Author: Jody Hedlund
Source: Author/Publisher ARC Provided
Publication Date: 2016
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Series: An Uncertain Choice, book 2
Genre: Fiction; Young Adult Historical, Re-Telling
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
REVIEW: When accomplished historical novelist Jody Hedlund decided to enter the fray (because, yes, it is a competitive field) known as YA literature, those of us who were already devoted fans knew it was bound to be a wonderful novel. With her debut An Uncertain Choice, we were treated to a medieval fairytale in the most chaste of manners. With her follow-up A Daring Sacrifice, she continues on with that charming trademark of historical fiction “magic.”
The story is blissfully simple. The leading man is Sir. Collin, a knight recently returned to his wealth of land and fortune, hoping to do good by the title his father left him. His half-sister Irene is causing something of a stir, desiring to marry a neighboring nobleman. But it’s Collin who is most restless. Until he happens upon Lady Julianna, the woman feared dead following her father’s crusade. Instead she’s been masquerading as a cloaked bandit, stealing from her calculating uncle’s lands to enrich the poor. Only it’s Collin who discovers her carefully concealed secret, which ignites a spark that began from a childhood acquaintance neither one of them can deny.
Lest you’ve forgotten or haven’t read An Uncertain Choice, our leading (and noble) knight, Collin was one of three young men in the first novel who vied for the fair Lady Rosemarie’s hand. At the end of that novel, Derrick was called away to assist his friend, Sir. Collin. Prior to reaching that point, A Daring Sacrifice loses itself in Story. It tells a story of high-stakes adventure. There’s a case of concealed identity in correlation with a beautiful love story that unfolds, one that might cost one of them their lives.
Though we got to know a great deal about Collin in the prior novel, it was nice to have him feature solely as the leading man in this story. He’s a great guy whose loyalty to what he stands for and deep love for the woman he loves is admirable. Similarly, I enjoyed meeting Julianna. Her spunk and skill with a bow (I’ve always thought this would be a neat skill to possess, but if possible, Julianna makes it all the more captivating) is catching, making her a contrast to the more sensible and delicate Rosemarie.
If you are fond of sweet, simple and romantic novels, this is just the one for you. If you’ve not read Jody’s earlier series novel (which also includes the prequel novella, The Vow), then why delay? This just might make be your summer binge-reading all the more memorable. I don’t know what else to praise about this piece of fairytale fluff. It takes some cues from the Robin Hood myth while still stepping apart and being its own identity. Those who enjoy an adventurous YA historical without sacrificing romance or vice versa are sure to find the skillful talents of Jody Hedlund make for an ideal possibility to add to their shelves.
Synopsis: In a reverse twist on the Robin Hood story, a young medieval maiden stands up for the rights of the mistreated, stealing from the rich to give to the poor. All the while, she fights against her cruel uncle who has taken over the land that is rightfully hers. Forced to live in the woods and hide with the poor people she’s grown to love, she works to save and protect them, but she never anticipates falling in love with the wealthy knight who represents all she’s come to despise. – Goodreads
Coming Next from Jody Hedlund, Forever Safe: Will she ever be able to stop running, even when she believes she’s finally safe?
Heiress to a vast fortune, Victoria Cole has everything she wants, including the perfect fiancé. Having left two other men at the altar, Victoria is sure that now she’s found her true love and will finally live happily ever after. As her wedding draws near, however, Victoria’s life is threatened. To keep her safe, Victoria’s father hires a bodyguard.
Tom Cushman’s number one priority is protecting his clients, which means no personal entanglements. But he’s never guarded someone as beautiful and winsome as Victoria. After a near-kidnapping, the wedding is cancelled, and Tom hides Victoria at Cape Cod’s Race Point Lighthouse until her attacker can be found. Appointed as assistant light keeper with Victoria posing as his wife, Tom believes the isolation of the lighthouse will keep her safe.
As Victoria struggles to live without familiar luxuries, her heart betrays her with growing feelings for her protector. Determined to help Tom stop fleeing from his haunted past, can the runaway bride learn to face her own fears? With the attacker closing in, will both of them ever be able to stop running and find the safety they long for? – Goodreads, June 2016
Sincere thanks to the publisher for providing a complimentary copy of this book for reviewing purposes.