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A Worthy Rebel

(An Uncertain Choice #5)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  727 ratings  ·  124 reviews
A desperate noblewoman, a rebellious peasant, and a forbidden love.

While fleeing an arranged betrothal to a heartless lord, Lady Isabelle becomes injured and lost. Rescued by a young peasant man, she hides her identity as a noblewoman for fear of reprisal from the peasants who are bitter and angry toward the nobility.

Cole Warwick cannot turn his back on a person in nee
Kindle Edition, 208 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Northern Lights Press (first published September 2018)
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Nicki Chapelway
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have loved this entire series, any ya medieval book written by Jody Hedlund, I will read. And I've heard that this is supposed to be the last book in this series, but I hope Hedlund decides to write more young adult books.

It was so fun to see Izzy get her own story and stop living in the shadow of her sister. As much as I love Olivia, I've always had a soft spot for the younger sisters. And I was so pleased to see Cecil again! I love him to pieces.

This is probably my least favorite book of the
Susan Snodgrass
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
'Anger leads to hatred, and hatred gives birth to violence. Once born, violence has an appetite that cannot be sated.'

Jody Hedlund's fifth offering in her 'An Uncertain Choice' series is the best yet, in my opinion. Lady Isabelle is being firmly coerced into marrying an evil landowner. She knows she must marry to save her lands and people, but has great misgiving about Sir Thomas. After meeting him and witnessing one instance of his cruelty, she is determined never to marry him. With the help of
Jul 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
I have mixed feelings about this book.

On the one hand, I like the message it conveys: that you don't need to try to be like other people in order to be important. But on the other hand, it's a lot more focused on romantic feelings than I generally enjoy. It's not quite my flavor of tea, if that makes sense.

Beautiful, delicate Lady Isabelle runs away from the cruel man her stepmother wants her to marry. Cole Warwick, a handsome woodcutter, rescues her.

Actually, that's what I especially didn't ca
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh my! Once again, Jody Hedlund has crafted a tale that will captivate both teens and adults alike. I absolutely loved this story! A Worthy Rebel is book five in the An Uncertain Choice book series, however, it can definitely be read and understood easily without having read any of the prior books.

This story had it all: a truly villainous bad guy, a damsel in distress, downtrodden peasants, and a strong hero who was trying to fight for the rights of his poor village. Izzy and Cole were character
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
I really, really love this series so it's a happy day when a new book releases! Yay!

I think I loved Izzy and Cole from the very beginning. They are both loyal and kind. Cole is a fierce defender and leader for his people who are downtrodden and suffering. He is smart and strong but he is also gentle and kind. It's an awesome combination and I both loved and admired him. I think the way he went from pretending to all in with Izzy was sigh worthy. He didn't hum and haw too long, he knew and he ju
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ah, I really enjoyed this conclusion to the series! I totally devoured this book, I could not put it down. I could tell from the previous book that I would love Lady Izzy & I was right. One of my favorite things about Jody Hedlund’s writing is the character development & no character seems the same. I especially loved Izzy because her personality is a lot like mine & I enjoy reading about a softer heroine. (Not everyone wants to be in the middle of the action like her sister Olivia!) Izzy is suc ...more
Cheryl Olson
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: abc-2018, ebook-2018
A Worthy Rebel is the final chapter in the "An Uncertain Choice" series by Jody Hedlund and I greatly enjoyed this finale. I have to say as someone that doesn't really qualify as a "YA reader", I still very much enjoyed it. The old quote by C.S. Lewis, "Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again," applies here- a great story is a great story however it is quantified.

As this story begins Lady Isabelle, Countess of Ulster is running to get away from the very cruel and posse
Shirley Chapel
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: My Goodreads friends
This story takes place in Europe around the year of 1394. At that time women whether rich or poor had very little rights in their lives. Usually their parents arranged marriage for their daughters. The unmarried girl might have not even met her intended. I can only say that I'm glad things are different today.
Lady Isabelle is a young noblewoman and her step mother has arranged for her to marry Sir Thomas Neville. They have made the trip to Sir Neville's castle in Pembroke. Things haven't gone we
Dee/ bookworm
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really good! The last little bit kind of drug, but that is to be expected.
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
A thoroughly enjoyable YA read with great, relatable characters, a realistic setting, and several gems of truth and good counsel for anyone, especially our youth.

