When I heard last year that Jody Hedlund was coming out with a YA novel this year, I may have squealed just a little. I adore her books (I’m pretty sure the Hedlund Challenge of 2015 might be a rather large clue 😉 ) and can trust her talent in any genre. Next month An Uncertain Choice releases and I can’t wait for y’all to get a chance to read it (go ahead and pre-order it here)! Until then, a prequel novella is out!
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.
This novella also serves as a prequel to Jody Hedlund’s An Uncertain Choice.
This is one of the best novellas I’ve read. I’ve mentioned before I’m not a fan of them because they’re short and often too rushed to be developed properly, but not the case with this one! It helps that Rosemarie is in both and the story revolves around her. It got me hooked and I’m so glad I had An Uncertain Choice waiting, so I could dive right back into the story.
This also brought to life the reality of the plague and Hedlund managed to describe it without being overwhelming, but staying true to the suffering so many endured. It also brought to light all the terrifically strange things people did to prevent the plague. I was wondering if they were planning to fight off Dracula next. Fo’ real. Never a dull or uninteresting moment when reading history Internet. Never.
If y’all have teen girls or you know of any, I definitely recommend passing this book on to them! Or you know, for yourself. 🙂
I’ve asked this before, but are y’all big novella fans? How about YA?
Also, if you’re taking part of the #HedlundChallenge2015, be sure to join our Facebook group we’re kicking off! It’ll be a great way to connect and chat about all of Jody’s wonderful books! Check it out here!