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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 fo 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.


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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 fo 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.

30 review for A Rebel Heart

  1. 5 out of 5

    Deanne Patterson

    Very engaging Southern historical romance that you will want to quickly read. This book had all I needed in it, suspense,fast paced,romance and well researched history. The author's research benefits us greatly and really adds to the charm of this book. Some of the plot is based on true historical facts. From the first scene of the train wreck to the trials and tribulations of preparing the Ithaca Plantation as a hotel I loved this tale taking place in Mississippi. Levi and Selah's story was cap Very engaging Southern historical romance that you will want to quickly read. This book had all I needed in it, suspense,fast paced,romance and well researched history. The author's research benefits us greatly and really adds to the charm of this book. Some of the plot is based on true historical facts. From the first scene of the train wreck to the trials and tribulations of preparing the Ithaca Plantation as a hotel I loved this tale taking place in Mississippi. Levi and Selah's story was captivating and I look forward to reading the rest of the series. Highly recommended. Pub Date 05 Jun 2018 I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell/the author through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    A Rebel Heart by Beth White ——————————————— This was such a sweet enjoyable book!! I’m so excited for book two, especially since it’s about my favourite Daughtry sister, Joelle!! This book was off to a rolling, intriguing start with a train wreck where Selah and Levi met Wyatt who was a loyal character for the rest of the story. Levi Riggins character was interesting and unique, as was Selah’s! Selah was an old maid or, so she thought, and it was fun to see her and Riggins become close friends with A Rebel Heart by Beth White ——————————————— This was such a sweet enjoyable book!! I’m so excited for book two, especially since it’s about my favourite Daughtry sister, Joelle!! This book was off to a rolling, intriguing start with a train wreck where Selah and Levi met Wyatt who was a loyal character for the rest of the story. Levi Riggins character was interesting and unique, as was Selah’s! Selah was an old maid or, so she thought, and it was fun to see her and Riggins become close friends with ups and downs throughout the story. I didn’t get into the mystery until the last fifty pages, but after I did, it was page turning and intriguing. I found Wyatt’s goal in life, or dream very interesting and it supported the storyline well that had a small connection to the mystery. Joelle!! Ahhh, she was a definition of me! She liked to read all the time and always had her head in a book. The writing style definitely pulled me in, but I did see a lot more telling then showing which did irritate me some. There was no content I found disturbing or inappropriate aside from when the Yankees attacked the Daughtry House where a few were hurt afterwards, physically and emotionally. The faith side of it was well done and there was a good message throughout the story. ———————————————————— Overall rating: 4/5 stars. Well done Beth White! The storyline pulled me in from page one, and she captured the time period perfectly. And the gorgeous cover 👏🏻😍! **I was sent a free copy from the publisher, Revell in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.** ————————- Okay y’all, any mistakes or errors before I post to my blog??

  3. 3 out of 5

    Maddy

    This is the first book I’ve read by this author and it definitely won’t be the last. The writing was beautiful and I loved the historical feel it had. I really enjoyed both the setting and the characters in this book. I loved getting to read about Selah and her family. They had their struggles but they were ready for a new beginning and the hotel definitely brought that. Wyatt was also a fun character to throw in. This book focuses on new beginnings for all of the characters, and I loved how the This is the first book I’ve read by this author and it definitely won’t be the last. The writing was beautiful and I loved the historical feel it had. I really enjoyed both the setting and the characters in this book. I loved getting to read about Selah and her family. They had their struggles but they were ready for a new beginning and the hotel definitely brought that. Wyatt was also a fun character to throw in. This book focuses on new beginnings for all of the characters, and I loved how they all came together to do just that. While I did enjoy this book overall, there were definitely some dry parts. The prologue and first few chapters were action packed, but things really slowed down after that. I felt like it took awhile before Levi really got into his mystery, and then not much was happening on Selah’s side in the beginning either. Things definitely picked up towards the middle though and I found myself enjoying it more. I also wasn’t a huge fan of the mystery. While the characters didn’t find out who the crook was until the end, the reader knows who it is almost immediately. That isn’t bad, just not what I prefer when reading a mystery. I like to feel like I’m right there beside the characters trying to figure who’s behind everything, instead of knowing from the beginning and just wanted for them to find out. It just takes some of the suspense away. Overall, I did enjoy this book. The authors writing style is a delight to read and the way music had a part in this story was just beautiful. The next book is about two side characters from this book and I am definitely looking forward to it! “I received a free copy of this book from Revell. All thoughts are my own and I wasn’t required to write a positive review.”

