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A Daring Sacrifice

(An Uncertain Choice #2)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  2,103 ratings  ·  392 reviews
The only thing harder than fighting for what’s right…is fighting their feelings for each other.

For three years, the Cloaked Bandit has terrorized Wessex, robbing the nobility by knifepoint and a well-placed arrow. But little does anyone know, this bandit is in fact Juliana Wessex, the rightful ruler of the land and a girl her tyrannical uncle—the current Lord Wessex—believ
Paperback, 223 pages
Published March 1st 2016 by Zondervan
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
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First off I love the cover of this book, I think it's so beautiful and it continues onto the back of the book.


I loved the idea of Juliana being a female version of Robin Hood.

Her father was killed and everyone thought she was as well and her cousin took over her castle and lands. Juliana went into hiding with a group of people and they lived in the forest for 3 years. They stole from the rich and gave to the poor. :-) She's really awesom
I got over halfway through A Daring Sacrifice by Jody Hedlund, but finally decided to put it down. There was "instant love", a lot of flattery and even kissing before any thoughts of a relationship & marriage, and just some other things that didn't appeal to me personally.
So while I really liked the first book in this series, I won't be finishing the second one. Still hope to give the third a try though when it comes out! *smiles*
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this book:

“The only thing harder than fighting for what’s right…is fighting their feelings for each other.
For three years, the Cloaked Bandit has terrorized Wessex, robbing the nobility by knifepoint and a well-placed arrow. But little dos anyone know, this bandit is in fact Juliana Wessex, the rightful ruler of the land and a girl her tyrannical uncle—the current Lord Wessex—believes was killed along with her father.
Juliana has become skilled at hiding from Lord Wessex in the forest, us
Amber Stokes
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I confess I loved this one much more than the first in the series (An Uncertain Choice)! It's got a beautiful and engaging love story, plenty of intrigue and twists, and great characters. The discussion questions and the layout of the story work very well for raising thought-provoking commentary on relationships. The sacrificial theme is an important one, and I love the idea of making sure you see a love interest's world (how they live and where they're coming from) before making a commitment.
Mar 27, 2016 rated it did not like it
Reasons I quit this book:
1) First person narrator refers to her horse as her "steed" and her "mount" – in the same sentence. And giving it full rein means letting it "plod at a leisurely pace".

2) First person narrator doesn't let a medieval setting stop her from using modern terms like "ultra-soft" and "lifestyle". As long as she throws in the occasional archaic contraction – 'twas, 'twould, that sort of t'ing – it's all good, right?

3) First person narrator is adept at disguising herself not o
Cait • A Page with a View
So reading this book was kind of like watching a video game character's health meter slowly diminish, only I was watching the star count disappear. The beginning was super promising and I thought I was getting a tough heroine in a Robin Hood plot, but that quickly went out the window and was replaced by some middle school instalove. So, so forced and cheesy. I spent the first half of the book rolling my eyes at Collin's utterly ridiculous narration -- like there are only so many ways/times you c ...more
Jaye Knight
Jun 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
Of the three Robin Hood retellings that I have read in the last year, A Daring Sacrifice, was by far my favorite. Since the first book in this series, An Uncertain Choice, ended with a bit of a cliffhanger foreshadowing this book, I was very anxious to find out what happened. I very muc enjoyed getting to know Collin after meeting him in the first book and getting to see him find a girl. And while it takes a lot for me to really like a fictional heroine, Jody Hedlund has so far managed to endear ...more
**An ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

*DNF at 49 PAGES*

First off, this already suffered from far too many Christian medieval romance tropes and I simply can't take it anymore. Honest to goodness, if you've read one, it's like you've read them all. I keep picking them up/requesting them in the vain hope I'll find one that's different and better than the rest but alas, no luck yet.

Juliana is a female Robin Hood, who is referred to as be
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
Me reading the description of the book in January and getting it in the mail yesterday:

After reading it:

I was expecting a Robin Hood esque plot with some romance not off to the side exactly but sort of in the middle of everything.

I never really felt fully connected to anything/anyone in the story... all the ingredients seemed to be there but 'something' was missing that kept me from enjoying the story.

The romance... not above a nice romantic story but this one felt flat. There was no chemist
A Daring Sacrifice is a lovely young adult romance. Full of exciting scenes and sweet moments, it's a book that a younger me would have loved - and older me is no different! I don't know what it is about stories featuring knights and balls and archery, but they always draw me in. I breezed through this little gem in no time.

