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 a best-selling and award-winning author who loves fairy- tales and happily-ever-afters. She makes her home in Midland, MI with her husband and five children. When she’s not writing another of her page-turning stories, you can usually find her sipping coffee, eating chocolate, and reading.
“Will you accept this Rose?” A question that has become instantly recognizable in pop culture is given a new interpretation in Jody Hedlund’s An Uncertain Choice. Playing off the premise of “The Bachelor,” Lady Rosemarie must choose amongst the three noble and righteous knights vying for her heart before her 18th birthday, or she will be eternally bound to an ancient vow that sees her destined to life in a convent. Jody Hedlund has taken all the literary prowess that she is renowned for in historical fiction and transposed it to her stunning debut in young adult literature.
With its medieval setting, chivalrous courtship and aristocratic intrigue, An Uncertain Choice is endowed with all the elements of a sweeping fairytale, but it is Hedlund’s finesse and descriptive acuity that truly bring richness and depth to the tale. Each of the three knights and Lady Rosemarie are distinct in their virtues and failings; the complexity of their personalities supply tension and entertainment that propel the plot at an easy canter. The daunting decision before Lady Rosemarie is not trivialized, but used as a tool for character and theme development. Acutely aware of her demographic of young adults on a path of self discover, Hedlund’s story addresses issues of purpose, self worth, and courage.
An Uncertain Choice is a book that will endear itself to true romantics. I certainly am waiting with bated breath for the sequel!
**Disclosure: review copy provided by author**