Jo Ann Butler has done it again! 5 of 5 stars!
I received an ARC of The Reputed Wife, the second book in this series, and was asked to read it first to assess how it worked as a stand-alone volume. I loved the book and found it indeed filled the bill as its own complete story. But once finished, I was not satisfied. The magnetism of Herodias Long proved too strong to resist, and I was struck with the need to find out what sort of circumstances forged an ordinary girl into such a remarkable woman.
I began Rebel Puritan with very high expectations and was not disappointed. Every question I had regarding the hardships Herod faced in her youth and the dire conditions of her impetuous marriage was answered in meticulous detail. The scene set by Butler’s fluid prose and classic writing style again drew me in without reservation and swept me along, satisfying my need for drama in a gripping and heart pounding conclusion that made me want to go back for more. Now I cannot wait for the third. In the meantime, I may have to read The Reputed Wife again.
If you love a richly detailed historical with a strong female protagonist, you will love this book.