  4. 5 out of 5

    Staci

    I loved that this novel is set during a unique time period: reconstruction following the end of the Civil War. It was a difficult time for many and it certainly was for Selah. Selah is eager to hold on to her family home. Financially, it's a tough hill to climb. Levi is a Pinkerton agent trying to solve the crime of sabotage occurring on the M&O Railroad. I very much enjoyed the mystery aspect of this novel. The broader story was Selah's mission to save her home. This was an enjoyable novel an I loved that this novel is set during a unique time period: reconstruction following the end of the Civil War. It was a difficult time for many and it certainly was for Selah. Selah is eager to hold on to her family home. Financially, it's a tough hill to climb. Levi is a Pinkerton agent trying to solve the crime of sabotage occurring on the M&O Railroad. I very much enjoyed the mystery aspect of this novel. The broader story was Selah's mission to save her home. This was an enjoyable novel and I look forward to book two in the Daughtry House Series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jocelyn Green

    I was privileged to read an early copy of this novel for the purpose of endorsement, and it is my absolute pleasure to do so. A Rebel Heart checks all the boxes on my wishlist for a satisfying novel. It brings a lesser-known slice of history to life and deals honestly with our national past. The characters are colorful and compelling, the setting richly painted, and the high-stakes plot carries the reader to the end without ever slowing down. Full of intrigue, grit, and grace, A Rebel Heart is B I was privileged to read an early copy of this novel for the purpose of endorsement, and it is my absolute pleasure to do so. A Rebel Heart checks all the boxes on my wishlist for a satisfying novel. It brings a lesser-known slice of history to life and deals honestly with our national past. The characters are colorful and compelling, the setting richly painted, and the high-stakes plot carries the reader to the end without ever slowing down. Full of intrigue, grit, and grace, A Rebel Heart is Beth White at her finest. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Loraine

    This was a wonderful read from a new-to-me author whom I will definitely read again. Post civil war in Mississippi, Selah Daughtry was bound and determined to rebuild her family's plantation but without funds she had no idea how she would do it. When ex-Yankee, Levi Riggins, now a Pinkerton Detective, offered her a solution to her problems by rebuilding the mansion as a Bed and Breakfast for the railroad line, a partnership begins. But Levi's past connects with Selah's and as their feelings deve This was a wonderful read from a new-to-me author whom I will definitely read again. Post civil war in Mississippi, Selah Daughtry was bound and determined to rebuild her family's plantation but without funds she had no idea how she would do it. When ex-Yankee, Levi Riggins, now a Pinkerton Detective, offered her a solution to her problems by rebuilding the mansion as a Bed and Breakfast for the railroad line, a partnership begins. But Levi's past connects with Selah's and as their feelings develop, Levi isn't sure what will happen as he investigates train robberies that could involve Selah's supposedly dead father. Full of action and wonderful characters, I loved each of the three sisters and Levi as well as the secondary characters. The independence and stubbornness of each of the three sisters was amazing given the time period. Selah was a woman ahead of her time along with her sisters. They had been against slavery even though their dead parents had kept a huge plantation with hundreds of slaves. Well written with good historical research, a touch of romance, and a thread of mystery, White's plot and characters were both well developed. I can't wait to read the next book which will feature sister, Joelle, and her desire to open a school for the former slaves so they can learn to read and write. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishers through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    My Thoughts: I read a lot of Civil War books. But I rarely read one set in Reconstruction. For me, this was interesting since I don't normally read books set in the South during Reconstruction. I really enjoyed this book. I loved getting a glimpse into a historical period I'm aware of, but not fully knowledgeable of. I loved the sense of mystery in this book. I also loved Levi. From the moment he appeared on the page, I was captivated with him. Selah grew on me as I read the book. I'm eager to read My Thoughts: I read a lot of Civil War books. But I rarely read one set in Reconstruction. For me, this was interesting since I don't normally read books set in the South during Reconstruction. I really enjoyed this book. I loved getting a glimpse into a historical period I'm aware of, but not fully knowledgeable of. I loved the sense of mystery in this book. I also loved Levi. From the moment he appeared on the page, I was captivated with him. Selah grew on me as I read the book. I'm eager to read the next in the series as I understand it'll be about Joelle. I'm looking forward to seeing her more fleshed out and seeing how she interacts more and more with Schulyer. I received a copy from the publisher in order to share my honest opinion about the book in the form of a review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Recommended to fans of historical fiction, Elizabeth Camden, Kristi Ann Hunter, Jody Hedlund, Lisa Wingate Rating - 4 stars

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dana Michael

    This is my first book by the author. And this is what I thought...Amazing! I loved it! Maybe because I'm a Memphian who has roots in Northeast Mississippi and my son went to school at Ole Miss. Or, maybe because this was so stinking good! I love history and this southern, history loving reader with a penchant for reading romance flew through the pages. This book also had a bit of a mystery too, which is always a good thing. The characters, though flawed were so lovable. The hero, even though he This is my first book by the author. And this is what I thought...Amazing! I loved it! Maybe because I'm a Memphian who has roots in Northeast Mississippi and my son went to school at Ole Miss. Or, maybe because this was so stinking good! I love history and this southern, history loving reader with a penchant for reading romance flew through the pages. This book also had a bit of a mystery too, which is always a good thing. The characters, though flawed were so lovable. The hero, even though he was a Yank was handsome and swoon worthy. Wow! (one scene had me in a puddle) He was a good man who was smart and caring, and oh so brave. The heroine, was a beautiful southern belle who was a strong woman who cared deeply for her family and her home. All I can say is that I highly recommend this book and I am gonna be waiting on pins and needles until the next book comes out in the series. *I received a copy of the book from the publisher via netgalley and this is my honest opinion.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Gretchen

