Monday, July 02, 2018

A Rebel Heart by Beth White

About the Book
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.

My Thoughts
I really enjoyed this book and was actually so caught up in the story that I finished it a lot faster than I anticipated. During my middle school days I used to be obsessed with the Civil War time period and I still have a fondness for it. So it was rather fascinating for me to read a book that took place after the fact and focused on characters who were facing the aftermath of those dark years.
I really liked Selah and Levi. They both had endured unspeakable things during the war but they managed to come out stronger for it. I admired the way that Selah didn’t back down and just give up when things got hard. Instead she fought and sacrificed to keep save her family’s legacy. Levi was a great hero, he was still haunted by the war but he found purpose in his detective work. I loved the way he was able to read people.
There was also a bit of mystery and suspense to the story and even though we had some clues I still wasn’t sure how everything turned out!
Overall this was a great read and I enjoyed learning more about this time in history! I’m looking forward to book two and getting Joelle’s story!

Meet 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, 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

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own. 


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