Beguiled (The Fairest Maidens #2) by Jody Hedlund

About the Book:

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

A princess rejected and hunted by her mother, and a prince who lives as a shunned outcast.

Princess Pearl flees for her life after her mother, Queen Margery, tries to have her killed during a hunting expedition. Pearl finds refuge on the Isle of Outcasts among criminals and misfits, disguising her face with a veil so no one recognizes her. She lives for the day when she can return to Warwick and rescue her sister, Ruby, from the queen’s clutches.

Amidst his royal testing on the Isle of Outcasts, Prince Mikkel of Scania has kept his identity a secret. Captured by a warring band of outcasts and condemned to die, he finds himself making friends with an intriguing but feisty young veiled woman. Intending to win her trust and gain her help to escape, he soon finds himself coerced to wed her.

Mikkel reluctantly agrees to the union to save his life, and Pearl hopes the marriage will provide protection for her and Ruby. But the queen is more determined to kill her daughter than either Pearl or Mikkel realizes and has a sinister reason neither expects—one that could rip their new love apart forever.

My Thoughts:

Such an exciting, page-turning adventure. I fairly inhaled this book. I didn’t mean to, but I read this book in a day. I couldn’t put it down! With vivid engaging characters and a story line that pulls you in and won’t let go, you won’t want to pass up the opportunity to dive into this story!

Lessons of letting go of bitterness, looking at the character of people and not the outside, and that love isn’t just a feeling, but a choice. The characters grow and learn from each other throughout the story. I enjoyed the adventure, the drama, and the suspense it all blends together seamlessly.

Jody Hedlund’s books are always an instant buy for me. I don’t just read the story once and move on, I often come back and enjoy the story again! This newest series is a pure delight and I simply can not wait until the next story comes out!

(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.)

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About the Author:

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 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:

Web Page // Facebook // Twitter // Goodreads // Pinterest

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:

JodyHedlund

 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:

Web Page // Facebook // Twitter // Goodreads // Pinterest

First Line Friday: A Beautiful Love

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today I am excited to be featuring A Beautiful Love by Megan Walker. This sweet regency romance is the debut book for Megan Walker and quite the delightful story. A fun twist on The Ugly Duckling. CLICK HERE to see my review.

A Beautiful Love

     “Welcome back to Mayberry Park, Mr. Blake.”

   A footman held the coach door open in anticipation. Though Preston’s mind told him to move, some invisible force glued him to his seat. He was not ready to be back at the Avery’s estate. A year was too soon after all that had plagued him.

 

Okay, so you caught me. I couldn’t just stop at the first line! I just had to include a little extra to give you a little taste. Why does Preston not want to be at the Avery estate? What has happened in the last year? Hmmm…. guess you’ll have to pick-up a copy and find out!

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A Beautiful Love (Forever After #4) by Megan Walker

About this book:

Preston Blake had it all—wealth, a picturesque estate, and a growing affection with his childhood best friend Caroline Avery—until an unfortunate accident leaves him badly scarred in more ways than one. Isolated by the cruel eyes of society, Preston’s only wish is to find where he now belongs.

Caroline Avery is recently out in society, and thanks to Preston Blake’s broken promises, finds herself being chased by a determined earl instead of courted by her best friend. When, after a year’s absence, Preston finally accepts an invitation to visit her family’s estate, Caroline is determined to feign indifference to his company.

But being back together proves more challenging than either friend conceived. Caroline longs to return to the past, but Preston cannot let go of his fears. How could they possibly have a future together?

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed reading this sweet short story with a fairy-tale twist on the Hans Christian Anderson classic story of The Ugly Duckling. These wounded, yet charming characters warmed my heart. This is the first story in this Forever After collection that I have had the pleasure to read. I believe the stories each stand on their own and are joined with the theme of fairy-tales. I do hope to read the other stories as well.

