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An Uncertain Choice

(An Uncertain Choice #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  4,673 ratings  ·  664 reviews
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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Somewhere that’s kind of like England, supposedly in the year 1390 –

For years, the Lord and Lady of Ashby struggled to conceive a child. Eventually, they obtained a relic, a Tear of the Virgin Mary, which would give them what they wished for. (There are already a number of things wrong with the story, but I’m just trying to get through the summary right now). They had to make the Vow of Hannah (I’ll get to it): if they could conceive, their eldest child would be given to the Church as a religio
Feb 12, 2015 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
Aug 12, 2014 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 w ...more
Jaye Knight
Nov 27, 2014 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 l ...more
Jun 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: series
I have long been a fan of Jody Hedlund's Christian historical romances and was interested in her YA ventures. An Uncertain Choice reminded me of my mother's Kathleen E Woodiwiss books, but much purer. You know the type, where the mere sight of the heroine's love interest sets her "cheeks aflame and her insides quiver" Something that I giggle at, but also deliciously enjoy.

In this medieval romance, Lady Rosemarie must choose between three handsome knights vying for her affections or commit herse
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
1.5 stars, rounded down for annoyance.

It’s billed as a historical fiction and shelved as fantasy at the bookstore. The content reflects this interesting dichotomy and the book continues to shift between the two unpredictably. Date is 1390 and location is England. The fantasy comes in a fictional vow based on a magical relic, Tears of Mary, which supposedly is peddled by the local church and is recognized as a binding promise by all involved (though consequences for breaking it are never spelled
All I have to say is why has this sat book on my TBR this long without being read??? 😂
Melanie Kilsby
Apr 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
A unique coming-of-age historical tale in attempt to find true love.

I'm not one for love triangles or love quadruples for that matter. But, I liked how the circumstances forced our heiress into making a tough decision. It was indeed an interesting plot and I loved her sweet nature. Also, I admired her stance against torture!

However, after some thought, I would have loved to know more about each suitor; the wonderful Duke who cared so much for her, back stories, etc...
The book is small and cou
Feb 12, 2015 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.

Content: Clean
Kaytlin Phillips
Nov 22, 2022 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
I liked the 3rd book in the series best, this was just...I dunno fell a little flat for me. But it was still an interesting story, overall, I just enjoyed book 3 more that's all. And this is a really short review because I don't know what else to put...
Haley S
Oh, wow, this book is just so amazing. And, no, this isn't the first time I have read this book. I have read this book at least...hmm...three times, maybe more.
Anyway, I love this book. An Uncertain Choice was my first Jody Hedlund book, and it got me hooked. To be honest, I haven't read all of Hedlund's books yet, but I am working on it!
So, the whole 'game' between the three knights at Rosemarie left me hanging on the edge of my seat. It was kind of obvious of who she would fall in love with,
Amanda GB B
Mar 01, 2015 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
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
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 Rosemar
For me this book was just ok. I felt that there wasn't enough depth to the characters, and the romance between Lady Rosemarie and her love interest felt rushed and didn't seem very genuine. However I loved how in the end, Rosemarie discovers that she's a lot braver than she gives herself credit for, and I'm glad that things work out for her.

One thing that bothers me however, is the fact that this novel was written in such a juvenile manner. I mean, I've ready one other book by Jody Hedlund that
Rebecca L
Mar 15, 2015 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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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.
... If she marries before her e
✝✝ Ⓓaisy ❣ ✝✝
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow!!!!!! I am so glued with the story - that was everything. I felt the story! And I absolutely loved the characters.
Expect I felt the ending was rushed. I wanted more of these two.
I don't mind if the authors another story of them!
SUMMARY: 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
Jamie Lapeyrolerie
Jan 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
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
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
Ari Reavis
Mar 19, 2016 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 indec ...more
Sisters Three
Nov 22, 2022 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars
Rachelle Cobb
Jan 29, 2015 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
Jan 10, 2015 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
Dec 15, 2014 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
Jenny Jo Weir
I loved this one. She inherits her kingdom when she becomes an orphan at age 14, and begins training to enter a monastery upon her 18th birth date, only to discover she has the option to marry a month before her birth date. Enter 3 knights! Yes please! They all get an even chance to court her and win her hand in marriage. Luckily, my favorite wins, but the twist and turns this one takes were a nice addition to the story and added to the overall feel of the book. I can't wait to jump into book tw ...more
Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
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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Jody Hedlund is the best-selling author of over forty books and is the winner of numerous awards. She writes sweet historical romance with plenty of sizzle. Find out more at

Jody lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy children, and five spoiled cats. When she’s not penning another of her page-turning stories, she loves to spend her time reading, especially when it al

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