A Daring Sacrifice

A Daring SacrificeA Daring Sacrifice by Jody Hedlund
Series: An Uncertain Choice
Genres: Historical, Young Adult
Published by Zondervan on March 1, 2016
Pages: 223
Also by this author: Love Unexpected, An Uncertain Choice, Hearts Made Whole, Luther and Katharina, Undaunted Hope, Newton and Polly

 

About A Daring Sacrifice (from the back cover):
For three years, the Cloaked Bandit has terrorized Wessex, robbing the nobility by knifepoint and a well-placed arrow. But little dos anyone know, this bandit is in fact Juliana Wessex, the rightful ruler of the land and a girl her tyrannical uncle—the current Lord Wessex—believes was killed along with her father.

Juliana has become skilled at hiding from Lord Wessex in the forest, using her stolen goods to provide food and shelter to the peasants her uncle has taxed into poverty. But when she robs Collin Goodrich, her red hair betrays her true identity. Lord Collin remembers Juliana from their childhood—and challenges her to stay on his estate for a week in hopes she will leave her thieving ways and become a proper lady once more. Juliana is intrigued by Collin and his charms, but only time will tell if he can overcome her distaste of the nobility—as well as win her heart. 

A Daring Sacrifice is a lovely young adult romance. Full of exciting scenes and sweet moments, it’s a book that a younger me would have loved – and older me is no different! I don’t know what it is about stories featuring knights and balls and archery, but they always draw me in. I breezed through this little gem in no time.

Full of exciting scenes and sweet moments, it’s a book that a younger me would have loved – and older me is no different!

Juliana is a great heroine because she stands up for others at great personal risk. The Robin Hood reversal isn’t actually all that strong in the story, there’s just a touch of it. It isn’t really the main plot device as much as it is the backdrop of Juliana’s story. It was nice way to let readers know what she’s about without repeating that story line. She does know how to handle a bow and arrow, and those scenes were a lot of fun. Though she is a Robin Hood type character, the story really begins when she agrees to stay with Sir Collin. Collin isn’t a broody guy, but rather funny, flirty and precocious – I found him to be a refreshingly sweet male lead.

Juliana is a great heroine because she stands up for others at great personal risk.

While the plot itself was a bit predictable, every bit of it was fun. I didn’t see anything here that was inappropriate for younger readers, although some may be put off by the brief aspects of torture and battle. Personally, I didn’t find anything to be overboard, thought it certainly adds to the drama of the story! Even more present than the “stealing from the rich” story line is the idea of sacrifice and the love that propels it – one that transcends romantic love and truly puts another person’s well-being first.

While the plot itself was a bit predictable, every bit of it was fun.

Though I don’t think I’ll ever prefer her young adult novels over her adult novels, I admire how Jody brings out the best of her adult novels and tailors them for a younger audience. Readers that enjoyed the first book will definitely be pleased with A Daring Sacrifice. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.

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