We each mask pain in various ways. Often by pushing away the very ones that love us the most. The enemy takes the opportunity to whisper his lies, and before we know it feelings of unworthiness, and depression creep into our very souls. We lose our focus and our identity when we take our eyes off our loving Creator.

There were moments that I laughed out loud with the characters, gasped in surprise and smiled while happy tears pooled in my eyes. If you are looking for a sweet regency romance to enjoy, I highly recommend this story. I look forward to reading more from Megan Walker in the future!

(I purchased a digital copy of this book from Amazon for my own collection. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

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About the Author:

View More: https://trishashelleyphotography.pass.us/megan-walker-headshots  Megan Walker was raised on a berry farm in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, where her imagination took her to times past and worlds away. While earning her degree in Early Childhood Education, she married her one true love and started a family. But her imaginings of Regency England wouldn’t leave her alone, so she picked up a pen. And the rest is history. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri, with her husband and three children.

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A Beautiful Love

Also from this author:

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Hereafter (The Lost Princesses #3) by Jody Hedlund

The third lost princess. The final key to the treasure. And a battle for the throne.

Synopsis:

Growing up deep in the forest as a poor charcoal burner’s daughter, Emmeline has always known her identity as a princess of Mercia, and she lives in fear of being caught and killed. When her adopted father returns from town with news regarding the imminence of war, Emmeline has no wish to join the rebellion against King Ethelwulf.

Prince Ethelrex, the strongest warrior in the land, has done everything he can to prove his loyalty to his father, including searching for the last lost princess. When Ethelrex finally captures Emmeline, the king commands his son to marry the princess in order to win the support of the people and undermine the rebellion.

Forced into marriage, Emmeline has one goal—to escape. But Ethelrex takes his marriage vows seriously, including his promise to love and cherish his wife, and has no intention of letting Emmeline get away. As the battle for the throne rages, will the prince be able to win the battle for Emmeline’s heart?

My Thoughts:

I stayed up way too late reading this book, and it was worth every blink of my tired eyes today! I just couldn’t put this story down! This entire series is a page-turning delight, every book is better than the last! Not one story slowed, they just built on top of the last, culminating in this final, masterpiece of a grand finale that I didn’t want to end!

Each of these three sisters holds her own, with her own special gifts, and challenges. But if I had to pick a favorite, I’d have to go with Emmeline. Her courage to stand tall and face the unknown is a reminder that true courage isn’t about feeling brave, it’s facing your fears, knowing that God is always with you.

Filled with action, adventure, and wonderfully dynamic characters that at once had me holding my breath and turning pages to see what would happen next! I really enjoyed watching this unexpected love grow between, Rex and Emma. A love that started out as a conscious choice, and a promise. A love that grew as the story progressed. A beautiful reminder that true love is sacrificial, and wants what is best for the other person.

Be sure to grab this superb Lost Princesses series! You will want to add these stories to your personal library to not only share with your friends but to read and enjoy it again!

(I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.)

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About the Author:

JodyHedlund 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:

Web Page // Facebook // Twitter // Goodreads // Pinterest

Click on the title below to snag your copy!

Always (The Lost Princesses #0.5)

Evermore (The Lost Princesses #1)

  Foremost (The Lost Princesses #2)

Hereafter (The Lost Princesses #3)

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First Line Friday: Hereafter

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today I am excited to be featuring Hereafter (The Lost Princesses #3) by Jody Hedlund. I stayed up way too late reading this book, and it was worth every blink of my tired eyes today! I just couldn’t put this story down! This entire series is a page-turning delight, every book is better than the last! Watch for my review next week!

Hereafter

          I brushed my hand over the crushed grass and examined the nearly invisible footprint beneath. Only a pace away, a broken twig and a patch of flattened bellflowers confirmed my suspicion.

 

Uh-oh! Danger lurks nearby! You won’t want to miss finding out what happens next!!

Hereafter (The Lost Princesses #3)

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