Saturday, May 16, 2015

Book Review: An Uncertain Choice by Jody Hedlund

An Uncertain Choice (An Uncertain Choice, #1)
Book Description:

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.

Book Review:

 I was skeptical starting this book, even though what I've read previously from this author I really liked. Plus, I enjoy the cover, so I'm not sure why I was skeptical. Maybe it was the the fact it was geared toward teens, but whatever the reason there was no reason for the skepticism because I was pulled into the book immediately.

I will say that it was juvenile, but considering the target audience, Hedlund nailed this one right on the head.  The plot wasn't as flushed out as I'm used to, but it was a fun read.  I liked how Rosemarie is both certain and uncertain, strong and weak. I enjoyed her compassion and her willingness to learn new things to become better.

I enjoyed all the knights vying for her attention. One reviewer compared it to a "Medieval Bachelorette" and I love that comparison (can't say if it's accurate or not, I've never seen the show, but I thought it was funny). The knights personalities were so different, but their individual skills and their friendship made this great. It made you wonder for a bit if their friendship would survive the courtship.

The ending wasn't much of a surprise, but this was a well written novel, and highly entertaining. I would recommend it for both teens and adults who like clean medieval fiction.

An Uncertain Choice (An Uncertain Choice, #1)
Title: An Uncertain Choice
Author: Jody Hedlund
Publisher: Zondervan
Published: March 2015
ISBN: 0310749190
Source: I received an eCopy from BookLookBloggers in exchange for a review.