Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko
The first book in a new YA historical fiction series from bestselling author Jody Hedlund.
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.
Medieval knights. Ancient torture. A lovely Maiden. What do all of these have in common? This young Adult read by Jody Hedlund claims ownership to all three.
Jody Hedlund has been known for historical adult romance. Her debut into young adult fiction has many positives going for it. Lady Rosemarie is determined to put an end to the Medieval tortures so common during this time period. This fact causes the story to be sprinkled with the brutal facts throughout, which may be a bit much for the younger teen reader. The book is written in first person, which can be off putting to some readers. Ms. Hedlund does with skill, weave a story, that takes place over only the course of one month.
I liked how history of the time period was expertly given throughout. It would be a book that you could have a high school student read for pleasure reading while studying this time period and it would appeal to both young men and women. While there is romance, it is done more according to the correct time period tradition. Women were forced to choose a husband for convenience often in that time, as Lady Rosemarie finds herself ordered to do in the beginning of this story.
While for me, the first person style of writing was a little less enjoyable, I am excited to see more fiction written during this time period. I plan on adding this book to a list of books to be used in my My Father’s World Rome to Reformation series. Readers will find that it is something that will bring discussion after reading it.
I was given this book for review from BookLook Bloggers. The opinions contained herein are my own.