Juliana is a great heroine because she stands up for others at great personal risk. The Robin Hood reversal isn't actually all that strong in the story, there's just a touch
Meh. I'm glad I bought this when it was on sale.

It actually started out really strong for me, and the storyline was promising (the heroine is a Robin Hood type character - stealing from the rich to give to the poor). But the romance between the two leads was super lame, and their "clever banter" with each other was the lamest.
Jun 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
AGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Jody Hedlund does it again! I'm breathless, smiling, and teary-eyed at the end of this story.... and at the end of the epilogue, I'm FRANTIC to know what happens next!!!! Prepare yourself for a thrilling, romantic ride.... and one humdinger of a cliffhanger ending!!!
I had concerns about this book before even picking it up but I decided to give it a chance. In a way, I think my response reflects what I thought of the last one. It had the grain of a good story and content- but sadly this was surrounded by a hard shell of silliness. There were some important messages about redemptive love and overcoming selfishness and bitterness. The thing was even enjoyable in places, but once again there were too many negatives.

The heroine Julianna seemed rather too goody-g
Apr 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When accomplished historical novelist Jody Hedlund decided to enter the fray (because, yes, it is a competitive field) known as YA literature, those of us who were already devoted fans knew it was bound to be a wonderful novel. With her debut An Uncertain Choice, we were treated to a medieval fairytale in the most chaste of manners. With her follow-up A Daring Sacrifice, she continues on with that charming trademark of historical fiction “magic.”

The story is blissfully simple. The leading man i
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
Arrows aren’t the only flying objects in A Daring Sacrifice – plenty of sparks fly too! This romance between a charming hero and a bandit heroine hits the mark dead center. I loved the action, the adventure, the romance (i hear your gasps of shock) but the highlight of A Daring Sacrifice for me was the theme of sacrificial love. Both Juliana and Collin exhibit this quality in spades, though the trait requires some sharpening, some maturing, in both of them as they journey through the story toget ...more
"A Daring Sacrifice" by Jody Hedlund is riddled with rating killing issues. Hidden behind a gorgeous cover & promises of a kick ass Robin Hood type heroin, is a mess of a novel.

I'm serious, the only things I can say I honestly liked about this novel was the pretty cover (I so want that outfit) and how the fonts changed along with the points of view.

Those two little things could not help me overlook all the other problems glaringly wrong with the book.

Things like:

Bland writing. a few senten
Jun 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A Daring Sacrifice is the second book in the An Uncertain Choice series, however, it stands alone in its story line. This is a young adult title and I appreciated the fact that the characters were young themselves. While they both had fighting and survival experience, and their relationship grew in the story, many of Collin and Julian’s actions and beliefs early on in the story accurately depicted their youthful take on things. Whether it was Juliana not recognizing the feelings she was beginnin ...more
Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
One of the exciting things I’ve seen in CBA in recent years, is the growth of books available for the YA market. There is such a need and I’m happy to support authors and books that teens will not only love, but will gain valuable lessons from. The second YA historical romance from Jody Hedlund is just that and follows one of the knights we meet in her first release.

Much like An Uncertain Choice, Jody provides readers with a sweet story of romance and adventure. Juliana is a strong character in
I loved this follow up to An Uncertain Choice. I think I actually liked this one better and it can definitely be read as a stand alone.

A play on the fairy tale of Robin Hood, Juliana steals from the rich to provide food and shelter to the poor peasants that have become her family since her uncle took over the rule of her family's land and killed her father. I love her tender and fiercely loyal heart toward her "family". She's smart and fast, and a little headstrong but when it comes down to a ch
Susan Snodgrass
Oct 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jody Hedlund has long been a favorite of mine, since her first book, in fact. She now has two YA novels, set in medieval times. A Daring Sacrifice is a wonderful novel, and I enjoyed every moment of it. The characters Jody has created are very believable and very well developed . The spiritual aspect was also very powerful.

Lady Juliana Wessex has been operating as the Cloaked Bandit, robbing the nobility by knife point to feed those oppressed by the evil lord, her tyrannical uncle. Juliana beli
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A Daring Sacrifice is an enchanting tale of adventure and romance! Jody Hedlund is a gifted storyteller and her reimagining of Robin Hood is sure to please fans of medieval romance!

