Hereafter

Hereafter

by Jody Hedlund

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Overview

The third lost princess. The final key to the treasure. And a battle for the throne.



Growing up deep in the forest as a poor charcoal burner’s daughter, Emmeline has always known her identity as a princess of Mercia, and she lives in fear of being caught and killed. When her adopted father returns from town with news regarding the imminence of war, Emmeline has no wish to join the rebellion against King Ethelwulf.



Prince Ethelrex, the strongest warrior in the land, has done everything he can to prove his loyalty to his father, including searching for the last lost princess. When Ethelrex finally captures Emmeline, the king commands his son to marry the princess in order to win the support of the people and undermine the rebellion.



Forced into marriage, Emmeline has one goal—to escape. But Ethelrex takes his marriage vows seriously, including his promise to love and cherish his wife, and has no intention of letting Emmeline get away. As the battle for the throne rages, will the prince be able to win the battle for Emmeline’s heart?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781733753432
Publisher: Northern Lights Press
Publication date: 10/29/2019
Series: Lost Princesses , #3
Pages: 306
Sales rank: 58,966
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.69(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

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Hereafter 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
StephanieL494 4 days ago
This is the one I've been waiting for! Not only do we get Emmeline's story, which I wanted ever since reading Always, knowing she ended up with Felicity and Lance, but after reading Adelaide's story, I've wanted Rex's story too, and to get both in the exciting twist? *gimme - gimme!* Review: I was right! I loved this one! Actually, while I was excited for this one, I ended up caught up in the story and loved the surprise twists that came at just the right places. I'm so glad I was able to read this series, and can totally see binge-reading this as a reread in the not so distant future! I really enjoyed seeing the princesses grow and build friendships of trust and seeing them learn to get along and work together, and this final installment was the perfect conclusion to this exciting adventure! *I received an early copy from the author, this does not affect my review.*
Lori782 5 days ago
I really enjoyed this book a lot!! I sure wasn't disappointed! Jody really is a fabulous midevil storyteller!! Fans of Jody will not want to miss this one for sure! Emmeline is the feistiest of them all and that is what I loved about her! I think she's my favorite sister even though I love them all. I can't imagine being a twin. I think that is a special gift from God. Each sister has a special talent that they needed to discover about themselves and Emmeline was no exception. I enjoyed the mystery, action and adventure that Emmeline was forced to discover. This is definitely her best and I love it that she saves the best for last! I was sad to see this series go! I didn't want to say goodbye because I wanted to savor the last book in the series. I do hope she writes more because she's so talented where midevil is concerned. God does indeed give us more than we deserve!! Too often we take for granted what others have less of. Rex was an interesting character himself. While I didn't always agree with his ways, I felt sorry for him in other ways as he tried to please his father and his wife. It's like he's caught in the middle and I can certainly understand that one. Rex reminds me of my husband in that regard. He's caught in the middle with his mom and me. This book has made me realize that it isn't easy pleasing the ones you love. Yes, it's hard very hard. Some are just never satisfied. Others just don't care in how they treat you. I also loved that Rex wanted to try and do what's right despite his background and how he was raised. God made you for more.... This was the time for more. I loved how Jody wove these faith filled themes like the two I mentioned above. I really think readers will enjoy this one because it's not too preachy like some can be. But really, I've never run across anything like that. Can Rex and Emmeline find a way to learn to get along together or will they always be at each other's throats and will Emmeline try to keep running away? Well, you'll just have to pick up a copy and read it for yourself. I guarantee that once you start reading this book you won't want to put it down! This is the last book in the series and will answer any questions you might have! I know it did mine!
