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The Heart of the Rebellion

4.72  ·  Rating details ·  61 ratings  ·  52 reviews
September 1400

King Richard II of England is dead. And after three years in His Majesty’s service, Rhys ap Tudor and his brother Gwilym are finally free to return to their ancestral home in North Wales. Their long- anticipated homecoming is overshadowed, however, by the harsh changes they encounter in their once peaceful land. The new king, Henry IV, rules with an iron
Paperback, 276 pages
Published November 1st 2019 by Covenant Communications
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Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There’s a simple ethereal beauty about this cover. I’m a total sucker for a cover. Inside I’m desperately hoping for a story that matches everything I’ve fallen in love with on the outside. This, is that book.

I don’t usually read medieval stories. But I so badly wanted to read ‘The Heart of the Rebellion’. The setting is North Wales. The Isle of Anglesey, Conwy & Snowdonia. All places I’ve been to so many times throughout my childhood, and later with my own family. This is a land steeped in
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sian is an author I read when I want a history and a detailed well thought out book. She took this story from true life characters and I always think that's a good way to go. She gives you details in the end notes that wrap it up. She really brings Wales to life with her descriptions. This is a great story if you don't like the romance to dominate. It is part of the story line of a group of Welsh people trying to fight the tyranny of King Henry. It is a fascinating time in history. This is a slo ...more
Paige Edwards
Set in 1400 AD North Wales, The Heart of the Rebellion by Sian Ann Bessey is an evocative read written by a woman who grew up on the Isle of Anglesey. Bessey's descriptions will have everyone who reads this novel booking a flight to the UK. The tale covers the last uprising of the Welsh and the ap Tudors, whose descendants were both notorious and magnificent rulers of England in later years. The romance between Rhys Ap Tudor and Lady Catrin Buckley is sweet and believable. Well researched, this ...more
Joanna Barker
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Author Sian Ann Bessey once again delivers a beautiful historical romance in her newest book, The Heart of the Rebellion. With fluid prose, fascinating historical details, and stunning descriptions of Northern Wales, this story leaps from the pages and never relents. From the forbidden romance to the heart-stopping battles, readers will be captivated by this story of love, loyalty, and courage.
Jamie Ann Bartlett
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes good clean historical romance
Recommended to Jamie by: Covenant Communications
When reading historical fiction I prefer clear research to be done by the author otherwise I tend to put it down and not finish it. However, Sian Ann Bessey, has evidently done her research for this novel. She was able to blend fact and fiction seamlessly and as I read, I could hardly tell which characters were real and which were all her creation. The details in this book show the great care the author took in making sure the reader could envision the places and people in the book. I learned mo ...more
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Heart of the Rebellion is historical fiction at its finest! This novel blends fictional characters with real life historical figures in a love story full of courage and adventure readers are sure to love. Author Sian Ann Bessey just opened my mind to a part of medieval history I really had no idea about. Not only do I want to visit Wales after reading her beautiful descriptions, but her novel expanded my world to a point where I want to know all sorts of interesting tidbits about the Tudors ...more
Caroline arrow_reads
Beautiful! I absolutely loved traveling back to the Middle Ages to the scenic setting of Whales! There are characters both real and fictional in the the tale of Welsh fighting for their rights against the English king. It is like a coming age story for Lady Catrin where she learns to fight for her believes and heart. The romance is heart warming. I didn’t want the story to end!
Thank you NetGalley and Covenant Communications.
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
THE HEART OF THE REBELLION is a story readers will love with its lush setting, charming characters, and a plot to cheer on as these characters fight for their freedom. Highly recommended!

It was so easy to love these characters! From the start, Rhys and his brothers hd a natural bond full of care for each other and humor that I just adored. I especially loved Rhys as he was strong and brave, but also kind and intelligent. Then there was Catrin... she was also fierce in her own way, bu
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love Romance novels, especially historical romances! This was the first book that I have read by Sian Ann Bessey and I really enjoyed her writing! She does a really great job of describing people's feelings and actions. I like how she will describe both Catrin's and Rhys' side of things, it helps with character development and just adds to the overall quality of the writing. I Love how Catrin is such an interesting character, she isn't dull or boring, she is courageous and not afrai ...more
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book by this author that I have read - and it won't be my last!
I was engaged in the story - from beginning to end. I love historical fiction in general, and this story was well worth reading!
The story is based on certain historical accounts in the 1400's, with the Tudor brothers and the Welsh uprising against the English rule. There are some situations based on real facts and real people from the past, as well as very enjoyable characters and situations that the author create
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Can I just say that I LOVE the cover of this book? I think it might be one of my favorite covers ever. It represents perfectly what is inside and honestly, I think it is gorgeous.

