A Loyal Heart (An Uncertain Choice, #4)
He’s taken her as his prisoner. But she’s holding his heart captive. In gaining their freedom, will they lose what matters most?When Lady Olivia’s castle is besieged, she and her sister are taken captive and held for ransom by her father’s enemy, Lord Pitt. Loyalty to family means everything to Olivia. She’ll save her sister at any cost and do whatever her father asks—even if that means obeying his order to steal a sacred relic from her captor.As Lord Pitt’s commander, Sir Aldric is in charge of the beautiful but feisty new prisoner. He has his hands full attempting to keep Lady Olivia out of trouble. When Lord Pitt throws her in the dungeon and threatens to hang her for stealing, Aldric conceives a plot to save Olivia’s life—betrothal to him.Can Olivia give up the prestigious match her father has arranged with a wealthy marquess in order to marry a lowly knight like Aldric? And can Aldric move beyond his past mistakes to embrace love again? When loyalties are tested, they’re thrust into danger that could cost them their love and their lives.

A Loyal Heart (An Uncertain Choice, #4) Details

TitleA Loyal Heart (An Uncertain Choice, #4)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 6th, 2018
PublisherNorthern Lights
ISBN-139780692055236
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Romance, Christian Fiction, Young Adult, Medieval, Christian, Historical Romance, Fiction, Teen

A Loyal Heart (An Uncertain Choice, #4) Review

  • Nicki Chapelway
    January 1, 1970
    So... where to even begin? Honestly I loved this book so much. I loved this whole series, really, and I was so sad to think that the last book would have been the last in the series. So of course I asked for another one. I wasn't sure anything would come of it, but then she DID IT! Jody Hedlund wrote another. I was ecstatic. I sort of felt like she wrote this book for me even though she said she had multiple people asking for another book*Now without further ado... let's drool at that cover for So... where to even begin? Honestly I loved this book so much. I loved this whole series, really, and I was so sad to think that the last book would have been the last in the series. So of course I asked for another one. I wasn't sure anything would come of it, but then she DID IT! Jody Hedlund wrote another. I was ecstatic. I sort of felt like she wrote this book for me even though she said she had multiple people asking for another book*Now without further ado... let's drool at that cover for the next century because it's just GORGEOUS!And the story inside is just as good.First things first, Sir Aldric is Sir Bennet's brother, which can I just say any member of that family is welcome here. I thought Bennet would be a little bit boring (but he completely proved me wrong in For Love and Honor) and so I was super excited when I learned that this would be about his brother. I couldn't remember exactly what happened to Aldric in the last book, but Hedlund quickly cleared that up and I could thoroughly enjoy him as a character. Colin is still my favorite hero, but these guys keep threatening the walls of my heart constructed specifically for him.Olivia is an awesome character. She's feisty and relentless and lives up to her red hair. But she's also soft and caring. And smart. And man, she and Sabine are duking it out as to who should be my favorite heroine in this series.What's not to like about knights and castles and sieges and... (probably not torture, though it's in there, too) but did I mention knights and castles and sieges and battles and *flails* I can't even!This book can be read as a stand alone, though I wouldn't recommend it because the other books are just way too awesome to miss out on.On a whole, five out of five stars. I totally recommend this book (seriously, go read it) and if you haven't read the other books in this series then read them, too! (I mean it)*I still want another book even after this one- you're not off the hook, HedlundI received a free copy of this book from the author, all opinions, however, are my own.
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  • Danielle
    January 1, 1970
    Jody Hedlund OWNS Historical Romance for me! This whole series has been breathtaking and the characters are ones who are timeless. Aldric and Olivia are characters brought together in unusual circumstances but find that love, true love is worth fighting for..regardless of station. Thank you Mrs. Hedlund for writing and sharing your gift with all.
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    A Loyal Heart is the fourth (and final?) book in Jody Hedlund’s medieval young adult series, and out of the bunch, it is also my favorite. I found the plot to be the most realistic and the characters to be the most relatable. Olivia’s character arc drew me in. She is a strong character, both physically and mentally, but it never seemed out of context for the time – as in, she isn’t suddenly stronger and faster than knights who were larger and more trained than she was. She has a lot of pride, bu A Loyal Heart is the fourth (and final?) book in Jody Hedlund’s medieval young adult series, and out of the bunch, it is also my favorite. I found the plot to be the most realistic and the characters to be the most relatable. Olivia’s character arc drew me in. She is a strong character, both physically and mentally, but it never seemed out of context for the time – as in, she isn’t suddenly stronger and faster than knights who were larger and more trained than she was. She has a lot of pride, but not too much to come across as aggravating or unrealistic. She may believe a little too long in someone she shouldn’t have but, under certain circumstances, I think many have believe something of someone because the alternative is just too heartbreaking.I also like that the reader gets to experience the story from the point of view of both characters. This kept this story suspenseful, but also allowed for getting to know both of them throughout the course of the story. Aldric was a somewhat shadowy, tragic figure in the previous book, so it was good to learn more about him. Both Olivia and Aldric show tremendous loyalty to both family and brothers-in-arms, even at great personal cost, and I admired that about them.This book is very much a romance, but I found it all to be sweet and with good boundaries for younger readers. Though it’s never a surprise to me when the characters realize they’re in love, it’s fun getting to that point with them. In addition, a clear faith element is woven in nicely throughout the story. Both characters experience growth and change as individuals, which is always refreshing.Overall, this is a winsome, charming story, with both romance and action to keep the pages turning.I received an advanced complimentary electronic copy of this novel, which I chose to review. This review is my honest opinion.