NLove 12 days ago
Hereafter is Princess Emmeline's story. Emmeline is raised as a poor charcoal burner's daughter. Her adoptive parents are a former elite guard and a lady-in-waiting. Even hidden away in the forest, her adoptive parents share Emmeline's true identity with her. Because she is one of the lost princesses, Emmeline harbors fear of being discovered. She is content with her simple existence. She wants no part in the uprising led by her two other sisters, Queen Adelaide Constance and Princess Maribel. Prince Ethelrex is King Ethelwulf's son, the enemy Princess Emmeline fears. Prince Ethelrex is an honorable and faithful son. He wishes to honorably serve his father. He willingly searches for the last lost princess, Emmeline. Once discovered, he marries the princess immediately per the king's wishes. Prince Ethelrex takes his marriage vows seriously to cherish and protect Princess Emmeline. Can Prince Ethelrex win Princess Emmeline's heart even pulled together in a forced marriage. Can Princess Emmeline use her key to the treasure to aid her sisters in their quest for peace in the land? Jody Hedlund is a truly accomplished author. I enjoyed reading her vivid descriptions of woodland landscapes, castles fortresses, adventure, peril, and the characters' array of emotions. She is a master storyteller. The plot immediately drew me in and captivated me. I truly love the characters Ms. Hedlund creates. Princess Emmeline and Prince Ethelrex are both dynamic characters. Their struggles and victories are moving. It is a joy to read and see them change and grow throughout the novel. In Hereafter, Ms. Hedlund does a lovely job incorporating previous characters from the novella and previous two novels in the series. It was fulfilling to hear from those characters again. Jody Hedlund's great talents truly shine in The Lost Princesses Series. The talent she portrays in her medieval time period writing gleams like an exquisite jewel. Hereafter was my personal favorite. It had meaningful and beautiful faith elements. The romance was lovely, powerful, completely wholesome. Teen and young adult readers as well as the young at heart will be captivated by Hereafter. I did not want this beautiful story to come to an end. I will cherish Hereafter and The Lost Princesses series for many years to come! *I am grateful to the author and publisher for providing a complimentary copy of this book. I was not obligated or expected to write a positive review. My thoughts and opinions are solely my own.*
Blooming-with-Books 14 days ago
Hereafter The Lost Princesses #3 By Jody Hedlund Emmeline has always known she was one of the lost princesses of Mercia. For the last 18 years, she has been raised by the very people who saved her and her sisters from the blade of King Ethelwulf. But the time has come to leave all she's known and join with her sisters in their attempt to reclaim the throne that rightfully belongs to Queen Adelaide Constance. But Emmeline fears that she hasn't the courage to face the coming war, she wants nothing more than to continue living the life she has always known. But change is coming whether she wants it to or not. Prince Ethelrex (Rex), as the elder son of King Ethelwulf, is heir to the throne of the united Kingdom of Bryttania. But to secure his position and to stop the rebellion, Rex has been tasked by his father to secure the remaining princess and marry Emmeline upon capturing her. But finding this hidden away princess is no easy task as he is in a race against Queen Adelaide's rebels in securing her and her key to the ancient treasure of Solomon. Forced into a marriage she doesn't want Emmeline wonders if this is her purpose to be a means to bring peace to the land and avoid the bloodshed war is sure to bring. Or is she merely a tool to be manipulated by King Ethelwulf to destroy her sisters? And Rex's promise that he meant his marriage vows - manipulation or truth? Emmeline's future and her heart depend on who Rex truly is. Hereafter is the conclusion to the Lost Princess series and it is a series that must be read in order as each book builds upon what came before. For those who have read Always, we get to catch up on the life that Felicia and Lance took to protect the three princesses. The book and series end in such a way that it should prove satisfactory to almost everyone. And yes this book continues the clean YA standard those familiar with Jody Hedlund's YA works expect and appreciate. This is one series you don't want to miss. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book with no expectations but that I provide my honest opinion - all thoughts expressed are my own. I have since purchased this book so I can have a physical copy on my bookshelf.
