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:

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

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

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.)

Favorite Quote:

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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First Line Friday: Foremost (The Lost Princesses #2)

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

Today I am excited to be featuring Foremost (The Lost Princesses #2) by Jody Hedlund.
I absolutely loved reading this story, and I didn’t want it to end. Engaging and fast-paced, this story fairly leaps off the page! CLICK HERE to read my full review.

Foremost

          I crouched next to Edmund behind the boulder. The harpy eagle circled overhead, her grey-and-white markings blending with the frosty winter sky.

 

 

  Foremost (The Lost Princesses #2)

 

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Foremost (The Lost Princesses #2) by Jody Hedlund

A second princess. Another key to the treasure. And a cruel king desperate to squelch the growing rebellion.

Synopsis:

Raised in an isolated abbey, Lady Maribel desires nothing more than to become a nun and continue practicing her healing arts. She’s carefree and happy with her life…until a visitor comes to the abbey and reveals her true identity as one of the lost princesses.

When he was a young boy, Edmund Chambers helplessly watched King Ethelwulf murder his family. Edmund escaped and has lived in the abbey ever since, uniquely trained to work with wild animals. Secretly, he loves Maribel and desperately hopes she doesn’t complete her holy order vows.

When King Ethelwulf’s army arrives at the abbey to capture Maribel, she flees with Edmund across the desolate Highlands in an attempt to reach Adelaide’s rebel army. Edmund can no longer hide his love, but can Maribel give up her dreams of becoming a nun to love him in return?

My Thoughts:

I absolutely loved reading this story, and I didn’t want it to end. I’m so very glad that the next book in this series will be coming out soon and I have another book to look forward to reading. Engaging and fast-paced, these stories fairly leap off the page!

Sword fights, a secret treasure, a dangerous labyrinth with hidden traps and a hungry monster, a dashing hero, and a daring heroine. This story has something for everyone!  Whether you are young or young at heart, if you delight in well-told, stories of adventure and love then look no further!

The characters learn and grow along the way. They discover that the plans they had for themselves are pale in comparison with the perfect plan that God has for their lives. They learned that it is important to wait on God and not rush ahead. A lesson we can all learn!

This series just keeps getting better and better. I can’t wait to read Emmaline’s story! Do yourself a favor and snatch this book up as soon as possible!

(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.)

Favorite Quote:

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)

 

 

First Line Friday: Evermore (The Lost Princesses #1)

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

Today I am excited to be featuring Evermore (The Lost Princesses #1) by Jody Hedlund. I am loving this new series from Jody Hedlund! The story is captivating, the characters are dynamic and endearing. CLICK HERE to read my full review.

Evermore (The Lost Princess 1)

Adelaide

          “I shall ride the final course.”  I grabbed the great helm. 

 

Oh, what to do with a jousting heroine?  Hold on to your seats, because Adelaide isn’t like your typical heroine. Raised with 3 foster brothers, she has learned to hold her own.
Pick up your copy of this fantastic story today to meet Adelaide!

Click on the title below to snag your copy!

Always (The Lost Princesses #0.5)

Evermore (The Lost Princesses #1)

 

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Evermore (The Lost Princesses #1) by Jody Hedlund

Synopsis:

An ancient key. A secret treasure. And a princess destined to use them both to fight evil and restore peace.

Raised by a noble family, Lady Adelaide has always known she’s an orphan. Little does she realize she’s one of the lost princesses and the true heir to Mercia’s throne…until a visitor arrives at her family estate, reveals her birthright as queen, and thrusts her into a quest for the throne whether she’s ready or not.

Unable to tolerate King Ethelwulf’s cruelty and lawlessness, Christopher Langley left Mercia years earlier, training a group of rebels in neighboring Norland. When he returns home after his mother’s death, he discovers that not only is Adelaide all grown up, but she’s also the rightful queen of Mercia.

When King Ethelwulf discovers Adelaide’s location, he’ll stop at nothing to capture her and the key she holds to the ancient treasure. Christopher is just as determined to protect Adelaide so she can lead the growing rebellion. When feelings ignite between the two old friends, forces threaten to destroy their love and rip them apart forever.

My Thoughts:

I am loving this new series from Jody Hedlund! The story is captivating, the characters are dynamic and endearing. First of all, let me say that you will want to make sure to read Always (The Lost Princesses 0.5) before picking up this story. As the stories build on each other.  Always is a pure delight. A stunning, fast-paced story that you don’t want to miss. But let’s return to talking about Evermore!

This story is written in the first-person narrative that shifts between the two main characters. It really invites the reader behind the curtain and offers an intimate, personable view of what is going on in the mind of the characters. The story fairly leaped off the page an into my imagination and I was along for the blissful ride!

Lady Adelaide is a force to be reckoned with. She is tough, yet tender. Fostered by Sir Langley and his wife Lady Susanna and raised with their three boys, she isn’t afraid to ride faster and swing a sword against a foe. Adelaide isn’t afraid to face difficult challenges and she takes time to pray and ask God for wisdom before making decisions. She has a big heart for others and wants to help those less fortunate. She isn’t perfect, but she learns from her mistakes and grows.

I loved all the characters in this book!! The plot twists, the narrow escapes, and so much more! Trust me you won’t want to miss out on a moment of this exciting story. I can’t wait to read more and see which sister is the focus on the next story!

(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.)

Favorite Quote:

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)

Always (The Lost Princess #0.5) by Jody Hedlund

Synopsis:

A fierce elite guard. A loyal lady in waiting. They must work together to save three princesses from certain death.

On the verge of dying after giving birth to twins, the queen of Mercia pleads with Lady Felicia to save her infant daughters. With the castle overrun by King Ethelwulf’s invading army, Lady Felicia vows to do whatever she can to take the newborn princesses and their three-year old sister to safety, even though it means sacrificing everything she holds dear, possibly her own life.

Gravely wounded in battle and knowing all is lost to his enemy, the king of Mercia tasks Lance, one of his fiercest elite guards, to protect his family along with keys to an ancient treasure. As Lance makes plans to sneak the princesses out of the capital city, he doesn’t need or want Lady Felicia’s help.

With the dark enemy in pursuit, Lance and Felicia must put aside their differences to outrun King Ethelwulf and prevent him from killing the princesses. In a desperate attempt to hide the young girls, Lance and Felicia agree to a marriage of convenience, a decision that will change their lives—and hearts—forever.

My Thoughts:

Warning: Once you pick up this story you will not be able to put it down! From the very first page, until the last, I was blissfully along for the adventure of a lifetime. I couldn’t get enough of this story. I inhaled it like a hungry book dragon and absolutely loved every moment!

This story may be short, but it packs an impressive punch! Jody Hedlund has weaved a dynamic story with endearing characters that will have you holding your breath and rapidly turning pages for more!

While this story is marketed and written with the Young Adult Fiction Reader in mind, anyone can enjoy this action-packed adventure! I give this story 5-stars and encourage you to snag your copy of this book today!

(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.)

Always (The Lost Princess #0.5)

Favorite Quote:

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 Princess #0.5)

Evermore (The Lost Princess #1)