Sunday, September 30, 2018

Book Review: A Worthy Rebel by Jody Hedlund

About the Book

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?

My Review

When to seek peace, and when to fight for justice-that is the conundrum presented in the latest installment of the An Uncertain Heart YA series by Jody Hedlund.  Previously featured characters made welcome appearances in this stand-alone novel.

Beautiful Lady Isabelle wasn't as strong and brave as her sister, but she was good and kind and that eventually led to acts of bravery and sacrifice. Cole, a hard-working peasant, was strong and courageous, and protective of his family. As with Hedlund's other books, I was fully involved in the story from the first chapter on. I was pleased that the novel didn't wrap up too quickly and easily at the end.

Written for young adults, this was a novel of clean language and pure characters. However, in the medieval setting the harsh realities of cruelty, warfare, and peasant life were not glossed over.

Fans of historical, medieval romance will enjoy this book, regardless of age.

I received an e-ARC of this book from the author for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.

About the Author
Jody Hedlund is the author of over twenty historicals for both adults and teens and is the winner of numerous awards including the Christy, Carol, and Christian Book Award.

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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