BookwormMama2014 17 days ago
What an exciting and thrilling conclusion to this incredible series! The final sister...The final key...The lost treasure...And a whole lot of the unexpected! I have been so blown away by this whole series. These sisters, driven by the call on their lives, overcoming the enemy, fighting for good, together...Drawn by the bond of family. Emmeline has grown up KNOWING who she is, PREPARING for the day that she would have to step into her birthright...But at the same time, hoping that day would never come. She was happy in her life. She was content...She was comfortable. It wasn't until she was swept away from everything that she held dear...From the only life that she'd known...That she began to understand the depth of who she is and who she was supposed to be. Drawing out the courage...The Survivor...The Fighter. This book, I think, is my favorite of the series. All I kept thinking of was this verse... "You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people." Genesis 50:20 NLT How many times have we seen God working this way in our lives? Taking what the enemy meant for evil and turning it for good? Probably more times than we know. One of my favorite songs right now is See a Victory by Elevation Worship (see video below). In the face of danger...In the face of defeat, Emmeline put her foot down and said, "NO! I will not back down. I will not surrender the fight." And in the end....Well...You'll just have to read it yourself. Rex...I admit...He had to grow on me. While I respected that he was put in a tough position...It wasn't until HE finally stood up for HIMSELF that I started to fall in love with him. His kind heart, his caring spirit endears him to Emmeline and to myself. A redemption story if ever there was one. #VillianTurnedHero for the win. I want to thank Jody Hedlund for writing a story with depth, with truth, with emotion for Young Adults. A story of high quality and so exciting! It was a blessing to be able to read them all in quick succession. I don't think my heart would have been able to handle waiting months between releases. I strongly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys YA lit and medieval settings...with a taste for the fantastical. I received a complimentary copy of Hereafter from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
Heidi_Reads 26 days ago
Epic. I love how this final book finished the series in such an unexpected way! After reading the heroic adventures of her two sisters, I struggled with Emmeline's personality a bit, the way she gives in and doesn't fight tooth and nail or make the sacrifices others think she should. But over time I grew to appreciate her strengths and attributes that helped finally bring peace to the land. The Prince was another unknown personality to get used to, and it was great to see his perspective and learn of his inner turmoil as he seeks with Emmeline for a future void of war. The story played like a movie in my mind with the action and suspense of the dangerous journeys, treacherous maze of tunnels, and vindictive villains, balanced with blossoming romance, reunited sisters, and self-discovery within the two main characters. This is an exciting series that is perfect four young adults and not-as-young adults alike! (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
E_Espinoza 3 months ago
Hereafter, by Jody Hedlund, is the final book in the Lost Princesses series. With sweeping adventure and heartwarming romance, this young adult novel is as exciting as it is charming. Beautifully written and utterly captivating, this book offers a thrilling and truly satisfying conclusion to a fantastic, medieval series. Beginning with the very first page, Hereafter transports the reader to a world that is full of danger and intrigue. From a secluded cottage deep in the woods, to the spacious rooms of a castle, to the perilous chambers of an ancient labyrinth, Ms. Hedlund reveals her extraordinary skills for creating settings that are intensely alluring. And the characters in this book are just as striking. With relevant motivations and earnest desires, they are thoroughly compelling. Their willingness to endure uncertainty, to persevere through hardships, and to find purpose in their trials is inspiring. With a riveting plot that abounds with legends and mythical elements, this story is very enthralling, memorable, and special. Ms. Hedlund has quickly become one of my favorite authors. Her books never fail to inspire my spirit and thrill my heart. Hereafter is no exception. From beginning to end, this novel is a genuine joy to read. Truly, the entire Lost Princesses series is remarkable and worthy of attention and sincere praise. It is a pleasure for me to recommend Hereafter as well as the other books in the series. *I was given a copy of this book by the author/publisher. A review was not required. The review I have written is voluntary and contains opinions that are entirely my own.
Kimberly Bowie 3 months ago
Just when I thought this series couldn't possibly get any better, Mrs. Hedlund released Hereafter! This was the best ending to this series of books! With lots of unpredictability and unexpected twists and turns, I was unable to put this book down until the very last page. This book does have a happily ever after; however, it definitely was not what I thought it would be. The recurring theme throughout the book is, "I don't want to be Princess Emmeline." And yet, our main character comes to realized how much trouble she causes by trying to avoid her destiny. Not wanting to give away any of the good stuff, I won't say anymore. The setting and descriptions give the reader the feel of being in the story. The characters pull you in and have you feeling as if you are a part of the story. I highly recommend this book for lovers of history, kings and queens, clean historical fiction, happily ever after.