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  • Brittany
    January 1, 1970
    This story is absolutely fantastic! I also just adore the breathtaking cover. A Loyal Heart is the fourth book in the An Uncertain Choice series, however, it can be read as a stand alone novel.The two main characters, Olivia and Aldric, are up there with some of my favorites of all time. They are both so brave and valiant. Aldric reveals his true and honorable nature in the way he treats Lady Olivia. He also demands that the other knights behave respectably toward the two sisters, who are their This story is absolutely fantastic! I also just adore the breathtaking cover. A Loyal Heart is the fourth book in the An Uncertain Choice series, however, it can be read as a stand alone novel.The two main characters, Olivia and Aldric, are up there with some of my favorites of all time. They are both so brave and valiant. Aldric reveals his true and honorable nature in the way he treats Lady Olivia. He also demands that the other knights behave respectably toward the two sisters, who are their prisoners. Olivia is strong and kind. She puts others before herself in almost everything, especially her sister Isabelle.I enjoyed the wonderful romantic tension that built throughout the story. Olivia and Aldric definitely belonged together. Their interactions with each other kept me riveted to the page. A Loyal Heart was a thrilling medieval tale, packed with romance and danger! I loved it from start to finish.I received a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.You can read this review on my blog:https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    A Loyal Heart is the fourth installment from Jody Hedlund’s series, An Uncertain Choice. I have enjoyed this series, but this one is by far my favorite to date. This is a young adult historical romance that should not be missed! It is a delightful page turner, full of intrigue, adventure and action. I was captivated with the story throughout. I give A Loyal Heart 5 plus stars and I highly recommend it. Well done, Jody Hedlund, we done!I received this book from the author but was not required to A Loyal Heart is the fourth installment from Jody Hedlund’s series, An Uncertain Choice. I have enjoyed this series, but this one is by far my favorite to date. This is a young adult historical romance that should not be missed! It is a delightful page turner, full of intrigue, adventure and action. I was captivated with the story throughout. I give A Loyal Heart 5 plus stars and I highly recommend it. Well done, Jody Hedlund, we done!I received this book from the author but was not required to write a review. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
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  • Rachael
    January 1, 1970
    I own all of this authors YA books in PB, but THIS one really stands out to me as a favorite! I read this in one sitting and so enjoyed it. It reminds me of a movie that tries to prove chivalry isn’t dead. The men in the book treat women with respect no matter what the circumstances. The main female lead is strong, and I really liked her character and personality! Things like morals, chaperones, proper actions were all a terrific part of this YA read. My daughter isn’t quite old enough to enjoy I own all of this authors YA books in PB, but THIS one really stands out to me as a favorite! I read this in one sitting and so enjoyed it. It reminds me of a movie that tries to prove chivalry isn’t dead. The men in the book treat women with respect no matter what the circumstances. The main female lead is strong, and I really liked her character and personality! Things like morals, chaperones, proper actions were all a terrific part of this YA read. My daughter isn’t quite old enough to enjoy this read, but I so look forward to the day when I will have this series...and especially this book...for her to read.The story itself is so compelling. The characters are phenomenally done in first person which is terrific. Faith, love and hope are all parts of this read bringing the reader a very well done story. I can’t wait to purchase this in paperback to add to my forever shelves.I received this book from the author. All opinions are my own.
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  • Kara
    January 1, 1970
    When I found out there was a Book 4 to this series, I knew I HAD to get a copy! The cover is so amazing and the story captivated me from the beginning. I truly loved Olivia's heart and this is her journey with Aldric. It was a pleasure to read how they go from enemies to respecting one another, to becoming friends and protecting one another to falling in love. This one is probably my favorite book of the series although I have enjoyed each of them.Cecil was my favorite character, loved how he me When I found out there was a Book 4 to this series, I knew I HAD to get a copy! The cover is so amazing and the story captivated me from the beginning. I truly loved Olivia's heart and this is her journey with Aldric. It was a pleasure to read how they go from enemies to respecting one another, to becoming friends and protecting one another to falling in love. This one is probably my favorite book of the series although I have enjoyed each of them.Cecil was my favorite character, loved how he mentored and trained Olivia to be a warrior. My heart filled with disappointment when instead of rescuing her and Isabel from Aldric, that instead he gives her a note from her father with a specific mission. And I was also amazed that in this book, Lord Pitt is actually one of the good guys after what he did in Book 3! And Olivia's father is questionable throughout when he's supposed to be the good guy! Excellent writing right there.The bath scene was one of my favorite moments, very innocent and very tangible!Aldric falls from grace in a huge way, but he also comes back from all of that and becomes such an honorable man....he's a great hero and one that is perfectly suited for Olivia.I do hope the author writes more books to this series, it has won my heart over with the adventure, romance, danger, and loyalty vividly described in each chapter.I was given a complimentary copy of this ebook from the author, but was not required to write a review. The thoughts and comments are my own.
