit.Romans 8:1April 1815 ~ Regency EnglandA girl after my own heart, Miss Jessamine Barry tells her friend, Miss Megan Phillips, she would like to step into Hatchard's ~When they reached Piccadilly, she said, "I should like to stop in at Hatchard's and see the latest books. We shan't have time to be looking for street addresses if we are to shop."--A Heart's Rebellion (35)I am glad they have enjoyed breakfast and their leisurely walk through the park. I would like to come along to the bookshop too.Jessamine, disheartened by the marriage of Megan's brother Rees (if disheartened is even an appropriate level of the heart's demise) has come to London at the beckoning of her godmother, Lady Beasinger. "Lady Bess" has hopes of Jessamine's heart being filled during this London season.Jessamine, discouraged by news of Rees bringing his wife to London, with child, determines to change from the guarded person she is to reflect the impromptu appearance of a woman at one of the society dinners. In doing so, will she truly lose herself?Jessamine finds there is more than catalogued watercolors of exotic plantings. Her outing to London expresses further desires and hopes, however misguided to her true aim of being loved in return. Crushed by a hurt spirit, she delves into a world unknown to her. But the depth of her foundation of Truth sets her apart, if not in actions, in heart.I love the depth of author Ruth Axtell's stories as she explores the aim of the human heart to be accepted and loved for who we are. Truly the path set before us is guided by His love for us. As Jessamine explores her feelings, she finds true depth of feeling grounded in the love and acceptance she has grown up with by her parents. May we be so grounded that we are able to instill in others their true worth. God's love is sure and true, beyond anything we might try to replace it with until we come to the realization of His unending love for us. Nothing we can do or say will send Him away from us as we uncover the acceptance already given to us. Offered freely, awareness comes to Jessamine. I appreciated the freedom she had to talk to her parents about her time away. Self-doubt is replaced by faith and His amazing grace as she comes to value herself above speculation. A story well-written and open to discovery. The conversations flowed and were well expressed with clarity. Support of others so valid, as they grow together in friendship and acceptance. I look forward to further writings by this author.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. Learn more at ruthaxtell.com.***Thank you to Revell Reads Blog Tour for sending me a copy of Ruth Axtell's A Heart's Rebellion to read and review. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***

  • Sybil McCormack
    2018-12-13 21:38

    It’s 1815, and the threat of another divisive war against Napoleon Bonaparte, the recently exiled emperor of France, hangs over the British Isles and its European Allies. Jessamine Barry, a twenty-year-old vicar’s daughter from a small village in West Sussex, has just arrived in London for her first social season as a marriageable gentlewoman. She’s also heartbroken, having been cast aside by her best friend’s brother–now a successful diplomat and confidant of the Duke of Wellington–for a wealthy earl’s beautiful young widow. Jessamine’s self-prescribed cure for a broken heart? To throw caution to the wind and capture the attentions of the most eligible bachelors in London’s exclusive upper classes, of course.When Lancelot Marfleet, the ginger-haired, bespectacled second son of a baronet, engages Jessamine in conversation at an elegant dinner party, will she respond to his attentions in kind? Or will she spurn the awkward young vicar–recently returned from a harrowing, life-altering mission trip to India–for the imperious first sons, and heirs-in-waiting, of ”the ton” (i.e., British aristocracy)? Ahh, the perplexing dilemmas of Nineteenth Century youth …Author Ruth Axtell imbues “A Heart’s Rebellion”, an inspirational historical romance novel, with the distinctive light, colors, textures and fragrances of Regency England. Nothing in this astounding work rings false. The writer demonstrates an encyclopedic knowledge of the opulent fashions, conveyances and interior design and architecture of the period. The sights, sounds and ethereal beauty of Hyde Park and Kew Gardens literally leap from the book’s pages, sprinkled judiciously with lush period detail. And the inner workings of a society in which connections to the monarchy, the aristocracy, and the landed gentry alternately elevate and dash the hopes, dreams and ambitions of the members of a burgeoning middle class spring candidly to life.The sumptuous riches of “A Heart’s Rebellion” don’t end there, however. The author weaves a plot every bit as intricate and intense as the colorful threads woven into the fabric of the luxurious gowns Jessamine wears to elaborate balls and society events throughout the novel. Ms. Axtell paints convincing, sometimes heartbreaking, portraits of the flawed, multi-faceted lead and secondary characters who populate the work. When the antagonists behave inappropriately–and the protagonists make associated errors in judgment–the reader easily comprehends the goals and motivations that prompt the characters into action. The author also uses the prospect of war with France’s displaced emperor to enrich an important secondary plot that culminates with a moment of revelation for one of the main protagonists toward the end of the novel. “A Heart’s Rebellion” is a five-star read. Don’t miss it!

