Review: An Uncertain Choice by Jody Hedlund

An Uncertain Choice
(An Uncertain Choice #1)
by Jody Hedlund
YA Christian Historical Romance
Paperback, 254 Pages
March 3rd 2015 by Zondervan    


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 cloister 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

I was thrilled to find out that Hedlund had written an inspirational YA romance, and even more so that it was set historically. The cover is gorgeous and the synopsis sounded promising. I enjoyed delving into Lady Roemarie's world and viewing three knights through her eyes as they vied for her hand. There was an unlikely villain, danger and deception, and some sweet and romantic moments.

I struggled a little with Rosemarie. She had been so sheltered and guided by the abbot from the time her parents died and sheltered by her parents when they were alive. She definitely was consistent with her character. I just wanted her to have a stronger stance and to have already become a leader instead of still leaning on the Abbott so much. It was good to see how her character evolved as the situation came to a head, though slow in coming. I loved the three knights. They were fun and each had their own personalities. Of course I loved one more than the others, as did Rosemarie.

The plot was paced well. There were some things that I questioned (why didn't Rosemarie have a captain of her guard for one...) that I would have liked to have seen developed more. I knew who the villain was fairly early on, but didn't know to what extent and who all was involved with him. I was also curious how it all would end. I liked that the author was subtle for the most part. The ending turned out to be more dangerous and exciting than I thought it would be, and also quite a bit sweeter. 

I'd recommend An Uncertain Choice to YA and adult Christian romance readers who would also enjoy the historical setting. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series, which I'm assuming will be about another of the knights.

Content: Some violence and torture, but otherwise clean.

Source:I would like to thank the author, Jody Hedlund, and her publisher, Zondervan, for my complimentary review copy, which did not affect my review in any way.

About the Author

Jody Hedlund is an award-winning and bestselling author of inspirational historical romances including books for adults and youth. She currently makes her home in central Michigan with her husband and their five busy children.

As a busy mama-writer, she has the wonderful privilege of teaching her crew of 5 children at home. In between grading math papers and giving spelling tests, she occasionally does a load of laundry and washes dishes. When she's not busy being a mama, you can find her in front of her laptop working on another of her page-turning stories.

She loves reading almost as much as she loves writing, especially when it also involves chocolate and coffee.

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  1. Lakin Higgins3/26/15, 7:06 AM

    I bought this book last week, and I can't wait to read it! As soon as I have my review books under control this is the first book I'm reading. These wonderful excerpts just make me more eager!

  2. I grabbed it just yesterday. I've been trying to find some NA that I like, so I'm hoping I will like this one.

  3. Cali Willette3/26/15, 2:52 PM

    Good review. I like the cover and the setting. :)

  4. This book looks really good! Can't wait to read it.

  5. This does look like a good one. Thanks for sharing :)

  6. I read some of her books and I was never disappointed. I know this one will be a hit too. Thanks for the giveaway.

  7. I enjoy reading historical romances, and the cover of this one really draws me in.

  8. My daughter would love to read this. I'll pass it along. Thanks for sharing!

  9. This sounds like something I would like to read.

  10. Glad you enjoyed this book, Tressa. I thought it was really sweet and entertaining. Like you, I cannot wait for book two. :)


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