Giveaway of A Heart’s Rebellion ~ Excellent Inspirational Regency ~ Book Review by Susan Karsten

Newly published A Heart’s Rebellion, by Ruth Axtell, is one of the best (if not THE best)  books in the Christian fiction inspirational regency historical genre* that I have read. That’s saying a lot, as I have read hundreds of both ABA (general market) and CBA (Christian inspirational market) regency novels.  In fact, the reason I got into writing regency historical fiction myself, is that I enjoyed regency fiction so much but wanted more spiritual themes woven into my historical fiction of choice.  A Heart’s Rebellion fills the bill, fills my requirements, and has filled my head with a satisfying, wonderful, unique (in a good way) story.  Also of great interest to this reader, was just the right amount of detail about Kew Gardens, and about botany.

the book’s cover

More about the book, which I have just finished reading — it’s fresh in my mind.  A young lady, having been disappointed in love, goes to London for the social season, and turns her back on her upbringing as a minister’s daughter.  She meets several young eligible men, falls into the clutches of a rake, and … Well, I don’t want to give any more of this delightful story away.  I can tell you that this unassuming heroine made me care intensely, and that at least once during my reading, I was brought to tears. To me, that is one sign of a great read.

Let me tell you a bit about author Ruth Axtell:

Ruth Axtell 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 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.  Since then, Ruth has gone on to publish fourteen historical romances and one novella. Her books have been translated into Dutch, Italian, German, 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, swimming, reading romances, and gazing at the ocean plotting her next romance.

Ruth Axtell

Excerpts from a review in Publisher’s Weekly:

Sweetly tender, yet powerfully written, Axtell’s (Moonlight Masquerade) latest inspirational Regency romance.  Heart-sore and angry, vicar’s daughter Jessamine Barry is finished with matters of romance.  However, overcoming her previous failed relationship and navigating the ton prove to be almost insurmountable challenges. The novel’s message blooms beautifully with nuanced storytelling and subtle, yet honest, characterization that chronicles the timeless journey through love and faith. The message of faith is woven through the narrative, interconnecting with love in a rich, relatable manner.  {See review on 01/10/2014 Publisher’s Weekly}
*  inspirational regency historical genre: A book set in the early-1800s in England usually revolving around a hero & heroine finding true love. Inspirational comes in if the author uses Christian themes or writes Christian main characters.

Please leave a comment or question to be entered in the giveaway for a complementary copy of A Heart’s Rebellion by Ruth Axtell.  Thank you for your interest. 🙂

2 thoughts on “Giveaway of A Heart’s Rebellion ~ Excellent Inspirational Regency ~ Book Review by Susan Karsten

  1. I’ll enter your giveaway! Thanks for telling so much about Ruth Axtell. It sounds as if God has blessed her with a full life, perfect for inspiring new books:)

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