A Medieval romance not to be missed... The Heart of the Rebellion by Sian Ann Bessey (Review & #Giveaway) @covenantlds

I love the contrasts found in this time period with its fierce warriors, sweet, but tough
maidens, and beautiful, but harsh lands. Read my review and enter the tour giveaway below...

The Heart of the Rebellion
By Sian Ann Bessey
Adult Historical Romance
Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 276 Pages
November 1st 2019 by Covenant Communications


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 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.

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My Review

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, but also kind and sweet. I appreciated how well these characters were fleshed out and that their dialogue and actions allowed me to feel a connection grow between them. I never felt that I had to be told the story, but rather experienced it with them. The romance slowly buildt over the course of the book and is charmingly sweet to the very end.

This was also a story with a very well written plot. I find this time period to be very intriguing and the story only increased my interest. I also love stories where characters are the underdogs but fight anyway for something that is so important, and here the Welshmen are fighting for their freedom against England and the burden their people are continually put under. It's a noble cause that I could easily get behind. The author didn't sugar coat the difficulties and challenges these characters faced, but she didn't go into gory details, and still conveyed what she needed to.

In the end, was it what I wished for? I loved this story from beginning to end! It's definitely a book I will be recommended to others and would also be a good book club read. If you're a sweet historical romance fan, do not skip this one!

Content: Some violence, but clean.
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a positive review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

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 historical romance and romantic suspense novels, along with a variety of children's books.

Although Sian doesn't have the opportunity to speak Welsh very often anymore, she can still wrap her tongue around, "Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch." She loves to travel and experience other cultures, but when she's home, her favorite activities are spending time with her family, cooking, and reading.

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