1832, Scotland: When Caroline Reid is offered the chance to travel to America to live with her estranged uncle, she has only two things on her mind: to become the belle of Boston society and to make an enviable—and financially advantageous—match.
But from the moment her journey begins, things do not go as she expects. From the seasickness on her Atlantic crossing, to the unexpected friendship she strikes up with a young widow named Eleanor, the Caroline who set sail for the New World isn’t quite the same person who arrives there…
Then she meets Eleanor’s brother, Ian Campbell, and her rebel heart cannot help but beat faster. Even though he doesn’t have a fortune, Caroline’s feelings overwhelm her earlier ambitions. However, her uncle—who had so gallantly invited her to live in his house—has other plans. And he will stop at absolutely nothing to get what he wants…
The Rebel Heart is the second book in the Far Horizons Trilogy by Kate Hewitt. It follows The Heart Goes On, which I reviewed here.
The story begins where the last book ended. However, the focus is now mainly on the characters who were previously cast in the support role. Caroline Reid at first comes off as a spoilt, shallow woman. However, my feelings about her changed as the story progressed. I liked Eleanor and enjoyed seeing the development of her character through the pages. Another character who stood out for me is Isobel. I hope we will get to see more of her before the trilogy ends.
This is rich, poignant family saga set in the 1800s. It is a story about love, family, betrayal and courage. I love the evolution of the position of women in society as the story progressed and times changed.
This being a trilogy and a character-driven narrative, I totally recommend reading the books in order. I can’t wait to read the third book already.