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Rebel Book Review
Confession: this is the first Beverly Jenkins book that I enjoyed. I tried reading her Old West series because it seems right up my alley (Western historical), but I couldn’t get into the romance.
But I decided to give REBEL a chance, and I’m so glad that I did. REBEL is the first in the Women Who Dare series, which takes place in New Orleans during the Reconstruction Era.
The protagonist, Valinda Lacey, is a school teacher from New York, who travels to the South in hopes to establish a school to teach the newly emancipated to read and write. When a bunch of thugs vandalize her school, Captain Drake LeVeq steps in to her aid. They have an immediate connection, but unfortunately, Valinda is already engaged to someone else.
I still wasn’t into the romance as much as I would’ve liked, but the character development and the setting made up for everything else. I actually enjoyed the secondary characters so much that I’ll be checking out their own stories in Jenkins’s Le Veq Family series.
The first novel in USA Today Bestselling Author Beverly Jenkins’ compelling new series follows a Northern woman south in the chaotic aftermath of the Civil War…
Valinda Lacey’s mission in the steamy heart of New Orleans is to help the newly emancipated community survive and flourish. But soon she discovers that here, freedom can also mean danger. When thugs destroy the school she has set up and then target her, Valinda runs for her life—and straight into the arms of Captain Drake LeVeq.
As an architect from an old New Orleans family, Drake has a deeply personal interest in rebuilding the city. Raised by strong women, he recognizes Valinda’s determination. And he can’t stop admiring—or wanting—her. But when Valinda’s father demands she return home to marry a man she doesn’t love, her daring rebellion draws Drake into an irresistible intrigue.