Claiming The Rebel’s Heart by Alison Stuart

Claiming The Rebel’s Heart by Alison Stuart
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (204 pgs)
Heat: Spicy
Rated: 5 stars
Reviewed by Dandelion

Herefordshire, England 1643

As the English Civil War divides England and tears families apart, Kinton Lacey castle is one of the brave few loyal to the roundhead cause.

With her father away, Deliverance Felton will do whatever it takes to defend her family home against the royalist forces ranged against it. She can shoot and wield a sword as well as any man and anything she needs to know about siege warfare she has learned from a book…but no book can prepare her for what is to come.

Captain Luke Collyer, soldier of fortune and a man with his own reasons for loyalty to the parliamentary cause, is sent to relieve the castle. Everything he knows about siege warfare in general and women in particular he has learned from experience, but when it comes to Deliverance Felton has he met his match?

Deliverance will not give up her command lightly and Luke will have to face a challenge to his authority as fierce as the cavalier foe outside the walls. He will do whatever it takes to win Deliverance’s trust but will he run the risk of losing his own, well guarded, heart?

I found this bit of history in the making fascinating and I really loved the people involved. The King’s men against the rebels reminded me very much of our own American Revolution with our rebels against the King.

Deliverance and her sister, Patience lived in a castle which was under attack by the King’s men. Captain Luck Collyer is sent by their father to help protect them. They are so outnumbered I could not imagine how they could possibly manage to defeat the enemy. They are, however, prepared to fight to the death against all odds.

This is not, however, a depressing story. It is full of fun and conflict between Luke and Deliverance. She had been in charge of the castle and was not willing to give it up to him. I loved the interaction between them. It is wonderful, fun and unique. She was not the typical mousy woman that he had expected to find. I smiled a lot while reading about the conflict between them, and even laughed out loud a couple of times.

Throughout the siege there are two beautiful love stories. Yes two, although one is not mentioned as often. I enjoyed them both. There is also a lot of fighting, death and destruction from the very beginning, which is to be expected. However, all the fighting is important to the story line, and not just thrown in to explain the war. This author also lets you feel the hope for the future in the story.

This story doesn’t end the way I expected — it ends even better! Honestly, I loved this story.


  1. Elise-Maria Barton says:

    Great review today~ I love a good historical romance and it seems Claiming the Rebel’s Heart has all the ingredients to be a winner. Thanks for sharing.

    ilookfamous at yahoo dot com

  2. Thank you so much for hosting and I am thrilled that you enjoyed Luke and Deliverance’s story 🙂 thank you so much!

  3. Rita Wray says:

    I like the premise of the story, can’t wait to read it.


  4. Catherine says:

    Deliverance and Patience? I love their names. Is there something special that made you choose them?
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

    • Thank you, Catherine. The period is ride with unusual names. The real life heroine who was the inspiration for Deliverance was called Brilliana. I wanted names that marked them as natural adherents to the Parliamentary cause but in the end, like pets, they named themselves!

  5. nicole dz says:

    I love the time era of the story, makes it more interesting.

  6. Interesting characters

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  7. Mary Preston says:

    5 stars & a most positive review. Looking forward to this.


  8. I love a lady who can stand her ground! Thanks for the review. 🙂

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