About the Book:
Author: Jody Hedlund
Source: NetGalley via Jody Hedlund’s Launch Team
Publication Date: 2015
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Series: An Uncertain Choice, book 1
Genre: Fiction; Young Adult Historical
Rating: 5 out of 5
BOOK BLURB: Due to her parents’ promise at her birth, Lady Rosemarie has been prepared to become a nun on the day she turns eighteen. Then, shortly 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 knights’ arrival results in a series of attacks within her land, she begins to wonder if the convent 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.
REVIEW: The beautiful prose that is Jody Hedlund’s style has previously only been found in her adult, inspirational fiction. She had readers swoony over a certain Noble Groom (and a kiss to go with it!) and has taken readers back to many a fascinating era in history. In 2015, Jody took on an unfamiliar genre: Young Adult. Though the novel is still set in historical times, this book is certainly a step back from her usual normal and yet it rises, and in many instances surpasses the expectations readers will have had for the book. The story itself is like a Cinderella-esque fairytale with its own vision of the story. There’s a deadline approaching that unless altered will forever change Rosemarie’s future, and though there is no glass slipper or pumpkin carriage, there is plenty of romance and intrigue as well as a “Prince Charming.” Or as is the case here, three potential heroes – and what dashing young men they are! Each of the heroes is special in their own right.
I have to confess, medieval stories are a hard sell in my reading habits. But having known Jody Hedlund’s previous books, I had little doubt this novel was going to live up to the hype. The first person (we switch off between two perspectives though mainly stay with Rosemarie) prose is beautifully and simplistically perfect. I loved that the details of the time period didn’t overwhelm the fictional story, yet there is still enough to satisfy avid historians….
I can honestly say, this is easily one of my favorite YA reads. It officially releases March 3rd, so be sure to add it to your to-be-read.
This review appears in full and was originally published on Silver Petticoat Review.
Sincere thanks to the author and publisher (NetGalley) for a complimentary review copy of this novel.