  • Lisa Johnson
    2018-12-14 00:47

    Title: A Heart’s RebellionAuthor: Ruth AxtellPages: 347Year: 2014Publisher: RevellThis is just a wonderful regency romance! The story is set in the spring of 1815 in London. The two main characters are Jessamine Barry and Lancelot Marfleet. There is a fine cast of supporting characters, too. I just loved Jessamine’s father, even though he is only briefly in the story.Lancelot Marfleet has returned recently from a missionary trip to India that nearly cost him his life when he contracted a debilitating illness. Having recently recovered and not yet assigned a congregation in the role of vicar, he is forced by his parents to attend some of the social events of the London Season. His parents want him married soon and he is to find a wife among the many single, available ladies of the ton. After all, he is the second son of a baron, so he is nothing to sneeze at and has a lot to offer a potential bride. However, Lancelot wants to marry for love and won’t be pressured into a loveless marriage. Is Miss Barry the woman God has provided for him as a wife?Jessamine Barry is experiencing her first London Season as a wallflower. She has no title, no connections and no money, so is beneath the notice of the ton. However, she catches the eye of Lancelot. Soon they meet at other social gatherings, but Jessamine wants nothing of a romantic nature to develop between them. She is still recovering from a broken heart and wants to find a man who can make her feel attractive, but won’t engage her heart. Mr. Marfleet has too many of the same qualities of her father, the local vicar. She keeps Lancelot at a distance, but thinks maybe a friendship only may develop. She soon begins behaving more boldly toward one man as he pays her more and more attention. She is warned that this man has an unsavory reputation, but she ignores the warning. Soon thereafter, she wishes she had heeded the warning.God and His redeeming grace are very evident in this story. His willingness to forgive when in our human selves we don’t deem someone worthy of forgiveness is shown in more than one character. God’s endless love for His children, extended to all who would accept it, that covers a multitude of sins is also a theme herein. The realization that God can overcome any obstacle and provide immeasurable peace to those who trust in Him is also seen. I thought this was a charming romance, a tale of spiritual maturation and finding one’s place in God’s will with submission to Him.My rating is 5 stars.Note: I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book. The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspo.... Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson...

  • Debbie Lester
    2018-11-23 21:42

    Ruth Axtell brings readers the story of a young woman who wants to be center of attention. After being passed over for a woman who could turn the heads of men, Jessamine is determined she can do the same. And as one would expect it gets her into trouble. This is a Christian/Inspirational set in the Regency historical period. Readers who are fans of Regency novels will find everything they are looking for in this novel and some added bonuses that might surprise them. Axtell writes a beautiful tale of love and forgiveness that readers won't soon forget.What I liked:This was an interesting book for me. Most of the Christian historicals I tend to read are set in the West or have a Biblical fiction slant. Ruth Axtell sets her book in England's Regency period and I found it refreshingly different from my own norm. I love Regency novels for all of their pageantry and excess. It was a time when reputation meant everything and the roles of women were very exact. I thought Axtell did a great job of bringing that world to life for the reader and giving it a Christian slant was an added bonus. Jessamine came across to me as a bit spoiled and very naive. I felt like as a character she thought she had it all figured out and she learned a very hard lesson about assuming you understand the rules of the game. She wanted the attention but not what was expected from that attention. I liked the way that Axtell shows Jessamine's growth throughout the book. I felt like she learned so much about herself and how the world worked during that time period, as well as, a lot about God's forgiveness and making lasting changes in her life. She turned out to be a good character.Lancelot was wondeful from start to finish. He was a man of God, who wanted nothing more than to preach and teach God's word. But he was also a member of a family who had a lot of expectations of him. He is torn between what he should do and what he wants to do and finding the right way to go about it made for an interesting journey. I loved the fact that he agreed to marry, but he wouldn't settle for just anyone. Love mattered, even during the Regency period when matches were made for land and advantage and not because it was what the heart wanted. I liked the way Axtell told her story and weaved in her Godly message, without overwhelming the reader. It was very organic and felt like it was a part of the story and not put in for effect or to try to make the reader feel something. It made for an easy read that felt light despite it's underlying messages. Another good read.

