Noble Knights series / by Jody Hedlund. 3.6.2019

A Loyal Heart / by Jody Hedlund. (Noble Knights, 4)

Northern Lights Press ISBN 9780692055236

A Worthy Rebel / by Jody Hedlund. (Noble Knights, 5)

Northern Lights Press ISBN 9780692144190

YA Grades 9-12 Rating: 4

Best-selling author Jody Hedlund concludes her young adult series with these two medieval novels.

In A Loyal Heart, Lady Olivia is taken captive and held for ransom by Sir Aldric on Lord Pitt’s orders. Loyal to her family, Olivia will do whatever is necessary to make her father happy, whether it is being betrothed to a man he selects or trying to steal a special chalice rumored to have healing properties in Pitt’s possession. Threatened with execution after she is caught trying to steal the chalice, Aldric intervenes and becomes engaged to her. But what about her father’s choice? Will she marry Aldric, a man she is growing to admire but an enemy to her family? Or will her relationship with Aldric help her obtain the chalice?

In A Worthy Rebel, Lady Isabelle flees an arranged marriage, becoming lost in the countryside. She hides her identity as a noblewoman when she is rescued by Cole Warwick, a peasant. He is the leader of the peasants who are rebelling against the nobility. As she recovers from her injuries, they develop strong feelings for each other, which are shaken by the revelation of Isabelle’s true identity. Will they be able to overcome the truth?

Hedlund excels at providing a clean romance suitable for teens and adults alike. Second chances, redemption, family loyalty, adventure, intrigue and more await the reader. Recommended for historical fiction fans, fans of courtly romance, and inspirational fiction fans.

Carol R. Gehringer,

Earlier Related Titles Reviewed by CLJ An Uncertain Choice ( Jan/Feb/Mar/Apr 2015); A Daring Sacrifice (Jul/Aug/Sep 2016); For Love & Honor (Apr/May/Jun 2017).