A Worthy Rebel (An Uncertain Choice, #5)
A desperate noblewoman, a rebellious peasant, and a forbidden love. While fleeing an arranged betrothal to a heartless lord, Lady Isabelle becomes injured and lost. Rescued by a young peasant man, she hides her identity as a noblewoman for fear of reprisal from the peasants who are bitter and angry toward the nobility. Cole Warwick cannot turn his back on a person in need and soon finds himself falling for Izzy, the gentle and beautiful runaway who is mending in his cottage. As the leader of an imminent uprising against the nobility, he tries to resist his growing feelings for Izzy to protect her from the dangerous life he’s chosen. But the longer she stays, the more he hopes she’ll never leave. When Izzy’s true identity is revealed, Cole feels betrayed. With the rebellion underway, can Cole forgive Izzy and find a way to save her from an unhappy marriage? Or will he and his peasant army be destroyed before he has the chance to fight for the people and the woman he loves?

A Worthy Rebel (An Uncertain Choice, #5) Details

TitleA Worthy Rebel (An Uncertain Choice, #5)
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ReleaseSep 4th, 2018
PublisherNorthern Lights Press
Rating
GenreRomance, Historical, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Young Adult, Fiction, Medieval

A Worthy Rebel (An Uncertain Choice, #5) Review

  • Nicki Chapelway
    January 1, 1970
    I have loved this entire series, any ya medieval book written by Jody Hedlund, I will read. And I've heard that this is supposed to be the last book in this series, but I hope Hedlund decides to write more young adult books.It was so fun to see Izzy get her own story and stop living in the shadow of her sister. As much as I love Olivia, I've always had a soft spot for the younger sisters. And I was so pleased to see Cecil again! I love him to pieces.This is probably my least favorite book of the I have loved this entire series, any ya medieval book written by Jody Hedlund, I will read. And I've heard that this is supposed to be the last book in this series, but I hope Hedlund decides to write more young adult books.It was so fun to see Izzy get her own story and stop living in the shadow of her sister. As much as I love Olivia, I've always had a soft spot for the younger sisters. And I was so pleased to see Cecil again! I love him to pieces.This is probably my least favorite book of the series, though I enjoyed it immensely. And I think it was because of Cole. He was an okay hero, but I didn't really connect with him. I really liked Posy and Thea though.On a whole, this book- this entire series- is so good, sweeping and dramatic and romantic. I'm serious, go read all of them.I received a free copy of this book from the author, all opinions, however, are my own.
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  • Susan Snodgrass
    January 1, 1970
    'Anger leads to hatred, and hatred gives birth to violence. Once born, violence has an appetite that cannot be sated.'Jody Hedlund's fifth offering in her 'An Uncertain Choice' series is the best yet, in my opinion. Lady Isabelle is being firmly coerced into marrying an evil landowner. She knows she must marry to save her lands and people, but has great misgiving about Sir Thomas. After meeting him and witnessing one instance of his cruelty, she is determined never to marry him. With the help of 'Anger leads to hatred, and hatred gives birth to violence. Once born, violence has an appetite that cannot be sated.'Jody Hedlund's fifth offering in her 'An Uncertain Choice' series is the best yet, in my opinion. Lady Isabelle is being firmly coerced into marrying an evil landowner. She knows she must marry to save her lands and people, but has great misgiving about Sir Thomas. After meeting him and witnessing one instance of his cruelty, she is determined never to marry him. With the help of her loyal manservant, she escapes, but becomes separated from him and is badly injured. She is discovered by Cole, a peasant who fights the nobility for just treatment. Cole takes her home with him to recover and be treated by his mother, who is a healer. Isabelle has never paid a lot of attention to the lower class but now she is coming face to face with the injustices heaped upon these kind people. Will she do what she should to help them or will she return to her life of leisure?I have been a Jody Hedlund fan since her first book years ago. I anticipate that I will always be a fan, too. She writes very well, and her medieval stories are my favorites. I was completely caught up in this story and finished it in less than a day. Well done! Highly recommended.(My thanks to the author and publisher for a copy of this book. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.)
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  • Brittany
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my! Once again, Jody Hedlund has crafted a tale that will captivate both teens and adults alike. I absolutely loved this story! A Worthy Rebel is book five in the An Uncertain Choice book series, however, it can definitely be read and understood easily without having read any of the prior books.This story had it all: a truly villainous bad guy, a damsel in distress, downtrodden peasants, and a strong hero who was trying to fight for the rights of his poor village. Izzy and Cole were character Oh my! Once again, Jody Hedlund has crafted a tale that will captivate both teens and adults alike. I absolutely loved this story! A Worthy Rebel is book five in the An Uncertain Choice book series, however, it can definitely be read and understood easily without having read any of the prior books.This story had it all: a truly villainous bad guy, a damsel in distress, downtrodden peasants, and a strong hero who was trying to fight for the rights of his poor village. Izzy and Cole were characters that I could not get enough of. Their growing romance was perfectly written, leaving me cringing as I imagined what Cole’s reaction might be when he discovered Izzy’s true identity.I also really liked the personality of these two characters. I loved that Isabelle grew into the woman God created her to be as the story progressed. It was quite the thing to see. And Cole, strong and caring for his family and friends, held a lot of understandable anger toward the noble class. Yet, he had growing to do, too. These characters were already likable at the beginning of the book, but grew into truly wonderful characters by the end of it. I enjoyed this book from start to finish.I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.You can read this review on my blog:https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...
