Title: An Uncertain Choice
Author: Jody Hedlund
The year is 1390 and Lady Rosemarie Montfort is about to turn eighteen. Her parents made a binding vow that on her eighteenth birthday she would enter a convent for a life of service dedicated to the Lord. One month before her birthday, her father’s good friend arrives throwing her world upside down. He has discovered an exception to the vow. If she finds true love and marries before midnight on her eighteenth birthday, she does not have to follow through on her parent’s vow. He has brought his three most trustworthy knights to vie for her hand in love and marriage. However, Rosemarie has known about her parent’s vow for the last four years and has resigned herself to her fate and made peace with it. Now what is she to do with only one month before the vow becomes binding? Should she thank the duke, but send him and his knights on their way or should she entertain the possibility of finding love?
At her parent’s death many years ago from the Plague, the local abbot has stepped in as a father figure/guiding force for Rosemarie. He has counseled her and given her advice for so long she has come to depend on him and values his opinion. What will he say if she allows a month long courtship from three potential suitors? The three knights are fast friends and are in a good-natured contest (mostly) for her hand, but one knight holds back. Why? Soon attempts are made on the lives of two of the three knights. Who would want them out of the way? What is to be gained by their deaths? Rosemarie faces some difficult decisions and must learn to make those decisions on her own with God’s guidance.
This is such a good story for the YA audience as opposed to other much less wholesome novels that are being published now. Virtue, honesty, bravery, courage and keeping one’s word are just a few of the themes in this story set in the time of knights, maidens and chivalry. I thoroughly enjoyed the three knight characters as well as that of the fatherly duke; they were so likeable! I am not in the age bracket of the YA audience and still enjoyed the story very much. I hope this author writes more books in this field as I’ll be sure to read them!
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