Disclaimer: The reviews I post on The Self Rescue Princess won’t be the usual style of book review that talks about all the points and elements of a novel. My intention is to focus on heroines that I believe exemplify the spirit and character of a self-rescuing princess or are on their way to achieving that status.
Now on to the review:
Renegade Hearts features Jenny Holloway, a woman of faith moving forward after the devastating loss of her husband. Now as a single mother, Jenny works through her grief while balancing motherhood and taking care of the ranch that her late husband had inherited from his uncle. With her increasing workload, Jenny agrees to hire on another hand.
What I loved most about Jenny was the ability to stand up for herself combined with a strength of relying on others when needed. A lot of strong heroines are very much “I’ll do it all myself” kind of gals and will refuse even necessary help, making their situation tougher and putting themselves in danger. I enjoyed seeing a strong heroine depicted as not only able to direct and lead, but also knowing when it was time to listen and follow.
Jenny also kept a warm and loving relationship with her sister even though they had conflicting views about their father. Usually in books when the heroine has a difficult relationship with a family member, and others don’t ‘see’ the person and their behavior in the same light, the other relationships suffer. I liked how the two sisters supported and loved each other anyway, keeping their sisterly bond while allowing each other to have a separate relationship with their father. Later, Jenny makes a hard decision that honors her father even though it’s one that forces her to put her pride in check and take steps toward forgiveness.
Jenny exemplifies the type of self-rescuing princess I love to get to know. One that can stand alone but also with others, not holding independence as such a great character value that others are always pushed to the side.