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  • Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
    January 1, 1970
    I really, really love this series so it's a happy day when a new book releases! Yay!I think I loved Izzy and Cole from the very beginning. They are both loyal and kind. Cole is a fierce defender and leader for his people who are downtrodden and suffering. He is smart and strong but he is also gentle and kind. It's an awesome combination and I both loved and admired him. I think the way he went from pretending to all in with Izzy was sigh worthy. He didn't hum and haw too long, he knew and he ju I really, really love this series so it's a happy day when a new book releases! Yay!I think I loved Izzy and Cole from the very beginning. They are both loyal and kind. Cole is a fierce defender and leader for his people who are downtrodden and suffering. He is smart and strong but he is also gentle and kind. It's an awesome combination and I both loved and admired him. I think the way he went from pretending to all in with Izzy was sigh worthy. He didn't hum and haw too long, he knew and he jumped in. He knew what he wanted, he let Izzy know and then pursued it. Yumma.Izzy is so determined to help her people. She wants to be something noble and live up to her position and duty but doesn't know exactly how to do that, especially when she feels like she is living in her sister's shadow. I thought she was brave and kind. Especially in the end. She was a rock star. I really loved her.The forward momentum was good and I was invested in the story the whole way through. This is a fantastic addition to this series! yay!Content: violence (some graphic in nature), kissing- I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Cheryl Olson
    January 1, 1970
    A Worthy Rebel is the final chapter in the "An Uncertain Choice" series by Jody Hedlund and I greatly enjoyed this finale. I have to say as someone that doesn't really qualify as a "YA reader", I still very much enjoyed it. The old quote by C.S. Lewis, "Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again," applies here- a great story is a great story however it is quantified.As this story begins Lady Isabelle, Countess of Ulster is running to get away from the very cruel and posse A Worthy Rebel is the final chapter in the "An Uncertain Choice" series by Jody Hedlund and I greatly enjoyed this finale. I have to say as someone that doesn't really qualify as a "YA reader", I still very much enjoyed it. The old quote by C.S. Lewis, "Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again," applies here- a great story is a great story however it is quantified.As this story begins Lady Isabelle, Countess of Ulster is running to get away from the very cruel and possessive man Lord Neville, her intended who is a match arranged from her Cinderella'ish type step-mother, who she is just now realizing is definitely not someone that she should be saying "I do" to, but rather someone to be avoiding at all costs. A very loyal and kind manservant helps her to make her escape through the local forest land, home to local mistreated peasants of the land and most notedly Cole Warwick, leader of the peasant rebels. Lady Isabelle and her servant are separated and she is discovered by Cole in a very ill state and taken back to his village to help nurse her back to health. Isabelle, realizing where she is, that she cannot disclose her true identity to Cole as she discovers he is part of the rebels who are conspiring to stage an uprising against Lord Neville and his rule. Her role as nobility in her mind, would not be met with positive feelings by the peasants so she becomes "Izzy" a nickname that her sister Olivia called her, to Cole and his mother and niece. There is immediate connection with Cole and Izzy and as she continues to get to know him and the people that are in his village, she comes to see what hard working amazing people they are. As her feelings grow for Cole, she knows that she needs to tell him who she really is, but just as she is about to tell him the truth about her true identity, she is interrupted and can't disclose to him who she is. As the story goes on, the characters both grow in their ability to do what's right and what God would want, and not let fear, or anger dictate their actions. For me , I felt a bit of a kinship with Izzy as she had to do something completely uncharacteristic for her, push fear aside and do what she was called to do. The "noble woman" falling in love with the commoner is well done in this story and it's fun to see how things get resolved in the end, which I will leave for you to find out . I would also like to point out that the discussion questions at the end of the book are very well done, and I feel would lead to some great conversations with teen girls especially. Thank you Jody Hedlund for a wonderful series and for writing some great books for young and old alike!5 stars- I was given a complimentary kindle copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Shirley Chapel
    January 1, 1970
    This story takes place in Europe around the year of 1394. At that time women whether rich or poor had very little rights in their lives. Usually their parents arranged marriage for their daughters. The unmarried girl might have not even met her intended. I can only say that I'm glad things are different today.Lady Isabelle is a young noblewoman and her step mother has arranged for her to marry Sir Thomas Neville. They have made the trip to Sir Neville's castle in Pembroke. Things haven't gone we This story takes place in Europe around the year of 1394. At that time women whether rich or poor had very little rights in their lives. Usually their parents arranged marriage for their daughters. The unmarried girl might have not even met her intended. I can only say that I'm glad things are different today.Lady Isabelle is a young noblewoman and her step mother has arranged for her to marry Sir Thomas Neville. They have made the trip to Sir Neville's castle in Pembroke. Things haven't gone well as both Lady Margerat and Lady Isabelle are attacked by angry peasants as they neared Sir Thomas's castle. Lord Neville takes justice into his own hands and has two of the attackers hang . He has forced Lady Isabelle to watch and at her request to spare a girl he orders his guard to cut off the peasant's hand. Lady Isabelle finds Sir Thomas to be cruel and heartless and she decides to run away to escape her upcoming wedding to him. She gets lost in the forest and is half dead when a young and handsome peasant finds her and arranges for her care until she recovers. Cole Warwick, her rescuer finds Lady Isabelle to be very beautiful and he is attracted to her. He hates nobility and hasn't any idea who she really is. As the story unfolds both Issy as she is now called and Cole spend a lot of time together. As she is recovering Sir Thomas Neville never stops searching for her and should he discover her with the peasants he will charge the entire community of abducting her and the consequences will be horrible. I found this to be a very heart warming story . I had no trouble being drawn into this story from the first chapter. It definitely was a page turner. I have never been disappointed with any of Jody Hedlund's books that I've read. It's the first time I've read anything in this genre and probably won't be the last. This book would be good for young adults or adults of any age. It was a clean read which I liked. It is part of a series but can be read as a stand alone. I was very fortunate to win a signed copy of this book from a giveaway given by the author. I wasn't asked to do a review but was more than happy to do so since I loved the story. All comments are my own thoughts on the book. I highly recommend it.
