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In A Daring Sacrifice by Jody Hedlund, Julianna is the daughter of a lord, who following her father's death, she has started disguising herself as a young man, living in the woods and helping the poor and starving people. Her harsh uncle rules the land that should be hers and orders that she be captured. Collin has been summoned to Wessex by the lord to protect the nobles from a group of vigilantes who have been attacking traveling parties with bows and arrows, stealing their valuable possessions. But when he comes across the leader of this group, he feels a familiarity to a girl that he knew as a youth. Soon he and Juliana are fighting for what each believes is right, while also fighting the feelings that have begun to develop between them both.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.30 (inches)
ISBN: 0310749379
ISBN-13: 9780310749370

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In a reverse twist on the Robin Hood story, a young medieval maiden stands up for the rights of the mistreated, stealing from the rich to give to the poor. All the while, she fights against her cruel uncle who has taken over the land that is rightfully hers. Forced to live in the woods and hide with the poor people she's grown to love, she works to save and protect them, but she never anticipates falling in love with the wealthy knight who represents all she's come to despise.

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Prolific Hedlund is back with another tale of medieval romance, a sequel to An Uncertain Choice (2015). Lady Juliana of Wessex lives in the forest, disguised as a boy, stealing to provide for the remnants of her father's uprising against her vicious uncle. She doesn't want to steal but must even though she is the rightful heir to the rich Wessex lands. But she goes too far when she tries to steal from the lord of the neighboring Goodrich lands and is injured in the process. Collin Goodrich has seen through her disguise and takes her to his castle to protect her. Their friendship builds and warms into a budding romance…until Collin's sister invites the Wessex usurpers into the Goodrich home. Juliana's no longer safe---and now neither is Collin. Hedlund's light on historical detail and makes no apparent attempt to find a medieval voice to suit the 1390 English setting. Nevertheless, this narrative told from Juliana's and Collin's alternating points of view has engaging-enough characters and plenty of derring-do to entertain young romance enthusiasts. Formulaic but fun for genre fans wanting a quick read. (Historical romance. 12-16)
The Cloaked Bandit has been robbing the noble families of Wessex for years and has yet to be caught. Skilled at hiding in the forests, this bandit is able to conceal the fact that she is a girl, Juliana Wessex, and a member of the ruling family, who everyone believes is dead. Her talents allow her to feed and shelter the peasants of the land. While playing this Robin Hood–like role, she encounters Collin Goodrich, who recognizes her from years past. He encourages her to stay on his estate after she is injured, and teens will want to read on to find out if Collin is able to win her heart and if he will sacrifice everything for her. While Juliana and Collin are interesting characters and the action is easy to follow, the story is idealistic as opposed to realistic. While Juliana is 17, she doesn’t sound authentically teen, though falling in love and resisting temptation will be themes that will resonate with some young adults. The book includes discussion questions in the back matter relating to its Christian motifs. VERDICT A great selection for collections looking for titles with strong Christian themes or for readers who enjoy fairy tales.
Historical fiction author Jody Hedlund writes her second young adult novel about a fourteenth-century young woman living an unconventional life. In A Daring Sacrifice, Juliana Wessex is the rightful ruler of Wessex. But the current Lord Wessex (her uncle) believes she died three years ago when her father lost his life. Juliana hides in the forest and steals to provide a livelihood for the peasants on her land, impoverished by her uncle’s harsh rule. It is a life filled with risks and danger, and she struggles with the justification of her actions. When she is forced to flee Wessex after escaping capture, Juliana makes the mistake of trying to rob Colin Goodrich, who recognizes Juliana by her red hair. Colin takes her to his castle after she is injured and introduces her as a distant cousin. But her uncle discovers her presence. To what lengths will her uncle go to keep Wessex for himself? Who makes the daring sacrifice? Different text fonts indicate Juliana’s and Colin’s points of view. The spiritual element is evident but not heavy-handed; Colin and Juliana ask for God’s leading and try to live godly lives, which is especially hard for Juliana since she steals from the nobility. Filled with descriptive narrative and endearing characters, A Daring Sacrifice is an entertaining read–except for the necessary violence in the fighting scenes. Its believable plot has enough twists in the last third of the book to keep the reader up late! Fans of Lisa Bergren’s River of Time series, Dina Sleiman’s Valiant Hearts series, and Melanie Dickerson’s medieval young adult books will also enjoy Hedlund’s medieval trilogy. Readers may want to read Hedlund’s An Uncertain Choice (reviewed in Christian Library Journal, Jan/Feb/Mar/Apr 2015). A third book is in the works. Recommended for teen collections in public libraries and school libraries. Carol R. Gehringer, worthy2read.wordpress.com

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  1. Irenespring
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Third Book In YA Series
    August 1, 2016
    Irenespring
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Theres only a small number compared to the other genres I normally read of YA novels that Ive had the pleasure of reading, but if I wasnt already a newbie fan of the genre, Jody Hedlunds amazing Young Adult series would have certainly done the trick. If you were to ask why, my best and only answer would be that you must read it for yourself; its completely self-explanatory!😉

    When I read the prequel and the first book in the series (The Vow, and An Uncertain Choice), I completely LOVED it! I couldnt wait to read more about the two knights first mentioned in An Uncertain Choice, and was excited when I found out that the third novel in the series would further expand on Collins story, and would feature a Robin Hood inspired heroine.

    A novel wonderfully crafted, A Daring Sacrifice was everything that I hoped it would be adventurous, delightful, and amazing. I loved how this novel embedded the compelling message of selfless sacrifice in a way that pulled at the heartstrings. And to put the icing on the cake, the leading characters were perfect for the story. They gave this novel a special something that I more than enjoyed reading.