One of the things I loved about this story is that it transported me to another time and place. I could feel the weather, see the landscape and I could ALMOST hear that beautiful welsh language. Almost. I wish I could have the author read this book to me- then all the names and places would sound just right instead of
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From the time I was eight and I started reading all of the Little House on the Prarie books, historical fiction became one of my favorite genres to read. The Heart of the Rebellion is an alluring journey back through history visiting the beautiful country of Wales in the year 1400. Medieval history is such a fascinating period and author Sian Ann Bessey brings it to life for readers during the Welsh Rebellion called The Glyndŵr Rising. This last "War of Independence" was an uprising of the Wels ...more
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sian Bessey has a way with writing historical romance. I love the way I feel as though I’ve changed time and place when I read her books. This one takes the reader to Wales, the land of my ancestors. I loved imagining I was there.

The characters in this one are awesome. I loved Catrin. She is definitely a lady. But she has a wild side. She tears through the country side on her crazy horse. The sweet relationship she had with him was one of my very favorite things about this one. I lov
Kristin Peterson
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sian Ann Bessy has once again written a love story filled with adventure. It's set in the 1400s during an uprising between the Welsh and the English. It is filled with wonderful descriptions of the landscape and castles of northern Wales, has an ultimate bad guy in the Duke of Bedford, wonderful supporting characters in the Tudor brothers, Beti (Catrin's handmaid), and many of the Welsh commoners and has a sweet love story.

I haven't read many mideval romances but I loved picturing t
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is ABSOLUTELY incredible! Every time I picked up "The Heart of the Rebellion", I felt like I was transported back to 15th century Wales, and was watching all of the events unfold before my eyes.

This is the first book I have read by Sian Ann Bessey, and I can't wait to read more! She seamlessly weaves historical events with historical fiction, and I found myself looking up this time in history as I continued reading to learn more and more. Everything ranging from the character interact
I've read a lot of historical romance novels over the years. Many of them from the Regency era, but from other time periods also. It's always refreshing to come across one from a time period and location that I'm not as familiar with. Bessey's love and knowledge of Wales shine through in this tale of love and rebellion. Rhys ap Tudor and Lady Catrin Buckley make for an interesting pair especially as their growing romance comes at an awkward time for both of them. Lady Catrin has just become betr ...more
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thought this was an interesting book and I didn't want to put it down because it was so good!!
It's plenty obvious that Sian Bessey has done her research for this book. Oh and by the way she's a new to me author and I love her already. I want more!
I had a hard time pronouncing the names of the characters and a little trouble with the dialogue but other than that I enjoyed my trip to Wales.
The way Sian wrote, I could picture the beautiful country side. She made feel like I was
Susan K
Romance, clean; Period
Rhys and his Welsh family's battles with the English, and his chance meeting of Lady Catrin, was a gorgeous period novel set in the 1400's featuring real historic figures along with fictional characters. Truth sometimes makes the best fiction! The struggle, the people, the setting, the intrigue, the battles all made for great reading, supplemented by a lovely, honest, heartfelt romance. Catrin was brave, courageous and stood up for her people and herself. Rhys was hum
Karen Perry
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As a descendent of Welsh heritage, (my maternal grandmother was 100% Welsh), I have always been drawn to tales of the old country. My grandma Lucy shared stories of the people, places, beauty, and recipes that she remembered from home. This book shared some of those same things. In addition, it brought the history to life!

Before reading this book, I had not heard the story of taking over the castle, or of the brothers Tudor. It was fascinating! Woven into the history was the romance
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I had heard of the Tudors before, but wasn't sure if they were real people or not. It was interesting to read the author's note at the end that gave the reader more information on these very real people. I always enjoy extra information with these historical novels.

As usual, I completely butcher Welsh pronunciation, but this time it didn't make my mind stutter as much as it has in the past, which made for a much smoother reading.

I really enjoyed this story. Catrin and her relationship with her
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
North Wales, 1400. Rhys ap Tudor and his brother Gwilyn have been fighting beside Richard II in Ireland for the past almost three years.

