Best-selling author Jody Hedlund
Hedlund concludes her young adult medieval series of three lost princesses.
In Hereafter, Emmeline grew up knowing she was one of the lost princesses of Mercia, but she never wanted to leave her life as an impoverished charcoal burner’s daughter. Her adopted father trains her to be able to escape in the isolated woods, undetected from those searching for her.
She has no desire to join the war against King Ethelwulf or join Queen Adelaide (the rightful heir to Mercia’s throne) in her fight against Ethelwulf. The prince wants to show his loyalty to the king by tracking her and capturing her, unaware the king wants him to marry her to break the rebellion. Emmeline tries to escape even after she is forced into marriage.
What happens when Ethelrex takes his marriage vows seriously to love and protect his bride? What will it cost him in the battle for Mercia’s throne between his father, King Ethelwulf, and his wife’s sister, Queen Adelaide?
As always, Hedlund sets the stage with descriptive historical details and relatable characters in this clean romance, suitable for adults and older teens. The faith element is evident but not heavy-handed; it is evident in the character’s lives and their decisions. Despite their marriage under duress, Ethelrex and Emmeline want to honor their marriage vows as a lifetime commitment. The story is filled with twists to keep the reader engaged from start to finish, with a conclusion that will satisfy the reader. The reader will be satisfied in the fulfillment of the prophecy, the discovery or the treasure, and the final conclusion.
Recommended for historical fiction fans, fans of courtly romance, and inspirational fiction fans.
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