Book Review of Her Rebel Heart by Sharlene MacLaren


Cristina Stiles is left to fend for herself and her two young children while her husband goes off to fight in the Confederate army. She also has to deal with two rogue Yankee soldiers who’ve beaten her, stolen her food, and keep coming back to cause more trouble.
Jack Fuller is a God-fearing Christian fighting for the Union. During a surprise encounter, he shoots and kills a Rebel soldier. In his final breaths, the Rebel asks Jack to deliver a letter to his wife—and he agrees. But when he arrives at Cristina’s small farm in West Virginia, she assumes Jack is one of the Yankee trouble-makers, trains her rifle on him, and fires. As he lies on the ground bleeding, he explains the purpose of his visit, and out of a sense of obligation, she decides to nurse him back to health.
What will happen when Cristina discovers Jack is the one who made her a widow? Will her rebel heart forgive him—or finish him off?

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Civil war romances have long been a favorite genre of mine. I’ve been reading about the civil war since I was eight and reading picture books to my siblings. I have always loved learning about the civil war and how it changed America. While it is such a sad and hard time it was also a good time.

The blurb told me that I would enjoy the book, I knew that I may be slightly annoyed with the romance but I wasn’t, not at all, I did dislike that Jack and Cristina kissed when they did, I felt that it was too soon, not to mention inappropriate since they barely knew each other and he had given her the news of her husband’s death.

The kids, oh, my heart broke for the kids who were without their father and lived in a fearful time, but, my, Elias was brave for a kid and I loved how he took care of everything he could for his family and how he let his sister follow along even when h didn’t want to have her follow. It was so sweet.

Jack, sweet Jack! He really needed some help at times. Between being shot, giving the news of Cristina’s husband’s death, and being around a boy that hated him he really could have used a friend … Which he had in God, I liked Jack’s simple faith. He was a truly good character.

I liked the way the whole book tied together, and the slight mystery was well added though I didn’t love the way the bad guy was so nasty. While he made a good bad guy since you know, he was a bad guy and you weren’t supposed to like him. I didn’t need his point of view.

A sweet romance that is perfect for a rainy day.

Better for older readers given the bad guy.

2 responses to “Book Review of Her Rebel Heart by Sharlene MacLaren”

  1. This sounds really sweet…

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    1. It was sweet, the kids were especially so!

      Liked by 1 person

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