  • Lis K
    2018-12-06 23:35

    This is the second book in the series, following Moonlight Masquerade (London Encounters Book #1). Although the events of the first book are summarized and this book could be read as a stand-alone, I think the reader will get a fuller picture of events in this story if Book 1 is read also. Jessamine enters the London season intent on guarding her heart. In the past, she's done everything "right," being the dutiful daughter to her vicar father and the dutiful young lady waiting for Rees Phillips to propose. If you read Book 1 (in which Rees falls in love with Celine), you know he let Jessamine down as gently as he could because although he admired her, he never loved her. Book 2 has Jessamine bitter and feeling inadequate where men are concerned. She can't see a good thing (aka Lancelot) right in front of her. Lancelot is a wonderful hero with the patience of a saint! If there was ever a red-haired, pale, bespectacled hero, Lancelot is it! He was always looking out for Jessamine and rescuing her in various ways even when Jessamine spurned him left and right. At one point, he was ready to wash his hands of her and I really wanted him to! I wasn't exactly sure why he was drawn to her but I suppose it's because she really seemed to understand him and, at times, appeared genuinely interested in him. I dreaded Jessamine's "fall from grace" because I just personally hate reading about those kinds of things but she was saved in time. I'm not sure if reading Moonlight Masquerade colored my view but it seemed Jessamine's thoughts and attitudes toward Rees and Celine were unfair and prolonged. But, I suppose having your first love fall for someone else can be crushing. In terms of spiritual content, Lancelot is a vicar and his faith is strong, often praying to God for guidance especially when it comes to Jessamine. Although Jessamine was not likable (in my opinion) through most of her story, her redemption at the end is rewarding and I did start to like her somewhat. I also enjoyed seeing Rees and Celine in this story and it's nice to see Celine's spiritual growth as evidenced by the godly wisdom she tries to give Jessamine at times. Overall, I enjoyed the Regency setting and the admirable hero. I look forward to the next book in the series, I hope it focuses on Lancelot's sister, Delawney!

  • Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
    2018-11-23 00:24

    About this book:“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. When things go too far, Jessamine will learn that the man who is faithful through thick and thin is more worthy than the one who speaks pretty words. But will her disgrace keep Lance from reconsidering her as a wife? And when tragedy strikes and Lance becomes his father's heir and a titled gentleman, will he think she only wants him now because of his title?” Series: “London Encounters” book #2 (I have not read book #1 in this series) {Actually, I didn’t know it was a series, I probably should have gotten & read the first book first as it looks like that would have help a bit}Spiritual Content- Romans 8:1 in the beginning; Scriptures, Prayers & Blessing over food are said; Jessamine is a vicar’s daughter & Lancelot is a vicar.Negative Content- Jessamine drinks champagne at parties & doesn’t feel well later.Sexual Content- Please, please only read this spoiler if you’re 17 and up. *Spoiler* Jessamine gets drugged by a man and he takes her to a bedroom and kisses her & tries to lower her dress’s neckline. She, thankfully, gets saved by Lancelot before anything else happens. *End of Spoiler*; A very detailed kiss.-Jessamine Barry-Lancelot Marfleet P.O.V. switches between them. Set in 1815 347 pages~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*Pre & New Teens- One StarHigh School Teens and up- Two StarsMy personal Rating- One StarIf started off as a good book, but then…well…it changed. :( I’m sad that it had so much sexual content, I really thought I would enjoy this book. *BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.*I received this book for free from the Publisher for this review.

  • Faith
    2018-12-05 01:24

    This is my first book by Ruth Axtell, and I think that it will strongly appeal to fans of Regency Romance who love the elegance of England's high society, and who are willing to put up with the intrigue that comes with it, (and also put up with London's smog!)Our leading lady, Jessamine Barry, defies social convention by maintaining her spunk and showing her intelligence. She wants independence, a role in society that is all her own. She wants a fate not determined by prestige, money, or past hurts. The betrayal that rocked her heart still haunts her, and she will feel the pain again as the past seems to return to her present. How is she supposed to deal with all of this? The faithful support and gentle guidance of her friend Meg will aid her throughout this season, and she will learn that True Love doesn't push for its own way, and that Real Love wishes for what is best for others. Excellent storytelling about a fascinating time in history. I read this the first time, put it down, and then found myself picking it up again multiple times, just to re-read parts of the tale.*******MAJOR PLOT SPOILER******I have one thing I would certainly change: A near rape of a character. I wish fewer books contained this content of attempted sexual assault, unless there was going to be room in the story to give it the time and space needed to process it in a real way. Frankly, for any woman, a violation of her person would require much space to deal with, even if she was rescued "in time." And what does that mean, anyway? The fear and knowledge that you were in danger is enough to leave you anxious and off balance for a long time. I know of several books that have included such an attack on a character, and while I often find the whole rest of the story wonderful, that always disturbs me when the woman recovers (without any further PTSD or depression) in time to celebrate with the hero on the last page. I almost think that unless the book is entirely about healing after an attack on a women that it shouldn't include that theme at all.It's the one thing that I would change. And it's Something to think about.********End Spoiler***********

