About The Heart of the Rebellion
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 fist, and the country is ripe for rebellion. Instantly thrust into the forefront of the conflict, the proud Tudor brothers enter the fight for their freedom.
Lady Catrin Buckley is alert to the unrest swirling around her. As the daughter of an English father and a Welsh mother, she knows too well the trouble her lineage poses. Her own battle, however, is one of the heart: she is to be married to a man she neither knows nor loves. Then an unexpected encounter with the enigmatic Rhys ap Tudor changes everything. Soon, Catrin finds herself swept into a rebellion that could not only change history but also rewrite her own future.
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 loved that Catrin knows when she needs to stand up for what she believes is right.
Then there’s Rhys. He’s been serving King Richard II, but now King Henry IV is in charge. And Henry is not kind to the Welsh. And especially not Rhys or his brother. There were so many things happening to the Welsh, taxes so high they couldn’t live, burning of churches and just general injustice. Rhys and his brothers step in and work against the English, making them a target for Henry.
The plot line of this one is great. It’s fun to read about a period in history and imagine you were there. And the love story was beautiful.
You’ll love this one, I know I did!
I was sent a copy of The Heart of the Rebellion as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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