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An Uncertain Choice (An Uncertain Choice #1)

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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, 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.

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Paperback, 254 pages
Published March 3rd 2015 by Zondervan
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Jody Hedlund An Uncertain Choice is the first novel involving three knights who are friends with each other. A Daring Sacrifice is the second book (releasing March…moreAn Uncertain Choice is the first novel involving three knights who are friends with each other. A Daring Sacrifice is the second book (releasing March of 2016). For Love and Honor is the third book (releasing March of 2017). The Vow is a novella ebook prequel that introduces An Uncertain Choice.(less)

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Rissi
Feb 23, 2015 Rissi rated it it was amazing
The beautiful prose that is Jody Hedlund’s style has previously only been found in her adult, inspirational fiction. She had readers swoony over a certain Noble Groom (and a kiss to go with it!) and has taken readers back to many a fascinating era in history. In 2015, Jody took on an unfamiliar genre: Young Adult. Though the novel is still set in historical times, this book is certainly a step back from her usual normal and yet it rises, and in many instances surpasses the expectations readers ...more
Jaye Knight
Apr 03, 2015 Jaye Knight rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
I was a little leery starting An Uncertain Choice. I’d seen several not so great reviews before I started it, so I went in with rather low expectations. I think that might be one reason I enjoyed it. I almost always find myself surprised when I go in with low expectations whether it be books or movies. While the book may have been predictable in areas and perhaps a little silly and unrealistic at times, I liked it quite a bit. I enjoyed the characters, particularly Derrick and the duke. I just ...more
Alyssa
Wow! That was fantastic!!

An Uncertain Choice by Jody Hedlund is a Young Adult Medieval fiction. It is Jody's first foray into Young Adult fiction, as she normally writes Adult Historical fiction. (I highly recommend all of Jody's other novels.) An Uncertain Choice was the perfect Historical YA read. It had everything I was hoping for: Knights, Princesses, sword fights, and swoon-worthy romance. Everybody should read this book. It's the perfect book for Historical fiction fans of ALL ages. Suffi
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Melody
Feb 23, 2015 Melody rated it did not like it
Thank you to net galley and Zonderkidz-Books for providing a digital ARC of this novel in exchange for my honest opinion.

Everything in this novel is very blunt and surface level. There is no opportunity for discovery, because characters reveal exactly what is on their mind, their motivations, ect.

This is not a world that feels thought out to me, or particularly real. I'm fine with it being not necessarily historically accurate. But I don't really get a sense of the larger world in this. Even wh
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Inspired Kathy
Feb 12, 2015 Inspired Kathy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
Loved this beautiful, gentle romance.

Odd ending... is there a sequel. Just skip the last couple pages for a perfect ending.

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Haley *City Girl Appearance~Country Girl Heart*
Aug 03, 2016 Haley *City Girl Appearance~Country Girl Heart* rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!!!
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 serie
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Agbbreaze
Mar 01, 2015 Agbbreaze rated it it was ok
I received a free advance reader's copy of this book at the ALA Midwinter conference.

Having never read anything by Jody Hedlund before, I wasn't particularly familiar with her writing style or subject matter. Unfortunately, I still found this book seriously disappointing and almost boring enough to give up on half way through.

Our protagonist, Lady Rosemarie, is bound by a vow made by her parents to join a convent by her 18th birthday. BUT - there is an escape clause, provided she finds True Love
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R. L. Snowe
Dec 08, 2015 R. L. Snowe added it
Shelves: 2015-reads
I am not going to even give this book the dignity of one star, so no stars it is which, I know I don't have on my rating system but no stars basically means it's not worth the paper it's printed on.
Four things sum this dull, un-interesting, boring story up:
1. Lame plot
2. Lame characters
3. Lame writing
4. Super lame ending

There you have it folks. Basically this book is a complete waste of the precious little time we have on this earth and I wish I hadn't wasted mine reading it. I'm still not sure
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Jamie
Mar 03, 2015 Jamie rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-reads
After reading Jody Hedlund’s first YA novel, An Uncertain Choice, I can say without a doubt she has sealed the deal as an all-time favorite author. Whether it’s historical fiction or young adult, you’re in for a treat with one of her novels.