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  • Rachael
    January 1, 1970
    A thoroughly enjoyable YA read with great, relatable characters, a realistic setting, and several gems of truth and good counsel for anyone, especially our youth.The characters from the primary to secondary are terrific. This book stands very well on its own, but I highly recommend reading the series. All the books have a terrific gem of truth on which to think and great stories to enjoy. The characters from those stories make appearances in this one.The book is so incredibly well done. I’m thri A thoroughly enjoyable YA read with great, relatable characters, a realistic setting, and several gems of truth and good counsel for anyone, especially our youth.The characters from the primary to secondary are terrific. This book stands very well on its own, but I highly recommend reading the series. All the books have a terrific gem of truth on which to think and great stories to enjoy. The characters from those stories make appearances in this one.The book is so incredibly well done. I’m thrilled to have a YA series that is clean and teaches morality and purity. Teen reads that I want my daughter to have are very hard to find.I received an ebook from the author. All opinions are my own. ( Its so great that I have a paperback headed my way for my forever shelves! )
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  • Faye
    January 1, 1970
    Lady Isabelle has always felt like she was in her sister, Olivia's shadow. She is titled, but penniless, and now she has the opportunity to marry in order to provide for her people. But when her perspective husband turns out to be a wretched, sadistic man, Thomas Neville, she flees his castle intending to take refuge with her sister. Cole Warwick is the son of a woodcutter, and tenant of Neville, he has inherited his father's woodcutting license and does what he can to care for his sister and mo Lady Isabelle has always felt like she was in her sister, Olivia's shadow. She is titled, but penniless, and now she has the opportunity to marry in order to provide for her people. But when her perspective husband turns out to be a wretched, sadistic man, Thomas Neville, she flees his castle intending to take refuge with her sister. Cole Warwick is the son of a woodcutter, and tenant of Neville, he has inherited his father's woodcutting license and does what he can to care for his sister and mother. He and his friends are training to defend themselves against Neville's unfair and violent practices. When Cole finds Izzy in the woods, injured, he brings her home where his mother and sister help to care for her. Izzy is hesitant to reveal her true identity, but with each passing day she comes to admire Cole and his heart for others. Can Izzy and Cole find a way to help the villagers, and protect them from Neville's violence?The 5th book in the series, it stands well on it's own, but couples well with the previous book which centers on her sister, Olivia. I didn't even know this was coming, and to be honest had kind of thought the last book was the final of the series, so you can imagine my delight when it was announced that Ms. Hedlund was releasing a 5th and final story in this series. Action packed, with a Robin Hood-like feel to it, this was a coming of age story about Izzy, who we were briefly introduced to in the previous book. She has a big heart for others, especially children, I loved her friendship with Cole's sister, Posy, and how she encourages her to see herself as beautiful. Izzy finds her strength fighting for her voice and say in her life. Cole is a born leader, he loves his family and doesn't want anymore than to be treated fairly. He is a hardworker, and very brave. Overall, this was an enjoyable read with a climactic ending, admirable heroes. I really liked getting to know Izzy better, as well as reading about the devoted Cecil. The villain was absolutely vile. A great read for fans of the other books in this series. 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 it on my blog. Regardless, 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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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    "Was there a difference between fighting for those you loved versus fighting out of hatred for the enemy?" "Be not overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good." . . . Cole Warwick's trustworthy friend Priest, had the uncanny ability to apply the Holy Scripture to nearly every circumstance that life had to offer, and in this case . . . . Cole's anger towards Lord Thomas Neville had provoked him to the point of rage and revenge. How dare the man take the lives of two young innocents while perm "Was there a difference between fighting for those you loved versus fighting out of hatred for the enemy?" "Be not overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good." . . . Cole Warwick's trustworthy friend Priest, had the uncanny ability to apply the Holy Scripture to nearly every circumstance that life had to offer, and in this case . . . . Cole's anger towards Lord Thomas Neville had provoked him to the point of rage and revenge. How dare the man take the lives of two young innocents while permanently maiming another? All while allowing an audience to eyewitness his nefariousness; the lord's lovely bride-to-be.Lady Isabelle is desperate to escape an arranged marriage with the brute whose reputation has already proceeded him, and so follows her manservant deep into the forest during the dead of night, determined to reach her sister; Lady Olivia, the Baroness of Windsor, in order to seek refuge and protection. The escape took a wrong turn and Izzy finds herself desperately lost and in need of medical assistance, when the leader of Lord Neville's dissatisfied peasants happens by; tenderly carrying her to his home and placing her into the capable hands of his mother, who gently tends Izzy's wounds and offers her a place of sanctuary to rest and recuperate. Never disclosing her true identity, Izzy allows herself to be drawn to the honorable woodcutter, fearing that at some point her duplicity will stir a bloody rebellion, costing the lives of those she had grown to love. Could she find the courage to rebel against "the way things had always been done"? This lovely story is full of life lessons for readers of any generation, while captivating its audience with page turning intensity. I received a copy of this book from the author, the opinions stated are entirely my own.
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  • Haley S
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, Jody Hedlund! How do you do it? Somehow you manage to draw the reader (me) in and make me want to read non-stop until I find out what happens. How is that possible?Isabelle and Cole are great main characters. Even though I did not like them as much as the other characters in the rest of the series, I still enjoyed reading their story. I was actually surprised with Isabelle’s story. In A Loyal Heart, the third book in An Uncertain Choice series, I thought I knew how Isabella’s story would en Wow, Jody Hedlund! How do you do it? Somehow you manage to draw the reader (me) in and make me want to read non-stop until I find out what happens. How is that possible?Isabelle and Cole are great main characters. Even though I did not like them as much as the other characters in the rest of the series, I still enjoyed reading their story. I was actually surprised with Isabelle’s story. In A Loyal Heart, the third book in An Uncertain Choice series, I thought I knew how Isabella’s story would end and how she would get her happily ever after. But I guess I was wrong. However, I am glad how it ended anyhow!The story was super easy read. I read it in just a few days—but that might also be because I didn’t want to put it down. I would recommend this book to everyone who loves a cute, medieval romance. Also, I would also recommend the rest of the books in this series. They are all very cute and have sweet stories.The cover is beautiful. I really like her dress. So I’m going to give it 5 stars. Plus, I really like the background and scenery.I am going to give this book itself 4 stars. It was wonderfully well-written. But I just didn’t like it as much as the rest of the books in the series. However, I will still probably be reading this book again when I need a story full romance, adventure, and intrigue.
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  • Holly
    January 1, 1970
    Surprise surprise! Jody has given us another heart melting medieval romance. And like the last book, we didn't know it was coming!We first meet Izzy in, A Loyal Heart, the fourth book in the series. I was indifferent to her then. She seemed timid against her sister's strength. In the beginning of this book I still didn't have strong feelings for her. I admit, it took me a good third of the way to really connect with her. The shifting point came at the end of chapter 7 with the quote, "I didn't w Surprise surprise! Jody has given us another heart melting medieval romance. And like the last book, we didn't know it was coming!We first meet Izzy in, A Loyal Heart, the fourth book in the series. I was indifferent to her then. She seemed timid against her sister's strength. In the beginning of this book I still didn't have strong feelings for her. I admit, it took me a good third of the way to really connect with her. The shifting point came at the end of chapter 7 with the quote, "I didn't want to leave until I had the chance to discover who I really was." For some reason that reminds me of the "remember who you are" line from The Lion King.The romance between Izzy and Cole was a bit sweeter and less in your face than the other romances in the series. I feel like they even had less interactions as well. The pacing seemed slower too. That is until chapter 16 when everything just began to roll. I suppose that's how story pacing works, right? It's how you get drawn in. :D By chapter 20 I was reading like the wind to find out how it ends. FYI, it ends good. This was a good one. Just what I needed. Seeing Izzy grow as a person, breaking free from her mentality of comparing herself to others, mainly her sister, was empowering. I believe we all go through times of comparison and discovering who we are. There's a line Izzy says near the end, "I had to learn to be myself." To which I say- Amen, sistah!I received a copy of this book for my reading and reviewing pleasure. All opinions are my own.