    This is my first novel by Beth White and I'm impressed! I picked this book out before seeing it on Goodreads or reading/knowing anything about it. I saw it at my favorite Christian book store and was captivated by the cover and premise. First of all, I've been to the Waverly Plantation pictured on the cover, so it was really easy to picture the setting! The story has lots of layers and I loved meeting all the characters. As soon as I finished the book I was ready to read about Joelle finding love This is my first novel by Beth White and I'm impressed! I picked this book out before seeing it on Goodreads or reading/knowing anything about it. I saw it at my favorite Christian book store and was captivated by the cover and premise. First of all, I've been to the Waverly Plantation pictured on the cover, so it was really easy to picture the setting! The story has lots of layers and I loved meeting all the characters. As soon as I finished the book I was ready to read about Joelle finding love. I think the reason why I'll give it a 4/5 is because there wasn't as much romance development as I would have liked to have seen (and that's just personal preference). Overall, it was a very enjoyable read and I can't wait to read what Beth White has in store for the Daughtry sisters next!

  10. 3 out of 5

    Amy

    A Rebel Heart is a fabulous start to the Daughtry House series. Beth White did a wonderful job transporting me back in time to post Civil War era Mississippi. I loved Selah right at the beginning and I admired her strength and determination. She is a type of character I feel connected to and feels as though she is a close friend. I, also, enjoyed Levi and thought he was a perfect addition to the story. I give A Rebel Heart five plus stars and I am eagerly waiting for the next installment from th A Rebel Heart is a fabulous start to the Daughtry House series. Beth White did a wonderful job transporting me back in time to post Civil War era Mississippi. I loved Selah right at the beginning and I admired her strength and determination. She is a type of character I feel connected to and feels as though she is a close friend. I, also, enjoyed Levi and thought he was a perfect addition to the story. I give A Rebel Heart five plus stars and I am eagerly waiting for the next installment from the Daughtry House series. I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.

  11. 3 out of 5

    Joan Arning

    Set in post Civil War Mississippi, A Rebel Heart will capture your attention from the prologue! Selah Daughtry is a wonderful protagonist who faces many trials! Levi Riggins, an undercover Pinkerton agent, will capture your sympathy and your respect! You will enjoy this intriguing story as Selah endeavors to save her plantation home as it is falling down around her and her sisters. Selah faces opposition as not everyone agrees with her ideas about former slaves. I recommend A Rebel Heart to anyo Set in post Civil War Mississippi, A Rebel Heart will capture your attention from the prologue! Selah Daughtry is a wonderful protagonist who faces many trials! Levi Riggins, an undercover Pinkerton agent, will capture your sympathy and your respect! You will enjoy this intriguing story as Selah endeavors to save her plantation home as it is falling down around her and her sisters. Selah faces opposition as not everyone agrees with her ideas about former slaves. I recommend A Rebel Heart to anyone who enjoys historical fiction! I received a complimentary advance copy of A Rebel Heart from the author, Beth White, and Revell Books. This is my honest opinion.

  12. 3 out of 5

    Yvette

    For those who love Historical Romance set in a lesser known pocket of history, when old ideas were still warring with the new, and two people who had once been enemies can find a way to deal with their pasts and find love, then start A Rebel Heart early on a day with no pressing matters as you are quite likely to want to read it straight through. It's five years since the end of the American Civil War and Selah Daughtry, oldest daughter of a respected but disgraced and presumed dead Confederate o For those who love Historical Romance set in a lesser known pocket of history, when old ideas were still warring with the new, and two people who had once been enemies can find a way to deal with their pasts and find love, then start A Rebel Heart early on a day with no pressing matters as you are quite likely to want to read it straight through. It's five years since the end of the American Civil War and Selah Daughtry, oldest daughter of a respected but disgraced and presumed dead Confederate officer, is barely keeping the Daughtry plantation, Ithaca, from being taken from her family as war reparations. Embarking on a journey to seek a loan, she soon finds herself being rescued by the attractive Yankee seated across from her, as the train derails. And when that Yankee, Levi Riggins, declares his intention to call on her at her home, she is unaware that he is a Pinkerton and that she is, for the moment, a suspect in his investigation. Having read and enjoyed Beth White's Gulf Coast Chronicles trilogy, it was no surprise when I found myself immersed in the historical aspects of this Reconstruction Era story. While I greatly enjoyed Levi and Selah, along with all of the potential romances of the secondary characters, it was the mystery and the dangers that grew out of old conflicts and the judiciously woven threads of historical facts and attitudes that both thrilled and saddened the history lover in me. I am so looking forward to the next book in this series. This review refers to a library e-book copy. All opinions expressed are my own. And while I was approved for an e-galley through NetGalley, it was archived before I was able to download it.