Faye_reviews 3 months ago
The thrilling conclusion to The Lost Princesses Series! Emmeline had a happy child in the Inglewood Forest, raised by former Elite Guard, Lance, and former Lady-in-Waiting, Felicia, knowing that she would someday claim her rightful place as a princess of Mercia. After being captured and forced to marry Ethelrex, she is bent on escape, but could God have brought her here for such a time as this? Ethelrex has trained for years to become the best of the best in preparation to succeed his father, King Ethelwulf as ruler of Warwick. He is determined to honor his father and prove himself worthy after many years away honing his skills as a warrior. He was a surprising character, in that I didn't know how I would feel about him, but in the end he was definitely one of my favorites! He is a born leader, with the ability to think critically, and a high moral code. Emmeline is content with her upbringing, and has no wish to be princess. Out of all the princesses I think she is my favorite, and the one that I related best to. Emmeline loves her parents dearly, and is loyal, humble, and modest, acting bravely in the face of grave danger to protect the ones she loves. I've enjoyed each of the books in this series, but this final one most of all, where everything comes full circle. I think I was most anticipating Emmeline's story because of how much I enjoyed Lance and Felicia's story at the very beginning of the series. Emmeline was the most relatable to me, because of her fears and insecurities, as well as her loyalty and bravery. Rex was well written, complex, yet honorable. Fast paced, and highly entertaining, I loved every minute of this book, because everything from previous books was being turned in it's head and kept me guessing as to how this could all work out in the end. A highly satisfying conclusion to a fantastic series! I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
LizR1990 3 months ago
Jody Hedlund saved the best for last in her Lost Princesses series! I was so thrilled to read the conclusion to this story, but I wish it didn’t have to end. With a strong romance thread and a healthy dose of action, Hereafter was, hands down, my favorite book in this amazing series. Emmeline, the final lost princess, was raised always knowing her identity and living in fear of the day King’s Ethelwulf’s men would come for her. Ethelrex, now the crown prince of Mercia, has been sent by his father to capture and marry Emmeline in the hope of crushing the rebellion. Emmeline and Rex’s growing attraction despite being on opposite sides of the conflict felt authentic and I was truly rooting for their romance to succeed. I loved seeing the fight for Mercia from Rex’s point of view. Despite his fierce exterior and his father’s ruthlessness, he was truly an honorable man and his commitment to his vows was swoon worthy. His struggle to balance honoring his father’s wishes and his own moral compass was heart wrenching. I cannot recommend this series enough! The romance is sigh inducing, the action is gripping, and the fantasy elements are exciting. I can only hope there will be more medieval romance to come from Hedlund in the future! I would recommend The Lost Princesses for fans of Tamara Leigh, Melanie Dickerson and, of course, any of Hedlund’s other works. I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
Kristina Barnes 3 months ago
Like the novella, Always, and the other novels, Evermore and Foremost, Emmeline and Rex’s story is full of adventure, danger, and romance. The theme throughout the book is courage. Will Emmeline have the courage to do what it takes to create peace? Will Rex have the courage to follow the honor in his heart? There were so many wonderful lines about courage, and I loved how Emmeline’s faith played such a large part in her finding her own. It’s hard to say I have a favorite princess, but I would probably pick Emmeline. She is strong and wise, like her sister Adelaide but also compassionate and caring like Maribel. But it is her determination to follow her own way--to seek peace when war is all around her--that sets her apart. Rex is an unlikely hero. Brawny and handsome, sure, but an enemy to the princesses. But his honor defines him and shapes him over time into a man worthy of the title of hero. Even though I have a distinct dislike for King Ethelwulf, I found myself cheering for Rex. In this final part of the story, the lines between family and foe are blurred, but it’s this complicated web of loyalty and deception that kept me hanging on page by page. I loved the danger Emmeline and Rex faced together, the tender love that dared to grow between them and the inner strength they found together. Hereafter is a beautiful conclusion to The Lost Princesses series. I’ve loved each princess’s story, but I must confess I love this one the most. I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
poodlelover 3 months ago
Author Jody Hedlund is a master at telling a story. With words she creates a picture that evokes a myriad of emotions her characters are experiencing. From the beginning The Lost Princesses series is quite the adventure. I cried, applauded, and thought ‘you deserved that’ through one escapade after another. In Hereafter, Book Three, we are introduced to the last princess, Emmeline, who was raised differently than her sisters, Queen Adelaide Constance and Princess Maribel. She believes she lacks courage, but will she finally realize her sister Adelaide is right? “Courage is not the absence of fear but the determination to persevere when circumstances are at their worst.” Will Emmeline find the hope and courage God bestows? The author does a great job tying all the loose ends complete with a dramatic and surprising ending. I recommend you start with the novella, Always, although each is standalone. You will delight in this fairytale journey even if you’re beyond Young Adult. A lovely gift idea! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. The opinions are my own.