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  • Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)
    January 1, 1970
    I was swept away into the intrigue and adventure right from the beginning of this delightful story! Jody Hedlund has a way with words that seems to captivate my imagination and keep me eagerly turning pages late into the night.Lady Isabelle starts out as a young lady who is fearful and sheltered. I enjoyed watching her grow into a strong character as she not only learns to trust those she once feared, but she also learns to see her own worth and her ability to make a difference in the lives of t I was swept away into the intrigue and adventure right from the beginning of this delightful story! Jody Hedlund has a way with words that seems to captivate my imagination and keep me eagerly turning pages late into the night.Lady Isabelle starts out as a young lady who is fearful and sheltered. I enjoyed watching her grow into a strong character as she not only learns to trust those she once feared, but she also learns to see her own worth and her ability to make a difference in the lives of those around her.Cole Warwick has a gentle heart for those he sees in need, yet at the same time, he carries around a heavy burden of anger toward the unjust treatment from the nobility. Cole often brushes aside the advice of not only his mother but of his best friend. However, their words do stick with him and he comes to understand that letting go of the past is the only way he will be able to move forward and enjoy his future.Will two people from polar opposite ends of the class spectrum find a way to be together? Or will their differences be too big of a wall to tear down?While this book is the 5th in the series, you could read it as a stand-alone. A few characters show up from previous books, but not in such a way that you would feel lost. With that said, however, I would encourage you to read the other books, as they are just as delightful as this one.I give this story 4.5 stars and would encourage you to snag a copy of this book for yourself and a friend to enjoy!(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)
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  • Caitlyn Santi
    January 1, 1970
    I've really enjoyed all of Jody's YA novels in this series, and I was very excited to learn there would be a fifth installment. After the last book I was pretty confident that I knew who Isabelle would end up with (Sir Darien) so I was totally surprised that this book features Cole, an entirely new character as its leading man! I loved Cole, he was a great hero. I liked Isabelle in the last book so it was great to get inside her head and get to know her. Her character development from the beginn I've really enjoyed all of Jody's YA novels in this series, and I was very excited to learn there would be a fifth installment. After the last book I was pretty confident that I knew who Isabelle would end up with (Sir Darien) so I was totally surprised that this book features Cole, an entirely new character as its leading man! I loved Cole, he was a great hero. I liked Isabelle in the last book so it was great to get inside her head and get to know her. Her character development from the beginning of the novel to the end was fabulous. I loved watching her learn to be courageous and heroic in her own unique way! Like all of Jody's books this one has a fabulous cast of secondary characters! One of my favorites was Cole's best friend Priest, I greatly admired and absolutely loved how he quoted scripture in casual conversations, I wanna have a faith like him when I grow up! Another thing I loved about this book was the message that kisses are something to save for the person you love and want to marry and not something to be given away lightly, this is a great message for teens and adults alike. Overall, this was a great conclusion to this series! I really enjoyed reading A Worthy Rebel and I hope Jody writes more YA novels in the future, because I can't wait to read them! I received a copy of this book from the publisher, which did not influence my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    A Worthy Rebel is book five from Jody Hedlund's An Uncertain Choice series. I have enjoyed the series and this installment does not disappoint. I liked Lady Isabella right from the start. I can not blame her one bit for running away. Which leads her to Cole. I knew instantly of their chemistry. I loved the scenes when they were together. I give A Worthy Rebel four and a half stars. I highly recommend this beautiful story. I received this book from the author, but was not required to write a revi A Worthy Rebel is book five from Jody Hedlund's An Uncertain Choice series. I have enjoyed the series and this installment does not disappoint. I liked Lady Isabella right from the start. I can not blame her one bit for running away. Which leads her to Cole. I knew instantly of their chemistry. I loved the scenes when they were together. I give A Worthy Rebel four and a half stars. I highly recommend this beautiful story. 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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  • Chesney
    January 1, 1970
    A great ending to the series although it definitely can be read as a stand-alone. I love the chemistry between Cole and Izzy. I love that Izzy found what she was meant to do and that she had the courage to do it!
  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    Remember Aesop's Fables? Stories like "The Tortoise and the Hare" that teach a moral lesson? That's what Jody Hedlund's "An Uncertain Choice" series reminds me of. I mean that in the best way: These stories all teach moral lessons, but they're written in such a way that the reader may not even consciously realize there's anything beyond a love story being presented.A Worthy Rebel contains themes of being the best version of yourself (not trying to be someone else), guarding your affections, trea Remember Aesop's Fables? Stories like "The Tortoise and the Hare" that teach a moral lesson? That's what Jody Hedlund's "An Uncertain Choice" series reminds me of. I mean that in the best way: These stories all teach moral lessons, but they're written in such a way that the reader may not even consciously realize there's anything beyond a love story being presented.A Worthy Rebel contains themes of being the best version of yourself (not trying to be someone else), guarding your affections, treating everyone with respect, and standing up for what's right even when it's difficult. Plus, there's an amazing love story 😍.Cole and Izzy are both highly flawed characters, yet they grow and change throughout the story. Their attraction is immediate, but their love develops in a slow, respectful manner ... yet it also feels entirely swoon-worthy! Of all of the couples in this series, they have perhaps the most barriers to surmount, thanks to the class system; I appreciated that not everyone was in favor of their relationship because of this, as it lent an authenticity to the story. (I also wanted to shake some 21st century sense into a couple characters, but if we're talking about realism, that would not be it!)Though this is the fifth (and final) book in the series, you can read it without having first read any of the other novels. Some characters from previous novels do show up in minor roles, but not in any way that would diminish your enjoyment of this book if this is your first exposure to the series.A Worthy Rebel is a wonderful book that I highly recommend for teens ... and for those of us who left our teen years behind long ago. 5 stars.Note: There is some violence in the book. It's not graphic, but some of it involves children. If you're especially sensitive to violence, beware.Disclosure of material connection: I received a copy of this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Coffee&Books
    January 1, 1970
    Jody Hedlund was made to write Historical and more to the point Medieval romances. If I want an incredible Medieval read my two favorites are Jody Hedlund and Tamara Leigh. That's it.. wild horses can not tear me away from these incredible God given talent writers. I LOVE this series, it is my favorite and I am constantly doing re reads. That Mrs. Hedlund keeps spoiling us with more..keep them coming.A lady undercover - CheckA hero that is swoon worthy and protective- CheckA story you will not w Jody Hedlund was made to write Historical and more to the point Medieval romances. If I want an incredible Medieval read my two favorites are Jody Hedlund and Tamara Leigh. That's it.. wild horses can not tear me away from these incredible God given talent writers. I LOVE this series, it is my favorite and I am constantly doing re reads. That Mrs. Hedlund keeps spoiling us with more..keep them coming.A lady undercover - CheckA hero that is swoon worthy and protective- CheckA story you will not want to put down and life as you know it will come to a stand still- CHECK
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  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    . Jody is the reason I started reading Christian fiction. She's a fabulous storyteller who has a way of making you feel like you were there no matter what story you are reading at the time. Her Historical fiction is just fabulous!! I look forward to each one. Two of my favorites are Luther and Katherina and Polly and Newt This new series is good too. It's made especially for people who love to read about the Medieval times. I love how even in these stories she manages to include God in the story . Jody is the reason I started reading Christian fiction. She's a fabulous storyteller who has a way of making you feel like you were there no matter what story you are reading at the time. Her Historical fiction is just fabulous!! I look forward to each one. Two of my favorites are Luther and Katherina and Polly and Newt This new series is good too. It's made especially for people who love to read about the Medieval times. I love how even in these stories she manages to include God in the story. By putting Him in the story it gives the characters hope that things will turn out okay. Good always wins over evil. It's never good to let hate fester until it turns that person bitter. It just means the evil person will win every time. While reading this book, I found myself wanting to yell at them as if I were watching a movie! I know my mouth dropped open in some places too! ( I believe this would make a great movie)! I just don't understand how people can be so cruel to others when they wear their pants the same way everyone else does! So mean!! Izzy is my favorite, even though I think she's learned a hard lesson. She's very spunky and has a soft heart. I wouldn't want to be in her shoes! That is certainly a lot to live up to! I know I would do what she did! I can't help but think how these people, especially Izzy and Cole would think of today's world? This book is not a stand alone. I feel if you don't read the previous books, then you'll be lost. I sometimes am when I get into a series and don't know that it's a series! I always get frustrated when that happens!! I will be reading the rest of this series! I strongly recommend this book for people who love Medieval times or for just anyone who loves to read! I received this book for free. No compensations were received in any way. All are my honest opinions.