  13. 3 out of 5

    A.M. Heath

    What I Loved: I was won over from page one. The first two chapters, in particular, were explosive, and I knew I was going to love this book. There was a mild mystery/suspense thread woven here that kept the plot moving forward. The Daughtery family was engaging, and I look forward to visiting them again in future books. In terms of spiritual content, White brings a lovely story centered around forgiveness and benevolence. Simply put, I loved it! A Rebel Heart was one of my reading highlights for t What I Loved: I was won over from page one. The first two chapters, in particular, were explosive, and I knew I was going to love this book. There was a mild mystery/suspense thread woven here that kept the plot moving forward. The Daughtery family was engaging, and I look forward to visiting them again in future books. In terms of spiritual content, White brings a lovely story centered around forgiveness and benevolence. Simply put, I loved it! A Rebel Heart was one of my reading highlights for the month. Rating and Recommendations: I’m giving A Rebel Heart 5 stars and I recommend it to those who enjoy Christian historical fiction or those looking for fiction in the Reconstruction Period. ~ I received a copy from Revell. I was not compensated for this review. All thoughts are my own.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Maureen Timerman

    We begin this book with a bang, or a train wreck and you wonder how this is all tied together, and what a journey you are about to begin as you page turn, and beware it is hard to put down. The time period here is 1870’s and the South, and particularly plantations that were run on the back of slaves, are really in disrepair and literally falling down, or at least the buildings are. Loved the way the author’s mind works here and how one in particular plantation home has the opportunity to be saved, We begin this book with a bang, or a train wreck and you wonder how this is all tied together, and what a journey you are about to begin as you page turn, and beware it is hard to put down. The time period here is 1870’s and the South, and particularly plantations that were run on the back of slaves, are really in disrepair and literally falling down, or at least the buildings are. Loved the way the author’s mind works here and how one in particular plantation home has the opportunity to be saved, but getting there has a lot of pitfalls and scary moments, and multiple surprises. Come and journey back in time to a rebirth, and changing times, along with a bit of romance, and when it ends it will linger with you. Also, there is a tease as book two will be coming! I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Revell, and was not required to give a positive review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Becky Lewis

    I am beginning to appreciate more and more how divided our country is at this time. How could things be any more ready to ignite? And yet, throughout our history, there have been times of great cataclysm. The Civil War was surely one of those times. In A Rebel Heart, by Beth White, after Ithaca Plantation has been destroyed by marauding Northerners, how can genteel Selah Norton work with an out-of-favor neighbor and a northern carpetbagger to restore the glory of her former home? Courage has to b I am beginning to appreciate more and more how divided our country is at this time. How could things be any more ready to ignite? And yet, throughout our history, there have been times of great cataclysm. The Civil War was surely one of those times. In A Rebel Heart, by Beth White, after Ithaca Plantation has been destroyed by marauding Northerners, how can genteel Selah Norton work with an out-of-favor neighbor and a northern carpetbagger to restore the glory of her former home? Courage has to be one answer. Whether it is Selah’s courage to follow Levi Riggins’s directions in their first mutual disaster, or her willingness to head up the whole project that Riggins later proposes. The former slaves have to have courage to agree to work with Selah, trusting they would be treated well, not like the slaves they have been. Wyatt Priester, agreeing to live with Selah and her sister and work, hoping to get some apprenticing,again shows a great amount of courage. He is only 14 when he makes that decision. Riggins himself is quite brave. While helping restore Ithaca, quite a bit of scheming is going on which could cost him everything. Riggins says, “Doing what you have to do when you’re afraid. That’s what courage is.” I really enjoyed the great mix of history, romance, intrigue, and even plotting, involving the Pinkertons. I would have appreciated a small glossary. There were several big words I had to look up. Good thing I was reading on my Kindle! “A couple of quotables could go a long way today, if only people would take them to heart: “History always matters because it impacts the present and the future.” and “When everyone knows something is true, you don’t question it.” There is, of course, a teaser at the end for the sequel, which will be Joelle and Schuyler’s story. I am ready for it! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley. No positive review was required and all opinions are solely my own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Shelbi

    Wow! I don't often write reviews (Or give books 5 star ratings), but this book is amazing! It is way more than a stereotypical historical fiction romance. It involves mystery, danger, a strong female lead character, and Christian teachings/themes. All the characters also had personality and engaged the reader. It's a great way to learn more about history. I am looking forward to reading the second book!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Robin Hatcher