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  • MJSH
    January 1, 1970
    Ah. Jody Hedlund. Need I say more?I actually have not read the other three books in this series but did not feel I missed out on anything. Some of the characters from the previous books make cameo appearances and I will absolutely have to go back to read their stories, but this book works well as a stand-alone. It is an incredible journey through 1392 as knights and lords wage battles for control of land, wealth, and allegiance to the king of England. Although I'm not a huge fan of first person Ah. Jody Hedlund. Need I say more?I actually have not read the other three books in this series but did not feel I missed out on anything. Some of the characters from the previous books make cameo appearances and I will absolutely have to go back to read their stories, but this book works well as a stand-alone. It is an incredible journey through 1392 as knights and lords wage battles for control of land, wealth, and allegiance to the king of England. Although I'm not a huge fan of first person narrative, it was executed incredibly well in this book as the narrative shifts from Sir Aldric to Lady Olivia. The book is so well-written with:1) lyrical and musical writing that captivates and engages from page one2) an action-packed and fast-paced plot3) delicious, humorous, and sharply witty dialogue4) tenderly romantic and heart-seizing moments5) beautiful, lovable, and memorable characters who grow and mature throughout the book6) a steady undercurrent of faith and prayer7) an amazing description of landscape and daily life in 1392 that brings the entire backdrop to vivid clarity.Anyone who enjoys a well-written, satisfying historical romance will love this book.Sir Aldric begins the story by saying "but these things were superficial. It a woman was attracted to me for such qualities, then she was shallow, and I didn't want a shallow relationship. Actually, I didn't want any kind of relationship. Not shallow. Not deep. Not any." This quote is the epitome of Sir Aldric. He is a strong and skilled knight with a broken past and heavy burdens that weigh down his heart and soul. He is loyal, faithful, trustworthy, and noble though he wasn't always that way. He is sent in to capture Lady Olivia and her sister Lady Isabelle because of their father's infractions against the king. Lady Olivia is strong, unconventional, bold, determined, proud, and stubborn yet loyal to a fault and inevitably a woman at heart with tender feelings. As their relationship grows, she admits "I realized then, this connection with him would be difficult to cut loose, that his presence was weaving into the tapestry of my life, and that I had no wish to untangle the woven strands any more than I wished to release his hold on my hand." Wow, such poetic musings!Once I started this book, I could not put it down. Twists and turns in the plot kept the story moving quickly and yet I didn't want the story to end! Will there be another book in the series? And on which knight and noblewoman will the next book spotlight? I must go back to read the previous three stories, especially the one about Sir Aldric's brother Sir Bennet and his wife Lady Sabine (For Love and Honor).I was given a copy of this book from the author/publisher and also through Celebrate Lit Tour. I was not required to write a favorable review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
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  • Caitlyn Santi
    January 1, 1970
    I have been loving Jody's Medieval YA books, and I was very excited when I learned there would be a fourth book in the series! Aldric was a very intriguing character in the previous book, and it was so interesting to get to know him and see him overcome the pain and mistakes of his past! I loved Olivia, her personality is so much like me, we are both strong, stubborn, and independent, yet fiercely loyal to and protective of those we love! It was beautiful to watch their relationship develop and I have been loving Jody's Medieval YA books, and I was very excited when I learned there would be a fourth book in the series! Aldric was a very intriguing character in the previous book, and it was so interesting to get to know him and see him overcome the pain and mistakes of his past! I loved Olivia, her personality is so much like me, we are both strong, stubborn, and independent, yet fiercely loyal to and protective of those we love! It was beautiful to watch their relationship develop and I especially loved the message that this book portrays about two things that are very important in relationships: communication, and having respect for the other person's views and opinions rather than just trying to get your own way all the time, what a fabulous reminder for us all and especially teen readers of this book! The faith story was fabulous and touched my heart deeply. Overall, I loved A Loyal Heart and highly recommend it! I look forward to reading whatever future YA books this author writes, and I am hoping for a story featuring Sir Darien and Lady Isabelle at some point! I received a copy of this book from the author, which did not influence my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own.
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  • Susan Snodgrass
    January 1, 1970
    'Where would the wrongdoing stop if everyone acted out whatever moral code felt right in the moment?'This one is my favorite in Jody Hedlund's 'An Uncertain Choice' series. The medieval time period is my favorite era for books and Hedlund does it well. Lady Olivia, taught by her father's loyal retainer to fight as a knight would fight, she is determined that she will never be bent by any man's wishes because she is female. Honor means everything to her. But when her castle is besieged and she an 'Where would the wrongdoing stop if everyone acted out whatever moral code felt right in the moment?'This one is my favorite in Jody Hedlund's 'An Uncertain Choice' series. The medieval time period is my favorite era for books and Hedlund does it well. Lady Olivia, taught by her father's loyal retainer to fight as a knight would fight, she is determined that she will never be bent by any man's wishes because she is female. Honor means everything to her. But when her castle is besieged and she and her younger sister are taken and held for ransom, she learns that not everyone values honor, not even those closest to her. Her captor, Sir Aldric, captain of the guard for Lord Pitt, values honor above all, as he is a knight and goes by the code of chivalry. Lord Pitt is known to be a hard man, but sometimes things are not always what they seem. Lady Olivia and Sir Aldric soon learn that their hearts lean toward each other, but their fates seemed sealed in another direction. Hedlund is in fine form here and I loved every minute of this book, reading it in one day! I love the historical aspect she brings to a story, research done well, and her plot is wonderful as well. I certainly hope she continues to bring her readers a medieval tale now and then. This reader loves them!*My thanks to the publisher for a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.
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  • Kristin
    January 1, 1970
    Note: Kristin reads and reviews both Christian and secular fiction on A Simply Enchanted Life. Out of respect for my readers, I am including a content review. This content review will help you decide whether this book is suitable for you.Christian or Secular: ChristianASEL Rating: Mild: due to violence (though no detailed description), or other content to be aware of.Suggested Age: 12+My ThoughtsThe minute I finished this book, I picked up the phone to call my book bestie. The conversation went Note: Kristin reads and reviews both Christian and secular fiction on A Simply Enchanted Life. Out of respect for my readers, I am including a content review. This content review will help you decide whether this book is suitable for you.Christian or Secular: ChristianASEL Rating: Mild: due to violence (though no detailed description), or other content to be aware of.Suggested Age: 12+My ThoughtsThe minute I finished this book, I picked up the phone to call my book bestie. The conversation went something like this.Me: So, I'm finished with A Loyal HeartFizzy: And?Me: Well, there was some insta-love but...Fizzy: But?Me: I totally don't care. I loved this book. When are you reading it? Have you read it yet? What?! You're not reading it for another week or so? HOW COULD YOU?!I LOVED this book. I think I said, "this one is my favorite!" with each installment of this collection. Each book was better and better. So, I have to say it again...this one may very well be my absolute favorite!I love flawed characters that find redemption and Aldric (who we were introduced to in For Love and Honor) is a man who has made mistakes but is finding atonement.I'm not quite sure how the author could squeeze another story out of the original plot. All of the knights have found love and this book is actually the story of a secondary character. But, I would love to see it continue. Maybe a spin off? I mean, I'd love to know if Olivia's brother is healed. Honestly, I don't care how the author makes it happen...I just want this series to continue!Do I recommend this series to others? Umm...duh! Read it. Read it now! I promise that you won't regret it!This book was provided to me by The Publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. All opinions are my own.This review was originally posted on A Simply Enchanted Life
