First Line Friday: Beholden

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Today I am happy to be featuring Beholden (The Fairest Maidens #1) by Jody Hedlund. If you are a fan of page-turning stories that pull you and keep you turning pages late into the night, then this is the book for you! This Fairy Tale Romance is sure to delight.

I knelt before my father, King Christian. My two brothers did likewise on either side of me. “The time of testing has come.” The king’s voice resounded through the great hall which was filled to overflowing with nobility and commoners alike, vying to witness the fate of their princes.

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Beholden (The Fairest Maidens #1) by Jody Hedlund

About the Book:

In a land where being the fairest maiden is a curse . . .

A beautiful noblewoman with a terrible secret, and a prince subjected to slavery.

Upon the death of her wealthy father, Lady Gabriella is condemned to work in Warwick’s gem mine. As she struggles to survive the dangerous conditions, her kindness and beauty shine as brightly as the jewels the slaves excavate. While laboring, Gabriella plots how to avenge her father’s death and stop Queen Margery’s cruelty.

Prince Vilmar of Scania enslaves himself in Warwick’s gem mine as part of a royal test to prove himself the most worthy of three brothers to become the king’s successor. Amidst the hardships, he doesn’t anticipate his growing compassion for the other slaves, especially tenderhearted Gabriella.

As the annual summer ball looms nearer, Gabriella sets into motion her plan to end Queen Margery’s evil. When Vilmar learns of Gabriella’s intentions, he resolves to come to her aid and fight against Warwick’s queen. But doing so may require him to give up his chance of becoming Scania’s next king, perhaps even cost him his life.

My Thoughts:

I loved reading this delightful page-turning story! Adventure, mystery, intrigue, drama, and a sweet romance, this story has something for everyone. I was pulled in right from the first chapter and whisked away into this story. I didn’t want to put my book down for a moment and I certainly was not ready for the story to end! I am eagerly anticipating when the next book releases and I can once again return to Warwick!

Expertly woven into the story are lessons to learn and Biblical truth shared. We are reminded of the importance of giving of ourselves to others, and reminded that Jesus himself gave his life, as payment of our sins so that we might have life eternal with Him in heaven.

If you enjoy fast-paced stories with a fairy-tale twist, then this is a book you must not pass up! Do yourself a favor a snag a copy today, maybe even two, so you can share it with a friend. Because I’m certain that you won’t be able to stop talking about this book once you read it!

(I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher.. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions expressed are my own.)

About the Author:


 Winner of the 2016 Christian Book Award and finalist for the Christy Awards, best-selling author Jody Hedlund writes inspirational historical romances for both youth and adults.

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 a calm existence is simply not meant to be (at least in this phase of her life!).

When she’s not penning another of her page-turning stories, she loves to spend her time reading, especially when it also involves consuming coffee and chocolate.  You can find Jody at the following locations:

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