    Pinkerton agent Levi Riggins stole my heart, beginning with his valiant rescue of Selah Daughtry after a train wreck in the opening scenes of A Rebel Heart. Selah couldn’t help but lose her heart too, although she has more than one reason to be wary of the former Yankee officer. Beth White’s careful historical research shines throughout this novel, as do her wonderful characters. Highly recommended. — Robin Lee Hatcher, Lifetime Achievement Award winning author of You’re Gonna Love Me

  18. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin Liles

    I have read a ton of books by different Christian writers over the past few years. While I post what I feel about what I've read, in my honest opinion, no book comes close to me wanting to truly stay "up all night" reading a book. I started reading this book by Beth White yesterday afternoon, and A Rebel Heart kept my interest after I got past the first couple of chapters. I could do a spoiler alert within this book review, but I rather not because of the fact it would taint your own view and e I have read a ton of books by different Christian writers over the past few years. While I post what I feel about what I've read, in my honest opinion, no book comes close to me wanting to truly stay "up all night" reading a book. I started reading this book by Beth White yesterday afternoon, and A Rebel Heart kept my interest after I got past the first couple of chapters. I could do a spoiler alert within this book review, but I rather not because of the fact it would taint your own view and experience of it. What I can say is that Beth's research over the whole course of the book is extensive. She covers a wide range of topics such as slave ownership, life in the South after the Civil War (which some called "Great Unpleasantness"), and the efforts to recover and rebound, known as Reconstruction. I have to admit that it's not very far removed from modern times and a lot of feelings are still ripe after everything has been said and done, but it has been one hundred fifty years since, so it's best we forgive and forget as best as possible. Which brings me to the point of Beth White's book: forgiveness. I honestly believe Beth White has done a truly remarkable job within the confines of the book to truly look at the subject matter of forgiveness. The main character, Selah Daughtry, has to overcome a great deal in her life to forgive certain people and things to be the headstrong, business woman she is. And maybe that is a spoiler alert in itself, but from me to you I consider the storytelling outstanding. I have never had the honor of reading and reviewing a book that had been so heavily researched as this book has. Beth also did an amazing job with all the characters and the overall development of those characters over the course of the book. Considering it's the first book in the Daughtry House series I have to say I was genuinely surprised with all the twists, turns and curves. She gives plenty of detail in the lives of the people she covers, from Selah, Levi, Wyatt, and Jonathan Daughtry II, her dad in the book. I never thought I would have enjoyed reading a book in the subject of Post-Civil War and the efforts of Reconstruction, but I admit I truly enjoyed the book. Beth White isn't just a master at her craft, she's an amazing storyteller on top of it. So, I fully give this book a raving five stars. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell for my honest and fair review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lynda Edwards

    Having read the Gulf Coast Chronicles, I knew that author Beth White tells a great story in unusual settings. With that at the back of my mind, I eagerly picked up this first in a new series, excited to learn something new while immersing myself in post-Civil War Mississippi. My expectations were exceeded with this novel, full of likable, stubborn characters in situations that broke my heart even as I hoped for a happy ending. I really love these characters—perhaps because I could relate to them Having read the Gulf Coast Chronicles, I knew that author Beth White tells a great story in unusual settings. With that at the back of my mind, I eagerly picked up this first in a new series, excited to learn something new while immersing myself in post-Civil War Mississippi. My expectations were exceeded with this novel, full of likable, stubborn characters in situations that broke my heart even as I hoped for a happy ending. I really love these characters—perhaps because I could relate to them, their desire to protect those they love, the feelings of utter helplessness to do so. I appreciated Selah's willingness to do what needed to be done to keep their family home, even when it didn't look like she'd hoped it would, she tries to make the best of the situation. War is, well, war, and so is its aftermath. It isn't pretty. And a civil war is worse, pitting brother against brother. People die, leaving loved ones to grieve. Terrible things happen to civilians. Hatred is kindled and forgiveness is difficult to grant, even to receive. For these reasons, I recommend this title for mature teens and up. While all of these issues are handled in a biblical manner with wrong being shown as wrong, it's still difficult to read about man's inhumanity to man, even in a time long past. Perhaps that's what makes the spiritual content shine all the brighter—amid the evil and the ugly, God woos these characters to focus on Him, on His best for their lives, leaving behind the bitterness, the hate, the unspeakable pain, to walk forward into the light of a future with healing. There is always hope in this book, and I loved that. This book is fantastic historical suspense. White does a great job keeping the reader rapidly turning pages, guessing how it will all come out, rooting for the couple we aren't quite sure can find their way to each other. The message of forgiveness and seeing beyond someone's heritage is crucial in today's world, and the fact that it comes packaged in an incredible story with remarkable characters makes this a must-read for fans of historical fiction and fans of suspense may just find they really enjoy historical fiction, too! I received a review copy of this book from the author and publisher but was not required to write a positive review. The thoughts expressed are both honest and my own.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Heather Snyder

    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 wo 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.

