An Uncertain ChoiceJody 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, 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 ... Read More
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.
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Mar 3, 2015
- UPC: 9780310749196
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 256
- Publish Date: Mar 3, 2015
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 17
- Audience Age Minimum: 13
- BISAC: "JUV026000"
- ISBN: 0310749190
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- Review from Rambles of a SAHM by Fitzysmom on 4/21/2015
Like most girls I enjoy a good fairy tale. I like the story of princesses and castles, knights in shining armor swooping in to save the day, and of course the happily-ever-after endings. I just can't resist being swept up in the romance of it all for a few hours.
I've been a fan of Jody Hedlund's historical fiction so when she released her first young adult historical fiction I just had to give it a try. It was everything that I had envisioned and more. The beautiful princess Rosemarie has lost her parents to the Plague but she is fortunate to have what she thinks is trustworthy mentors to guide her in ruling her lands.
By the time we enter the story Rosemarie has come to terms with devoting herself to living out the rest of her life at the convent. But this is a fairy-tale so we have to have some dashing knights to woo the beautiful princess. Not one but three of the bravest and handsomest knights in the land come to Montfort Castle with the intention of winning the hand of Rosemarie.
The story that proceeds is one of intrigue and romance. What appears to be the truth is a far cry from it. I enjoyed the journey through the unfolding story. I had inklings of what was happening out of eyesight but it didn't ruin the story at all, in fact it enhanced it.
I would highly recommend this wonderful book to teens and older. There is nothing untoward in it but it does have subject matter that would be better understood by someone in their teens rather than younger. Remember that this is set in the Medieval period so torture was a very accepted form of punishment. Some of that is described in the story. As an adult I found it to be a great read. It moves along quickly and the vocabulary is rich. If you liked the current version of Cinderella that is playing in theaters I think you will be drawn to this as well. I'm looking forward to the future books in this series.
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
- Christian Shelf-Esteem's review of An Uncertain Choice by Amanda on 4/9/2015
Chivalry is not dead, at least not in Jody Hedlund’s latest YA fiction title, An Uncertain Choice. Prior to her birth, Lady Rosemarie’s parents battled with infertility. Desperate for a child, they prayed the Ancient Vow of Hannah, by which any child they conceived would be devoted to the service of God. In this novel Hedlund recaptures the thrill of courtship when the Noblest Knight, The Duke of Rivenshire, presents Lady Rosemarie with an exception to the vow. As the story goes, the vow is revocable if true love can be found prior to her 18th birthday. The Duke presents three honorable suitors who have the potential to win her heart. Will one month be enough time for Lady Rosemarie to discern God’s will for her life and find true love? – you’ll just have to read to find out!
An Uncertain Choice is an intriguing story of romance with a perilous twist. Each of the three eligible knights are men of character, and each has his own unique quality that differentiates himself from the rest. One has riches, another an eye for beauty and art, and the third has a heart of compassion. In Rosemarie’s choice lies a valuable lesson for young women about selecting a lifelong companion. Teen readers will be thoroughly entertained by medieval castle life complete with lavish dinner celebrations, hunting parties, and jousting tournaments.
As a mother and children’s ministry leader I am a huge proponent of wholesome Christian fiction for teens. Our kids are bombarded by unrealistic and often over sexualized depictions of love. An Uncertain Choice runs counter-culturally by placing the value of a person on their willingness to serve others, to stand up for the downtrodden, and for their obedience to God. The interactions between Rosemarie and her suitors are always done in the presence of a chaperone. Do not be mistaken, the romantic electricity is not lost because of their respectful boundaries — another valuable take away for young readers.
I received this book from the author for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
- A Refreshing Read! by Lucy on 2/28/2015
Genre: YA Romance
Age Range: 13+
Release Date: March 3, 2015
Before I start, can we just talk for a minute about that cover? It is seriously beautiful. Like, extremely.
(Confession: I might have spent the first day merely admiring the book before I actually started it. THAT COVER.)
Okay, so. What did I like? What didn't I like? Read on.
1. I loved how real Rosemarie was. She was never sure of herself, she second-guessed herself. It made her real, because no one is completely sure of their decisions. She did stand for what she believed in, though. She was the wonderful epitome of real character.
2. This book kept me on my toes. It wasn't just a romance. The author mixed in murder and mayhem as well.
3. This book was very historically accurate, which was amazing. A lot of books these days are not historically accurate.
4. It was very well-written! A lot of YA Romances coming out these days are poorly written and chock full of junk, but this book was fresh, and lovely.
5. The villain was amazingly done. I'm not naming any names, but he was very well written. He wasn't directly evil, but he was a good villain, and a good fit for the story.
6. I spent a lot of this book shipping the MC and who she ended up with(again, not naming names.). I maybe have voiced thoughts out loud.
1. There were a few POV switches that bothered me. Other than that... *shrug*
Five stars to another well-written book by Jody Hedlund! So glad she decided to give YA a go. :)