YA Historical Romance Book Review: Enamored

About the Book

Title: Enamored

Series: Knights of Brethren, Book 1

Author: Jody Hedlund

Genre: Young Adult Historical Romance

Publisher: Northern Lights Press

Publication Date: November 9, 2021

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Publisher's Book Description

During a time when legends were born . . .


A princess in need of a husband, a young Sage who cannot have her, and a web of deceit that threatens their love.

Having been raised by her childless aunt and uncle, the king and queen, Princess Elinor finds herself the only heir to the throne of Norvegia. As she comes of age, she must choose a husband to rule beside her, but she struggles to make her selection from among a dozen noblemen during a weeklong courtship.

With aspirations to become the wisest man in the land, Maxim is summoned home by his father Rasmus, a Royal Sage. Reunited with Elinor, once his closest friend, Maxim is quickly enamored with her even though he can never be considered a prospect for her husband.

Elinor’s feelings for Maxim are rekindled too . . . until she learns he has been unwillingly drawn into Rasmus’s scheme to take control of the throne. With the kingdom under attack both from within and without, can Elinor and Maxim overcome the deceit spinning around them? Or will it destroy their love once and for all?

The real story of Excalibur.

My Review

Enamored is a stunning addition to Jody Hedlund’s YA collection. Full of intrigue, peril, destiny, and heart, this riveting novel is a wonderful start to the promising Knights of Brethren book series. Truly immersive and utterly detailed, Enamored abounds with adventure, drama, and romance. 

With characters and settings that are truly compelling and descriptively engaging, Enamored is an utterly captivating and creative retelling of the medieval Excalibur story. As the threads of the story are woven together with expertise and originality, meaningful twists and surprises are revealed ensuring that this novel is refreshingly clever and utterly enjoyable. Even when deadly battlefields, scheming enemies, dragon-like creatures, sinister plots, and a royal crisis jeopardize their goals, the main characters persevere with integrity and determination. Using wisdom and faith, they show themselves to be courageous, selfless, and honorable.

Author Jody Hedlund is especially talented at crafting stories that are rich in lore and legend. From the first page to the last, this novel is imaginative and charming. With tremendous talent and thoughtfulness, Ms. Hedlund has written a story that is genuinely special and appealing. Enamored is a joy to read, and I recommend it wholeheartedly to readers of all ages. 

*I was given a copy of this book by the author. A review was not required. The review I have written is voluntary and contains opinions that are entirely my own.


About the Author: Jody Hedlund

“Jody Hedlund is the author of over thirty 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 Hedlund's website.


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