I thought this book sounded so fun and exciting! Jessamine Barry is in London for her season and a noble suitor, Lancelot Marfleet, takes an interest in her, but Jessamine refuses to consider him a suitor and instead finds herself a young charming man to spice up her season and dances! She is recovering…. well, not really recovering, as much as licking her wounds from a broken heart and in a quest to find both herself an true love!
I was so excited to read A Heart’s Rebellion! In the first few pages I thought I would really love Jessamine and how she didn’t conform to what society expected of her and other young women her age, but then quickly realized that I did not like Jessamine’s character much at all with her being rude, short with people and even mean at times. So while it was hard to me to like her…. does this not mean Ruth Axtell wrote well enough for me to feel that way rather than not caring about Jessamine?
I loved Lancelot and his personality and patient ways! But I truly do not understand why he was so drawn to Jessamine. I found his past to be really neat and exciting, especially in the early 1800’s!
I did find A Heart’s Rebellion to move a bit slow for my tastes, but the writing was done well with very good descriptions. One part made me laugh out loud, and I love doing that while I read books!
There was a part about half-way through that really made me feel for Jessamine with a comment said by another. I don’t do any spoilers, but this made me really want to like Jessamine, but still didn’t quite get there for me. She really bothered me at one point too when she refused to do something so simple as to try a waltz. But the ending showed the Lord’s faithfulness and as much as I struggled personally with the main character (Jessamine) I am sure there are others who will be swept away and love this book! It’s all part of different personalities and likes and dislikes and why this world is such an interesting place! So while this book is not one I thoroughly enjoyed, it is well-written and I am sure there are others who will enjoy it.
I rate this book a 2.5… While it’s my opinion that I did not really like it, it was well written to get the “okay” rating of a 3 🙂
I received this book from Revell in exchange for my honest opinion.
Ruth knew she wanted to be a writer ever since she wrote her first story–a spy thriller–at the age of twelve. She studied comparative literature at Smith College, spending her junior year at the Sorbonne in Paris. After college, she taught English in the Canary Islands then worked in international development in Miami, Florida, before moving to the Netherlands, where for the next several years, she juggled both writing and raising her three children.
In 1994, her second manuscript was a finalist in Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart competition. In 2002, her sixth manuscript took second place in the Laurie Contest of RWA’s Smoky Mountain chapter. The final judge requested her full manuscript and this became her first published book, Winter Is Past, which was spotlighted in Christian Retailing magazine. Since then, Ruth has gone on to publish thirteen historical romances and one novella. Her books have been translated into Dutch, Italian, Polish and Afrikaans . Her second historical, Wild Rose, was chosen by Booklist as a “Top Ten Christian Fiction” selection in 2005.
Ruth lives on the coast of Maine where she enjoys gardening, walking, reading romances and gazing at the ocean plotting her next romance.