Beholden by Jody Hedlund

Lady Gabriella is forced to work in Warwick’s gem mine after her father passes away.  She vows to avenge her father’s death and stop Queen Margery’s cruelty.  While in the mines, she meets Prince Vilmar, who has gone undercover to work the mine to prove to this father that he has what it takes to be a good successor. However, he finds himself drawn to Gabriella’s cause and is determined to do whatever he can to aid in her quest—even if that means giving up his chance at being a successor or even his very life.

Jody Hedlund writes some of the best young adult stories and I greatly enjoyed this first book in her new series, The Fairest Maidens.  This particular novel is based on the story of Cinderella.  There are some mentions of characters from her last young adult series, The Lost Princesses, but you do not necessarily need to read those books first. I am an adult but I have still very much enjoyed reading these books tailored for younger audiences.  There are fairytales, villains, goodness, and love in this novel and it is a very enjoyable read!  It was easy to get drawn into the story and I had a hard time putting it down.  Jody Hedlund is such a great writer and storyteller that time passed easily as I read chapter after chapter.  I really liked Gabriella and her sweet kindness that was evident throughout the novel. There are spiritual truths intertwined in the book well.  This is a great novel and definitely recommended!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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