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A Rebel Heart (Daughtry House #1)

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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.

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Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Revell (first published June 2018)
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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 ...more
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-books, reviewed
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
Dana Michael
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Joan Arning
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
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
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Maureen Timerman
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
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,
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
Robin Hatcher
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Benjamin Liles
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-book-reviews
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 ...more
Lynda Edwards
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: keeper-shelf
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
Heather Snyder
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
V. Palmer
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
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, ...more
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Wendy Brownlee
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
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!
Katrina Epperson
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the first book in a new series, The Daughtry House, from Beth White. This historical sweeps the reader back to Mississippi approximately 5 years after the civil war where people were dealing with the aftermath of the war and the rebuilding of their lives. The story details shows how much research the author put into the writing of the life and times of the era.

As the story opens Ithaca Plantation is being raided by rebel Confederate soldiers as the daughters, as instructed, hid under th
Sherri Smith
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The story is set in Mississippi, five years after the Civil War. The plantation home is derelict, but Selah and her sisters refuse to give up the land. Selah, on her way home via train is in a train wreck, but Levi Riggins who is investigating a man on the train comes to her rescue.

Learning that Selah is in dire needs financially, upon research of his case he comes across a wealthy young man who is wanting to buy off the plantation to use it as a hotel. Thus the setting for the rest of the book.
Beckie Burnham
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have been a big fan of Beth White’s fiction for a long while now. Whether contemporary or historical, if she wrote it, I read it! Her newest novel, A Rebel Heart, did not disappoint. Set in Mississippi in the years following the Civil War, this book includes a sweet romance against the backdrop of a changing South. I loved it and give it a recommended rating.

As the author mentions in the notes to readers, Reconstruction was a difficult time for the South. Once prosperous families were beset wi
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Can you believe this is the first Beth White book I’ve read? I’ve heard great things about her books and I love historical romance but didn’t get around to reading any of her books until now. And I’m so glad I picked up this first installment in Daughtry House series. All the buzz in the Christian fiction blog world is correct -Beth White is a wonderful writer. A Rebel Heart is a lyrically written historical romance set in the years after the Civil War as the country, particularly the South, att ...more
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Beth White teaches music at an inner-city high school in historic Mobile, Alabama. Her hobbies include playing flute and pennywhistle and painting, but her real passion is writing historical romance with a Southern drawl.

A native Mississippian, she is a pastor's wife, mother of two, and grandmother of two--so fa
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