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  • Fizzy
    January 1, 1970
    When I heard through the grapevine that there was going to be another book in the Uncertain Choices series I was positively gleeful. I had a small hope that it was to be Aldric’s story. As more information trickled my way I was over the moon to discover that Aldric’s story would be continued! He was a man of great flaws and yet also a man of great valor. Realizing his errors he set out to remedy them at the end of ‘For Love and Honor‘. And there we left him, bonding himself in servitude to Lord When I heard through the grapevine that there was going to be another book in the Uncertain Choices series I was positively gleeful. I had a small hope that it was to be Aldric’s story. As more information trickled my way I was over the moon to discover that Aldric’s story would be continued! He was a man of great flaws and yet also a man of great valor. Realizing his errors he set out to remedy them at the end of ‘For Love and Honor‘. And there we left him, bonding himself in servitude to Lord Pitt to repay his debts. And hide from his past mistakes. And avoid love and all the trappings that it entails.Lady Olivia is a perfect match to Aldric. She has a brazen strength and belief in herself and abilities. She is not content to be a mere lady but approaches life as an adventure and she in the saddle right forefront. Aldric has turned his back on his title, even though he has paid off his debts many times over and fancies himself a protector. Until he finds himself in a battle of wills with Olivia who wants no protection. I LOVED that this was written in first person changing viewpoints between these two strong personalities. Olivia and Aldric drew you into their story, immersed you in their intensity, and made you take sides in their battles.Olivia: For the first time in my life, I’d met a man who neither feared me nor bowed to my wishes. And I liked it.Aldric: Every encounter with her was like an exhilarating challenge. I never knew what to expect, never knew what she might say or do. She was unconventional and bold and determined. Somehow that sparked life inside me in a way I hadn’t felt in a long time, if ever. And that scared me.With interactions like that I didn’t even care that they fell in insta-love! And insta-love is an intense pet peeve of mine.To be fair, there were a few scenes that I felt might be a bit risque for a younger reader. Nothing that would not fit within the Christian fiction young adult genre, however more a ‘know your reader’ and what is appropriate for them. Captivating dialogue between characters that have depth and personality to spare cares this book forward while also providing such detailed and vivid imagery of the locations and landscape. ‘A Loyal Heart’ reads perfectly fine as a stand alone novel what does not require having read the previous titles to be able to immerse yourself into their world. However, you should read them all for your own sake! This is the perfect book for teen to adult alike who enjoy strongly woven Christian themes, historical romance, and a lot of personality.I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by Northern Lights Press. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review. Originally posted at https://fizzypopcollection.com/a-loya....
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  • Gail Hollingsworth
    January 1, 1970
    Another wonderful tale of knights, castles, conflict, dungeons and war by Jody Hedlund. I wasn't sure at the beginning if I would enjoy these stories of this particular time period but this is at least the fourth one I've read and it's just as good as the first if not better. The year is in the 1390s and there are those that support the king and those that are opposed. Olivia is totally devoted to her father who is in the camp of opposing the king. She is constantly trying to win his affection a Another wonderful tale of knights, castles, conflict, dungeons and war by Jody Hedlund. I wasn't sure at the beginning if I would enjoy these stories of this particular time period but this is at least the fourth one I've read and it's just as good as the first if not better. The year is in the 1390s and there are those that support the king and those that are opposed. Olivia is totally devoted to her father who is in the camp of opposing the king. She is constantly trying to win his affection and love. But she now has a much younger brother, and although sickly, he has taken her place in her father's affections. Olivia is head strong and not afraid to get in a sword duel with the best of them but in spite of this she is kidnapped by a knight of Lord Pitt's who will hold her for ransom to try and bring her father to his views. Sir Aldric has a hard time controlling Olivia but her loyalty to her younger sister, Isabelle has helped keep her in line somewhat.Lord Pitt has his view's and Olivia's father has his, and they are willing to fight to the death to make their point or bring others in to fight for them. Will her father rescue her? Will she be made to live in a deep dark dungeon indefinitely? Where does her true allegiance lie?The lessons Olivia learned in the end was well worth the time spent reading this novel. I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. To me it's not just a book labeled for YA, but one any age can spend time with and enjoy.I received a complimentary ebook copy but was not required to write a review.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    "For the first time in my life, I'd met a man who neither feared me nor bowed to my wishes. And I liked it."Lady Olivia is captivating, but extensive training with the sword has made her surprisingly lethal. When her castle residence is infiltrated by enemy soldiers, Olivia fights with strength and valor to protect her younger sister, only to admit that she is no match for Lord Pitt's captain of the guard. Taken captive, Olivia determines to find a way to escape, until a series of circumstances "For the first time in my life, I'd met a man who neither feared me nor bowed to my wishes. And I liked it."Lady Olivia is captivating, but extensive training with the sword has made her surprisingly lethal. When her castle residence is infiltrated by enemy soldiers, Olivia fights with strength and valor to protect her younger sister, only to admit that she is no match for Lord Pitt's captain of the guard. Taken captive, Olivia determines to find a way to escape, until a series of circumstances make her question the motives of those she was certain would have her best interests in mind. Aldric Windsor, Baron of Hampton, is making amends for past mistakes. After losing his young wife, he fell into all sorts of disreputable activities, spiraling downward until Lord Pitt granted him a second chance. When commanded to kidnap the two lovely daughters of a suspected enemy of the crown; the Earl of Ulster, in order to bring the earl's traitorous activities to a halt, Aldric is stunned to discover unparalleled beauty disguised under the garb of a young soldier.As Olivia yearns to earn the respect of her father and Aldric endeavors to regain his honor, two "overly stubborn" and "overly protective" souls find that "loyalty wasn't a birthright . . . it was earned". I received a copy of this story from the author. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.
