Monday, July 2, 2018

A Rebel Heart (The Daughtry House Series #1) by Beth White

Title: A Rebel Heart (The Daughtry House Series #1)
Author: Beth White
Pages: 368
Release Date: June 5, 2018 
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Revell
Format: Paperback (also available in eBook)

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 review:

     This is an absolutely incredible historical romance!

     I loved this book. The characters have so much depth to them that they captivated me from the beginning. It begins with individuals on a train. A very simple setup and yet the descriptions of the surroundings, and the characters themselves, was fantastic.

     The amount of detail in the post-civil-war era was great. I’ve seen movies and read books about this period before. But this story had my attention to the point that I was emotionally invested in the different groups to a deeper extent than I believe anything else has done prior to now.

     The plot of the case that Levi is trying to solve has so many twists to it that I was caught up in trying to figure it out right along with him.

     One of my favorite aspects of this book is the deep faith in God that Selah displays. She is leaning on Him and striving to follow the teaching from the bible.

     This was the first book that I’ve read by Beth White. I look forward to the next one in this series. In the meantime I will be looking for any other books that she has already written. 

     I am definitely giving this marvelous book a rating of 5 stars. I highly recommend it.

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