The Vow: A novella

The Vow: A novella

by Jody Hedlund

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The Vow: A novella by Jody Hedlund

In this ebook historical romance novella by Jody Hedlund, young Rosemarie finds herself drawn to Thomas, the son of the nearby baron. But just as her feelings begin to grow, a man carrying the Plague interrupts their hunting party. While in forced isolation, Rosemarie begins to contemplate her future—could it include Thomas? Could he be the perfect man to one day rule beside her and oversee her parents’ lands? 

Then Rosemarie is summoned back to her castle in haste. The disease has spread, and her family is threatened. And the secret she discovers when she returns could change her future forever.

This novella also serves as a prequel to Jody Hedlund’s An Uncertain Choice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310751137
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 01/06/2015
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 105,235
File size: 688 KB
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

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The Vow: A novella 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
WildflowerMom More than 1 year ago
Medieval Romance for all ages. There is a lot of story packed into this short novella. Gives the backstory to her new YA novel An Uncertain Choice set in a medieval European kingdom, introducing the princess Rosemarie and her dilemma. Written for a younger audience, a bit swoony, but still rich in period details enough to interest any reader. Different than her other historical novels. Melanie Dickerson fans may really like this and the connected novel.
LittleMissBookwormCH More than 1 year ago
Jody Hedlund has been on my must-read list since her debut novel, The Preacher's Bride.  Her research in different time periods and places combined with unique plots, make each of Jody's stories enjoyable to read.  After reading on Jody's blog that she was branching out into the Young Adult genre, I added The Vow, to my growing TBR list. This novella was Jody Hedlund's debut into the YA genre and it's strong start has me hooked.  I was drawn into the story from the very first page, and it held my attention until the very end.  The harsh realities of living during the medieval period is woven wonderfully into the story as the plague threatens those close to fourteen-year-old Rosemarie.  I loved the unique plot and the unusual twist at the end.  In fact, it left me a little shocked. Because The Vow is a novella, I won't go into detail about the plot.  You simple have to read it . . . but I promise you won't be disappointed. I also loved Hedlund's unique writing style.  As the story unfolded in the forty pages, i felt like everything flowed wonderfully together.  From the development of the characters to the pacing, The Vow doesn't disappoint a reader.  The vivid descriptions alone make everything about the medieval period come alive.  Meanwhile, each of the characters are fleshed out with their own unique personalities.  Even the potential relationship between Rosemarie and Thomas isn't rushed.  I found the interaction between the young couple to be sweet.  Honestly, a reader can't ask for more out of a novella.   This isn't your usual happily every after young adult historical romance.  From the first line to the last, The Vow will hold you captive,  It sets the stage for the full length YA novel, An Uncertain Choice, and I'm excited for it's release in March.  I highly recommend this prequel to anyone who loves YA Historical Romance.  I give The Vow by Jody Hedlund 5 Stars.
BookwormMama14 More than 1 year ago
Tragedy and despair have come knocking at the door. If the door remains shut will it go away? Lady Rosemarie's life has been turned upside down in more ways the one. With her plans for the future completely demolished, she holds her head high with a determination to be the best that she can be. How can Jody Hedlund snare my attention so effectively in just seven chapters? My only regret is that I can't start An Uncertain Choice quite yet. I was quickly swept away to the late 1300s in this novella. The detail and language is exquisite. Definitely worth a read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was an amazing short story. Even though ot was only 61 pages i liked this book and im looking forward to the second book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great little read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story was cute a little predictable but very well written. There were some sad parts to it but they added to the overall of the story. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a fast read or that enjoy royalty romances.
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Espan_Rose More than 1 year ago
This little novella is a great pre-curser to An Uncertain Choice. Rosemarie is a sweet girl, on the cusp of becoming a woman. She is so compassionate and loving, with a heart desperate to help her people. She also gets her first taste of love, and it’s really sweet watching her. Though tragedy strikes, this is still a very cute store, and has a wonderful beginning to Rosemarie’s journey. Definitely good to read, especially right before An Uncertain Choice as it helps explain some things brought up in the novel.
angelmom1165 More than 1 year ago
What a great prequel. I love getting the back story to the main character in a book. This one takes place several years before An Uncertain Choice. It shows the type of person Rosemarie is and her relationship with her parents. It gives you a look at the time period the book is set in. You easily learn to love Rosemarie and want to know the rest of her story. I recommend reading this before you start An Uncertain Choice just to give yourself a bit more background information as you begin the book. Great for preteens and teens, plus anyone older than that. 
booksandwindows More than 1 year ago
This sweet novella follows 14-year-old Rosemarie as she navigates budding feelings and hopes for a happy future with a great young man. Written in the first person point of view, hearing Rosemarie’s thoughts gave this novella a fresh perspective. I think changing the POV for her new YA series is a great move for Jody. I have to say my favorite aspect of this novella was Rosemarie’s parents. I loved the picture of her parents’ love and relationship and how it was something Rosemarie longed for in her own life. Their relationship is an example to her of what a loving relationship between husband and wife should look like and she wants what they have. This short novella introduces us to Lady Rosemarie’s world, and will draw readers into Jody’s medieval novels. *With thanks to the author for a free e-copy of this novella in exchange for my honest review.*
EmilyAnneK17 More than 1 year ago
In The Vow by Jody Hedlund, young Lady Rosemarie begins to notice the affection of a young man from a nearby manor. But just as he confesses interest in her, the plague is spotted in her parents’ lands. The sole heir of all her parents own, Lady Rosemarie is sent away to a monastery to be safe from the disease. But soon the discovery of a mysterious vow turns all her plans upside down. I enjoyed The Vow. It was really short and did not end at all the way I thought it would. It is so short, I dare not say too much about it for fear of giving it all away. There is much more than I would have expected packed into the tiny little book. Things about character, treatment of humans, being an example and a leader even as a youth, and doing what is right even when it is hard. Despite its small size, The Vow tells a good, surprising story and teaches worthwhile morals to all of its readers. Sweet little Rosemarie is faced with difficult situations and choices. She is valiant and pure even though she is only a young teen. I appreciated the fact that she took the large responsibilities presented laid upon her despite the sacrifices she would have to make. I look forward to reading more of her story. One thing to note about The Vow is that it seems more like a prologue to Jody’s new book, An Uncertain Choice, than a stand-alone novella. It has merit and sweetness on its own, but will be much more fulfilling for the reader to be read in conjunction to An Uncertain Choice. I eagerly look forward to An Uncertain Choice and applaud Jody Hedlund for a lovely prequel novella.