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  • Holly
    January 1, 1970
    Ah, A Loyal Heart. The fourth book in Jody Hedlund's An Uncertain Choice series. I was completely surprised that she had written another book after the tales of the three noble knights were told. Who else was there? Well, Aldric, Sir Bennet's brother, of course. I didn't know I wanted to know about Aldric's fate until I read this.Lady Olivia and Sir Aldric could not have been more suited for each other. Jody perfectly wrote every interaction between the two so that their romance grew gradually, Ah, A Loyal Heart. The fourth book in Jody Hedlund's An Uncertain Choice series. I was completely surprised that she had written another book after the tales of the three noble knights were told. Who else was there? Well, Aldric, Sir Bennet's brother, of course. I didn't know I wanted to know about Aldric's fate until I read this.Lady Olivia and Sir Aldric could not have been more suited for each other. Jody perfectly wrote every interaction between the two so that their romance grew gradually, and felt very real. By the end I couldn't stop smiling and my heart was all aflutter as I knew (spoiler/not spoiler alert) that they'd confess their love for each other and all would be well. I also loved the pace of this book. Every chapter made me want to keep reading. I was so caught up in this story. It was just that good.I thoroughly recommend this book and the others in the series for young adults, and adults alike. It has everything you want in a faith based medieval romance- page turning action, witty dialogue, beautiful flowery language that makes the heart soar, and of course, an example of what love can look like that makes us all hopeful for the future.
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  • Lillian
    January 1, 1970
    Lady Olivia will do anything for family loyalty, rationalizing her actions to fit her faith. And she will risk her life to protect her younger sister. Lady Olivia is skilled with her sword, though still unable to keep herself and her sister from capture.Sir Aldric has walked away from his birthright, punishing himself for his past mistakes. He is now the captain of Lord Pitt’s army, and has been sent to capture an enemy’s daughters to use as leverage. Will holding them hostage persuade their fat Lady Olivia will do anything for family loyalty, rationalizing her actions to fit her faith. And she will risk her life to protect her younger sister. Lady Olivia is skilled with her sword, though still unable to keep herself and her sister from capture.Sir Aldric has walked away from his birthright, punishing himself for his past mistakes. He is now the captain of Lord Pitt’s army, and has been sent to capture an enemy’s daughters to use as leverage. Will holding them hostage persuade their father to succumb to the King’s leadership and stop his rebellion?This story holds a strong lesson about family loyalty versus morality. Promises versus virtues. I especially love this series for young readers, as it gives a beautiful example of what true romance is when it comes to a wholesome relationship. In other words, how you would want a young man to treat your own daughter. The YA genre seems to be lacking in this area today. I’m so glad Hedlund has decided to fill the void.As with all her books in this series, Hedlund paints vivid descriptions. She’s also done her homework on the technical aspects of medieval times. Well edited, this story has a great pace. You won’t want to put it down. I’ve read all the "An Uncertain Choice" books, and they’re all my favorites! I highly recommend them for all ages.
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  • Velva Brown
    January 1, 1970
    A Loyal Heart – Jody HeadlundA Loyal Heart is part of Jody Hedlund’s Young Adult series set in the Medieval time period. I highly recommend not only this book - I recommend this whole series! Each book has a theme complete with wonderful discussion questions in the back!This is the story of Lady Olivia and Sir Aldric. Lady Olivia and her sister are taken captive by Lord Pitt’s knights – aka Sir Aldric. She surprised all of his men with her ability to fight and defend herself. She is extremely pr A Loyal Heart – Jody HeadlundA Loyal Heart is part of Jody Hedlund’s Young Adult series set in the Medieval time period. I highly recommend not only this book - I recommend this whole series! Each book has a theme complete with wonderful discussion questions in the back!This is the story of Lady Olivia and Sir Aldric. Lady Olivia and her sister are taken captive by Lord Pitt’s knights – aka Sir Aldric. She surprised all of his men with her ability to fight and defend herself. She is extremely protective of her weaker younger sister. Lady Olivia is trying to follow through with a plan to help her father. She is asked to steal a sacred relic. This plan get’s her in hot water with Lord Pitt’s wife. Sir Aldric was the one who took Lady Olivia as a captive. He didn’t plan for her to be thrown into the dark dungeon. Needless to say, there are many twists and turns in this story.People aren’t always who they seem to be. Read this book! If you haven’t read the other books in this series, read them too!
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  • Britney
    January 1, 1970
    Adventure and romance collide in this enchanting story! Sir Aldric is a knight and a man of honor and valor. Lady Olivia is a woman of wealth who embodies courage and conviction. Their pairing is an unlikely one, and the emotional journey they embark on is teeming with drama and danger. A Loyal Heart is a most captivating tale and one that leaves me begging for more!The fourth book in the An Uncertain Choice series, A Loyal Heart can be enjoyed independently of its predecessors. However, I have Adventure and romance collide in this enchanting story! Sir Aldric is a knight and a man of honor and valor. Lady Olivia is a woman of wealth who embodies courage and conviction. Their pairing is an unlikely one, and the emotional journey they embark on is teeming with drama and danger. A Loyal Heart is a most captivating tale and one that leaves me begging for more!The fourth book in the An Uncertain Choice series, A Loyal Heart can be enjoyed independently of its predecessors. However, I have read and loved each of the books in this series and highly recommend them to fans of medieval romance.I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.
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  • Kelly Scott
    January 1, 1970
    I don't read medieval but I had the chance to read this book as part of an ARC group. I was interested in reading it because it was YA. I knew about three chapters in that this would be a 5 star review and it didn't disappoint as I kept reading. From the first chapter in to the witty dialogue I was hooked. You will love the strong characters. My favorite quote from the book was Sir Aldric's line regarding Olivia. He said, "Lady Olivia would be the death of me." From page one she challenged him a I don't read medieval but I had the chance to read this book as part of an ARC group. I was interested in reading it because it was YA. I knew about three chapters in that this would be a 5 star review and it didn't disappoint as I kept reading. From the first chapter in to the witty dialogue I was hooked. You will love the strong characters. My favorite quote from the book was Sir Aldric's line regarding Olivia. He said, "Lady Olivia would be the death of me." From page one she challenged him and forced him to change how he approached her. The tension and chemistry pulled me in with these two and kept me turning the pages. And now I'm a Jody Hedlund medieval fan! Can't wait to read the next book.
