Loyal Heart

Loyal Heart

by Jody Hedlund

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Loyal Heart by Jody Hedlund

He's taken her as his prisoner. But she's holding his heart captive. In gaining their freedom, will they lose what matters most?

When Lady Olivia's castle is besieged, she and her sister are taken captive and held for ransom by her father's enemy, Lord Pitt. Loyalty to family means everything to Olivia. She'll save her sister at any cost and do whatever her father asks--even if that means obeying his order to steal a sacred relic from her captor.

As Lord Pitt's commander, Sir Aldric is in charge of the beautiful but feisty new prisoner. He has his hands full attempting to keep Lady Olivia out of trouble. When Lord Pitt throws her in the dungeon and threatens to hang her for stealing, Aldric conceives a plot to save Olivia's life--betrothal to him.

Can Olivia give up the prestigious match her father has arranged with a wealthy marquess in order to marry a lowly knight like Aldric? And can Aldric move beyond his past mistakes to embrace love again? When loyalties are tested, they're thrust into danger that could cost them their love and their lives.

"...heart-stopping . . . will make a solid addition to any YA romance collection." School Library Journal

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158957390
Publisher: Northern Lights Press
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 31,614
File size: 535 KB

About the Author

JODY HEDLUND is a bestselling and award-winning author who loves fairy tales and happily-ever-afters. She makes her home in Midland, MI, with her husband and five 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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A Loyal Heart 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
MzzLily More than 1 year ago
Lady Olivia will do anything for family loyalty, rationalizing her actions to fit her faith. And she will risk her life to protect her younger sister. Lady Olivia is skilled with her sword, though still unable to keep herself and her sister from capture. Sir Aldric has walked away from his birthright, punishing himself for his past mistakes. He is now the captain of Lord Pitt’s army, and has been sent to capture an enemy’s daughters to use as leverage. Will holding them hostage persuade their father to succumb to the King’s leadership and stop his rebellion? This story holds a strong lesson about family loyalty versus morality. Promises versus virtues. I especially love this series for young readers, as it gives a beautiful example of what true romance is when it comes to a wholesome relationship. In other words, how you would want a young man to treat your own daughter. The YA genre seems to be lacking in this area today. I’m so glad Hedlund has decided to fill the void. As with all her other books in this series, Hedlund paints vivid descriptions. She’s also done her homework on the technical aspects of medieval times. Well edited, this story has a great pace. You won’t want to put it down. I’ve read all the An Uncertain Choice books, and they’re all my favorites! I highly recommend them for all ages.
Faye_reviews More than 1 year ago
Lady Olivia wants to please her father and make an advantageous match, but when their stronghold is invaded and she and her sister, Izzy, are taken captive by Lord Pitt's right hand man, Sir Alric. So when her father asks her to steal a relic from their enemy, she is determined to be loyal to her family and complete the mission. But when Alric steps up to protect her from death, she wonders if there is more to the gallant knight than she first believed. Alric of Maidstone is the older brother of Sir Bennet, he had pledged himself to Lord Pitt to repay his great debt, and has since gained Lord Pitt's trust, and is like a son to him. But will he let his past hold him back from pursuing a second chance at love? Olivia is beautiful, strong, and skilled at swordplay, she is more than capable of defending and standing for herself. She is fiercely loyal to her family, especially to her younger sister Izzy who is taken captive with her. I love how Olivia is smart, and thinks through her decisions weighing her loyalty, instead of following it blindly. Olivia is a strong heroine, ready to sacrifice for the ones that she loves. Alric has become a honorable knight of the realm, still haunted by his past and the mistakes he made, he struggles to accept the grace and forgiveness readily offered. He is brave, humble, and a gentleman. I was really excited when I heard that this would be Alric's story, it is clear that he has come a long way in the last few years, and I also liked seeing another side of Lord Pitt. Olivia is a brave heroine, trained and educated in many graces, she is very determined, and doesn't wait around for someone to save her. This is a fast moving read, with fantastic heroes to cheer for the entire way through. I think my favorite character was Alric, just seeing the man he has become especially after hearing one side of his story in Sabine and Bennet's story, was so wonderful and satisfying. A wonderful addition to the series, highly enjoyable, and full of action! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."