  • Kate (Too Read or Not Too Read)
    2018-11-23 01:29

    3.5A Heart's Rebellion was an interesting story. It was beautifully written and the detail was wonderful to read. Ruth Axtell was able to capture the regency era for these characters. The gowns, the attitudes, the speech, and the hairstyles were all captured in away that brought you back this era.What threw me off of the story a bit was the character of Jessamine. When we are introduced to her, she comes off as cold and bit spoiled. However, as the story unfolds, you find out that isn't the case. She isn't the stuck up girl I thought her to be, but as the story continued I realized that Jessamine reminded me of Scarlett O'Hara, not in the manipulative, cold. and calculating way, not that at all, it was how Jessamine stuck to this idea of a man, like Scarlett did to Ashley Wilkes. Jessamine thought herself more than old enough to presented to London society after skipping a few seasons, but with the thoughts she had and her innocence/naive on many issues, she had quite a bit of growing up to do, she was far from ready in my opinion.It was hard to connect with her.Lancelot Marfleet I connected with instantly. He was a nice, well educated, and cultured man who, by his father's edict, needed to find a wife. However, he was determined to marry for love, so he was willing to look, but not willing to settle for just anyone. As the second son of his family, he wasn't destined to inherit, so he followed his calling and became a minister. There was one small flaw in Lancelot, it seemed that he fell instantly for Jessamine at first sight, and then when she acted a bit snobbish, it didn't put him off, but wanted to get to know her more. He wanted to keep giving her a chance despite her attitude toward him. He is a persistent character, which was nice to read about.I enjoyed reading about Megan, Jessamine's friend, who traveled to London to be presented to society with Jessamine. She was a sweet girl and in all honesty, the balance Jessamine needed. Megan was able to bring the positive out of Jessamine.A Heart's Rebellion was an enjoyable story over all. The research that went into the story really brought these characters alive.Thank you to Revell Blog Tour Program, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

  • Sandra
    2018-11-25 00:42

    Jessamine Barry, daughter of a vicar, has lived an obedient and dutiful life and where has it gotten her? Rejected by the man she loves and vowing never to love again. Lancelot Marfleet, second son of a baronet, is taken with Jessamine at first sight, but she makes it clear she doesn't consider him husband material.Set in the spring of 1815, Jessamine and her friend, Megan Phillips, are in London for their first "season." Jessamine, who already suffers a lack of self-esteem, feels ignored by the men during the various social events. Two years earlier, Megan's brother broke off his relationship with her when he fell in love with a beautiful woman with the ability to turn the heads of exciting men, so Jessamine sets out to prove she's attractive to men. The problem is, she picks the wrong man.Lancelot isn't your typical romance novel hero in either appearance or character, which is fine. I tend to get a little tired of the Hollywood hunks. He's a man whose desire is to preach the gospel and save souls. But since his brother, the Marfleet heir, remains childless, his family pressures him to find a wife and produce a son to inherit one day. Lancelot refuses to marry except for love. The problem is, the woman he wants, makes it clear she does not want him.This is a Regency through and through, and I like Regencies. Although I enjoyed the story overall and the writing is strong, I felt the beginning dragged. My opinion is that much in the first seventy pages could be deleted and the novel started closer to the time Jessamine makes the following decision: Excerpt ---Mr. Marfleet might be the worthiest of young gentlemen, but she was no longer interested in impressing a worthy gentleman. She was interested in...a gaggle of men fawning over her.Even so, if you're a fan of novels set in the Regency period, I'm sure you'll enjoy A Heart's Rebellion, a story of God's grace and forgiveness.Disclosure of Material Connection: This book came to me free from the publisher, Revell, with the hope that I would mention it on this blog. There was no requirement for me to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed above are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

