An Uncertain Choice (review)

Monday, March 2, 2015

an uncertain choice by jody hedlund
Title: An Uncertain Choice (An Uncertain Choice #1)
Author: Jody Hedlund
Release Date: March 3rd, 2015
Genre: Fantasy
Age Group: YA
Source: NetGAlley
Rating: 4 Stars

“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.”
*Received a copy for an honest review.*

Other than looking at the cover and reading the blurb, I knew nothing about An Uncertain Choice before I saw it on NetGalley. But I am a sucker for knights, really it all goes back to my Robin Hood/Kid in King Arthur's Court days. So, the answer to whether or not I wanted to read this book was a big "Heck Yes!"

As Rosemarie's eighteenth birthday approached, she knew she had a limited amount time before she was forced to join the convent. She had no choice in the matter, simply being born set her on this path. But turning eighteen also means being able to take control of her lands and rule them outright without her guardian. She was reasonably confident she could rule from the convent, and fulfill her end of her parent's bargain at the same time. When her father's old friend comes riding in with three handsome, very eligible knights in tow, her future may not be as unshakable as she imagined. But one month may not be enough time for her to fall in love, and be loved in return.

I really liked Rosemarie. The first time we see her she is frantic, rushing across her land to stop someone from being tortured. She has her ideas and convictions and she was sticking to them no matter how others tried to deter her. She started off a bit naïve, due to her over controlling guardian, but she was smart and determined to be a good leader. The more she interacted with the boys, the more she learned life's lessons, and the better ruler she became.

I wasn't so sure how the romance was going to play out in this novel. Was it going to be a straight two people fall in love story? Or was there a triangle? Or a quadrilateral? (What do you call it when there are too many people falling for one another?) So I was a bit hesitant to start this book once I thought about it.

But I was worried for no reason.

Lady Rosemarie had three knights to choose from: Sir Collin, the flirtatious, well to-do young man; Sir Benedict, a handsome, more cultured man; and Derrick, the one who has a deeper connection with the poor.

There can be only one.

And really, in my eyes, there was only THE one.

What I really liked about this romance, was that it wasn't a convoluted mess. Yes, she was objectively trying to look at these guys and imagine what her life would be with them. Were these budding feelings love or kinship? Spending time with each guy taught her things and opened her eyes to something different, something she failed to see behind her grief over losing her parents. The longer they courted her, the more she seemed to see the world she had been sheltered from. Rosemarie may not have been confident she knew what love was, but she didn't waver to and fro driving the reader crazy with her boy flopping.

The world Jody Hedlund created in An Uncertain Choice was interesting. It wasn't a strict historical type novel, since the young female was expecting to take full power once she turned of age and I'm sure the power transfer wouldn't quite work that way for a girl. But it still felt pretty truthful to my preconceived notions of historical novels, that I was able to quickly dive into the world.

Words To Live By

"For it is often the hardest tasks that build the most character." (15%)

"And I couldn't help thinking that even though the three knights were in a contest to win my approval, somehow things turned around so that now I hoped to win his." (43%)

"But what if what's safest and what is best for me require walking two different paths." (45%)


Overall

An Uncertain Choice was a cute, well written story about a girl growing up and coming into her own power. If you like historical or fantasy novels, especially ones centered on romance, then I'd recommend this book to you.

2 comments:

  1. I enjoy historical novels and a good romance, I will have to check this out
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

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    1. It's not as in depth as say the world of Throne of Glass was, but it was a pretty cute quick read. Hope you enjoy it if you get the chance to read it.

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