BBulow More than 1 year ago
A Loyal Heart is the fourth (and final?) book in Jody Hedlund’s medieval young adult series, and out of the bunch, it is also my favorite. I found the plot to be the most realistic and the characters to be the most relatable. Olivia’s character arc drew me in. She is a strong character, both physically and mentally, but it never seemed out of context for the time – as in, she isn’t suddenly stronger and faster than knights who were larger and more trained than she was. She has a lot of pride, but not too much to come across as aggravating or unrealistic. She may believe a little too long in someone she shouldn’t have but, under certain circumstances, I think many have believe something of someone because the alternative is just too heartbreaking. I also like that the reader gets to experience the story from the point of view of both characters. This kept this story suspenseful, but also allowed for getting to know both of them throughout the course of the story. Aldric was a somewhat shadowy, tragic figure in the previous book, so it was good to learn more about him. Both Olivia and Aldric show tremendous loyalty to both family and brothers-in-arms, even at great personal cost, and I admired that about them. This book is very much a romance, but I found it all to be sweet and with good boundaries for younger readers. Though it’s never a surprise to me when the characters realize they’re in love, it’s fun getting to that point with them. In addition, a clear faith element is woven in nicely throughout the story. Both characters experience growth and change as individuals, which is always refreshing. Overall, this is a winsome, charming story, with both romance and action to keep the pages turning. I received an advanced complimentary electronic copy of this novel, which I chose to review. This review is my honest opinion.
TrishRobertson More than 1 year ago
Travel back through the mist of time. Walk the chilly stone halls of medieval castles, hear the clang of swords as the knights hone their skills, and smell…ok, well don’t breath too deeply! Picking up a Jody Hedlund book is akin to holding a treasure trove of history in your hands. Sit back, and enjoy the travel through time from the comfort of your favorite reading chair. Olivia isn’t your typical lady of the castle. She is no shrinking violet. Fiercely loyal, Olivia is an independent, sword-wielding heroine, ready to take on anything, or anyone that stands in her way. Aldric, tasked with the quest to capture Olivia and bring her to Lord Pit. Didn’t realize what he was getting into. Secretly impressed with her creative attempts to escape her capture, he feels a responsibility to keep her safe, even from herself. Written in alternating point of view, readers are invited directly into the personal thoughts and feelings of the characters. While written for a young adult audience, readers of all ages will fall in love with these characters and their story. I loved everything about this exciting story, and highly recommend it to anyone to enjoys reading stories of castles, knights & ladies. You won’t want to miss out on this story! (I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This was Book four in An Uncertain Choice series. I think this was my favorite so far in the series. I loved the characters of Olivia and Sir Alaric. This makes them grow up together. I am looking forward to the fifth book in the series. I loved that this is during medieval times. I received a copy of this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
Faerytalemegan More than 1 year ago
“A Loyal Heart” by Jody Hedlund is a book I could not put down! This is the fourth book in the “An Uncertain Choice” series. I have read and loved all of the books in this series, but one can definitely read this book as a standalone. This book may just be my favorite one out of the series! What makes this book so great? Well first of all, it includes knights and a kick-butt heroine during the medieval time period! Ms. Hedlund has awesome characters that young and old alike can relate to. Lady Olivia, our heroine, is a warrior; isn’t afraid to fight; and is feisty, stubborn and proud. Olivia grew up practicing sword drills and fighting maneuvers instead of sitting around doing needlework. She is no damsel in distress. While our hero is imprisoned, Olivia must risk her life to save those she loves. I love that Olivia struggles with true fear when faced with possibly being executed. In her fear, she turns to Christ and prays more than she ever has. She also struggles with trying to earn her father’s approval and learning about seeking God’s approval first and foremost. Our hero, Sir Aldric, is noble, chivalrous and kind. I think many readers will find him swoon-worthy. I love how he tries to be above reproach physically and even has a chaperone with himself and Olivia in certain situations where they might be tempted. Sir Aldric and Lady Olivia have some great bantering scenes. I especially like the scene where the two banter while dancing, reminding me a lot of the famous “Pride and Prejudice” dancing scene. This is a book I’d feel comfortable giving to a pre-teen or teen. It has action, adventure, romance and great values. Ms. Hedlund deals with the issue of loyalty, and how we need to be loyal to God and His ways first, instead of just trying to please men. Our characters also learn about becoming stronger through their failures and that one’s past doesn’t define them. I highly recommend this book! Content: This is a clean read with a PG rating for some minor content. Some examples of the content are: a man has a past of drinking and gambling: someone has tried to commit suicide in their past, they also drank and gambled; there’s a situation where a man is taking a bath and a woman unknowingly enters the room, when she realizes he’s there she doesn’t see anything and nothing improper happens; characters drink ale with a meal; some violence; a character is asked if they’ve been defiled by the enemy; some torture. Rating: I give this book 5 stars! Genre: Christian fiction; Historical fiction; Romance; Young Adult; Medieval I want to thank Jody Hedlund, Celebrate Lit and Northern Lights for the complimentary copy of this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I express in this review are my own. This is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR 16, Part 255.