With dashing knights, dances, mysteries and romance, this book was not only entertaining for me, but one I’d happily give and recommend to young adults. It’s enjoyable and refreshing, as well as a voice and story that’s needed in the YA genre. Not only did t
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Kazy
Mar 26, 2016 Kazy rated it really liked it
This book had romance, mystery, and some action. I liked it a lot. Rosemarie has to fall in love with one of 3 knights within a month... luckily for me, she fell for the guy I was routing for.. I absolutely did not want to see a love triangle develop, so I was relieved she liked one over the others pretty early on. But then someone starts trying to off the suitors and you're trying to figure out who along with the main characters. The one thing that made it drop from 5 stars for me was the ...more
Shantelle
A fairytale-ish, medieval, YA romance by Jody Hedlund! ^_^ It was quite fun and sweet - a regular princess and knights tale!

Lady Rosemarie is an orphan destined to rule as queen over her people. The one thing is that she'll be ruling from a convent, through the family priest, because a vow was made that she forgo marriage and become a nun. Rosemarie has almost resigned herself to this fate, when a duke, a family friend, a three handsome knights ride into her life.
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Rachelle Cobb
Feb 21, 2015 Rachelle Cobb rated it really liked it
Jody Hedlund's historicals usually center around an interesting time in history, so when I heard that she was writing a YA, I was thrilled.

When I heard that YA was medieval (my favorite time period), I knew I had to read this story.

Lady Rosemarie is determined to honor an ancient vow to be a nun, the particulars of which are a bit tricky. At first this scenario seemed a bit contrived to me, but I soon didn't care about the vow as much as I cared about the test it leads Rosemarie to.

Merely a mont
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Gabrielle
Nov 18, 2015 Gabrielle rated it liked it
Characters: I thought the main character Rosemarie was naive and gullible. Instead of acting like a strong ruler she constantly let everyone step all over her and make the decisions for her. She made so many stupid decisions ad constantly had to be saved. I cant believe she dd not see anything coming. As for the knights i liked the friendship between them as well as the dynamics between them. I thought none of them were swoon worthy and we never properly got to know them all the characters just ...more
Zelma
Feb 12, 2015 Zelma rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful Young Adult story. Rosemarie is a beautiful young girl just about to turn 18. When her parents died of the plague 4 years prior she found out about the Vow that states when she turns 18 she must become a nun. But 1 month before her 18th birthday she receives the news that if she finds love and marries by midnight on her 18th birthday she can get out of becoming a nun. She was surprised with 3 honorable and brave Knights. First we have Sir Collin a rich suitor with a crooked and ...more
Tricia Mingerink
An Uncertain Choice is a delightful romance, but with enough action and mystery to keep it from being sappy or boring. Rosemarie is a wonderful heroine. She is weak and vulnerable, but she has a strong core that keeps her from being helpless. While she needs to be rescued, she also rescues herself at times. Her strength comes from her faith in God, and she has a compassionate heart. A good example of how a young Christian lady should be.

The three knights are also well-rounded characters. The bo
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Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
{Welcome to Teen Week! Every quarter we're going to try and do a Teen Week! A week where every weekday has a new review of a Christian book written just for teens! You’re reading the fourth one of this quarter's! :) }

About this book:

“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 Rosemari
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Sarah
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Leah
DNF on pg. 119

Trying to go through old netgalley novels and this one sounded cute and fun. Unfortunately, Rosemarie is Queen of the Mary Sues and is descended from a long line of Mary Sues: her parents died during the Plague because they insisted on being out in the kingdom to help the sick. Rosemarie has been on her own since then (?! the big, strong manly men were okay with a teenage girl running the realm??) and now she has a month to go until her 18th birthday when she'll enter into a conven
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Kara
Jun 10, 2015 Kara rated it it was amazing
*i won this book, wow!! feeling blessed*
oh my, simply loving this book! Rosemarie is such a wonderful character, so grateful to Hedlund for writing such an honorable and enjoyable YA Christian book that catches your attention from the first page :)

This book is worth so much more than 5 stars to me, simply one of the best YA books I've ever read and definitely a favorite for 2015 <3 Simply loved the story from the first page! Rosemarie puts God and her people first and is ready to move to th
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Karleigh.Reads
This was kindly sent my way from the publishers via Netgalley for an honest review.

This is your typical find your true love before this date at midnight or be forever alone. Rosemary was promised as a baby to convent on her 18th birthday. Her godfather finds a loophole in the arrangement, if Rosemary can find her one true love before midnight of her 18th birthday then she doesn't have to live her life as a nun.