SBMC 3 months ago
“Courage is not the absence of fear but the determination to persevere when circumstances are at their worst.” I love Jody Hedlund’s books - both historical and YA - and this finale to the Lost Princesses series is Jody Hedlund at her finest. Though I expected to see some surprises in the plot, I was not prepared for the intensity of emotion, flurry of non-stop action with danger and rescues aplenty, depth of character development and unexpected plot twists in this beautifully crafted novel. Once I started the book, I could not put it down! If you love YA medieval fiction, you will absolutely adore this book and the entire series. I do recommend reading the series in order, starting from the novella Always. This book is a little different from the others in that Emmeline has always known her true identity as a princess while being raised by an ex-elite guard and a former lady in waiting. Emmeline is asked to overcome her fears and lay aside her own personal misgivings for the sake of restoring the kingdom of Mercia. Rex, the crown prince of Bryttania, is the hero of the story which is quite surprising given that his father forcibly and ruthlessly took Mercia from Emmeline’s birth parents and Rex is tasked with drawing the last unmarried princess out of hiding. Emmeline and Rex are both deeply feeling, compassionate, loyal characters and their emotions are raw, heartbreaking, and captivating. King Ethelwulf, Rex’s father, has a bigger role in this book and Emmeline’s sisters and their husbands also return to the story for a long-awaited reunion. I received a copy of the book from the author/publisher and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
Becky_Dempsey98 3 months ago
"Hereafter" is the third book in the Lost Princesses series. It is important to have read the first two books, plus the prequel novella, before reading "Hereafter" to be able to fully understand what is going on. I thoroughly enjoyed reading "Hearafter" and am sad we don't have any more princesses to have more stories. The story was well written and I was drawn into the lives of Emmeline and Rex. I'll be honest and say I was a little dismayed to discover that Emmeline would marry Rex, because Rex is the enemy. I devoured the story to discover how everything would work out and who would be the ruler in Mercia. I liked Emmeline's feistiness and courage. I look forward to reading more books by Jody Hedlund in the future. I got a free copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and given voluntarily. No compensation was received for my review.
GrandaddyA 3 months ago
Having enjoyed the stories of the first two lost princesses, I was looking forward to reading Emmeline’s story. I was definitely pleased with the story, which had very different twists from the others. If you read the prequel, you know that Emmeline was the princess who was kept by the couple who secreted the twins away from Delsworth Castle just hours after they were born. Unlike her twin sister and their older sister who were never told about their birth family, she was told from a young age about where she came from. Even knowing this, she never wanted to leave the couple she had come to know and love as her “parents.” Although Lance, the man she has always called Father, has taught her many lessons about surviving in the woods, things change when she is taken from her element. I believe one of the greatest lessons shared, one that she lived out, is that fully trusting in God, we have what we need when we need it. She didn’t think she was courageous, but she found great courage when she most needed it. I enjoyed the interactions between Emmeline and Rex as she was forced to be in his company. Quite an enjoyable tale. I received an advance copy of this book from the author. This is my honest review. All opinions are strictly my own.
Patricia Hinojosa 3 months ago
This is the final installment of the Lost Princesses Series from Jody Hedlund. Oh my! My heart was totally engaged in this fast paced, adventurous and intriguing, sweet and passionate at the same time, wonderful and inspiring, medieval romance! I can truly say without hesitating that I had a hard time putting it down and that I stayed late into the night to finish this incredible trilogy! Wow! I love Jody Hedlund’s books and I really thought, since this was a YA trilogy, that in no way it culd surpass her adult novels, but I was wrong! This is one of her best yet written stories! And even if it’s directed to young adults I found it more than perfect for adults too and couldn’t stop myself from reading each book and then eagerly awaiting the next! I was really glad that the release of each book was close to the previous one, because I would have hated to wait so long to find out how this story would develop with each lost princess until the very end, and how they would reach a satisfactory end and Happily ever After. And wow, I loved how she ended the series with this last book, it was truly awesome! This is Emmeline’s story, the third sister of the lost princesses, and I couldn’t imagine what her role would be in ending Ethelwulf’s terror reign and bringing peace to the Kingdom! And was I surprised! I can’t really say which of this stories I loved more. I fell in love with each of the characters of the previous stories, their braveness, their loyalty and compassion. But in this one, I loved that the relationship was more complex than the others. Emmeline was joining the enemy and she was at odds at the same time she was falling in love with his worst enemy’s son. Rex was a wonderful charachter too, and I loved how he slowly changes his vision of things thanks to Emmeline. He was a good man, but his obedience and loyalty to his father blinded him too. Will it be too late when he realizes that he can’t be loyal to his father and be a good person at the same time, or worse a fair future King. I loved the last part. I won’t spoil it, but I will say I shed a few tears. I loved the way the story is told in first person and that we get to know exactly what the character thinks. I truly wanted to shake Rex a few times. But it all ends well. Not only well, but the ending was amazing!! This is really an inspirational book, there is so much message behind, about integrity, loyalty, and above all, about being what God made you to be, making the most of the gifts God gives you. Emmeline realices this at some point. And each princess has a special God given gift. You’ll have to find out which was Emmeline’s when you read the book. I truly loved it! And it shows how riches are not what makes you rich, it’s what you have inside what truly matters and makes you rich, to God and to others. I truly recommend this book, and the whole trulogy of course, to young adults and older people alike. I think you’ll enjoy it: deep and compelling characters, non-stop adventure and life or death peril, and a sweet and endearing love that will have you swooning every second!