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
After reading the book previous to this one in the series – For Love and Honor – I was drawn to Aldric (Sir Bennet’s brother) and was hoping that someday Jody Hedlund would give us his story. And what a fabulous story it is! Olivia and Aldric are fabulously drawn characters, and the alternating first person POV between them allows us to know them more personally over the course of the story. Aldric has made many mistakes (while you don’t have to read For Love and Honor before this one, it really does help to establish his character) but he is trying to learn from them and not be defined by them. Despite his past flaws, he is now a man of integrity (always has been, when it counts) and the care he takes with Olivia and Isabelle warms the heart. For her own part, Olivia is a strong heroine with a fierce spirit (in the best way) and loyal to a fault. She feels deeply for those she cares about, and while her loyalty is sometimes misplaced it’s her strength of heart which best serves her. The romance in A Loyal Heart is sweet and innocent, but not without its share of sizzle! The passion, however, is tempered with respect – for God and for each other – and their electric chemistry is made all the better for it. So are their swoonilicious kisses and a bath scene that retains its honorability while also causing readers to break out their swooning fans. Bottom Line: A Loyal Heart continues Hedlund’s top-notch YA series with fierce adventure, tender romance and a meaningful message. Through the riveting story, even from the medieval setting, it tackles issues that YA readers face in today’s world and its message of loyalty, purity and right vs. wrong is organic to the story. All the characters in the ‘An Uncertain Choice’ series are fantastic and vividly-drawn – and Aldric and Olivia are no exceptions. Is it too much to hope for more books in the series? Isabelle and Charlie both need their own stories, after all. (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)
jess_baker_614 More than 1 year ago
The cover of a book is always something that grabs my attention, whether good or bad. This cover really set the tone for the book - a strong minded heroine who looks ready to take on any battle. And that is exactly what her character was. Lady Olivia was strong, fierce, and wasn't afraid to stand on her own. Loyal to a fault she was prepared to fight for her family, and was willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to save them - herself. Throughout the book she struggles with her growing attraction to Lord Pitt (swoon) and her remaining loyalty to family. It was interesting to see her character grow and change throughout the story, and to begin to learn to trust her own instincts. The banter between Lady Olivia and Lord Pitt was amusing and fun to read. I think this is the fastest I have read a book in awhile because I just could not get enough of them. They had an obvious spark (g rated), but being on opposite sides of the equation made it hard for them to immediately pursue and investigate those feelings. Seeing them take a step back and reassess their situation almost constantly actually makes a great example for young people today to read about. I am happy to share this book with my teenage daughter and show her an example of waiting on the Lord, and not jumping in head first just because you feel a pull. Now, don't get me wrong. There are some swoon worthy, get an ice pack for your head, moments. And I devoured them up and couldn't wait for the next. But they were still innocent, sweet, and everything I thought they should be. I was attached to this story from beginning to end. With a few twists later on in the story, it made for a fun and exciting read. I think women (and even men!) of all ages would enjoy - well teenage years and up anyways. If you're a mom, read it with your teenager. Aunt, uncle, grandma, read it with your family members. You get the drift. You will get hooked and you will want to read more. So be prepared for an all night reading session. It'll be totally worth it! I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
ChasRay0 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love Jody Hedlund books! She has a unique ability to make scenes come alive in your minds eye. The characters come to life and you feel like you're a part of the book instead of merely reading it. I highly recommend A Loyal Heart to anyone who's looking for the next great read! *I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions expressed above are my own.