The characters from the primary to secondary are terrific. This book stands very well on its own, but I highly recommend reading the series. All the books have a terrific gem of truth on which to think and great stories to enjoy. The characters from those stories make appearances in this one.

The book is so incredibly well done. I’m thri
Haley S
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow, Jody Hedlund! How do you do it? Somehow you manage to draw the reader (me) in and make me want to read non-stop until I find out what happens. How is that possible?

Isabelle and Cole are great main characters. Even though I did not like them as much as the other characters in the rest of the series, I still enjoyed reading their story. I was actually surprised with Isabelle’s story. In A Loyal Heart, the third book in An Uncertain Choice series, I thought I knew how Isabella’s story would en
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Was there a difference between fighting for those you loved versus fighting out of hatred for the enemy?"

"Be not overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good." . . . Cole Warwick's trustworthy friend Priest, had the uncanny ability to apply the Holy Scripture to nearly every circumstance that life had to offer, and in this case . . . . Cole's anger towards Lord Thomas Neville had provoked him to the point of rage and revenge. How dare the man take the lives of two young innocents while perm
Jan 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: preordered
Did not finish. This was a most anticipated read for me, have LOVED the entire series but for some reason this one fell flat for me. Very well written, but much of the story Izzy is healing from an injury that just didn't seem over 100 pages of healing necessary for me. The king is brutal and definitely evil, but Cole and his band of rebels seem hopelessly ill prepared to bring the guy down. The romance is nice and clean, but I just didn't connect with these characters at all and really wanted t ...more
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Worthy Rebel is the fifth book in the An Uncertain Choice series. To my knowledge, this is the conclusion of the series but I sure wouldn't complain if the author put out five more.

I've said it each time that "this one was my favorite" and yet, I feel that way once again. This author consistently publishes books that make me fall in love with new characters. I'm then convinced that the latest book is the best book when they're ALL the best.

I don't know how many times I've read a review and I p
May 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was swept away into the intrigue and adventure right from the beginning of this delightful story! Jody Hedlund has a way with words that seems to captivate my imagination and keep me eagerly turning pages late into the night.

Lady Isabelle starts out as a young lady who is fearful and sheltered. I enjoyed watching her grow into a strong character as she not only learns to trust those she once feared, but she also learns to see her own worth and her ability to make a difference in the lives of t
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Surprise surprise! Jody has given us another heart melting medieval romance. And like the last book, we didn't know it was coming!

We first meet Izzy in, A Loyal Heart, the fourth book in the series. I was indifferent to her then. She seemed timid against her sister's strength. In the beginning of this book I still didn't have strong feelings for her. I admit, it took me a good third of the way to really connect with her. The shifting point came at the end of chapter 7 with the quote, "I didn't w
Caitlyn Santi
I've really enjoyed all of Jody's YA novels in this series, and I was very excited to learn there would be a fifth installment. After the last book I was pretty confident that I knew who Isabelle would end up with (Sir Darien) so I was totally surprised that this book features Cole, an entirely new character as its leading man! I loved Cole, he was a great hero. I liked Isabelle in the last book so it was great to get inside her head and get to know her. Her character development from the beginn ...more
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
No. Sorry. Just no. I really could not get on with this book. I understand its Young Adult, so aimed at teenagers, but even then. It was so annoyingly repetitive, constantly telling instead of showing. We don't need to be told 5 or 6 times how pretty and kind Izzy is, how sacrificial, how hardworking and decent Cole is. How much his family suffered. We got it. Just really, stop telling us.