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  • Haley S
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! Jody Hedlund does it again! When I heard that she was writing another young adult medieval romance, I was so excited! I couldn’t wait! And then…I became a part of her influencing team. That meant, yes, I got to read the book before the release date. I was crazy excited about that!Anyway, I really enjoyed this book. It was just as good as the other three books in this series. I honestly can’t pick a favorite between the four books. Lady Olivia and Sir Aldric were amazing main characters. It Wow! Jody Hedlund does it again! When I heard that she was writing another young adult medieval romance, I was so excited! I couldn’t wait! And then…I became a part of her influencing team. That meant, yes, I got to read the book before the release date. I was crazy excited about that!Anyway, I really enjoyed this book. It was just as good as the other three books in this series. I honestly can’t pick a favorite between the four books. Lady Olivia and Sir Aldric were amazing main characters. It was really fun to follow along as they got to know each other.Needless to say, I read this book in only a few days. As soon as I turned the first page, I couldn’t stop reading. Jody Hedlund has a way of writing where she just pulls her reader in.However, the only confusing thing about this book is Lord Pitt. I didn’t really understand him. In the book, For Love and Honor, he was an evil guy. Now, in this book, he is the good guy. So, I was confused about whether he was good or bad. If I thought of him as a brand-new character, though, it was fine.Just like all of the other covers of Jody Hedlund’s books, this one is just as amazing. The cover designer needs a raise! 5 stars to this cover!I definitely am going to give this book 5 stars as well. I really hope that Jody Hedlund writes more young adult medieval romances. She does a wonderful job!!Title: A Loyal HeartAuthor: Jody HedlundAuthor’s Website: http://jodyhedlund.com/This review is written in my own opinions and words.
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  • Alyssa
    January 1, 1970
    Been a long time since I've read a book in a day. Jody Hedlund would be the one to do it. I am so glad she decided to write a fourth book! And honesty, she should keep writing more. Medieval setting, danger, intrigue, swoon worthy romances, I'd read them all!
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  • Holly
    January 1, 1970
    A knight in shining armor, a damsel in distress, and true love worth fighting for sums up this brand new young adult book by Jody Hedlund. A Loyal Heart is the next installment of Hedlund’s An Uncertain Choice Series.It was a great, clean read for teens trying to find good read. (Oh by the way, if you are older, you can still enjoy this read.) The plot was fun and intriguing with two main characters that each had an even amount of time to tell their own story. Hedlund wrote the book in first per A knight in shining armor, a damsel in distress, and true love worth fighting for sums up this brand new young adult book by Jody Hedlund. A Loyal Heart is the next installment of Hedlund’s An Uncertain Choice Series.It was a great, clean read for teens trying to find good read. (Oh by the way, if you are older, you can still enjoy this read.) The plot was fun and intriguing with two main characters that each had an even amount of time to tell their own story. Hedlund wrote the book in first person but every chapter switched points of view from Olivia to Aldric.To sum up my review, this story is really good and I recommend it! Oh, I am also really looking forward to Hedlund’s next book in this series. Personally, I hope to read about Olivia’s sister.
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  • ShadowS
    January 1, 1970
    Jody Hedlund has struck gold once again as well as given us another amazingly wonderful book boyfriend...I mean hero ;o) Everyone of these books I say, ok..not going to like anyone more then I like this couple..then she does it again. She knows how to write Medieval romance and I am about to crown her QUEEN!!
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  • Meagan Myhren-bennett
    January 1, 1970
    A Loyal HeartAn Uncertain Heart #4By Jody HedlundSir Aldric has determined to right the wrongs he has committed and has been working for Lord Pitt to pay off the debt he owes him. His latest mission for Lord Pitt is to lay siege to Castle Ludlow and capture the daughters of the Earl of Ulster. But capturing Lady Olivia is a challenge - especially keeping her prisoner until he can present them to Lord Pitt.Olivia is not some docile maiden given to bouts of swooning when danger comes and she is de A Loyal HeartAn Uncertain Heart #4By Jody HedlundSir Aldric has determined to right the wrongs he has committed and has been working for Lord Pitt to pay off the debt he owes him. His latest mission for Lord Pitt is to lay siege to Castle Ludlow and capture the daughters of the Earl of Ulster. But capturing Lady Olivia is a challenge - especially keeping her prisoner until he can present them to Lord Pitt.Olivia is not some docile maiden given to bouts of swooning when danger comes and she is determined to defend her home and thwart the schemes Lord Pitt seems determined to carry out against her father all in the name of the king. But Sir Aldric is a determined knight and she is willing to use his gallantry against him if it will aid her in escape and fulfilling her father's quest for a relic.But when Olivia is caught up in her own blind loyalty she must determine what her future holds and where her loyalty truly lies ~ is it duty to her father or to her heart? Will her answer be the continuation of what she knows or will she embark on a new path? And can she trust Sir Aldric though he is but a lowly soldier in service to the whims of a lord? Sir Aldric is determined to not repeat the mistakes of the past. With the painful loss of his first wife, he has determined never marry again. But Lady Olivia's feisty personality and beauty have a way of getting to him. And when the only chance of saving her from herself is a betrothal Aldric has to set aside his own fears. But can he truly set aside his fears of the past?Those who have read the previous books in the An Uncertain Heart series will enjoy this story that follows the story of Sir Bennett's less than happy brother from For Love and Honor. Though intended for a YA audience looking for clean fiction any fan of historical romance fiction will enjoy this clean and entertaining story. This is a story of second chances and redemption. And if you enjoy a battle scene with some expert sword skills all the better as this has both.As a note of recommendation, I have purchased a copy of this book for my own use though I was provided a pre-release digital copy from which this review was based.I was provided with a digital review of this book with no expectation of a positive review - all opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    This. This is the type of novel our teen girls should be reading! A Loyal Heart is gorgeously romantic. It features a strong woman and a swoony hero. And it brings up issues today's teens deal with like family loyalty, purity, and whether the ends justify the means.I'll get to the plot in a minute, but first I have to tell you about the passage that made me want to stand up and cheer. While