Deana0326 More than 1 year ago
I have visions of a knight with armor on a white horse galloping across the pages as I read this adventurous story. The author glistens the scenes with dungeons, knights, ladies in waiting and Lords that oversee castles and surrounding lands. I stepped back in time to an era that is filled with intrigue and characters that jump off the pages. Lady Olivia is a beautiful young woman with fiery red hair and eyes like emeralds. She sure did surprise me with her skill as an expert with a sword. I would want her on my side when I was in trouble . Her love for her family is very evident and she is willing to sacrifice herself to spare any harm to come to them. Sometimes I thought Lady Olivia was her own worst enemy. She just couldn't stay out of trouble when she and her sister are captured. Sir Aldric is strong and takes his duties very serious. He has his hands full with Lady Olivia when he finds out she has been retained in the dungeon. What is Lady Olivia trying to find that puts her in danger? Will she stay loyal to her family, or turn her back on them? There is a lot riding on Lady Olivia making right choices. I loved the theme of trust and loyalty. You can't have a relationship without either one. Will Sir Aldric save Lady Olivia and her sister? Don't miss this wonderful story of loyalty and trust. I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
bellesmoma16 More than 1 year ago
I adore anything written by Jody Hedlund. She is an amazing storyteller, and I devour her books. I must confess though, A Loyal Heart is the first of her YA novels that I have read. I spend ALL day with teenagers. From 6:45 am – 3:30 pm (and sometimes even later), I am entrenched in all things AP Lit and English 9 Honors and teenagers. So, when I read for fun, I tend to stay as far away from YA things as possible. But, I’m definitely going to relax this rule and read the first three books in this series because A Loyal Heart is an awesome story!!! I had so much fun reading this book, and I’m a little sad my time with Aldric and Olivia is over. The pacing is superb! It will grab the interest of my students immediately and will keep them reading. This is one of the biggest draws when I am looking for YA books for my class library. I was hooked from page 1 and truly struggled to put this book down. I can think of three students right off the top of my head who I would recommend A Loyal Heart to for this very reason. The romance between Olivia and Aldric is age appropriate. I appreciated that both characters felt an instant attraction to one another, but tried their hardest to deny the chemistry until they really got to know one another. I think this sets a really good example for my students. Teens need to see what a relationship with healthy boundaries looks like, and A Loyal Heart does a good job of illustrating this through Olivia and Aldric. The moral messages in this novel are exactly what kids need to hear today! Kids today are lost more so than ever. Our society has thrown God out of everything, and has tossed the rules out, too. Kids need and crave boundaries, and our society has done teenagers no good by throwing those boundary lines away. I do what I can as a teacher, but sometimes gleaning a positive message from a GOOD book sticks better than if I tell them. A Loyal Heart is replete with excellent messages that teenagers need to take to heart. There is literally like a 1000 more things I could discuss about this book, but then I would spoil something and I definitely do not want to do that to anyone. A Loyal Heart must be experienced! I love this story, and cannot recommend it enough. Whether you are 36 (like me) or 15 (like my students), you will enjoy this excellent story. Purchase a copy today. You will not be disappointed, and neither will your teen! I received a review copy of this novel in eBook form from the author and Celebrate Lit. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.
Kathae More than 1 year ago
Sword fights, castles, knights, and battles abound in this latest YA release from Jody Hedlund. This is a page-turner, filled with peril, intrigue, and passion, yet it's appropriately written for a teen reader. This adult certainly enjoyed it! This is the fourth novel in Hedlund's YA medieval romance series, and while knowing the history of the characters is helpful, this novel does stand alone. A feisty, red-headed heroine and a handsome knight are brought together by circumstances, and as they get to know each other, Olivia learns an important lesson about loyalty. Aldric learns not to let fear control him. I recommend this book for those who like medieval settings and clean YA romance. I received a digital copy of this book from the author through Celebrate Lit, for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
This is an absolutely fantastic medieval romance! Both of the main characters are incredible! They each have lessons to learn about how to treat others. Their journeys intersect and seem to be a odds with each other multiple times. This tale is filled with sword fights, captures, and escape attempts. The cast is full of lords, ladies, and knights in shining armor. All the things to make a girl’s heart go pitter pat. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I really hope that this isn’t the last medieval romance Jody Hedlund writes. She is a master at them. I’m giving this wonderful book a rating of 5 stars and highly recommending it. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. I have chosen to write this review to express my personal opinion. Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
I’m wondering why I haven’t read anything else in this series because I LOVED this book. I shouldn’t be surprised, I have enjoyed everything I have read by Jody. She brings so much life to her characters and I feel what they are feeling. Olivia is a strong character with a mind of her own. She wants to believe the best about her father, but I’ll be honest, I wondered if she could trust him. Sir Aldric is a wonderful hero, he will have you swooning and longing for knight of your own. The tension was constantly high and there was never a dull moment. Even though this is gear toward young adults I thoroughly enjoyed it and think this book is for anyone. A copy of this book was given to me through the Celebrate Lit Team. All opinions are my own.