Even the characterization isn't great. Isabel is almost sickly sweet: she supposedly hates violence so much
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Worthy Rebel is book five from Jody Hedlund's An Uncertain Choice series. I have enjoyed the series and this installment does not disappoint. I liked Lady Isabella right from the start. I can not blame her one bit for running away. Which leads her to Cole. I knew instantly of their chemistry. I loved the scenes when they were together.
I give A Worthy Rebel four and a half stars. I highly recommend this beautiful story.
I received this book from the author, but was not required to write a revi
Angel Huckstep
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my favorite book of Jody's thus far!! I really loved A Daring Sacrifice and didn't think anything could beat it, but this book proved me wrong. Although totally different plot from A Daring Sacrifice, I have to say—it's the best!! Colin (A Daring Sacrifice) is very flirty and rich, while Cole (A Worthy Rebel) was level-headed, hardworking, and all-round a worthy rebel. Even though I liked the plot better in this book, I wish it had more of an ending. It felt like I'm in this paradise and ...more
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
A great ending to the series although it definitely can be read as a stand-alone. I love the chemistry between Cole and Izzy. I love that Izzy found what she was meant to do and that she had the courage to do it!
Carrie Daws
The story/characters were as good as the others in the series, however, I particularly loved that the author dealt with comparison. The main character felt inadequate to face her life because her sister was so much better than her (in her mind), yet as the story progressed, she realized that she needed to be who she was and find ways to solve her problems that fit into her strengths, not her sister's. What a wonderful message! ...more
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2018
Remember Aesop's Fables? Stories like "The Tortoise and the Hare" that teach a moral lesson? That's what Jody Hedlund's "An Uncertain Choice" series reminds me of. I mean that in the best way: These stories all teach moral lessons, but they're written in such a way that the reader may not even consciously realize there's anything beyond a love story being presented.

A Worthy Rebel contains themes of being the best version of yourself (not trying to be someone else), guarding your affections, trea
Marguerite Gray
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have enjoyed this series set in 1395 England. The dividing lines between classes is harsh. The author does a great feat bringing humanity into an otherwise dark world.
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jody Hedlund was made to write Historical and more to the point Medieval romances. If I want an incredible Medieval read my two favorites are Jody Hedlund and Tamara Leigh. That's it.. wild horses can not tear me away from these incredible God given talent writers.

I LOVE this series, it is my favorite and I am constantly doing re reads. That Mrs. Hedlund keeps spoiling us with more..keep them coming.

A lady undercover - Check
A hero that is swoon worthy and protective- Check
A story you will not w
A Worthy Rebel is the fifth and final book in the An Uncertain Choice Series. After escaping from an arranged marriage from a cruel betrothed, Lady Isabelle becomes lost and injured. She’s found by a peasant rebel leader, Cole, who takes her back to his home in order to nurse her. As she grows closer to both the honorable man and his family, Izzy strives to keep her true identity secret from them, a deception that becomes more difficult when she and Cole begin to fall in love, despite her knowin ...more
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jody is the reason I started reading Christian fiction. She's a fabulous storyteller who has a way of making you feel like you were there no matter what story you are reading at the time. Her Historical fiction is just fabulous!! I look forward to each one. Two of my favorites are Luther and Katherina and Polly and Newt This new series is good too. It's made especially for people who love to read about the Medieval times. 
I love how even in these stories she manages to include God in the story
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lady Isabelle has always felt like she was in her sister, Olivia's shadow. She is titled, but penniless, and now she has the opportunity to marry in order to provide for her people. But when her perspective husband turns out to be a wretched, sadistic man, Thomas Neville, she flees his castle intending to take refuge with her sister.

Cole Warwick is the son of a woodcutter, and tenant of Neville, he has inherited his father's woodcutting license and does what he can to care for his sister and mo
Jennifer K
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
How did I miss these? Although I have read many of Jody Hedlund’s books for adults, I cannot believe that I haven’t read any of this medieval historical young adult series until now. From the beginning of A Worthy Rebel, I felt connected to the hero and heroine of this romantic tale. I found myself rooting for them as they faced struggles and learned lessons. Hedlund includes lessons regarding establishing identity, purity, bitterness and making decisions about developing inner character. She we ...more
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Jody Hedlund is the author of over thirty 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

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