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  • Callie
    January 1, 1970
    A Worthy Rebel is the fifth installment in Jody Hedlund’s young adult medieval romance series (whew!). A Worthy Rebel centers on the story of Olivia’s younger sister, Lady Isabelle, who is being forced into an arranged marriage to save the people of her village. When she realizes what a cruel man she is being forced to marry is, she runs away. A young peasant rescues her, and she thinks she has escaped successfully, but she doesn’t realize is the danger she has put herself and everyone around he A Worthy Rebel is the fifth installment in Jody Hedlund’s young adult medieval romance series (whew!). A Worthy Rebel centers on the story of Olivia’s younger sister, Lady Isabelle, who is being forced into an arranged marriage to save the people of her village. When she realizes what a cruel man she is being forced to marry is, she runs away. A young peasant rescues her, and she thinks she has escaped successfully, but she doesn’t realize is the danger she has put herself and everyone around her in.I’m usually a big fan of Jody Hedlund’s novels, both her “regular” ones and her young adult ones, but this one didn’t really make me fall head over heels like her books normally do. Sure, it had some great adventure, and medieval stories are always fun, but the way this story progressed just left it feeling a little cliche and predictable. I got tired of the if-you-really-knew-who-I-was-you-wouldn’t-love-me-anymore, *gasp*-I-found-out-who-you-really-are-and-you’re-right-I-will-never-forgive-you, oh-wait-I-really-do-love-you storyline. I also generally like how Mrs. Hedlund, particularly in her young adult romances, puts an emphasis on purity and developing the relationship before physical contact, but this was, in my opinion, over-stated in this book and under-applied. The characters had a moment where they just decided to themselves to save their kisses until they knew they were going to get married, and to me, when they did kiss, marriage really wasn’t a viable option for them yet. That just made it seem a little preachy and then still fell into the “oh but I love him so it’ll be okay” pitfall anyway. Normally I wouldn’t really go off on something like that, but because the author specifically put in the whole part about waiting until the characters were ready for marriage and then went against that, I wanted to mention it.Overall, it was a good story, but it didn’t really stand out from previous ones in this series. It was predictable and forgettable, not terrible but not extraordinary either. I would recommend it for someone looking for an adventure, and younger teens than I would probably judge it less harshly.Thank you to the author, Jody Hedlund, for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own.*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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  • Fizzy
    January 1, 1970
    When I found out that Jody Hedlund was releasing another book in the An Uncertain Choice series I knew I had to read it. I HAD to have it, m'kay. It's a thing. For the life of me I wasn't sure who was left to write about but that didn't matter, I mean it was a Jody Hedlund book first and second it was part of her amazing young adult medieval series, what's not to love. I got this lovely book in my hands and dove in head first as soon as the opportunity presented itself. Now, mind you I still don When I found out that Jody Hedlund was releasing another book in the An Uncertain Choice series I knew I had to read it. I HAD to have it, m'kay. It's a thing. For the life of me I wasn't sure who was left to write about but that didn't matter, I mean it was a Jody Hedlund book first and second it was part of her amazing young adult medieval series, what's not to love. I got this lovely book in my hands and dove in head first as soon as the opportunity presented itself. Now, mind you I still don't have a clue who the book is about and the squeal of excitement when I figured it out might have been heard all the way to North Carolina. OK, it's also possible Kristin and I were on the phone at the time as well :D Here in lies the great conundrum of new releases by favorite authors. It's almost the lie you trap yourself in. I could have checked out Goodreads, Amazon, BookBub, or a host of other places to gather more information on this book (including, oh I don't know the synopsis and who it was about) but I didn't. I mean, why would I need to do that when I know that I will love this book? Right? Right!Once I realized this book was all about Izzy, sorry Lady Isabelle, I was so exited and immersed in the story. Izzy feels like she's always lived in her sister Olivia's shadow (A Loyal Heart) and always rescued by her warrior sister. Now, however Olivia can't rescue her. A match to a neighboring Lord that is anything but ideal (or wanted) ups the anti for Izzy and her need to find herself and her strength. Easy to write yet so hard to do. Jody takes real life things and makes the struggle relevant and embraces life's struggles that everyone faces regardless of your status in life (Lady or peasant) or when you live (now or medieval). Her characters are so real, her compassion is tangible, and her foundation of faith is embracing in each book, with each story, and in such a way that your can't closed the book without feeling empowered and strengthened.This book is about more than just finding the courage to find your path and your strength. It's also about the finding the courage to do the right thing, even when it's the hardest thing. God may give you the way through it but you have grow the faith to take the path. That is where Izzy struggles. Finding her footing, not her sister's, realizing that every person has a different strength. You don't have to be a warrior to win the war. (Though having one in your corner helps!) Cole has the opposite problem. He's ready for the battle, he's ready to do what is necessary for the benefit of his community and neighbors. But he's not ready to open his heart. . .until Izzy. Izzy who represents everything he is preparing to battle against. Izzy who breaks the mold and his barriers. Izzy who represents even new barriers, for both of them. For the record, I'd date Cole, he's just that gallant and gentlemanly in his warrior peasant mold. For the sake of full honesty, there were a few times when this story lagged a little for me. The waiting for them to figure things out tests my patience. It wasn't bad nor detracting and hardly worth mentioning but there you have it. Honestly, the ONLY thing I don't love about this book is the purple cover :DI 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-wort....