PrincessGlor 3 months ago
What a fantastic finale to the Lost Princess series! I could not put it down, I was so intrigued at seeing how story would play out and how the evil king would finally be defeated. Hereafter is a satisfying conclusion with lots of romance, action and twists and turns. I was completely surprised at a couple of the twists and Jody wove a brilliant tale. I was also surprised at Jody’s match for Emmaline and how that worked in to the story. Well done! I received this book from the author and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
AE2 3 months ago
Emmeline, raised as the daughter of a charcoal burner deep in the forest, has always known her true identity as a princess--and she has never wanted to embrace it. She's perfectly happy living with her adoptive parents away from civilization, other than the fact that she's constantly afraid they'll be found. When her parents tell her it's time to join her two sisters and claim her true identity as a princess, fighting against the evil King Ethelwulf, she doesn't want to. Before she can figure out a different plan, however, King Ethelwulf's soldiers arrive at her home, and in order to spare her parents from being tortured, Emmeline agrees to go with them. She hopes to be able to escape, particularly knowing that the plan is to force her to wed Ethelwulf's heir, Ethelrex, but she's not counting on her reaction to Rex, who is different than she expected anyone associated with Ethelwulf to be. Rex has trained to be the most elite warrior in his father's forces. He is deeply loyal to his father and will marry Emmeline as he's expected to--but he's not expecting to fall for her, especially not so quickly. With his father and his wife at odds, Rex, who is just as committed to his marriage vows as he is to his father, must reconsider his path in life. I've enjoyed the previous books and prequel novella in this series, but this book is easily my favorite. I just loved it. Rex was such an intriguing character; the heir to an evil, brutal ruler, he has been taught violence and domination, but he also has a deep moral compass and wants to do what's right. I loved seeing how he interacted with Emmeline--both the times he was totally sweet and the times he failed her as he struggled to figure out how to please her and his father. As for Emmeline, I really liked seeing her try to figure out what she should do to try to establish peace in the kingdom as well as trying to sort out her feelings for Rex. This was a great conclusion to a terrific series...and I already want to go re-read it! 5 stars. I read an ARC provided by the author. All opinions are my own.
Kelly Hodgkins 3 months ago
Jody Hedlund began this fairytale series with Always, the tale of Lance and Felicia’s rescue of three princesses when their parents are killed as the invading army takes over. Two books later, the reader gets to rejoin the couple, 18 years on as their adoptive daughter, Emmeline, is forced to accept her destiny as a princess. Continuing from the second book, Foremost, the ruling king’s son, Ethelrex, is set the task by his father to find and marry Emmeline before her sisters’ army invades to retake the land. An impressive warrior, Rex achieves his goal and Emmeline finds herself amidst the enemy and trying to find an escape. In their long journey back to Rex’s home, Emmeline is surprised to find Rex isn’t the awful man she anticipated him to be. Rex is equally surprised by Emmeline’s sass and bravery. As in the first three books, it’s full of adventure and excitement. My favourite part of this book is the way it reminds us that people are often more than one dimension and it’s worth getting to know them before judging them. It is a wonderful conclusion to a great young adult (but enjoyable to any adult) series. These characters are so interesting, I would happily spend more book-time with all of them! Christian principles are gently instilled and the importance of love, sacrifice and kindness highlighted. I thoroughly enjoyed it, it’s five out of five on the en-JOY-ment scale!
