Young Adult

An Uncertain Choice by Jody Hedlund | #BookReview



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 Thoughts

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.”


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.

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