Beth White is a new author for me, and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading her latest book, A Rebel Heart. If you enjoy historical fiction, then this book is a must read for you. I loved getting to know each of her characters within this story, because they are all so unique. Each person has a backstory to tell. A story that is the makeup of why certain choices are made and why certain struggles continually come to the surface.
Selah Daughtry longs to hold onto what her family held so dear. She works so hard to provide for those under her care, but the needs of more individuals get added daily to her already empty pocketbook. How can she survive? Selah’s life has already encountered so much pain, and she constantly wonders if the choices she is making will be the correct ones in the end. What will be the proper answer in the midst of so much sorrow? How much more can she endure?
Levi Riggins’ motives and actions change with each turn of the page. What he wants to do and what he has to do are two very different things. He wants to help the Daughtry family, but he holds his own personal demons in regards to this family. Can he ever tell Selah the complete truth? He does not know if he can keep such a secret buried away in his memory. The war brought so much to remember and to forget—more than it seems possible to carry. He cares for Selah, yet will she trust him enough to rescue her family from starvation and ruin?
This historical story does a wonderful job of highlighting various perspectives, so that the reader can gain a better idea of what each character is dealing with. Especially, since this story takes place after the Civil War. There is so much to consider when thinking about what each individual endured and encountered in the war. Again, if you love history, then you will love White’s book. Happy reading!
This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, for my copy.
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.
Pinkerton agent and former Union cavalryman Levi Riggins is investigating a series of robberies and sabotage linked to the impoverished Daughtry plantation. Posing as a hotel management agent for the railroad, he tells Selah he'll help her save her home, but only if it is converted into a hotel. With Selah otherwise engaged with renovations, Levi moves onto the property to "supervise" while he actually attends to his real assignment right under her nose.
Selah isn't sure she entirely trusts the handsome Yankee, but she'd do almost anything to save her home. What she never expected to encounter was his assault on her heart.
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, The Creole Princess, and The Magnolia Duchess.
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.