YA Medieval Romance Book Review: Evermore

About the Book

Title: Evermore (The Lost Princesses Book 1)
Series: The Lost Princesses
Author: Jody Hedlund
Genre: Young Adult Medieval Romance
Publisher: Northern Lights Press
Release Date: August 27, 2019

Publisher's Description

"An ancient key. A secret treasure. And a princess destined to use them both to fight evil and restore peace.

Raised by a noble family, Lady Adelaide has always known she’s an orphan. Little does she realize she’s one of the lost princesses and the true heir to Mercia’s throne…until a visitor arrives at her family estate, reveals her birthright as queen, and thrusts her into a quest for the throne whether she’s ready or not.

Unable to tolerate King Ethelwulf’s cruelty and lawlessness, Christopher Langley left Mercia years earlier, training a group of rebels in neighboring Norland. When he returns home after his mother’s death, he discovers that not only is Adelaide all grown up, but she’s also the rightful queen of Mercia.

When King Ethelwulf discovers Adelaide’s location, he’ll stop at nothing to capture her and the key she holds to the ancient treasure. Christopher is just as determined to protect Adelaide so she can lead the growing rebellion. When feelings ignite between the two old friends, forces threaten to destroy their love and rip them apart forever."

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My Review

Evermore, by Jody Hedlund, is the first book in The Lost Princesses series. This young adult novel is a gripping medieval adventure filled with thrilling moments of danger, intrigue, courage, faith, and romance. 
Wonderfully well- written in the first person perspectives of the two main characters, this novel is thoroughly engaging and entertaining. The contrasting elements of peril and bravery, mystery and discovery, and love and loss ensure that the plot of this story is immensely compelling and satisfying. Themes of trust, selflessness, and destiny import purpose to this story making it significant and inspiring. Interesting, complex characters who are full of heart and boldness ensure that this book is relatable and truly captivating.

Evermore is a young adult novel that can easily be enjoyed by both teens and adults. Detailed and memorable, this novel is worthwhile, clean, and edifying. I recommend it wholeheartedly.

*I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. A review was not required. The review I have written contains opinions that are entirely my own.

My Reflection

I was genuinely affected by the main character’s pursuit of wisdom. Though she is kind, generous, and brave, she knows that she must also be wise in order to achieve her goals and be a blessing to others. As her situation becomes increasingly uncertain and full of risk, she realizes her deep need for wisdom. She looks to God for guidance and finds that her judgment is strengthened. Within the many scenes of struggle, perseverance, and love, it was actually the moments of wise contemplation and selfless action that truly touched my heart.

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
.” -- Biography from Jody Hedlund's author page on Amazon.com.

Click here to visit Jody Hedund's website. 

Be sure to read Jody Hedlund's Always, the prequel novella in The Lost Princesses series! 

Click here to read my review of Always: A Prequel Novella


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