After reading Jody Hedlund’s first YA novel, An Uncertain Choice, I can say without a doubt she has sealed the deal as an all-time favorite author. Whether it’s historical fiction or young adult, you’re in for a treat with one of her novels.
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 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.
With dashing knights, dances, mysteries and romance, this book was not only entertaining for me, but one I’d happily give and recommend to young adults. It’s enjoyable and refreshing, as well as a voice and story that’s needed in the YA genre. Not only did the story keep your attention from the first page, Hedlund effortlessly weaved important lessons throughout the pages.
Lessons about discovering who you are and what courage you might not know you have. Plus lessons in love (which teens need today so desperately no?), like not settling, but being with someone who brings out their gifts, passions and desires in life. Have I mentioned that’s especially important for the YA audience today? If you can’t be yourself, than trust that God has something far better.
“He was kind, but didn’t treat me like I was fragile or breakable. Rather he seemed to push me to be better, to do more, and to rise higher.”
Sometimes you just need a touch of fairytale and this one fits the bill perfectly. Plus after the final page, I look forward to what is next!
What’s one of your favorite fairy tales?
(With thanks to Zondervan for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion)
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