Pattistep 3 months ago
This final book in this “fairytale” series is everything the ending to a series like this should be. The “Lost Princesses” are finally together, but there was a twist to this reunion that I wasn’t quite expecting that ramped up the anticipation a little bit. Each of the princesses has her chance to show courage and compassion in her own special way. This book is focused on Emmeline. She has some tough choices to make as far as her loyalties are concerned, and her path to romance and happily-ever-after turns into a road with deep crevasses. She’s the princess who fears she lacks courage, yet finds herself needing to find a way to save both her family and the kingdom. There’s quite a suspenseful scene in this final chapters that had my complete attention until the end. I also loved the fact that we got to meet up again with Lance and Felicia from the very first book, “Always”, and find out the rest of their story. You could read this book on your own and enjoy it, but I’d recommend reading the books in order. You’ll enjoy the adventure and sweet, clean romance. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
A1Reads 3 months ago
I loved this story! Hereafter is Princess Emmeline's story. She is the last lost princess and the only one who grew up knowing who she truly was. Her "father" Lance, thought her everything he could, tracking, hunting, weaponry, how to hide, and most importantly maps. Emmeline is stronger than she knows. I loved the moment when she uses her courage. I can't say when that is without spoilers. I was on the edge of my seat! There is a ton of action and adventure but there are also many very meaningful tender moments as well. It is a very good conclusion to the series! *I received an early copy of this book from the publisher. A review was not required. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.
kp68 3 months ago
Jody Hedlund brings her Lost Princesses series to a close with a splash. Hereafter will fill in details about what has been happening in Emmeline's life. This princess has been living deep in the forest of Mercia. Emmaline's adoptive parents have told her the truth about the fate of her actual parents and she has been trained to always be cautious of strangers. However, one day this training is all for naught, when Prince Ethelrex, son of King Ethelwulf, suddenly enters her world! After Emmeline runs out of her family's cottage in a moment of anger, she returns to that find her adoptive parents have been captured by Prince Ethelrex. Emmeline feels like her only choice to save her parents is to place herself into the prince's hands! Emmeline's father, a former elite soldier, has trained Emmeline in tactics she can use to protect herself. You soon will see Emmeline make an attempt to escape. However, the prince, also being an elite soldier, recaptures her and brings her back to his camp. Before you know it, the prince seals the deal by insisting a wedding ceremony be performed! At this point, you have been prepared for an exciting tale. You know that by the final page, Hereafter will come to a grand conclusion!
SusanSnodgrassBookworm 3 months ago
'God oft gives us more than we deserve. I can do no less for others.' Jody Hedlund definitely saved the best for last in her Lost Princesses medieval series. The medieval setting is my favorite, I think, and she does it so very well. This time we have Emmeline's story, she who is a twin to Princess Maribel. They both, along with their older sister, Princess Adelaide, were spirited away when the evil King Ethelwulf killed their parents and took control over the kingdom. For 18 years they have been hunted, for each holds a part of a puzzle that will bring great riches to the kingdom and also peace. Adelaide and Maribel were never found in time but now Emmeline's hiding has been discovered and she is forced to wed the evil king's son, Rex. Rex, however, is not the evil prince she thinks he is. This one was so good! I was on the edge of my seat, so to speak, especially during the descent into the Labyrinth of Death. Hedlund gives us a wonderful and oh so satisfying conclusion to her very good series. And we learn that sometimes fear is just courage trying to emerge. I personally hope she returns to her medieval tales soon. Truly, it is her forte. *My thanks to the author for a preview copy of this book. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.
irishniff 3 months ago
I was excited to find out how this series would end and Hereafter was much better than I had imagined. Emmeline is the last lost princess and I enjoyed watching her learn lessons as her adventure unfolded. As she learned how to develop courage, she found the strength she needed to face dire circumstances. During her struggles, she entered into a very confusing romance. Amidst the fight for the kingdom, this epic romance develops which is unique and full of challenges. While this medieval story is clean and appropriate for young adults, I think that this fiction is for all ages. I was given a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions are my own.