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  • Meagan Myhren-bennett
    January 1, 1970
    A Worthy RebelAn Uncertain Choice #5By Jody HedlundIn A Loyal Heart, we were introduced to Lady Olivia of Ulster and now we discover what became of her younger sister Lady Isabelle. Lady Isabelle, Countess of Ulster, is known for her delicate beauty but her late father's treachery has brought the shame of the king's shunning upon the family name. With few choices, Lady Isabelle is being pressured to marry Sir Thomas Neville. His wealth will stabilize her own struggling lands and provide the fina A Worthy RebelAn Uncertain Choice #5By Jody HedlundIn A Loyal Heart, we were introduced to Lady Olivia of Ulster and now we discover what became of her younger sister Lady Isabelle. Lady Isabelle, Countess of Ulster, is known for her delicate beauty but her late father's treachery has brought the shame of the king's shunning upon the family name. With few choices, Lady Isabelle is being pressured to marry Sir Thomas Neville. His wealth will stabilize her own struggling lands and provide the finances she no longer possesses. But Isabelle's arrival in Pembroke brings forth peasant dissatisfaction against Sir Thomas catching Isabelle in its wake. Sir Thomas's response and cruelty convince Izzy that she cannot contemplate a marriage to such a man. Escaping Castle Pembroke leaves Izzy alone, lost, and hunted. Sir Thomas is not about to allow his plans to be thwarted.Cole Warwick is determined to convince Sir Thomas to listen to the peasant's concerns and complaints and if open rebellion is necessary so be it. But when soldiers take to the woods he fears that the rebels are the target of their search, he never imagined that the hurt young woman he found is the true target. As Izzy recovers she has a chance to truly understand the peasant life something she had never before had any occasion to do. Interactions with her own people were usually through an intermediary. Hiding as a peasant though places those caring for her in danger if her subterfuge is discovered. As she gets to know the Warwick family Izzy finds herself drawn towards Cole, but marriage between nobility and peasantry can never be. Cole could never provide the finances Izzy so desperately needs. And if he discovers who she truly is he may hate her for the noble title she holds.A Worthy Rebel is the final book in the An Uncertain Choice series. The characters are interesting as they deal with what life has given them. Cecil, who was in the previous book makes another appearance in this one and the reader is left in doubt as to his fate. I also liked Cole's mother Thea and found the backstory of parents to be quite interesting. And for those who enjoy the Duke of Rivenshire he makes an appearance in this one at a most appropriate moment (hint, hint there is a battle). The final outcome is one that the reader will not expect (yes, there is a happy ending but it is what leads up to it that proves most intriguing.Written for the young adult/teen audience all fans of Jody Hedlund's work will enjoy this one. Though over 300 pages the book doesn't feel long and is easy to follow through its intrigues and twists. And the cover I love the dress!
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  • Kristin
    January 1, 1970
    A Worthy Rebel is the fifth book in the An Uncertain Choice series. To my knowledge, this is the conclusion of the series but I sure wouldn't complain if the author put out five more.I've said it each time that "this one was my favorite" and yet, I feel that way once again. This author consistently publishes books that make me fall in love with new characters. I'm then convinced that the latest book is the best book when they're ALL the best.I don't know how many times I've read a review and I p A Worthy Rebel is the fifth book in the An Uncertain Choice series. To my knowledge, this is the conclusion of the series but I sure wouldn't complain if the author put out five more.I've said it each time that "this one was my favorite" and yet, I feel that way once again. This author consistently publishes books that make me fall in love with new characters. I'm then convinced that the latest book is the best book when they're ALL the best.I don't know how many times I've read a review and I practically screamed at the blogger to tell me why he/she loved the book rather than singing the praises. Yet, here I am doing the same. So, I'm going to try really hard to tone down my enthusiasm and share what I loved about this book.I love the characters in this book. The girls are not completely helpless and the men are not perfect. These characters have flaws and imperfections that I can relate to. Each of them has their own challenges that they have to face in both their personal and spiritual relationships.The social situations, much like today, have room for improvement and the author tackles issues such as poverty, starvation and differences in social classes. Issues that are still relevant.The lessons that we can learn from these characters are valuable. Learning to let God use us exactly where He has placed us in life. No matter if we have a little or a lot—our love for God and our neighbors is what truly matters in life. Not only can these characters teach us to allow God to use us for His glory, but they also remind us that we are valuable to Him.These novellas are more than just a sweet romance for young (or in my case, old) ladies. They are sweet romances full of godly wisdom, breathtaking action and just the right amount of humor.I truly wish that I could think of something borderline negative to say about this book as to lend this review credibility. I just can't think of a negative thing to say.If you love a sweet, Christian romance with a Robin Hood feel, this book, this entire series, is one that you should consider.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.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+Profanity: NoneSex: NoneViolence: mild violence, a girl has her hand chopped offDrugs & Alcohol: NoneTrigger Warning: NoneA Worthy Rebel is book #5 in An Uncertain Choice series by Jody Hedlund. Other books in the series include The Vow (#0.5), An Uncertain Choice (#1), A Daring Sacrifice (#2), and For Love and Honor (#3) and A Loyal Heart (#4).This review originally posted on A Simply Enchanted Life
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  • MJSH
    January 1, 1970