Ryebrynn More than 1 year ago
Right from the start, I could tell this book was a little different than the previous books in this series. Don’t worry, not in a negative way. I think when the series started Jody Hedound was still figuring out her voice in YA, and with these being Christian stories, how much romance is too much. I feel like this book really hit a good balance. It’s much more romantic than its predecessors, and it’s almost like the YA equivalent of Tamara Leigh’s books, which y’all know I absolutely adore. However, no book is perfect. In my personal opinion, I felt like the romance happened a little too quickly, and as this is a short book, there was room to develop it a bit more and still keep it at a good length, I’m not saying it happened overnight, but it did feel a little quick. There were some problematic tropes starting out, and Aldric seemed very controlling but luckily those were dealt with before the end, so I don’t have any real complaints on that front. I also kind of wish Isabelle had been a bigger part of the story, because she seemed really sweet and I think there was potential there but we just didn’t get enough of her. Other than the romance, in terms of pacing the plot of the book did seem to be well-paced, and I did enjoy the story. It was amusing, but it did have that little bit of urgency to it that spend it along. I do feel like the plot was merely there to support the romance, especially near the end where there were a lot of loose ends and we kind of didn’t get much info as to what happened and I kind of wish there had been a bit more meat to the story. However, even though the romance did seem fast, I did really love it. It felt much more adult than the previous books, but still appropriate, obviously. But it was sooo well written, and I just really enjoyed it. It reminds me so much of Tamara Leigh’s style, which I absolutely love. I think this is great for fans of Tamara Leigh, or just fans of some good romance. Even though it does seem that I have a bunch of negative things to say, I did really enjoy this book. It’s fast-paced, swoony, absolutely romantic, and gorgeously written. In the end, while I wish the author had taken a little bit more time to develop things, it was a well built and engrossing novel.
Ryebrynn More than 1 year ago
Right from the start, I could tell this book was a little different than the previous books in this series. Don’t worry, not in a negative way. I think when the series started Jody Hedound was still figuring out her voice in YA, and with these being Christian stories, how much romance is too much. I feel like this book really hit a good balance. It’s much more romantic than its predecessors, and it’s almost like the YA equivalent of Tamara Leigh’s books, which y’all know I absolutely adore. However, no book is perfect. In my personal opinion, I felt like the romance happened a little too quickly, and as this is a short book, there was room to develop it a bit more and still keep it at a good length, I’m not saying it happened overnight, but it did feel a little quick. There were some problematic tropes starting out, and Aldric seemed very controlling but luckily those were dealt with before the end, so I don’t have any real complaints on that front. I also kind of wish Isabelle had been a bigger part of the story, because she seemed really sweet and I think there was potential there but we just didn’t get enough of her. Other than the romance, in terms of pacing the plot of the book did seem to be well-paced, and I did enjoy the story. It was amusing, but it did have that little bit of urgency to it that spend it along. I do feel like the plot was merely there to support the romance, especially near the end where there were a lot of loose ends and we kind of didn’t get much info as to what happened and I kind of wish there had been a bit more meat to the story. However, even though the romance did seem fast, I did really love it. It felt much more adult than the previous books, but still appropriate, obviously. But it was sooo well written, and I just really enjoyed it. It reminds me so much of Tamara Leigh’s style, which I absolutely love. I think this is great for fans of Tamara Leigh, or just fans of some good romance. Even though it does seem that I have a bunch of negative things to say, I did really enjoy this book. It’s fast-paced, swoony, absolutely romantic, and gorgeously written. In the end, while I wish the author had taken a little bit more time to develop things, it was a well built and engrossing novel.
