Review: FOREMOST / by Jody Hedlund

Foremost, /  by Jody Hedlund (Lost Princesses, 2)
Northern Lights Press    ISBN    978-1733753418
Young Adult     Rating: 5

Best-selling author Jody Hedlund continues her medieval young adult series of the three lost princesses.

In Foremost, Lady Maribel lives in an abbey, far from civilization. It’s the only life she has ever known. Maribel wants nothing more than to practice her healing skills and take vows to become a nun. Her childhood friend Edmund Chambers also lives in the abbey where he was trained to work with wild animals. Unbeknownst to Maribel, he secretly loves her, even though she loves him like a brother.

A visitor to the abbey reveals that Maribel is really one of the lost princesses – just before King Ethelwulf’s army arrives to capture her. Edmund flees with Maribel across the Highlands. Will they reach her sister Adelaide without capture? Will Maribel recognize Edmund’s love for her and set aside her plans to become a nun?

Hedlund continues her series with the story of the second lost princess, Maribel who longs to practice her God-given healing skills, but society frowns on women healers unless they are nuns. Discovering she is a long-lost princess and threatened with capture, she leaves everything she knows behind to flee to her sister, the future Queen. Her journey is filled with peril and persecution, but she is accompanied by her faithful friend, Edmund, who would give his life to protect her. Theirs is a clean romance. He has loved her for years, not just for her beauty but also for her kind soul.

The faith element is evident but not heavy-handed; it is evident in the character’s lives: Maribel recognizes her skills as coming from God, and desires to serve God as a nun. Edmund loves Maribel but is aware she doesn’t feel the same way. That doesn’t stop him from treating her with respect and selfless, loving kindness. The story is filled with twists to keep the reader engaged from start to finish, with a conclusion that will satisfy the reader and make them eager for the final book. As always, Hedlund sets the stage with descriptive historical details and relatable characters in this clean romance, suitable for adults and older teens.

Recommended for historical fiction fans, fans of courtly romance, and inspirational fiction fans. Readers will look forward to the third book (Hereafter in October 2019).

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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