An Uncertain Choice

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byJody 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.

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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 fr...

Format:PerfectDimensions:256 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.75 inPublished:March 3, 2015Publisher:ZondervanLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Wonderful Start To A New Series Full of danger, intrigue and romance, this stunningly crafted story will take you to another place and time you will not want to leave.
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Chivalry is not dead! 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.”
Date published: 2015-04-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Charming... for Young Adults Be transported back in time to the days of knights and castles, chivalry and honor, as you open the pages of Jody Hedlund's newest work of fiction... An Uncertain Choice. Published by Zondervan in March of 2015, the novel is Ms. Hedlund's first story intended for a teen audience, and the first in a three-book series. Additionally, a short-story prequel to the novel is available in e-book format, and reveals the interesting backstory from four years prior. As expressed by the author, the purpose of An Uncertain Choice is to bring medieval romance and adventure to life while imparting wisdom for modern-day readers to incorporate into their own lives and relationships. As an added tool for mothers and other leaders of young women, a carefully designed study guide filled with personal questions and insightful discussion topics is available for free download online. An Uncertain Choice is clearly the work of a talented and experienced writer, since every aspect of setting, characters, and plot are portrayed vividly and with insightful depth. Medieval life comes alive in great detail, and the abundance of castles, knights in armor, and secret, fairytale-ish vows are sure to delight readers. Lady Rosemarie, the heroine of the story, is depicted through first person narration in a relatable and sympathetic manner. Likewise each secondary character - including one who shares in a small portion of first person narrating - is generally believable and realistic, touching us emotionally in various ways. Throughout the story, as Rosemarie is faced with unraveling a complicated, twisting-and-turning decision that will affect her entire kingdom, an air of mystery and intrigue raises expectations and builds suspense. Certainly from beginning to end, An Uncertain Choice is the work of a master writer. As a well-written story filled with realistic characters and a rollercoaster of unexpected turns, the novel also contains messages written with young readers in mind. Essentially, the interactions between Lady Rosemarie and each of her potential suitors remain honorable, and the worth of true and sacrificial love is given prominence while God's overarching will is continually sought. As a morally demonstrative story geared towards a young audience, however, a few problems arise. Beginning in the prequel e-book and continuing into An Uncertain Choice, Lady Rosemarie is a VERY young woman who is faced with decisions, emotions and circumstances that, in today's culture, she is simply too young to deal with. Rosemarie is only 14 years old when she falls in love for the first time, and not yet 18 years old when she begins courting with the possible intent of marriage. Granted, the medieval lifestyle likely initiated young marriages, and the emotions portrayed by Rosemarie and her Knight are realistic, but perhaps too in depth for younger teens to unravel by themselves. Without a doubt, An Uncertain Choice is far better reading material than the vast majority of teen fiction available… But is it possible that it's clear, even innocent label as Christian fiction makes it more capable of directing young teens towards serious relationships before they are ready? Does it give parents cause to share the book with their daughters, confident in its content, morals, and appropriateness without feeling the need to read it first? As with any reading material the content is objective, depending on the reader. It is my opinion, however, that this book is charming, interesting, and morally instructive for young, single adults, including older teens - but not twelve- or thirteen-year-olds. *** This book was provided courtesy of HarperCollins Canada, in exchange for my honest review. It is available for purchase at bookstores from Zondervan Publishers.
Date published: 2015-04-08

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Jody Hedlund, historical fiction author, pens her first young adult novel by telling the story of a fourteenth-century young woman faced with a life-altering decision.In An Uncertain Choice, Lady Rosemarie is one month short of her eighteenth birthday-the day she goes into the convent to fulfill her parents' vow. She found out about the vow when her parents died from the Plague four years earlier, so she has had time to prepare for life in the convent. Rosemarie thinks she will still be able to rule her people from behind the convent walls.Her late father's close friend, the Duke of Rivenshire, arrives with three handsome knights to tell her that she has another choice-to marry before midnight on her birthday, releasing her from the vow. After being on her own, Rosemarie is torn between the possibility of marriage and entering the convent. What is God's plan for her?As the knights compete to win her heart, someone is sabotaging the competition. One of the knights appears to be guilty, but is he? Should she marry or go to the convent? She has only one month to make the correct choice.As always, Hedlund brings a story with descriptive narrative, believable plot, and endearing characters, making it an enjoyable read-except, perhaps, for the torture endured by prisoners. An Uncertain Choice can easily be read by adults and teens alike.Fans of Lisa Bergren's River of Time series and Melanie Dickerson's medieval young adult books will also enjoy Hedlund's medieval trilogy. Readers may want to read Hedlund's novella, The Vow (available only in ebook format), a prequel to An Uncertain Choice.Recommended for teen collections in public libraries and school libraries.