DKStevens119 More than 1 year ago
A journey back in time to Castles and Knights! I really enjoyed visiting this family again. Always lots of interesting things going on in the Castle. Mystery, family, faith and yes... romance. This author puts you right back there in history and into the middle of things with her wonderful descriptions and characters. One for my favorites list! I was gifted a copy and my review is voluntary..
KaileyBechtel More than 1 year ago
Jody Hedlund has done it again! She has written another amazing story! I had only read a couple of her YA medieval books, but this one is my favorite. I really enjoyed the fact that this one was written in first person perspective. I really enjoyed the characters and liked seeing their transformation. I think the amount of romance in this book was great for it being young adult. I also loved that this book is able to be enjoyed by people of all ages. I highly recommend it! I was given a complimentary copy of this ebook from the author, but was not required to write a review. The thoughts and comments are my own.
annelr More than 1 year ago
A Loyal Heart by Jody Hedlund is third in a series, An Uncertain Choice, and is easily a stand-alone novel. Set in the late 14th Century, adventure abounds! Knights saving ladies in distress, attacks on the castle, kidnapping, and action that just doesn't stop. Lady Olivia is feisty, spunky and no-one would oppose her without a fight. She is a fierce protector of her younger sister and when they are kidnapped by her father's enemies, she certainly shows her true colors and yet becomes a pawn in a much larger game than she bargained for. Who is this man who has kidnapped her--a man who neither feared her nor bowed to her wishes? Could she trust him? Could she be disloyal to all she has ever known? He's determined not to love again but she causes him to lose all sense of objectivity every time she is near. The author tells a great medieval tale with characters that are strong and vibrant and there's lots of enjoyable banter between Lady Olivia and Sir Aldric. A Loyal Heart is quite the historical romance story, one that lures the reader in immediately and doesn't let up. We are caught up and compelled by the lives of the characters and their stories. While the story is permeated with mystery, drama, emotional tension and intense action, there is also a thread of faith throughout, faith that pledges loyalty to God no matter what. This book is one you do not want to miss. I received a complimentary copy of this book through CelebrateLit. A favorable review was not required and opinions are my own. This review is part of a CelebrateLit blog tour.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love your books so much but wish they where longer!!!! So good
JasmynJJ More than 1 year ago
Have you ever finished a series and wished there was more? Jody Hedlund made her fans dreams come true with 'A Loyal Heart"! "A Loyal Heart" is the fourth installment (fifth including the prequel) of the "Uncertain Choice" series, though it can be a stand alone book. In the previous book "For Love and Honor" we met Aldric, a handsome Lord who is troubled by his past mistakes. Aldric is possibly my favourite hero in Hedlunds books so far, in paying for his past mistakes his pride took a huge blow. And yet he has such a strong presence, all of the other knights look up to him without knowing his true identity. He knows the weight of this power and uses it to teach his "peers" noble deeds, like how to treat a lady even though she is your prisoner. Which brings me to Olivia. Olivia does not know it yet as her loyalties lie with her family, but her father is a traitor to the crown. Consequently she is captured along with her sister to be used as leverage. However Olivia does not make this task easy for Aldric, who was sent to capture her. Olivia is very strong willed and will not back away from a fight to protect her sister and prove to her father that she is worth his attention. She'll fight, try to escape, and even follow her fathers commands when death could be the penalty for her crimes. I love the way Hedlund allowed us to get to know both Olivia and Aldric. There is no doubt how strong these two characters are but together they were so much more. The romantic tension is wonderful, and proves that they truly belong with each other. Just as Jody Hedlunds other books in this collection, "A Loyal Heart" grabbed my attention from the beginning and held fast till the very end. This book is written for Young Adults but I believe anyone would enjoy it. AND.. it is completely clean!!! I recieved a copy of this book in return for an honest review.
