Evermore by Jody Hedlund – Book Review, Previews

Posted September 17, 2019 by Phyllis Helton in Blog Tours, Book Reviews, Giveaways /

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Evermore by Jody Hedlund - Book Review, Previews

The Lost Princesses series begins with Always, the prequel. Evermore has also been released and the final two books in the series will be released in the next two months. . .

Evermore by Jody Hedlund – Book Review, Previews

Evermore
by Jody Hedlund


Series: The Lost Princesses #1
Published by Northern Lights Press
Publication Date August 27, 2019
Genres: Young Adult, Action/Adventure, Clean Romance
Main Character Ages: 18-24
Written for: High-School/Young Adult
Pages: 222

Synopsis:

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.

I would like to thank Prism Book Tours for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

Also in this series: Always

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Evermore is the story of the rightful queen of Mercia, though raised in ignorant of this fact. Queen Constance had always believed she was Lady Adelaide, a nobleman’s daughter left orphaned when she was a very young child.

The premise to this story is great and the quest Adelaide and her cousins embark on to escape from the evil king who now ruled the land leads them on a perilous journey pursued by the king’s elite guard.

Adelaide is a strong young woman who excels in skills generally considered appropriate only for men, such as jousting and hunting. It was fun how Christopher knew she was the falconer when he saw her falcon catch a rabbit, knowing his brother didn’t have the skills necessary to train it to do this. She was determined enough that she almost got them into some big trouble and she had to learn to humble herself and submit to Christopher’s superior leadership. Of all her characteristics, my favorites were her kindness and determination to help those in need, even at great cost to herself.

Christopher was the misunderstood earl who had angrily left his family when he saw what he perceived as their bowing to an unworthy king. He then served the king of the northern lands and further honed his skills as a warrior. I really liked Christopher!

I enjoyed the burgeoning romance between Adelaide and Christopher and the way they fought their attraction to one another. I wasn’t sure what was going to happen and was surprised by some of the events.

The language of the story seemed stilted, and though the stage was set in Always, the backstory was repeated here and was a bit tedious in parts. I would have preferred the author expect her readers to have read the prequel and know these details beforehand, or to have communicated them more creatively.

As this is the story of a rebellion, I suppose violence is expected. Some of the awful things the king did seemed overly gruesome even without going into great detail. It certainly was not more than you would find in a PG movie but younger and more sensitive audiences should be aware of this.

While the story is listed as Historical fiction, I would consider it more of a fantasy. Young adults (and adults) who enjoy fantasy should consider reading this interesting series.

Other Books in the Series


Giveaway

One winner will receive the prequel and all the books in The Lost Princesses series in paperback or ebook (winner’s choice, if winner is outside the US ebooks only)

  • Always
  • Evermore
  • Foremost
  • Hereafter

Ends September 25, 2019

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About Jody Hedlund

Jody Hedlund is a best-selling and award-winning author who loves fairy-tales and happily-ever-afters. She makes her home in Midland, MI with her husband and five teen-aged children. When she’s not writing another of her page-turning stories, you can usually find her sipping coffee, eating chocolate, and reading.

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