  21. 5 out of 5

    V. Palmer

    Got a love for historical fiction, a desire to see modern issues tackled, a yearning for romance, and a fancy for a plethora of wisecracks that will have you snorting in an improper way? Want to see all those things combined into one fantastic story? A Rebel Heart by Beth White fills this order like icy lemonade on a hot July day. A Rebel Heart is full of mystery, daring escapes, and lots of suspects. I enjoyed how the mystery was laid out for the reader, finding that this style worked well for th Got a love for historical fiction, a desire to see modern issues tackled, a yearning for romance, and a fancy for a plethora of wisecracks that will have you snorting in an improper way? Want to see all those things combined into one fantastic story? A Rebel Heart by Beth White fills this order like icy lemonade on a hot July day. A Rebel Heart is full of mystery, daring escapes, and lots of suspects. I enjoyed how the mystery was laid out for the reader, finding that this style worked well for this novel. Major details were made known early in the story, but the author kept just enough tantalizing evidence back, leaving me eagerly turning the pages until I knew it all. In the midst of this mystery, there's one of those romances that truly defines the "It's Complicated" status. Actually, that status defines all the relationships in this tale, romantic or otherwise. Levi and Selah navigate their complicated history while working on repairing the damaged relationships of friends and family around them as they also work together to transform the beautiful plantation into a luxury hotel. While the racism from some characters made me cringe, I applaud the author for not only writing a novel that was delicately handled, but (sadly) true to the era. The author takes a extensive look at all the characters, revealing deeper complexities than skin color or home state, but delving into forgiveness and what it really means to follow after God in your life. Four Stars ~ A complex, humorous, and romantic start to what is sure to be an entertaining series! A Rebel Heart is the first book in Beth White's Daughtry House Series! I look forward to the next installment! Disclaimer ~ In accordance with FTC regulations, I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not compensated, nor was a positive review required. All opinions expressed are my own.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tanya Brown

    From the first page to the last this story captures its readers with tender moments, raw depictions and everything in between. If you love historical romance, this one will not disappoint. A Rebel Heart is well written and has a colourful cast of characters. I usually struggle to keep large character casts in line but Beth White is a master storyteller who makes reading this very intriguing book a breeze. Set in Mississipi in the 1870's these are the turbulent years following the Civil war. This From the first page to the last this story captures its readers with tender moments, raw depictions and everything in between. If you love historical romance, this one will not disappoint. A Rebel Heart is well written and has a colourful cast of characters. I usually struggle to keep large character casts in line but Beth White is a master storyteller who makes reading this very intriguing book a breeze. Set in Mississipi in the 1870's these are the turbulent years following the Civil war. This was a challenging time for the South, fraught with sides still being taken, and men and women still hurting. Levi Riggins, Pinkerton agent and former Yankee military officer finds himself the hero of the day when he single-handily rescues many in a devastating train accident. One young lady in particular, however, catches his eye with her selfless nature and her steely resolve. When Levi Learns that her home is in jeopardy he devises a plan to help everyone involved. Problem is there seems to be much more to this story than meets the eye. Will, he be able to assist the very pretty Selah and her little family or will the sins of the past and present be too great to overcome? Selah is fiercely loyal to her family and the plantation she holds dear. She will do what it takes to stay on her property. Her values and faith keep her on the path to truth. But will the truth really set her free or will she be buried under the many lies and sins? Selah does have a knight in shining armour in Levi and together they work to uncover the threads that bind the past and present together in a very unexpected bramble. This is a strong start to the series and I am eagerly awaiting the next book and what happens to the two other sisters. Hopefully, we don't have to wait long! "Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc."

