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I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now enjoy reading to my granddaughter and supporting authors through my reviews!

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Beguiled (The Fairest Maidens, #2) by Jody Hedlund

Beguiled (The Fairest Maidens, #2)ABOUT THE BOOK

In a land where being the fairest maiden is a curse . . .

A princess rejected and hunted by her mother, and a prince who lives as a shunned outcast.


Princess Pearl flees for her life after her mother, Queen Margery, tries to have her killed during a hunting expedition. Pearl finds refuge on the Isle of Outcasts among criminals and misfits, disguising her face with a veil so no one recognizes her. She lives for the day when she can return to Warwick and rescue her sister, Ruby, from the queen’s clutches.

Amidst his royal testing on the Isle of Outcasts, Prince Mikkel of Scania has kept his identity a secret. Captured by a warring band of outcasts and condemned to die, he finds himself making friends with an intriguing but feisty young veiled woman. Intending to win her trust and gain her help to escape, he soon finds himself coerced to wed her.

Mikkel reluctantly agrees to the union to save his life, and Pearl hopes the marriage will provide protection for her and Ruby. But the queen is more determined to kill her daughter than either Pearl or Mikkel realizes and has a sinister reason neither expects—one that could rip their new love apart forever.

The real Snow White story.

The Fairest Maidens

Book 1: Beholden (Sept 2020)
Book 2: Beguiled (Oct 2020)
Book 3: Besotted (Nov 2020) 


MY THOUGHTS.....

Adventure, romance, and a return visit to the fairy tale Snow White. What more can a reader ask for? Jody Hedlund delivers another intriguing medieval story and this time, the two main characters, Princess Pearl and Prince Mikkel, are pitted against Pearl's mother, Queen Margery. She is truly an evil Queen. desiring to be the first person to make gold, and one of the requirements is a maiden's heart! Would she really kill her own daughter to complete this evil deed?

There is a powerful chemistry between Pearl and Mikkel and it doesn't hurt that they are both 'easy on the eyes' but Hedlund's story reminds us that an attractive appearance should never be more important than one's inner beauty. Beguiled also stresses the need to overcome hatred and bitterness so that we can truly forgive and there's a reminder that we often need to make sacrifices for those we love. Hedlund shares so many Christian values in this entertaining retelling of Snow White and there are several surprises also!





This is the second book of The Fairest Maidens series and, even though it is labeled as young adult literature, I was completely immersed and I'm anxious to see what's in store in the next book! I highly recommend Beguiled to all who enjoy medieval stories filled with Christian romance, adventure, and drama.



I received a copy of this book from the author but a positive review was never required. These are my own thoughts. 

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Jody
 Hedlund is the best-selling author of over twenty historicals for both adults and teens and is the winner of numerous awards including the Christy, Carol, and Christian Book Award. She lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy teens, and five spoiled cats.

When she’s not penning another of her page-turning stories, she loves to spend her time reading, especially when it also involves consuming coffee and chocolate.  

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