An Uncertain Choice by Jody Hedlund ~ 254 pages ~ published 3/3/15 by Zondervan
Due to her parents’ promise at her birth, Lady Rosemarie has been prepared to become a nun on the day she turns eighteen. Then, a month before her birthday, a friend of her father’s enters the kingdom and proclaims her parents’ will left a second choice. If Rosemarie can marry before the eve of her eighteenth year, she will be exempt from the ancient vow.
Before long, Rosemarie is presented with the three most handsome and brave knights in the land. But when the competition for her heart seemingly results in a knight playing foul, she begins to wonder if the cloister is the best place after all. If only one of the knights the one who appears the most guilty had not already captured her heart.
What I Thought:
As a general rule, I really enjoy Christian fiction. I also really like historical fiction, so I assumed that An Uncertain Choice, which combines the two, would be a home run for me. That was really not the case.
I wanted to like this book. The premise was so promising. The battle for Rosemarie’s affections between the three knights, all while Rosemarie is battling her heart over whether she should become a nun and devote her life to God. It had so much potential. If only Rosemarie had some semblance of a backbone or any self-awareness at all, it would have been so good.
Now, I realize that part of Rosemarie’s character was supposed to rest upon the fact that she had been sheltered and partially raised by an elderly abbot, but I found it incredibly unbelievable that she should not be able to assess her own feelings about the three men in any capacity. Her denseness seemed almost willful, which was incredibly frustrating as a reader. I was screaming at her for half of the book, wishing I could shake some sense into her!
As I said before, the general premise of the book was quite intriguing and most of the other characters were well thought out. But, when the main character is so deliberately obtuse it becomes incredibly difficult for the book to conclude in a favorable light. I would be willing to give Hedlund’s other books a try, simply because I think she is a good writer; it was just this character that was not great.
I actually gave this 2 STARS. It would have been one if the world and other characters were not well written. Not only was Rosemarie’s choice uncertain, so was her entire character.
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With love and happy reading,