    From its stunning characters, to its awesome Robin Hood-ish subplot, A Daring Sacrifice is nothing short of fantastic. And even though this novel can rightfully hold its place as a stand-alone, I still recommend reading the first book in the series, as well as the novella, just for a richer reading experience. Its worth it!

  2. crtnybc
    British Columbia, Canada
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Awesome remake of a classic tale!
    May 16, 2016
    crtnybc
    British Columbia, Canada
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    First of all, isn't that a lovely cover? That caught my interest right off. Then there was the fact that is is a remake of the classic Robin Hood story. Very cool. It lives up to both the greatness of the original tale and the cover, I'm pleased to say!

    Julianna is a wonderful heroine. She's not perfect but you are definitely rooting for her right from the get-go. She is daring and fearless as a huntress and bandit providing for her band of people hiding in the forest but she's not without her longings and insecurities. As a book geared to a YA audience I wasn't sure if I would find this up to the author's writing level from previous books (I haven't read the first in the series yet, but I will!) but I didn't find it was simplified or more written differently as sometimes can be the case. In fact, I would recommend this book to an older teen and up audience as there is somewhat gory torture details, true to the time, but maybe not appropriate for tweens/young teens, and also because of the amount of romance. That could have been cut back just a little. It manages not to get in the way of the action, which starts on page one and continues all the way through. The banter between Julianna and Collin is fun and lightens up the storyline. Great story, I highly recommend it!

    I received this book from Zondervan and BookLook for the purpose of an honest review. My opinion is my own.
  3. Becky Dempsey
    Michigan
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    I enjoyed this book
    April 27, 2016
    Becky Dempsey
    Michigan
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I didn't realize at first that "A Daring Sacrifice" is the "sequel" to "An Uncertain Choice" as there is no series name given. It could be read on it's own, but it would be a little clearer what they were talking about with the "contest" from "An Uncertain Choice" if you read them in order. I didn't really pay much attention to Collin in the first book as he wasn't the hero that I was rooting for to win the contest.

    "A Daring Sacrifice" is a teen romance but I enjoyed it. At first, I was wondering if it would be too similar to Melanie Dickerson's "Huntress of Thornbeck Forest", but other than the heroines both being "Robin Hood" characters who provide for a band of poor people, they each had their own storylines, which was nice. With this story being geared for teens, the romance isn't as deep as some books, but I didn't find it childish, either. I was originally going to let my daughters read this, but there were two phrases in the book that changed my mind. They were: "In fact, if I'd been someone more sinister-a lusty man without any regard for her womanhood-what would she have done tonight?" and "My blood ran cold at the thought of what Lord Wessex might do to her, of the torturous ways he'd violate her." At 11 and 10, they wouldn't understand these and I don't think they need to know what they are talking about. I will wait until they are older to let them read it. There are some mentions of torture, but not really too graphic. Unless the reader is already familiar with what being drawn and quartered is, it wouldn't mean much to them. There are a few mentions of bloody or mutilated bodies, but I didn't really find them overly repulsive. I liked how the parts of the book for Collin were a different font than the sections for Juliana. It made it easier to follow who was talking since the book was all in the first person point of view.

    I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through their zblogsquad program in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and no other compensation was received.
  4. GRANNY PENNY
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    THE SWEETEST MEDIEVAL ROMANCE
    April 14, 2016
    GRANNY PENNY
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A Daring Sacrifice was sent to me by Zondervan Publishing free of charge, in exchange for my honest review.

    A Daring Sacrifice is a Christian fiction novel written by Jody Hedlund. The beautiful cover designed by Mike Heath/ Magnus Creative.

    The two main characters in A Daring Sacrifice are Juliana of Wessex and Collin of Goodrich. Juliana has been evicted from her rightful place as Lady of Wessex by her evil and tortuous uncle and cousin, who tortured and killed her father when she was little. She had been living in the forest with her friends, Bulldog, who promised to keep her safe, his son, Thatch, and the other peasants who had been run off their land. They lived off of what they could kill and steal until

    Of course, you know me, Im not going to tell you all the juicy partsYou have to read it yourself to find out what happens. Believe me! It will be worth your time!

    I recommend this book for young teens on up.
  5. Fitzysmom
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Review from Rambles of a SAHM
    April 4, 2016
    Fitzysmom
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I really love a good fairy tale. Such a nice escape from reality. But I have to say that I never really enjoyed the story of Robin Hood. The whole stealing from the rich to give to the poor just went against my ingrained two wrongs don't make a right.

    Then along came A Daring Scrifice by Jody Hedlund. It's a retelling of the Robin Hood story with several twists. I couldn't resist reading it because, well . . . Jody Hedlund! I'm so glad that I did. Jody used what I don't like about the original to bring about a tension that would ultimately lead to a crisis of conscious.

    The story of Juliana Wessex is one of turning tragedy into triumph. She learns as we all must that our salvation isn't within ourselves, it comes from a higher source. The character of Lord Collin Goodrich is what we all want in a man--daring yet disciplined, loyal and devoted, brave and trustworthy. If his name seems familiar it is because you may have met him in An Uncertain Choice. (By the way, if you haven't read that one . . . treat yourself!) The tension between the two make a wonderful story of yearning for something that is seemingly in contrast to the duties they are bound to.

    I would recommend this book for teen girls age thirteen and above. It has scenes of torture (it is set in medieval times) and it has two people falling in love and outward expressions of that. There's absolutely nothing scandalous but you may not want your ten-year-old avid reader consuming it. (That would have been me!) If you're on the fence about it I say read it for yourself. You'll probably love it like I did and that makes a nice treat for the momma!

    In the back of the book there is a group of discussion questions. I'm thinking about using it for a mother/daughter read for my book club. Doesn't that sound like fun?!!

    I received a copy of the book to facilitate my review.
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