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The Vow, by Jody Hedlund

About the Book:Book - The Vow
Author: Jody Hedlund
Publisher: Zondervan
Source: Purchased
Publication Date: 2015
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Series: An Uncertain Choice, 0.5
Genre: Fiction; Young Adult Novella
Rating: 5 out of 5

Review: Known for her beautiful historical novels that explore unique times in history and feature swoon-worthy heroes, author Jody Hedlund is expanding into a new genre. Though keeping with her signature of history, she’s trying her hand at the young adult market and if the novella teaser is anything to go by, I think fans will approve. 14-year-old Rosemarie is travelling with her family when the Plague arrives, threatening her entire hunting party. The handsome knight she is beginning to care for volunteers to take her to safety at a convent where she stays until she’s sent for. When she is returned to her family home, it’s to news of her father’s death and the deathbed of her mother. The only claimant to her family’s wealth, Rosemarie learns that at the age of eighteen, an ancient edict will fall into place, a secret that will forever alter her future.

Though this is very short (I believe it comes in at just under 50 pages), this story is – for lack of a better word, beautiful. Jody manages to set up the world her full-length novel is a part of, giving us background into Rosemarie’s life (for the events that will take place some four years later in An Uncertain Choice) and setting up, what I suspect will be a charming love story. The blend is realism and fantasy. Most of the story reads as if centered in reality, but the “secret” that is going to set up the novel seems to wander into some fantasy elements. This means anyone who enjoys YA with a smidgeon of fantasy will want to add this new series to their TBR.

I must applaud Jody for her crafting of this series. This novella wasn’t anything that I expected yet it was so much better. I liked the ease with which the story reads, especially. A lot of medieval fiction or films can be boring, and this was anything but. Condensed into a few pages is the beginning of an epic, memorable adventure and Rosemarie has the promise to be the heroine the story needs. I’m curious to know how her voice will change from this to the full-length novel and if possible, I’m all the more excited to follow this journey. The novella makes us all wish we could immediately pick it up, fortunately, that is possible come March.

Synopsis: In this ebook historical romance novella by Jody Hedlund, young Rosemarie finds herself drawn to Thomas, the son of the nearby baron. But just as her feelings begin to grow, a man carrying the Plague interrupts their hunting party. While in forced isolation, Rosemarie begins to contemplate her future—could it include Thomas? Could he be the perfect man to one day rule beside her and oversee her parents’ lands?

Then Rosemarie is summoned back to her castle in haste. The disease has spread, and her family is threatened. And the secret she discovers when she returns could change her future forever. – Goodreads

Book - An Uncertain ChoiceComing Next from Jody Hedlund: Due to her parents’ promise at her birth, Lady Rosemarie has been prepared to become a nun on the day she turns eighteen. Then, a month before her birthday, a friend of her father’s enters the kingdom and proclaims her parents’ will left a second choice. If Rosemarie can marry before the eve of her eighteenth year, she will be exempt from the ancient vow.

Before long, Rosemarie is presented with the three most handsome and brave knights in the land. But when the competition for her heart seemingly results in a knight playing foul, she begins to wonder if the cloister is the best place after all. If only one of the knights the one who appears the most guilty had not already captured her heart. – Goodreads, March 2015

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