Known for her beautiful historical novels that explore unique times in history and feature swoon-worthy heroes, author Jody Hedlund is expanding into a new genre. Though keeping with her signature of history, she’s trying her hand at the young adult market and if the novella teaser is anything to go by, I think fans will approve.
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STORY: 14-year-old Rosemarie is travelling with her family when the Plague arrives, threatening her entire hunting party. The handsome knight she is beginning to care for volunteers to take her to safety at a convent where she stays until she’s sent for. When she is returned to her family home, it’s to news of her father’s death and the deathbed of her mother. The only claimant to her family’s wealth, Rosemarie learns that at the age of eighteen, an ancient edict will fall into place, a secret that will forever alter her future.
The Vow Book by Jody Hedlund | A Book Review
Though this is very short (I believe it comes in at just under 50 pages), this story is – for lack of a better word, beautiful. Jody manages to set up the world her full-length novel is a part of, giving us background into Rosemarie’s life (for the events that will take place some four years later in An Uncertain Choice) and setting up, what I suspect will be a charming love story. The blend is realism and fantasy. Most of the story reads as if centered in reality, but the “secret” that is going to set up the novel seems to wander into some fantasy elements. This means anyone who enjoys YA with a smidgeon of fantasy will want to add this new series to their TBR.
I must applaud Jody for her crafting of this series. This The Vow book isn’t anything that I expected yet it was so much better. I liked the ease with which the story reads. A lot of medieval fiction or films can be boring, and this was anything but. Condensed into a few pages is the beginning of an epic, memorable adventure and Rosemarie has the promise to be the heroine the story needs. I’m curious to know how her voice will change from this to the full-length novel and if possible, I’m all the more excited to follow this journey.
About the Book:
Author: Jody Hedlund
Publication Date: 2015
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Series: An Uncertain Choice, 0.5
Genre: Fiction; Young Adult Novella, Historical
Rating: 5 out of 5