a prisoner of Lord Pitt, Olivia searches for a relic her father has commanded her to steal. She believes h This. This is the type of novel our teen girls should be reading! A Loyal Heart is gorgeously romantic. It features a strong woman and a swoony hero. And it brings up issues today's teens deal with like family loyalty, purity, and whether the ends justify the means.I'll get to the plot in a minute, but first I have to tell you about the passage that made me want to stand up and cheer. While a prisoner of Lord Pitt, Olivia searches for a relic her father has commanded her to steal. She believes her father's motives for wanting the relic are pure, and she feels it's her family duty to obey him and procure the relic for him. Finally, however, she realizes what she is doing isn't right:Where would the wrongdoing stop if everyone acted out whatever moral code felt right in the moment? If I felt I could justify stealing, then someone else might justify killing or lying or cheating. Where would the justifying stop?Yes, yes, yes! Our entire culture would do well to consider this ... and I need to keep it in mind personally, as well. It's becoming far too easy to justify almost anything. Where will it stop?Anyway, back to the plot 🙂. When Olivia and her sister Isabelle are taken captive by Sir Aldric under the orders of Lord Pitt, it's an attempt to bring her father back into line with the king. She assumes her father will quickly rescue them, and then she'll go through with his plan for her to wed Lionel Lacy and unite the families' holdings, but it soon becomes apparent that her father intends to use the captivity for his gain. Complicating matters is her attraction to Sir Aldric, the kindest, most thoughtful man she has ever met ... a man who believes he doesn't deserve to find love.I loved reading Olivia and Aldric's love story. It's so romantic, yet so respectful. And by the end, I was absolutely dying for them to be together! I didn't think anything could top Bennet and Sabine's story in For Love and Honor, but this story just might be my favorite in the series! Here's hoping Jody Hedlund decides to continue this series with Olivia's sister Isabelle's story—we certainly need more wholesome YA romances like those in this series!Disclosure of material connection: I received a copy of this book from the author. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Shannon L. Gonzalez
    January 1, 1970
    A Real Jewel in Jody Hedlund’s YA An Uncertain Choice Crown.Jody Hedlund writes another admirable novel sure to inspire readers. At the end, A Loyal Heart gives readers the embodiment of what an equally respected relationship should be. It is a remarkable portrayal of how real Love with integrity, admiration and consideration actually is valued and should be emulated.As with all of Hedlund’s Heroines, Lady Olivia defies convention by being strongfully willed and adaptable to harrowing situations A Real Jewel in Jody Hedlund’s YA An Uncertain Choice Crown.Jody Hedlund writes another admirable novel sure to inspire readers. At the end, A Loyal Heart gives readers the embodiment of what an equally respected relationship should be. It is a remarkable portrayal of how real Love with integrity, admiration and consideration actually is valued and should be emulated.As with all of Hedlund’s Heroines, Lady Olivia defies convention by being strongfully willed and adaptable to harrowing situations. Hedlund’s Heroines are women of strength and fortitude with a little bit of sass sprinkled on top. It is refreshing to follow along with these female characters as they strategize the situations in which they find themselves. A Loyal Heart is no exception to these awe-inspiring ladies.In the beginning, Sir Aldric is surprised to find out the knight he had been fighting was actually the prey he was tasked to find. When he stormed the castle in order to abduct the Earl of Ulster’s daughters he certainly didn’t think he’d find one ready to battle him sword in hand. Thus his introduction to Lady Olivia.This action filled adventure takes flight from there, with promises to keep you turning pages to find out what will happen next. Will Lady Olivia be able to free herself and her younger sister? Will she finally realize her aspiration to win her father’s favor is wildly misplaced? Will both she and Sir Aldric see that not all is as it seems and one certainly shouldn’t judge a book by its cover? (Well, except this one- A Loyal Heart has a wonderful cover which actually gives you a hint at what’s inside).This is a fun filled adventure romance that is not only entertaining, but also an excellent relationship role model with which to aspire. (Withstanding the abduction against Lady Olivia’s will of course.) The growth of these two characters is one to root for, especially to end up together by choice.Be sure to visit Jody Hedlund’s website to learn of the other 3 novels and novella in her YA An Uncertain Choice series and her other exceptional series as well.(http://jodyhedlund.com)FTC Disclaimer: I was given an ARC of this title by Northern Lights Press for review purposes only; no other compensation was awarded.
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  • Kristine Morgan
    January 1, 1970
    Book 4 in Jody Hedlund's An Uncertain Choice series is an excellent addition. I loved Lady Olivia and Sir Aldric. As the plot progressed both were forced to examine their motives and accept God's grace. I really enjoyed watching them grow to know each other. The setting is thrilling for anyone who loves medieval tales. I was given this book by the author for review purposes. All thoughts are my own.From Amazon:He’s taken her as his prisoner. But she’s holding his heart captive. In gaining their Book 4 in Jody Hedlund's An Uncertain Choice series is an excellent addition. I loved Lady Olivia and Sir Aldric. As the plot progressed both were forced to examine their motives and accept God's grace. I really enjoyed watching them grow to know each other. The setting is thrilling for anyone who loves medieval tales. I was given this book by the author for review purposes. All thoughts are my own.From Amazon:He’s taken her as his prisoner. But she’s holding his heart captive. In gaining their freedom, will they lose what matters most?When Lady Olivia’s castle is besieged, she and her sister are taken captive and held for ransom by her father’s enemy, Lord Pitt. Loyalty to family means everything to Olivia. She’ll save her sister at any cost and do whatever her father asks—even if that means obeying his order to steal a sacred relic from her captor. As Lord Pitt’s commander, Sir Aldric is in charge of the beautiful but feisty new prisoner. He has his hands full attempting to keep Lady Olivia out of trouble. When Lord Pitt throws her in the dungeon and threatens to hang her for stealing, Aldric conceives a plot to save Olivia’s life—betrothal to him.Can Olivia give up the prestigious match her father has arranged with a wealthy marquess in order to marry a lowly knight like Aldric? And can Aldric move beyond his past mistakes to embrace love again? When loyalties are tested, they’re thrust into danger that could cost them their love and their lives.“...heart-stopping . . . will make a solid addition to any YA romance collection.” School Library JournalAbout the author:Winner of 2016 Christian Book Award for fiction and Christy Award for historical romance, 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.