Back home, upon meeting Lady Catrin Buckley, Rhys thoughts are occupied with her. But she is to be married to a much older man, the Duke of Bedford.

And that doesn’t make her happy as she enjoys her freedom. She is an accomplished horseback rider and enjoys roaming the beaches on her horse.

Meanwhile, the new king Henry IV, keeps raising taxes on the
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
**4.5 stars**

This book is beautiful inside and out. I love the cover and the book is fascinating. Sian Ann Bessey has presented a story and setting that are well done.

This book is set during the Welsh rebellion in the early 15th Century. When a book is well written I tend to start looking up the people and events portrayed in the story. I spent a fair amount of time Googling Rhys ap Tudor and the capture of Conway Castle. Sian Ann Bessey really brought the events and peop
Author Sian Ann Bessey has written a splendid Welsh medieval romance in her novel The Heart of the Rebellion. As always, Bessey has done her homework with her research. It is impeccably and beautifully woven into her charming story, bringing it life. This story will pull readers in completely. From the turn of the first page to the turn of the last, readers will be sucked into the world of Henry IV and the Tudors as Bessey shows us what this time in history is like. Filled with an abundance of h ...more
Maria Thomas
This is a well written book about a time and place that I personally know little to nothing about. It was interesting to learn a little bit about it and I think the fact and fiction blended well. I loved both Catrin and Rhys. They were good people who wanted to stand up for what was right in whatever way they could. Their attraction was apparent but it wasn't an insta love story. I loved that despite being a war story the reader got to learn about the strategy used in the rebellion but we weren' ...more
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
Another epic medieval story that pulled me right in! I love this author's subtle writing style that shows rather than tells, and I felt immersed in the setting, the characters, and the emotion. Catrin has torn loyalties with an English father and Welsh mother, but by following her heart she finds the courage to take a stand. I can't imagine living in a time of such harsh circumstances and oppression, but I know there are places in the world today fighting similar battles. This story is full of a ...more
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fantastic.

I love reading Sian Ann Bessey's historical romances. The descriptions are so well done the reader feels like they are right there with the characters.

This book is wonderful. I love Rhys (pronounced Reese). He is kind, gentle, thoughtful, all characteristics I find most attractive. Very much like the man I love most, so it is natural I really enjoyed this character as well. Catrin is such a fantastic character as well, I liked her immediately.

The book takes pla
Emily Flynn
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A journey back in time to the world long before the British Empire, when Kings were crafting the world we know with their conquering ways. To a time of knights and honor, king and country. This book is a beautifully written adventure about three brothers protecting their Welsh countryside from the invading English.

Full of adventure, bravery, and even love. This tells the tale of enemies, allies, and what happens based on loyalties.

Based on true people and events with fiction beautifully woven
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Set in the Welsh Rebellion, circa 1400, The Heart of the Rebellion tells the story of the ap Tudors.. During this uprising, Rhys ap Tudor meets Catrin, the daughter of an English Nobleman and a Welsh woman from a good family. Catrin knows the Welsh language and ways, and soon realizes that her heart is with the freedom fighters.

The research is well done, and the story is strong and believable. You are drawn in by the beauty of North Wales as the setting, the well written characters and a romanc
Charity Jacob
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had the privilege of getting an early copy of Sian Ann Bessey’s new book, The Heart of the Rebellion, and the following is my honest review.

This medieval romance will have you glued to the story. It had me spellbound with it’s suspenseful plot, the history, the courageous characters, and the love developing between two characters, which is probably my favorite part of the story.

Though this book is a romance, I feel as though guys would enjoy this book as well as it is a
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Finished this in one sitting. My husband thought I was asleep for which I’m very grateful. It meant I was uninterrupted. Bessey has such a talent of telling a story that is wrapped in history. The history alone was enough to keep my interest. I didn’t know much about the Welsh rebellion, just enough to keep me curious as to how and at what point in history this novel would end. The romance was so well done too. A believable love story that builds throughout the book and doesn’t need unnecessary ...more
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Sian Ann Bessey was born in Cambridge, England, but grew up on the island of Anglesey off the coast of North Wales. She left her homeland to attend Brigham Young University in Utah, where she earned a bachelor's degree in communications with a minor in English.
She began her writing career as a student, publishing several magazine articles while still in college. Since then she has published histo