    "'You don't have ugly hands,' he said quietly, his eyes reassuring me that I didn't need to be a perfect woman for him to accept me, that he wouldn't let my scars define who I was. 'I would touch them if you'll allow it.'"Jody Hedlund once again delivers such tender Medieval romance laced with terrific writing and fantastic dialogue and infused with solid spiritual truths. There is plenty of action and battle scenes, great character development, gentle twists and turns in the plot that will have "'You don't have ugly hands,' he said quietly, his eyes reassuring me that I didn't need to be a perfect woman for him to accept me, that he wouldn't let my scars define who I was. 'I would touch them if you'll allow it.'"Jody Hedlund once again delivers such tender Medieval romance laced with terrific writing and fantastic dialogue and infused with solid spiritual truths. There is plenty of action and battle scenes, great character development, gentle twists and turns in the plot that will have you turning the pages, and skillful interweaving of Scripture into the characters' lives and conversations. The theme of faithfulness and overcoming evil with good is prominent in the plot and plays a big role in Izzy and Cole maturing.The year is 1395 and Izzy, Olivia's younger sister (featured in A Loyal Heart which is An Uncertain Choice book #4), has had their wealth and prestige ripped out from under her family due to her deceased father's treachery against the king. Izzy is sensitive, tender-hearted, emotional, fragile, kind, and compassionate and cannot stand that she needs to marry a wealthy but cruel neighbor to rescue her tenants and family. Izzy is beautiful on the inside and out, but people only see her outward beauty. As her journey unfolds, she must learn who she is and figure out what she stands for. Cole is a peasant woodworker in Izzy's neighbor's jurisdiction and he is loyal, strong, and trained to be fighter. Unfortunately his need to lead a peasant's uprising is fueled by hatred and need for revenge and this darkness pushes him into numbness and fearlessness. When Izzy runs away from her cruel almost-betrothed, she finds herself in the circle of the peasants and discovers joy in simplicity.Although it's book #5 in the series, this book can definitely be read as a stand-alone. I do need to go back and read books #1-3 since I'm now so emotionally invested in these characters! If you enjoy historical romance, you will absolutely love this book. Jody Hedlund will transport you to a land and time far away where noble knights conquer evil and fair maidens are rescued for a happily ever after.I was given a copy of the book from the author/publisher and was not obligated to write a review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
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  • C.E. Hart
    January 1, 1970
    A desperate noblewoman, a rebellious peasant, and a forbidden love.I was so excited to receive a copy of A Worthy Rebel, book 5 of the An Uncertain Choice series by Jody Hedlund. Although I haven’t read all of the previous books, I did read A Loyal Heart last year and loved it. Each book serves well as a standalone.As with all of her work, Ms. Hedlund brings her rich characters to life and paints grand settings. Whether a castle, or a meager peasant’s village, she makes a scene come to life with A desperate noblewoman, a rebellious peasant, and a forbidden love.I was so excited to receive a copy of A Worthy Rebel, book 5 of the An Uncertain Choice series by Jody Hedlund. Although I haven’t read all of the previous books, I did read A Loyal Heart last year and loved it. Each book serves well as a standalone.As with all of her work, Ms. Hedlund brings her rich characters to life and paints grand settings. Whether a castle, or a meager peasant’s village, she makes a scene come to life with vibrant visuals.Lady Isabelle (Izzy), this story’s heroine, is the younger sister of Lady Olivia from the previous book. Her story is just as compelling, dangerous, and fast-paced as her sister’s. It is easy to step into her skin and experience her situations and emotions. I rooted for her the entire journey.Oftentimes I tend to argue (so-to-speak) with a hero or heroine, scolding them for making ridiculous choices or being stubborn and maddening. (Just being honest.) But Izzy followed a path I both understood and admired. And swoon worthy Cole made authentic, although sometimes difficult choices that made sense—to both his circumstances and for the sake of the story. A Worthy Rebel presents many twists and turns, ups and downs, and both heartbreaking and heart-swelling moments, but through it all, nothing is too much or too over the top. I loved the lessons Cole and Izzy learned through this story, and especially loved Priest’s Scriptural and spiritual contributions to the storyline. Every character serves a purpose.Superb pacing, believable characters, and a gifted storyteller make this a fascinating medieval tale. Cover: LikeTitle: LovePages: 208Publisher: Northern Lights PressSeries: An Uncertain Choice Book #5First Line: “Upon our arrival,” Lady Margaret said, flicking her reins and prodding her mare to a trot, “Sir Thomas will be expecting your agreement of marriage.”I received a complimentary copy of this book.
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  • Kristi
    January 1, 1970
    As a longtime fan of Jody Hedlund's books, I had never read any of her young adult books. A Worthy Rebel sounded like an intriguing story so I thought I'd give it a try. I'm glad I did. This book was everything I've come to expect from her with interesting characters, good storylines, and wonderful descriptions that made me feel as if I were there with the characters.I immediately liked Lady Isabella, or Izzy as she's also known in the story. Finding herself being forced to marry the evil Sir Th As a longtime fan of Jody Hedlund's books, I had never read any of her young adult books. A Worthy Rebel sounded like an intriguing story so I thought I'd give it a try. I'm glad I did. This book was everything I've come to expect from her with interesting characters, good storylines, and wonderful descriptions that made me feel as if I were there with the characters.I immediately liked Lady Isabella, or Izzy as she's also known in the story. Finding herself being forced to marry the evil Sir Thomas, Izzy runs away and finds shelter with Cole, Thea, and Posey. Cole and his family are peasants and they teach Izzy so much about the hard lives they lead. There is an attraction between Cole and Izzy that slowly builds into a budding romance that was so sweetly written that it was perfect. Cole and Izzy had great chemistry and it was easy to see them as real people instead of just characters in a book. I don't normally look for lessons or messages in stories I read as I just like to read a good story that can whisk me away to another time and place. However, the author includes a nice lesson in this story that is done in a way that isn't overly preachy or too much. It is so well written into the story that it just becomes part of it. In fact, there are several lessons that can be learned from reading this book. I recommend this book to young adult to not-so-young adult readers. It is an excellent story and if you are Jody Hedlund fan you are sure to enjoy meeting and getting to know these characters. I have not read the previous books in the series and thought this book stood fine on its own. I will be reading the previous books though as I'm interested in the stories of some of the secondary characters in this book. This book is a good, quick read. I received a complimentary copy of this book and was not obligated to write a review. All opinions are mine.