Although I knew who was going to be her pick right off the bat, it was a very enjoyab
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Zoë
Jun 28, 2015 Zoë rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teens
This book was very good! I really loved it and enjoyed it so much! The love story was da bomb <3!!!! Sir Derrick is my dream husband written down into a book.
However, despite this amazing love story, and the amazing rating I gave the book, I must warn a few things. This book is placed as youth fiction, but there are quite a few torture scenes in it that are surprisingly graphic and nearly made me gag a few times- and I'm an older teen, so I'm sure it would be quite disturbing for younger, mor
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Jo
Mar 13, 2015 Jo rated it it was ok
I spent most of the book being so frustrated by the main character. She was the most indecisive protagonist I have ever seen. And don't even get me started on how much she needed a man to correct her faults and make her stronger. It seems Christian fiction has let me down again.
Kerry Johnson
Feb 13, 2015 Kerry Johnson rated it it was amazing
There's only one bad thing about a Jody Hedlund book.

They always end.

What's a loyal reader to do? Keep reading, of course!

Jody's latest is a little different than her usual historical romance fare, but a lot enjoyable. She's an author who never, ever disappoints. An Uncertain Choice is exciting, romantic, mysterious, and a tad gruesome.

Medieval torture was, well, torturous.

An Uncertain Choice combines all the expected elements of a Jody Hedlund story: strong, likeable characters; crackling r
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Katie (ReadiculousGirl)
Thank you Zondervan Publishing for the ARC copy. In no way has this affected my review.

“An Uncertain Choice” was a well written story for the crowd it was aiming for, and I would’ve really liked to have read this book back when I was in middle school. It is a cute story for young readers and fans of Melanie Dickerson’s fairytale series. Although it was not necessarily my "cup of tea," I think that the author accomplished her goal of creating a medieval fantasy story that a lot of teenagers would
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Kara
Mar 29, 2016 Kara rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, ya, historical
My very first foray into Ms. Hedlund's writing! So many blogging friends have raved over her books which made me wish to read one. And when I heard that she had a YA book coming out, I just knew that would be the perfect one to start. I was right, this story is delightful! A heroine who learns how much strength she really has, three handsome knights to vie for her hand (and let me just say that a certain someone is very swoonworthy! ;), a villain who must be defeated, sword fighting, chivalry, a ...more
Beth
Held by a vow made by her parents at her birth, Lady Rosemarie is resigned to become a nun upon her eighteenth birthday. However, shortly before her birthday, her godfather finds a caveat in the vow that leaves her a second option. If she can find true love and marry before she turns eighteen, she can be exempt from it. In order to give her a chance at a different life, her godfather brings his three most trusted knights to meet her and attempt to win her heart and hand in marriage. However, it ...more
Lauren Stoolfire
Lady Rosemarie Montfort, ruler of Ashby, knows that she will become a nun - while still able to rule her people - on her eighteenth birthday. Due to fertility issues, her parents took the Ancient Vow of Hannah with the Abbott Michael so they might receive a Tear of the Virgin Mary in order to have their own child. The price - this Vow - says that once their first-born child turns eighteen their life is to be lived in service to God, or die. Turns out her godfather, the Noblest Knight and brother ...more
Caitlyn Santi
Feb 20, 2015 Caitlyn Santi rated it it was amazing
This was a phenomenal YA debut from Ms. Hedlund! Rosemarie was such a great character, I loved her giving spirit, generous heart, and true compassion and love for others! The writing was so skillfully done that I could feel all of Rosemarie's emotions as she learned what God's plan was for her. I don't want to risk giving away the ending so I will just say that my favorite knight won, I loved everything about him but I especially loved how he encouraged and challenged Rosemarie to push herself ...more
Dina Sleiman
Aug 15, 2015 Dina Sleiman rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this medieval story with its Bachelorette twist. Very fun and more suspenseful than I expected. I didn't love the amount of torture and dark, gritty subject matter, but it served the plot well. And I'm a big fan of Jody's lovely writing style.
My Lady
I was very careful while reading An Uncertain Choice to bear in mind the audience for which it is really intended, that is, teenage girls. I was one myself and so it wasn't too far of a stretch to remember that period in my life when my little heart went pitter-pat over the romanticism of knights, kings, queens, and fair ladies. To be honest, my heart still does that every time I think of Ivanhoe.

It's rare, at least it feels rare, to find a Christian historic YA series. At least not one set duri
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Winner of the 2016 Christian Book Award for fiction and Christy Award for historical romance, best-selling author Jody Hedlund writes inspirational historical romances for both youth and adults.

Jody lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy children, and five spoiled cats. Although Jody prefers to experience daring and dangerous adventures through her characters rather than in real lif
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“Courage can be displayed in many forms, my lord,' I said gently. 'Sometimes it's evident in the knight charging forward with the lance on his steed. But perhaps it can also take the form of a head bowed before the enemy.” 7 likes
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