  23. 3 out of 5

    Rachael

    I really enjoyed the complexity of the characters in this story. Selah is a very strong and intelligent woman, but still very feminine. Maybe the best way to describe her is that rather than denying some aspect of her personality or looks, she's always pushing to become more of herself. The secondary characters are very well drawn too--whether it's the former slaves that Selah is hoping to employ in her hotel, or the boy she brings home from the train wreck, they all have distinct personalities, I really enjoyed the complexity of the characters in this story. Selah is a very strong and intelligent woman, but still very feminine. Maybe the best way to describe her is that rather than denying some aspect of her personality or looks, she's always pushing to become more of herself. The secondary characters are very well drawn too--whether it's the former slaves that Selah is hoping to employ in her hotel, or the boy she brings home from the train wreck, they all have distinct personalities, and none are perfect, not even the wise old mammy who half-raised Selah. Along with their good qualities, they have prejudices and fears, making them feel very real. I hope we get to see more of them in the future books! And I really like how the author portrays Selah's father; he's very broken, but he's not a monster; he's still her father. It is a truth universally acknowledged that liars in fiction will be found out, generally at the worst possible moment--even (or especially) if the liar is a good man who has to withhold certain facts due to his job a Pinkerton agent. Selah's inevitable misunderstanding during that revelation aside, I thought the story has a unique plot as Levi helps the Daughtry girls set up business for themselves, while at the same time untangling the case he's investigating. The story shows the good that comes of a community working together, and how it can revitalize a place. I thought it was really interesting with the varying racial tensions the author brings to the story--not just between black and white, but even within the black community. She brings up points that I never would have thought of but that make sense for the Reconstruction time period. Thank you Revell for the free book. I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions are my own.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    4.5 stars "The mission. Orders. Blow up the bridge, keep the Yanks from crossing. They mustn't cross into Mississippi." Unfortunately for some, the "Yanks" did cross into Mississippi and when a renegade band goes on a murdering rampage, Selah Daughtry's life is indelibly scarred. Finding herself on a train to meet with an Oxford banker, desperate to save her beloved plantation home from bankruptcy, Selah becomes a victim once more; a bizarre train wreck endangering her life, after which a handsom 4.5 stars "The mission. Orders. Blow up the bridge, keep the Yanks from crossing. They mustn't cross into Mississippi." Unfortunately for some, the "Yanks" did cross into Mississippi and when a renegade band goes on a murdering rampage, Selah Daughtry's life is indelibly scarred. Finding herself on a train to meet with an Oxford banker, desperate to save her beloved plantation home from bankruptcy, Selah becomes a victim once more; a bizarre train wreck endangering her life, after which a handsome Yankee gentleman comes to her rescue. "Look at my eyes, Selah. I promise I won't let you fall." Pinkerton agent and former Yankee military officer Levi Riggins mounts a rescue operation when the train upon which he is a passenger suddenly plunges over the side of a bridge. The lovely young woman seated across the aisle manages to help others before she helps herself, eventually trusting Levi to lower her to safety. Providentially, Levi's ongoing investigative assignment allows their paths to cross again, granting Levi the opportunity to broker an ingenious business arrangement that offers Selah's family the kind of restoration that they so desperately need. But the pieces aren't fitting together, and Levi begins to suspect that residents, both past and present, of Ithaca Plantation have been involved in criminal activity. His heart can only hope that it isn't Selah. "Could she ever do enough good to right the wrong? . . . . . The only answer . . . .was a verse that went something like, 'He hath shown thee what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God.'" "A Rebel Heart" is an outstanding story; its roots entangled within the past, present, and future of a generation that fought bravely and forgave courageously.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Brownlee

    Before I start my review of A Rebel Heart, I have two disclaimers: First, I have read everything Beth White has ever published, going back to the days when she went by the more formal “Elizabeth White.” Second, I was provided a complimentary copy of the book by Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review. I am under no obligation for a positive opinion, but please refer to the paragraph above. I am a fan of the author, obviously. It has been a joy over the years to watch her grow as a storyt Before I start my review of A Rebel Heart, I have two disclaimers: First, I have read everything Beth White has ever published, going back to the days when she went by the more formal “Elizabeth White.” Second, I was provided a complimentary copy of the book by Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review. I am under no obligation for a positive opinion, but please refer to the paragraph above. I am a fan of the author, obviously. It has been a joy over the years to watch her grow as a storyteller. She always had a way with words and character development, but she has progressed and improved with each offering. Her research is painstaking and thorough. You can feel confident that you will learn a little something you didn’t already know, especially in her historical fiction, but also in her contemporary settings. A Rebel Heart is set five years after the end of the Civil War in Tupelo, MS. The Daughtry sisters, led by oldest sister Selah, are barely hanging on to the family plantation. Their mother was killed by marauding Yankees, and their father is a fugitive war criminal, having escaped his Union prison and fled to parts unknown. The first two chapters pull you into the drama, and it never lets up. A handsome Yankee comes to the dramatic rescue of Selah during a train derailment. There is instant attraction, but can he be trusted? The story is interesting, including mystery & intrigue, a little romance, friendship, betrayal, delightful characters, and fun dialogue; you just about can’t put it down! I highly recommend A Rebel Heart, and look forward to the next Daughtry House book with eager anticipation.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Stacey