I loved this fresh twist on an age old story! Robin Hood is one of my favorite folk legends and I delighted in seeing a young maiden take on the role of the cloaked bandit. Juliana Wessex is brave and strong and committed to providing food and shelter for the poor. When an act of robbing leads to recognition by Lord C
Cynthia Marcano
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am a sucker for mushy romance novels. Add a fierce Noble and even fiercer heroine and I am hooked.

I surprisingly LOVED this book.

I read an ARC copy so I'm not sure if the final version changed much BUT the sneak peak/cliffhanger into the next book has grabbed my attention.

Random Info: Lord Collin has the nicest smile I've ever imagined in a hero.
Jun 12, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: christian-fiction, ya
I've thought long and hard about this review, because I think this is a book that I shouldn't have selected to review. I read the previous book in this series (An Uncertain Choice) and didn't overly care for it, which is probably a good indicator that I wouldn't like the second book in the series, either. But A Daring Sacrifice had a synopsis about a reverse Robin Hood, and well...I kind of have a weakness for Robin Hood stories. However, if you read and loved An Uncertain Choice, you probably w ...more
Apr 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, historical
Having read and loved An Uncertain Choice last year, I was so looking forward to this one. Happily, I thoroughly enjoyed every single minute. From her awesome characters to the historical setting to the swoony romances, Ms. Hedlund certainly has a gift of writing stories that will draw you in and leave you happy by the final page! :)

First, it was delightful to dive into this world again. And the setup of a female "Robin Hood" really worked, especially when Juliana had a certain knight to contend
Tenille Berezay
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
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This book was…good. Not fantastic like some of this author’s others, but really good. It’s the story of Lady Juliana who is driven from her home by her uncle and cousin. To protect her people and herself, she hides in the woods, stealing from the rich to provide for the people. Obvious Robin Hood stuff, right? Next door, the landowner dies and his son returns to take his rightful place, feeling unsatisfied with his life. Then, of course, th
Melanie Kilsby
I REALLY thought the characters were amazing. Very much so. Actually, Collin and Juliana are so much like my husband and I, it was seriously amazing for me. LOVED it!! Brought me back to when I first met my husband and his comments about my wild red hair lol! Great stuff :D

The realization of our actions, though we think they may be right but are wrong, was also great.

A Daring Sacrifice is an allegoric-type message for the ultimate sacrifice that Jesus truly gave to us;
Laying His life down for t
Jun 12, 2015 rated it liked it
A Daring Sacrifice is Jody Hedlund's second YA novel. I liked An Uncertain Choice (book one) a bit more than this one, but the story was still good at times...I just didn't love it, like I usually do her adult novels. It was just not attention grabbing for me and, most likely because of that, it was a little hard for me to follow the storyline 100%.

I liked the hero of the story, Collin. He seemed like a nice guy and I liked how he was willing to do pretty much anything to protect the heroine. Th
Caitlyn Santi
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow! What an amazing book, I think I loved this one even more than An Uncertain Choice. I loved both main characters, Juliana and Collin, and as is typical in a Jody Hedlund book she created an excellent cast of secondary characters, I especially loved the fatherly, overprotective Bulldog! This book had such a cool storyline, I loved the twist on the story of Robin Hood. The title for the book was perfect, I love that the story provides teens today with a reminder that true love is truly all abo ...more
Mar 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
While this is not my favorite type of fiction, Jody Hedlund is a fantastic writer. So of course I had to give this book a try and I really enjoyed it. A spin on Robin Hood makes it fun and while predictable I loved all of the characters. I think there is more depth to this story line than many other books similar and there is a good deal of humor that made me smile. For a light fiction romance this is a fun read. It is good for young adult and clean romance.

Five stars.

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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 2 Aug 13, 2015 07:48AM  
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Jody Hedlund is the author of over twenty historicals for both adults and teens and is the winner of numerous awards including the Christy, Carol, and Christian Book Award.

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 life, she’s learned that

Other books in the series

An Uncertain Choice (5 books)
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  • For Love and Honor (An Uncertain Choice, #3)
  • A Loyal Heart (An Uncertain Choice, #4)
  • A Worthy Rebel (An Uncertain Choice, #5)
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