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  • Callie
    January 1, 1970
    A Loyal Heart by Jody Hedlund is the fourth installment in her young adult historical series, which began with the prequel novella The Vow and continued through the following three books, An Uncertain Choice, A Daring Sacrifice, and For Love and Honor.This has been a really enjoyable series that got better with each installment. Geared towards teenage and young adult audiences, I think it would be enjoyable for adults as well.This novel follows the story of Sir Aldric and Lady Olivia. I don’t wa A Loyal Heart by Jody Hedlund is the fourth installment in her young adult historical series, which began with the prequel novella The Vow and continued through the following three books, An Uncertain Choice, A Daring Sacrifice, and For Love and Honor.This has been a really enjoyable series that got better with each installment. Geared towards teenage and young adult audiences, I think it would be enjoyable for adults as well.This novel follows the story of Sir Aldric and Lady Olivia. I don’t want to say anything about the plot because I don’t want to give anything away, and there’s not much I can say about these two characters and how they meet without getting into spoilers. So, I’ll go straight into what I loved about this book. First of all, these characters are adorable and have fantastic chemistry. I love the tangles they get themselves into as they learn who is trustworthy and understand more of people’s motives. The plot keeps moving and keeps you engaged; I literally finished this book in one sitting. I picked it up and did not put it down until I had finished it. I loved the storyline, I loved the setting, and I loved the time period. These young adults novels are definitely winners for me as well as my younger sisters, and address important issues like being trustworthy and having integrity and good character while being wholesome entertainment.Thank you to the author for providing me with an electronic copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own and were not required to be positive.*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion – which I’ve done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*
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  • Jasmyn
    January 1, 1970
    Have you ever finished a series and wished there was more? Jody Hedlund made her fans dreams come true with 'A Loyal Heart"! "A Loyal Heart" is the fourth installment (fifth including the prequel) of the "Noble Knights Historical Romance Collection", though it can be a stand alone book. In the previous book "For Love and Honor" we met Aldric, a handsome Lord who is troubled by his past mistakes. Aldric is possibly my favourite hero in Hedlunds books so far, in paying for his past mistakes his pr Have you ever finished a series and wished there was more? Jody Hedlund made her fans dreams come true with 'A Loyal Heart"! "A Loyal Heart" is the fourth installment (fifth including the prequel) of the "Noble Knights Historical Romance Collection", though it can be a stand alone book. In the previous book "For Love and Honor" we met Aldric, a handsome Lord who is troubled by his past mistakes. Aldric is possibly my favourite hero in Hedlunds books so far, in paying for his past mistakes his pride took a huge blow. And yet he has such a strong presence, all of the other knights look up to him without knowing his true identity. He knows the weight of this power and uses it to teach his "peers" noble deeds, like how to treat a lady even though she is your prisoner.Which brings me to Olivia. Olivia does not know it yet as her loyalties lie with her family, but her father is a traitor to the crown. Consequently she is captured along with her sister to be used as leverage. However Olivia does not make this task easy for Aldric, who was sent to capture her. Olivia is very strong willed and will not back away from a fight to protect her sister and prove to her father that she is worth his attention. She'll fight, try to escape, and even follow her fathers commands when death could be the penalty for her crimes.I love the way Hedlund allowed us to get to know both Olivia and Aldric. There is no doubt how strong these two characters are but together they were so much more. The romantic tension is wonderful, and proves that they truly belong with each other. Just as Jody Hedlunds other books in this collection, "A Loyal Heart" grabbed my attention from the beginning and held fast till the very end.This book is written for Young Adults but I believe anyone would enjoy it. AND.. it is completely clean!!!
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  • Edward Arrington
    January 1, 1970
    Reading this story was quite entertaining and enlightening. I am sure I studied in school about the medieval ages, but that has been quite a few years ago and the emphasis was on learning facts, dates, and so on. A story about characters actually living during that age is quite different because it includes emotions, personal perspective, face-to-face contact between the characters, and descriptions of so much that was not crucial to a history lesson. I particularly liked Cecil, the man who had Reading this story was quite entertaining and enlightening. I am sure I studied in school about the medieval ages, but that has been quite a few years ago and the emphasis was on learning facts, dates, and so on. A story about characters actually living during that age is quite different because it includes emotions, personal perspective, face-to-face contact between the characters, and descriptions of so much that was not crucial to a history lesson. I particularly liked Cecil, the man who had trained Lady Olivia in so many things not normally taught to women at that time in history. She was quite a feisty young woman who seemingly never gave up even when the odds were stacked against her just as they were through most of the story. I would be untruthful if I said that I liked Sir Aldric when he first entered the story. His character grew on me as I learned his true nature. Frankly, one has to admire him for all that Lady Olivia put him through during the first several days after he captured her and her sister. Seldom have I encountered a heroine who had so many tricks up her sleeve as Lady Olivia. Throughout the story, subtle changes were taking place in her thinking, almost without her being fully aware of them. As you read, stay attuned to where the loyalties of various characters lie. Ask yourself to whom you would be loyal in each situation. The real crux of the matter is that when our primary loyalty is to God, He will help us sort out all the rest of life. I received a copy of the book from the author. This is my honest review. All opinions are strictly my own.
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