  • Jalynn Patterson
    2018-11-28 18:32

    About the Book: 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. When things go too far, Jessamine will learn that the man who is faithful through thick and thin is more worthy than the one who speaks pretty words. But will her disgrace keep Lance from reconsidering her as a wife? And when tragedy strikes and Lance becomes his father's heir and a titled gentleman, will he think she only wants him now because of his title?About the Author: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. Learn more at www.ruthaxtell.com.My Review: Jessamine has waited and waited for a man to come along, and she tired of the wait. It's time for her to do something on her own, no more waiting. Jessamine heads into the fashion world by storm, with only hopes and prayers, she can only try to make it. But as it seems she may not make it, an amazing man pops up willing to help. He seems to have feelings for her but she doesn't hear of it, he should have came along when she wanted not now when she is finally on her own, pursuing her dreams. Lancelot feels like he can't hold his tongue when he's around Jessamine. She makes him want to speak his mind and tell her what she should and shouldn't do. He finds her very pretty and is willing to do what ever it takes to help her. Even if she acts as if he shouldn't be near her or even help her. Lancelot can only help her as much as she will allow, he is going to need help with this feisty one. A story full of romance and intrigue with page turning enthusiasm, sure to make you long for more!**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Revell.

  • Victor Gentile
    2018-11-23 20:27

    Ruth Axtell in her new book, “A Heart’s Rebellion” Book Two in the A Regency Romance series published by Revell brings us into the life of Jessamine Barry.From the back cover: 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?Lose yourself in Ruth Axtell’s sumptuous story of discovering one’s true self and finding true love.Jessamine was jilted. passed over for a woman who turned her beloved’s head. This traumatized her, though she doesn’t admit it. And when suitors do not come calling while she and her friend are in London she decides to reinvent herself like the woman who took Rees away. Lancelot loves her however even though he is an aristocrat he is also a Vicar which is what her father is and Jessamine feels she wants more. Now it begins she starts to hang out with the type of crowd and trouble seeks her out. Lancelot also has his share of trouble. These two need each other but they have to learn to accept their present circumstance, get over their past hurts so that they can accept their future. All the characters are likable and Ms. Axtell has a way of bringing you into the story and making the characters lives very real.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  • Charity
    2018-12-10 21:32

    As a reader, one of the things I desire most in a book is characters that stand out. I don't want just a run-of-the-mill person. Don't get me wrong, I want them realistic, but I want them to be well written and fleshed out. And I believe Ruth Axtell has achieved that with her new book, A Heart's Rebellion.As the book opens we meet two young ladies, Megan and Jessamine, who are participating in a London season. Jessamine is the main female character who is the daughter of a vicar and has been hurt by a wonderful man. Now if you have read Moonlight Masquerade by Ruth Axtell you will recognize several characters in here. Not the least of which is Rees, the man who Jessamine feels betrayed her. So now she sets out to prove to the world, and herself, that he hasn't hurt her and she can catch any man she wants.The hero is Lancelot Marfleet. And let me tell you, at first I didn't care for him. He is far from your normal hero with the good looks or the great personality. I sympathized with Jessamine when she slapped him(yep, she gives him a good one across the cheek) or got frustrated with him. From the description he is somewhat plain with a long face and red hair, no charming wit or personality. But in time I grew to like him and I saw that what he lacked in social skills he made up for in loyalty, kindness and persistence. Of course, he also happens to be the one Jessamine does not like and can't stand. So when they get together, the sparks do fly!!Overall this was an excellent book. Ruth Axtell is known for her regency books and if you want a good one, I would urge you to pick this one up. There is a little bit too much description at one point where some liberties are taken with a young lady but I don't feel they were overboard. When Jessamine is bent on destruction we see the consequences of that. I think it was handled quite well though. I am hoping maybe another one will be in store soon that includes these characters I came to know as friends. Well done Ruth!!I received a copy of this book for my review purposes. All thoughts are 100% mine.

