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.
Jody Hedlund is known in the Christian fiction industry for choosing settings, time periods, and plots that reach far into the depths of human compassion and trials. Her first foray into the young adult genre follows her typical path—with a new and positive exception that she ventured into the lands of a medieval fairy tale story. Writing a young adult novel presents different challenges than Jody most likely encounters when penning her adult Christian fiction stories: teens except fast-paced entertainment but writers are potentially limited by the accessibility of language and depth of the stories that young adult readers are able to handle. Jody handles this transition well, and there is no uncertainty as whether or not teens or adults will enjoy this novel. An Uncertain Choice is a winner of a young adult novel for its emphasis on an age-appropriate, clean, and exhilarating romance swept within a fun medieval story.
An Uncertain Choice offers much to like about the story that teens and adults will gravitate to while reading this young novel. Jody is particularly adept at writing descriptions that pull readers directly into her books. While I admit I have read and watched my fair share of medieval stories that might have helped me grasp the setting of this book, the descriptions within An Uncertain Choice we so well written that I felt I was one who had less than a month to choose my suitor. Considering I will never have knights wooing me or to watch a jousting tournament, I thoroughly enjoyed this aspect of An Uncertain Choice.
Jody’s adult Christian historical fiction will probably always hold a stronger place in my heart because those novels tend to have characters similar in age to myself, and those are characters with whom I identify. However, in recent years the young adult genre is becoming more popular with adults, and if I am going to read one of these books I will most certainly always choose Jody’s novels first. An Uncertain Choice is a great novel for teens because it centers around male and female characters of a young adult age who question the world around them without giving in to worldly temptations. Teens will also enjoy Jody’s novel because she lets her characters make wise decisions based upon faith and reason while still experiencing all the emotions with which her readers identify. I recommend this novel for teens and adult alike and am very much looking forward to the rest of the books in this series.
RATING: 3.5/5 stars
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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.