Jody Hedlund Brings History to Life Like Few Others
In 1763 Massachusetts, Susanna Smith has grown up with everything she's ever wanted, except one thing: an education. Because she's a female, higher learning has been closed to her, but her quick mind and quicker tongue never back down from a challenge. She's determined to put her status to good use, reaching out to the poor and deprived. And she knows when she marries well, she will be able to continue her work with the less fortunate.
Ben Ross grew up a farmer's son and has nothing to his name but his Harvard education. A poor country lawyer, he doesn't see how he'll be able to fulfill his promise to make his father proud of him. When family friends introduce him to the Smith family, he's drawn to quick-witted Susanna but knows her family expects her to marry well. When Susanna's decision to help an innocent woman no matter the cost crosses with Ben's growing disillusionment with their British rulers, the two find themselves bound together in what quickly becomes a very dangerous fight for justice.
Hedlund (A Noble Groom) offers another beauty for fans of historical romance, unfolding an unlikely relationship in the midst of political and social machinations in pre-Revolutionary War Boston. This fast-paced drama draws the reader in quickly while introducing engaging characters who wrestle with ethical and emotional challenges. As tensions begin to flare between the king's soldiers and colonials, young lawyer Ben Ross finds himself winning court cases by day and smuggling molasses by night. He's drawn to Susanna Smith, an intelligent young socialite with a heart for the less fortunate, but Ben knows his common social status is no match for her mother's expectations. As their feelings for each other warm, Susanna struggles to reconcile her religious obligations and honoring her parents duties that seem to conflict with her desires. Ben and Susanna form a growing, but seemingly impossible, bond while risking their lives to save an abused runaway. Both are faced with the same question affecting their personal and political loyalties: what is more important doing what is right or obeying God-ordained authorities? Twin themes of faith and loyalty animate the story's conflict. Don't miss the author's note revealing her real-life inspiration for these characters.
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Great historical fiction!
I love it when a book far surpasses my expectations, and this book did just that. This is an exciting, fast paced adventure with imperfect characters that have you cheering them on immediately anyways. I appreciated that Susanna wasn't comfortable with her deceptive role in helping the indentured girl escape detection and she was very aware of the danger she was placing the live around her in by aiding the runaway. It wasn't an easy decision for her.
There is a lot of interesting details about the time period, what it was like to live in the young Massachusetts Colony under British rule. Jody Hedlund obviously did her homework. I shows in the writing. There were a few words I'd never heard before but I got the idea of what the item was by the rest of the description, and that never interrupted a vital part of the story. My only small complaint was that there was to much romance in this story, but in my opinion it did stay very clean.
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