    The opening scene in this historical Christian fiction novel was an explosion of pulse-raising excitement, filled with anticipation of what was going to happen in the lives of Selah and her family. The next scene skipped forward in time, but was equally as thrilling, featuring a disastrous train wreck. Both of these scenes were important to the plot and set up the novel really well, but seemed like the pace slowed down quite a bit after that. The bulk of the story did have some intrigue and roma The opening scene in this historical Christian fiction novel was an explosion of pulse-raising excitement, filled with anticipation of what was going to happen in the lives of Selah and her family. The next scene skipped forward in time, but was equally as thrilling, featuring a disastrous train wreck. Both of these scenes were important to the plot and set up the novel really well, but seemed like the pace slowed down quite a bit after that. The bulk of the story did have some intrigue and romantic tension sprinkled through it, but the pace didn't match the beginning of the novel until close to the end. The hero and heroine were likable characters, and the villain was well-written. I'm a little unsure how I feel about this novel! I was drawn in at the beginning, but found it hard to stay fully engaged 'til the end. I was a little distracted by some of the vocabulary (ex. exigencies, palanquin, dudgeon, and posit to name a few) and one of the characters that is a regular 14 year old kid most of the novel goes into a highly scientific explanation of something, and after that seemed like your average kid again. These were mostly just distractions, but it was noticeable enough to slow the pace down for me. I love complexity, and even challenging vocabulary, but consistency is important as well. I'm leaning towards 3.5 stars. **I was given a free copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley in order to share my honest opinions, which I did.**

  27. 3 out of 5

    Amy

    A Rebel Heart takes us back to five years after the Civil War has ended, and reconstruction of the south has begun. Selah Daughtry and her two sisters are about to lose their family plantation. Selah has tried to secure loans with no luck and only one possibility seems to offer hope: turning their plantation into a hotel. There are an assortment of characters that we are introduced to, which help set up the next two books. The main characters of this story are Selah and Levi Riggins who is a Yank A Rebel Heart takes us back to five years after the Civil War has ended, and reconstruction of the south has begun. Selah Daughtry and her two sisters are about to lose their family plantation. Selah has tried to secure loans with no luck and only one possibility seems to offer hope: turning their plantation into a hotel. There are an assortment of characters that we are introduced to, which help set up the next two books. The main characters of this story are Selah and Levi Riggins who is a Yankee and former Union soldier with a plethora of secrets. He makes for an interesting character even from the time he and Selah first meet which is quite memorable. Both of their lives also have been severely touched by the war. There is a shroud of mystery in this book and I don’t want to give anything away, I will say this was a treat to read and watch how the author tells her story and unravels everything. I think what I really liked seeing was that the people, former slave owners and former slaves working together to bury the past hurts and build something new into the future. I am looking forward to the next two installments. I received a complimentary copy of this novel. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own. https://pausefortales.blogspot.com/20...

  28. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Beth White is a relatively new author for me, and she did not disappoint. A Rebel Heart had all the elements one looks for in a historical romance and keeps you reading until the wee hours of the morning. The novel is set during the reconstruction era of the Civil War in the South and it starts off with excitement and an extraordinary way for our two main characters to meet - a train wreck. Levi Riggins is a Yankee undercover Pinkerton agent whose investigation leads him to Southern Belle Selah D Beth White is a relatively new author for me, and she did not disappoint. A Rebel Heart had all the elements one looks for in a historical romance and keeps you reading until the wee hours of the morning. The novel is set during the reconstruction era of the Civil War in the South and it starts off with excitement and an extraordinary way for our two main characters to meet - a train wreck. Levi Riggins is a Yankee undercover Pinkerton agent whose investigation leads him to Southern Belle Selah Daughtry. After rescuing her from the train wreck, Levi discovers that most of the clues to his investigation are somehow leading back to Selah and her sisters. I loved the interaction between the two main characters and the added elements of danger in this novel. Their love story was something you wondered would ever happen due to all the secrets Levi had to keep. The author has done her research into the era, and it makes you feel like you are there (especially the scene with the bees) don't read this outside! LOL! That's all I'm saying on that matter. ​The secondary cast of characters was also very well thought out and developed, and I can't wait to read more about them in this series. This is a highly entertaining book you will not be able to put down!

  29. 3 out of 5

    Betty

    Selah Daughtry has survived the Civil War, but is in danger of losing the family plantation. She has applied for a bank loan but has been turned down. On the way home the train that she is traveling on is in a horrible accident. Selah is saved, along with many other passengers by a former Union soldier, Levi Riggins. This is an amazing story of how their meeting will affect the rest of their lives and the adventure of it all. The book is well written, the characters delightful. I truly enjoy t Selah Daughtry has survived the Civil War, but is in danger of losing the family plantation. She has applied for a bank loan but has been turned down. On the way home the train that she is traveling on is in a horrible accident. Selah is saved, along with many other passengers by a former Union soldier, Levi Riggins. This is an amazing story of how their meeting will affect the rest of their lives and the adventure of it all. The book is well written, the characters delightful. I truly enjoy this book. *Library Thing win

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Loved this inspirational historical romance set in the Reconstruction-era South. It was the perfect blend of history, mystery, action, romance, and memorable characters. I’ve enjoyed Beth White’s previous books (The Gulf Coast Chronicles, highly recommend!) but I think this is my favorite one of hers. I can’t wait for the next book in the series!

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