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A Rebel Heart

(Daughtry House #1)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  261 ratings  ·  129 reviews
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
Victoria Goodbrand
Jul 01, 2018 rated it 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
So, this story started out with a bang - the prologue is heart-wrenching and literally a train has derailed and chaos has occurred within the first chapter. Enter the dashing Pinkerton agent Levi Riggins to the rescure and Selah Daughtry, who is a Southern lady but no damsel in distress. I love how the story starts out, and I was ready to go...until I wasn't. I feel that the story loses steam a bit, and it didn't pick up for me until about 40 percent. Things with the plot just seemed to meander ...more
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, owned-books
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
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great story of diversity, family, and love. The reconstruction period after the Civil War was difficult enough, but add in three sisters with a sprawling family plantation they are trying to keep, it was almost hopeless. But enter a family friend with political and railroad connections, and a dashing Pinkerton agent, and you have the basics to complete the dream. Oh yeah, and then you have to enter in your deranged father who is trying to kill everyone that tried to bring down that pl ...more
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
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
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
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
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
Yvette (bookworlder)
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
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
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
A charming historical romance.
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,
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
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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!
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
Tanya Brown
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
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
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
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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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