"I discovered I enjoyed writing when my seventh-grade English teacher assigned our class to finish a story that began with one sentence, a 'once upon a time' premise. My version ended up being a romance, and what amazed me most was when someone turned to me after my story was read aloud and told me how much she liked it.
I then went on to write a spy thriller—complete with my own illustrations—and knew I wanted to be a writer.
There were many detours along the way as I pursued more realistic goals. I studied comparative literature at Smith College, where I received a Bachelor’s degree; I spent my junior year in Paris; taught English and lived as an au pair in the Canary Islands; and worked in international development in Miami, Florida. It was there I met my future husband, a Dutchman from Suriname, who took me to the Netherlands to live for six years.
We moved back to the U.S., to the down east coast of Maine to a small village where I had spent childhood summers. Maine has been a place of discovery—from discerning the varying faces of the sea and likening them to the color of my current hero or heroine’s eyes, to observing the changing seasons and the wonders of a flower or leaf or icicle, to simply learning how to say, 'yes, Lord,' when I hear His still, small voice."
Joy In Our Journey's review ~ by Jan:
Nothing brings to mind beauty and romance more than a book set in England during the Regency Period. Ruth Axtell, in her book A Heart’s Rebellion, sets the stage for a slightly different take on this time period. It often wasn’t all beautiful gowns, dinners with many courses, dancing until the early hours, and above all finding the “right” man to marry. It was often a time when the ‘wrong’ word, the wrong color gown, or - heaven forbid - the wrong partner, could destroy the hopes and plans of the fairest lady.
That said, this delightful novel about two young girls, Jessamine and Megan, who have received a completely unexpected invitation from Lady Bess to have a London Season at her expense are thrilled. Just imagine, a season!
But all is not as perfect as it seems. Jessamine is still smarting over what she perceives is a broken heart when the man she thought would wait for her has married another woman; in her mind, Jessamine is still in love with him. To make it all worse, he is the big brother of her best friend, Megan. How this works out is part of this interesting book.
When you are looking for a well written novel to while away a rainy afternoon, A Heart’s Rebellion by Ruth Axtell will be an excellent choice. Outside of wanting to shake some common sense into Jessamine’s mind, ☺ you will enjoy this look back at earlier times in Regency England.
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