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  • Rosalyn
    January 1, 1970
    Isn't this cover absolutely beautiful?! This book is considered a YA novel....but I am admitting that I still enjoy this type of read. ;) I love medieval settings. I love the time period, the land, the food, the clothes, all of it....and when I was given the opportunity to be on the launch team for this book, I jumped for it!This is only one book in a series of five, by Jody Hedlund. The series is called An Uncertain Choice. I was trying to decide if I've read the others in this series. I think Isn't this cover absolutely beautiful?! This book is considered a YA novel....but I am admitting that I still enjoy this type of read. ;) I love medieval settings. I love the time period, the land, the food, the clothes, all of it....and when I was given the opportunity to be on the launch team for this book, I jumped for it!This is only one book in a series of five, by Jody Hedlund. The series is called An Uncertain Choice. I was trying to decide if I've read the others in this series. I think I have, but it's been a little while ago, so I'm not completely sure...anyhow, this book does work as a stand-alone. Although, I have a feeling there are some details that I read that would have made more sense if I'd have just read the previous books.Lady Isabelle is expected to marry well. When she travels to the castle of her soon-to-be-betrothed, some unfortunate events occur and she gets to see how that gentleman (if he can be called that) treats the peasants on his land. Quite frankly, she can't even stomach it.Trusting in her faithful servant, she decides to make a run for it.This is just a bit like some other tales of this nature...a lady is disguised as a peasant, and then she encounters all kinds of things, the peasants don't know who she is, think she is one of them, and well, I won't tell you the rest, you'll have to read it.What I would like to say is that this book is very well written and caught my attention from the very first page. Action packed. Some suspense, mixed in with a bit of romance...and even though, at first glance, the story seems a bit familiar...well, I was pleasantly surprised!Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review, and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255
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  • Adrienne
    January 1, 1970
    Lady Isabelle doesn't want to marry Sir Thomas Neville, but she's trying to reconcile herself to it in order to save her people--she must marry well in order to provide for the peasants who depend on her. But when she visits his castle and sees that his true nature is even crueler than she realized and that he intends to take the land her peasants live on to create hunting parks for himself, she knows she needs to get away. Her plan is to escape to her sister Olivia's home, but the servant who i Lady Isabelle doesn't want to marry Sir Thomas Neville, but she's trying to reconcile herself to it in order to save her people--she must marry well in order to provide for the peasants who depend on her. But when she visits his castle and sees that his true nature is even crueler than she realized and that he intends to take the land her peasants live on to create hunting parks for himself, she knows she needs to get away. Her plan is to escape to her sister Olivia's home, but the servant who is supposed to help her is captured and Isabelle gets hurt and lost in the forest. When Cole Warwick, a handsome peasant, finds her and takes her to his home to heal, Isabelle hides her identity--first because she's trying to escape Sir Thomas but then because she learns that Cole hates nobility.Cole Warwick has been training fellow peasants so they can rise up against cruel Sir Thomas. When he finds Izzy in the woods, he can't not help her, especially when she tells him she's running away from an unwanted betrothal, but he needs to find a cover story for her presence and winds up saying his father and hers arranged their marriage. Although he and Izzy are only pretending to be engaged, Cole's feelings for her are real--and he can't help but hope that she'll stay with him.I really enjoyed this story! The romantic element was terrific, the historical details were interesting, and the plot was engaging. I also really liked seeing Isabelle come to understand some of her strengths and purposes and work on not comparing herself to her sister, which was a good message that was wrapped up in a great story. Really enjoyable.4.5 stars.I read a copy from the author; all opinions are my own.
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  • Patti
    January 1, 1970
    The stunning front and back cover pictures of “A Worthy Rebel” were enough to entice me to read this book. I have read a few other books by Jody Hedlund and really liked them. I was not disappointed at all! “Rebel” is more in the YA/Teen category and has a slightly magical quality as it takes place in medieval times, late 14th Century. Although there is no actual magic in the story, it is full-on knights, heroism, evil rulers, battle scenes, peasants, and of course a handsome brave hero and love The stunning front and back cover pictures of “A Worthy Rebel” were enough to entice me to read this book. I have read a few other books by Jody Hedlund and really liked them. I was not disappointed at all! “Rebel” is more in the YA/Teen category and has a slightly magical quality as it takes place in medieval times, late 14th Century. Although there is no actual magic in the story, it is full-on knights, heroism, evil rulers, battle scenes, peasants, and of course a handsome brave hero and lovely compassionate heroine, both striving for the good of the oppressed.Lady Isabelle must fulfill her arranged engagement to Sir Thomas Neville. When Lady Isabelle arrives to meet the unscrupulous ruler, she discovers he is torturously evil. Instead of being impressed by his behavior, Izzy is appalled and secretly plans an immediate escape with her trusted guardian. As they escape into the woodlands, Izzy’s guardian is shot with an arrow and she does what he tells her – run and hide. Hurt and broken, Izzy is found by a peasant woodcutter, Cole Warwick, and is carried to his village to be nursed back to health. The story unfolds from there…Don’t care if it’s YA, even as a grandma of nine I thoroughly enjoyed the story! I would say it's appropriate for age 13 on up. It is 320 pages, but a fast read as the print is quite large. One more positive note: I love it when the picture on the front mirrors the description in the book. That dress is stunning! Make that 4 1/2 stars instead of 4!Realizing I missed the second book of this series, which entails Lady Isabelle’s older sister Olivia, AmazonPrime is now rushing it to my front door in time for a lovely trip to Maui…
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  • Edward Arrington
    January 1, 1970
    I read and reviewed the previous book in this series and made the mistake of referring to the historical aspects of the book. So I will clarify now that this book is not intended to be truly historical although the author states that certain figures really existed but any other similarities to historical events, etc. are coincidental. With that said, I enjoyed the story and found equal parts of misery and happiness. The little girl, Posy, was the most endearing of all the characters. She was qui I read and reviewed the previous book in this series and made the mistake of referring to the historical aspects of the book. So I will clarify now that this book is not intended to be truly historical although the author states that certain figures really existed but any other similarities to historical events, etc. are coincidental. With that said, I enjoyed the story and found equal parts of misery and happiness. The little girl, Posy, was the most endearing of all the characters. She was quite precocious and very loving. Although the story is not particularly about her, she plays an integral part. I remember Izzy from the previous book as one who had to be taken care of and showed no signs of leadership or bravery. She was a typical spoiled young woman who needed someone else to look out for her, make decisions for her, and provide for her. Has she changed at all? What is she really like? Can she make an intelligent decision on her own? What is in store for her as she goes with her stepmother to Pembroke Castle where Sir Thomas Neville awaits her to become his bride? Will it be a marriage made in heaven? If you like suspense, action, and romance, you will find them in this story. I received an advance copy of this book from the author. This is my honest review. All opinions are strictly my own.
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  • Mary Staples
    January 1, 1970
    I finished one of the most truth-filled fiction books I’ve ever read. Author Jody Hedlund gifted me an advanced copy of her new book, “A Worthy Rebel” in order for me to review before it releases on September 4th.The book is set in the 1300’s and is about a young Nobel lady, Izzy and young pheasant man, Cole. The young lady rebels against the preconceptions that her outer beauty is all she has to offer. The young man rebels against the evil his lord dishes out to the villagers. Ms. Hedlund intri I finished one of the most truth-filled fiction books I’ve ever read. Author Jody Hedlund gifted me an advanced copy of her new book, “A Worthy Rebel” in order for me to review before it releases on September 4th.The book is set in the 1300’s and is about a young Nobel lady, Izzy and young pheasant man, Cole. The young lady rebels against the preconceptions that her outer beauty is all she has to offer. The young man rebels against the evil his lord dishes out to the villagers. Ms. Hedlund intricately weaves several scriptural truths into the plot of this story that are still very much needed in 2018! The main truth is that we should not meet evil with evil but instead give peace and goodness to those that harm or seek to harm us. Romans 12:21.I think the reason she is my favorite Christian author, is that she always includes discussion questions at the end of her books. How do the scriptures help the story unfold and how do they apply to our lives now. She discusses how verse memorization is important in our lives.For all you moms of daughters, I would recommend you reading this book together with your girls and doing a little Bible study at the end to help your girl apply these truths in her life. Our kids need these truths in this world that is filled with so much hate.Happy reading!!
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