Thursday, March 12, 2015

An Uncertain Choice by Jody Hedlund [ARC REVIEW]

TITLE: An Uncertain Choice
(An Uncertain Choice #1)

AUTHOR: Jody Hedlund
PUBLISHER: Zondervan, Zonderkids
PUB DATE: Mar 3 2015

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.

- Source: NetGalley


"Courage can be displayed in many forms, my lord… Sometimes it’s evident in the knight charging forward with the lance on his steed. But perhaps it can also take the form of a head bowed before the enemy."

It’s a fairy tale. What more could I ask for?

As much as I appreciate author’s reimagining my favorite classical fairy tales, it’s refreshing to see original writings just as well. Lately though, I find myself reading so-so stories in the category. So how lovely was it to find this book?

An Uncertain Choice was one huge surprise for me. It was one of those books I least expected to be as good as it was. Set in the medieval times, Lady Rosemarie’s story of faith and finding true love was well worth the time reading.

Although I have to admit that it was quite predictable, the author’s writing style enabled me to enjoy the tale in spite of already knowing who’s who and what’s what. There is something about her writing that made this simple story an absolute page-turner.

Filled with every cliché one reader might think of: a beautiful princess, a knight in shining armor, a deceiving villain lurking on the side, An Uncertain Choice is every bit the fairy tale one might find simply blah. But Jody Hedlund sure knows how to write an invigorating story, and an original fairy tale at that!

*Thank you, Zonderkids and NetGalley for granting my request to view An Uncertain Choice.

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