RachsRamblings More than 1 year ago
I own all of this authors YA books in PB, but THIS one really stands out to me as a favorite! I read this in one sitting and so enjoyed it. It reminds me of a movie that tries to prove chivalry isn’t dead. The men in the book treat women with respect no matter what the circumstances. The main female lead is strong, and I really liked her character and personality! Things like morals, chaperones, proper actions were all a terrific part of this YA read. My daughter isn’t quite old enough to enjoy this read, but I so look forward to the day when I will have this series...and especially this book...for her to read. The story itself is so compelling. The characters are phenomenally done in first person which is terrific. Faith, love and hope are all parts of this read bringing the reader a very well done story. I can’t wait to purchase this in paperback to add to my forever shelves. I received this book from the author. All opinions are my own.
Nicnac63 More than 1 year ago
He’s taken her as his prisoner. But she’s holding his heart captive. In gaining their freedom, will they lose what matters most? A Loyal Heart, by Jody Hedlund, is book 4 in the An Uncertain Heart series, but serves perfectly as a standalone. Ms. Hedlund's writing drew me in quickly with lots of action, tenacity, and threats of danger. Straightaway, I sympathized with Lady Olivia, as well as Sir Aldric, even though he initially posed danger for Olivia and her sister. I have to mention, there wasn’t a single lagging moment in this story. The pacing kept me totally engrossed from the first page to the last. I didn't only enjoy the read, but experienced the highs and lows, uncertainty, danger, betrayal, love...too many occurrences to mention. Ms. Hedlund created characters so alive, so real. I loved living among Aldric and Olivia's castles and knights, and watching their stunning romance bloom. There are so many matters threaded throughout this story—loyalty, betrayal, overcoming pain of the past, and forging into an uncertain future. They all weave together seamlessly, creating a unique and unforgettable historical romance with a deeply satisfying end. In my opinion, even though A Loyal Heart is marketed as a YA historical, it is suitable for all ages. Such a lovely medieval tale. I received a complimentary copy of this book and was under no obligation to post a review.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
Adventure and romance collide in this enchanting story! Sir Aldric is a knight and a man of honor and valor. Lady Olivia is a woman of wealth who embodies courage and conviction. Their pairing is an unlikely one, and the emotional journey they embark on is teeming with drama and danger. A Loyal Heart is a most captivating tale and one that leaves me begging for more! The fourth book in the An Uncertain Choice series, A Loyal Heart can be enjoyed independently of its predecessors. However, I have read and loved each of the books in this series and highly recommend them to fans of medieval romance. I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
LOVE IT! A Loyal Heart An Uncertain Heart #4 By Jody Hedlund Sir Aldric has determined to right the wrongs he has committed and has been working for Lord Pitt to pay off the debt he owes him. His latest mission for Lord Pitt is to lay siege to Castle Ludlow and capture the daughters of the Earl of Ulster. But capturing Lady Olivia is a challenge - especially keeping her prisoner until he can present them to Lord Pitt. Olivia is not some docile maiden given to bouts of swooning when danger comes and she is determined to defend her home and thwart the schemes Lord Pitt seems determined to carry out against her father all in the name of the king. But Sir Aldric is a determined knight and she is willing to use his gallantry against him if it will aid her in escape and fulfilling her father's quest for a relic. But when Olivia is caught up in her own blind loyalty she must determine what her future holds and where her loyalty truly lies ~ is it duty to her father or to her heart? Will her answer be the continuation of what she knows or will she embark on a new path? And can she trust Sir Aldric though he is but a lowly soldier in service to the whims of a lord? Sir Aldric is determined to not repeat the mistakes of the past. With the painful loss of his first wife, he has determined never marry again. But Lady Olivia's feisty personality and beauty have a way of getting to him. And when the only chance of saving her from herself is a betrothal Aldric has to set aside his own fears. But can he truly set aside his fears of the past? Those who have read the previous books in the An Uncertain Heart series will enjoy this story that follows the story of Sir Bennett's less than happy brother from For Love and Honor. Though intended for a YA audience looking for clean fiction any fan of historical romance fiction will enjoy this clean and entertaining story. This is a story of second chances and redemption. And if you enjoy a battle scene with some expert sword skills all the better as this has both. As a note of recommendation, I have purchased a copy of this book for my own use though I was provided a pre-release digital copy from which this review was based. I was provided with a digital review of this book with no expectation of a positive review - all opinions expressed are my own.