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Book Review: “An Uncertain Choice” by Jody Hedlund

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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.

My Review:

 

First, before I start this review, I would like to say that as always, what I say is just my opinion – you may think something completely different about any book I am reviewing, and that’s okay! Our opinion is just that –  our own thoughts. Thank you for keeping that in mind!

 

This book has many strengths and weaknesses. As with many books, there were things I liked and didn’t like.

The cover sure is enticing though, isn’t it? It really grabbed my attention personally. :)

I thought that Jody Hedlund’s talent really shines through her writing – it flows nicely, and is so easy and delightful to read. I really appreciated that! This book was written in first-person, and I know how difficult that can be sometimes, but she handled it marvelously, and so the writing was very enjoyable. I liked getting to read from two of the character’s point-of-view.

I will be honest and say that I wished God could’ve tied into the whole story more, and a bit more clearly. This book was fun, and very well done for its age group (YA fiction), but I personally wanted a bit more depth to it. There were a couple of things I was uncomfortable with, having to do with the ancient Vow, and some things relating to the convent/monastery. It would be one thing if ‘the vow’ wasn’t from the Bible, and therefore made up, but the fact that it was taken directly from the Bible and then used as fiction/fairy-tale, I wasn’t really happy with. The Bible is clear that we should not make vows ( James 5:12) and according to the Old Testament, if they did, then only the head – father, father figure, or husband –  was allowed to undo that with the Lord (Numbers 30).   The Tear of the Virgin Mary also made me wary, because it seems a bit superstitious to me; I don’t understand the belief that there would have been any ‘tears of Mary’ saved and I don’t agree with using it as a potion or a purchased miracle. My understanding of the Bible is that only God performs miracles. Mary was a godly young woman who God used to bring His Son into the world, and we shouldn’t worship her or hold her higher than the Father.

And while I don’t want to give away the ending, I have to say that the whole character of the Abbot was quite confusing. I mean, I understand what she was going for – I don’t mean for that part to be confusing, but how it started out (even in the story prequel, “The Vow”) and then how it ended – it didn’t really match up.

Otherwise the story-line was good, very fairy-tale like, which is always fun. I liked each of the Knights that vied for Lady Rosemarie’s attention and heart (I really liked Sir Collin, but the two others I was fond of too!), though sometimes it seemed a bit like a medieval bachelorette. :D But each of the knight’s had pretty strong characters, and it was very enjoyable to read about them.

There was a bit of mystery to this book, and I was quite surprised at the ending and the result. It was one I wasn’t expecting.

As I said, I think this book is very well geared for its prescribed age-group. It is just the right length, with its drawing-in attributes, and keeps the pages turning.

For myself, there were a few things that kept me from adoring it as I stated, but I trust that you will find out for yourself what you will like about it.

 

I am so grateful to Jody Hedlund for allowing me to be on her influencer team – I am truly thankful! It has been really fun. The group she created for us influencer has been loads of fun. :)

(Also, I do recommend that you read “The Vow” before “An Uncertain Choice”, as it is the prequel to the story, and gives the background really well. It was likewise well-written, and I enjoyed it. It’s really short, so it’s not a problem to read before hand! You can get it here)

 I received a complimentary copy of “An Uncertain Choice” from the author and publishers for the purpose of this review.

Author:

I am a peculiar treasure who is passionately in love with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I love writing, reading, knife/tomahawk-throwing, and letter-writing, among other things. :)

13 thoughts on “Book Review: “An Uncertain Choice” by Jody Hedlund

        1. Oh will that be for the Beauty and the Beast retelling you’re sharing on your blog? (Which I have been enjoying!)Whatever it is for, I hope it turns out precisely how you wish it! :)

            1. Ah okay. How exciting! I wish you the best with it, and I am looking forward to hearing more about it – will you share the cover on your blog once it’s done?

            2. :D I might very well be interested. Have you yet posted what the book is about? (I’m sorry for all these questions – perhaps you’ve already answered them on your blog, but I’m new to it. :)

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