Valentine’s Book Review ~ Jody Hedlund: An Uncertain Choice

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“Chivalry: the combination of qualities expected of an ideal knight, especially courage, honour, justice, and a readiness to help the weak.”

It’s Valentine’s Day, and amidst flying cupid bows, paper hearts, and piles of chocolates I thought it fitting to review a brand new young adult book about love and chivalry.

Chivalry. Not only an odd word to spell but sadly, a mostly out-of-date concept.

Though we no longer deal with knights, jousting, or moat-encircled castles, we do still live in a world where thoughtfulness should rule supreme. Where consideration for others shows character.  

Another definition of chivalry is: “courteous behavior, especially toward women.”

Have you seen chivalry up close? It’s a lovely sight to behold. Whether patiently opening doors, protecting a stranger, or letting another person go before you in line, chivalry consists of selflessness, honor, and putting another’s needs first.

Just because.

Isn’t that lovely?

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I wanted to share a review of Jody Hedlund’s wonderful new book, An Uncertain Choice, and a chivalrous story from when my husband and I were dating (circa 1993).

Trevor and I went to the same high school but didn’t meet until he began working at the Burger King I worked in. We were all of sixteen and seventeen; I was more outgoing and silly while he was quiet and intense. But there was a definite something between us.

A couple months after he started at Burger King, I was washing pans and trays in the kitchen, standing at the huge double sinks. It was steamy, greasy work. Not fun at all. Another employee, a guy a few years older than us whom I wasn’t very fond of, snuck beneath one of the sinks and started spraying one of the long, hose-like faucets from a nearby sink.

Directly at me.

I squealed at the spray and backed up, ready to squeal even more to the manager about the unwanted hose-down. But before I could blink my future hubby reached under the sink, dragged the guy out by his shirt, and shoved him away from the sinks, toward the back drive-thru register.

Gulp.

Even in high school, Trevor was built and strong; I appreciate the wide expanse of his back and shoulders now as much as I did then. A low-key scuffle ensued; neither wanted to get fired so mutually decided it was better to leave it alone. Thankfully the guy never bothered me again since I was now under Trev’s watchful eye.

I still occasionally tease my hubby about that sink incident. 🙂

Now onto my review of Jody’s book, An Uncertain Choice.
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Jody’s latest story 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 romantic tension; fascinating historical detail; seemingly-insurmountable conflict; and a satisfying ending that elicits a sigh from the reader.

Maybe two. Or three.

About the story:

“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 convent 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.”

Main character Lady Rosemarie is compassionate and strong-willed, and still learning how to lead her people at eighteen. The three knights she meets in the competition for her heart and hand are likeable and honorable, with one in particular standing out among them.

No spoilers, but sigh. Her heart’s choice is a chivalrous keeper. And in light of the furor over a particular book (and now, movie) that’s out, I appreciate that Jody’s latest story is all shades of appropriate and God-honoring for teenagers up through adults.

Jody Hedlund is a superlative storyteller, and this young adult story proves Hedlund an author with no writing boundaries. Readers will be thrilled to know she has two more stories planned for the other two knights. I can’t wait to read them.

Once again, Jody’s written a heart-warming page-turner in An Uncertain Choice.

To learn more about Jody, click here.

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One thought on “Valentine’s Book Review ~ Jody Hedlund: An Uncertain Choice

  1. AlyssaZ February 16, 2015 at 12:08 pm Reply

    Fantastic review! I love the story of you and your husband. At the time I bet it wasn’t funny at all, but know what a great tale to look back on!

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