  • Tina
    2018-12-10 20:35

    A Heart's Rebellion, A Regency Romance, book 2 by Ruth Axtell*****A Heart's Rebellion is a historical regency romance set in 1815 London. For years Jessamine Barry, now 20, has been in love with her best friend, Megan Phillp's brother, Rees. However, Rees breaks her heart when he marries a french woman, Celine de Beaumont, formally the Countess of Wexham. Jealous of Rees's happiness, becomes angry and blames everyone, including God for all that has gone wrong in her young life. Seeing no other recourse, she decides to take matters in her own hands and agrees to a London season staying with her godmother, Lady Bess Beasinger in London. Being a Vicar's daughter, she has been sheltered and an obedient daughter, but determines to leave that behind and enjoy herself. While at a social gathering, Lancelot Marfleet overhears Jessamine and her friend Megan talking. He joins their conversation even though they have not been properly introduced. Lancelot is the second son of a Baronet, Sir Geoffrey and Lady Marfleet. She learns that he is a Vicar and had been to India on a missionary trip but while there became ill and recently returned home to recover. Even though Lancelot pursues her, she discourages him as she does not want to marry a Vicar—even one so much like her beloved father. Instead, she encounters Mr. St. Leger at another social gathering and encourages his attentions. However, she does not know the dangerous game she is playing. Mr. St. Leger is of unsavory character and womanizer. Thus she finds herself on a destructive path and in danger. Will Lancelot be able to find her and save her in time? Can she forgive herself and allow God to heal her heart? What of Lancelot, will he win her heart? What plans does God have for their lives? This is a wonderful historical story full of lost love, jealously, bitterness, danger, restoration, love, romance, forgiveness and more. Ruth Axtell develops her characters in a way that captures the readers heart. ~I received a copy of A Heart's Rebellion from Book Fun Network for my review~

  • Rambling Readers
    2018-12-17 19:26

    English gardens, ballrooms, waltzes, ladies, gentlemen, and cads can all be found within the pages of Ruth Axtell's newest Regency Romance "A Heart's Rebellion." Axtell creates a dimensional Regency England environment abounding with historical detail. Jessamine Barry is nursing a broken heart and navigating her way through society in search of healing and love. Lancelot Marfleet is an unlikely hero - a scientific vicar with a love of botany. As Jessamine's path continues to cross Lancelot's and their mutual attraction builds, Jessamine fights it resolutely. There is enough romance among the characters, and the unrealized romance between the two leads will keep readers engaged until the end. Though the plot is rich in detail, there are slow points in the plot at times. Some of the descriptions become repetitive and dull, specifically the discussions about plants and their scientific names. I found myself skimming some sections to get to passages of more interest. The plot lags between balls and social outings, which are the primary events in the novel. It is probably representative of life for members of the ton and young ladies in the era seeking a place in society. The change of scenery to Jessamine's hometown of Alston Green is a refreshing departure from London at the novel's conclusion. Anyone who read "Moonlight Masquerade" will enjoy revisiting Celine and Rees, who play active roles in "A Heart's Rebellion." In comparison to the former novel, "A Heart's Rebellion" is a much more subdued novel, but Ruth Axtell captures the essence of Regency England. I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed above are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

  • Grace
    2018-11-27 01:25

    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?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.

  • Dawn
    2018-12-17 00:27

    Jessamine Barry is still reeling from the hurt she feels from the betrayal of the man she thought she'd marry. She loved him and he didn't feel that way towards her. To help ease her hurt, she goes to London for a Season. Attractive Lancelot Marfleet, the second son of an aristocrat, takes an interest in her, but she doesn't see him as a potential suitor. She wants instead to take the fashionable society by storm, and a young rake is more than willing to help her. Yet, when things go too far, Jessamine must learn some hard lessons. When a tragedy strikes Lancelot's family and he becomes the heir, can she convince him that she doesn't just want him for his title?So to be perfectly honest, I was not enthralled with this book. I easily put it down and didn't want to come back to it. I found Jessamine to be a shallow, spoiled, brat. I couldn't get over how she felt that she was betrayed simply because the man she loved married someone else, when she KNEW that he didn't love her. Still, watching what she goes through in the book, did tug sympathy from my heart to her. She is redeemable. I just didn't like her much.I adored Lancelot from the moment that he stepped into the pages. I loved how he kept riding to her rescue. I also loved how he loved her even though she was ruined. I thought that he was a very strong male lead in and I felt that he drove the story.I still loved some of the secondary characters - Meg in particular. I'd love to see a book about Meg.I received this book for free from Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, for the purpose of reviewing. I was not required to like the book or to give a positive review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.Recommended to fans of Regency fiction, Downtown AbbeyRating - 3 stars - Only because I adored Lancelot and Jessamine became redeemable