Read The Vow by Jody Hedlund Online


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 besiIn 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....

Title : The Vow
Author :
Rating :
ISBN : 24532171
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 51 Pages
Status : Available For Download
Last checked : 21 Minutes ago!

The Vow Reviews

  • Anne
    2019-01-11 21:10

    Oh Annie, Annie, quite contrary! Why do you purposefully choose to read books you KNOW you will not like?!You knew this was going to be a syrupy silly little love story that would only make you roll your eyes! Why do you still pick it up??? I have a problem with "suspension of disbelief" and YA stuff. This novella was CLEARLY not for me, but I gave it a chance, because it looked cute, the cover was pretty, it was a Kindle freebie, and yeah, okay, I was lured and I fell into the trap. It's not a "bad" little book, it's just perfectly silly and overly-romantically-clichéd, entirely devoid of substance, and the hero and heroine are so young they're not even swoon-worthy. If YA medieval romantic fluff is your thing, then by all means you might enjoy it, although even objectively looking at it I can't really say it was that good, because let's be honest "the vow" was no major twist, and it could have been much more exciting than that. This is only the prequel to the actual series, but I feel absolutely no interest to read any more. SO NOTE TO SELF: ANNE, YOU DO NOT LIKE THESE KINDS OF BOOKS. STOP WASTING YOUR TIME, for heaven's sake.

  • Irene Sim
    2019-01-15 15:54

    I finally had the chance to read this novella. It is a prequel to the series and it's about young Rosemarie, one of my favorite historical heroines. Rosamarie has the purest heart, is a small gem, and reading this small story about her made me love her even more. Of course I already know her story because I've read the next book, but it was a sweet read nonetheless.

  • Kathy
    2019-01-03 19:49

    Prequel to An Uncertain Choice. Not necessary to read prior to reading An Uncertain Choice. Short story that takes place when Rosemarie is 14 and gives more details about her parents death and her learning about the Vow.Content: Clean

  • Ruth
    2018-12-24 20:11

    Jody Hedlund's books have long been on my radar, but until recently time (and my overwhelming TBR stack) did not see me diving into her writing. But with the upcoming release of her first young adult medieval, An Uncertain Choice, rapidly approaching (seriously, March 3rd cannot come soon enough to suit me!), I knew 2015 would have to be the year I finally discovered why Hedlund has such an enthusiastic following. If you don't believe me, check out the #HedlundChallenge2015 on Twitter!The Vow introduces fourteen-year old Rosemarie on the cusp of womanhood, the beloved only child and heir of her parents, beginning to consider her future as heir and the type of marriage she hopes to one day make. Her dreams of love are fueled by a visit from Lord Thomas, the handsome son of a neighboring baron. But just as she starts to dream of a future with the young nobleman, her lands are hit with an outbreak of plague. Forced into seclusion, Rosemarie chafes against the protective restrictions her parents have placed around her, never dreaming that the plague may cost her the lives of her family. Facing a future as a leader far too soon, Rosemarie's world is rocked once again when she discovers her future is not a matter of choice, but predetermined by her parents' secret, sacred vow -- leaving Rosemarie struggling to reconcile her dreams with her parents' inheritance.This slim novella served as the perfect introduction to Hedlund's writing, and the world and characters to be found within the pages of her upcoming medieval. The Vow's crisp prose and pitch-perfect characterization (LOVE the sweetness to Rosemarie and Thomas's budding romance!) quickly immersed me in the romance, pageantry, and courtliness of Hedlund's medieval world. Refreshingly, she pulls no punches in the realism department, sensitively addressing the expectations facing a young teenage noblewoman during this time period, a reality that is foreign to modern sensibilities. Another potential shock to contemporary readers' sensibilities is Hedlund's fleeting, but graphic, acknowledgement of medieval torture methods (one word: RATS).If this forty-odd page introduction to Rosemarie is any indication, Hedlund's YA debut is sure to be a flawlessly researched, tightly-plotted, heart-stopping romance, with a potential appeal sure to extend Hedlund's fanbase beyond the inspy market. I for one cannot wait for the release of An Uncertain Choice in March, and am more determined than ever to make good on my long-overdue resolution to finally dive into Hedlund's backlist!

  • Hannah
    2019-01-14 21:59

    Going for the middle rating here. It wasn't particularly brilliant, but enjoyable for the most part; there were a few editing goofs that niggled at me. I'd tried to start "Uncertain Choice" in the past and this definitely helped me understand some of what was going on in the book, so it does need to be read first. I didn't like the portrayal of torture, simply because I don't like to think of that's a personal thing, where I prefer to forget such atrocities happened to humans. But...I hadn't been sure I was going to read the entire story about Rosemarie, and now I have to! I read a few chapters and am looking forward to getting a library copy to read.

  • Kristen
    2018-12-31 16:50

    Sooo good. Had me from page one. I finished it and immediately went out and got the next oneAn Uncertain Choice. It is only 1.99, which is great! Moral Note: Some talk of medieval torture, clean language, clean romance.

  • Emilee
    2018-12-24 18:56

    The Vow is the prequel to An Uncertain Choice. The time period is very well written. The characters are real and fresh. I'm not usually a novella fan but this one gets five stars from me! I love Jody Hedlund's books! I know this one is written for younger readers but I'm 39 and I loved it!

  • Melanie
    2018-12-18 19:06

    This was a good little novella. Even though it didn't end with a cliffhanger, it still left me curious to see what the future holds for Lady Rosemarie. Will be reading An Uncertain Choice next!

  • Jamie
    2019-01-16 15:03

    When I heard last year that Jody Hedlund was coming out with a YA novel this year, I may have squealed just a little. I adore her books (I’m pretty sure the Hedlund Challenge of 2015 might be a rather large clue ) and can trust her talent in any genre. Next month An Uncertain Choice releases and I can’t wait for y’all to get a chance to read it (go ahead and pre-order it here)! Until then, a prequel novella is out! This is one of the best novellas I’ve read. I’ve mentioned before I’m not a fan of them because they’re short and often too rushed to be developed properly, but not the case with this one! It helps that Rosemarie is in both and the story revolves around her. It got me hooked and I’m so glad I had An Uncertain Choice waiting, so I could dive right back into the story. This also brought to life the reality of the plague and Hedlund managed to describe it without being overwhelming, but staying true to the suffering so many endured. It also brought to light all the terrifically strange things people did to prevent the plague. I was wondering if they were planning to fight off Dracula next. Fo’ real. Never a dull or uninteresting moment when reading history Internet. Never.If y’all have teen girls or you know of any, I definitely recommend passing this book on to them! Or you know, for yourself. :)I’ve asked this before, but are y’all big novella fans? How about YA?Originally posted at

  • Cassie
    2018-12-18 20:02

    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.*

  • C.B. Cook
    2019-01-05 20:51

    This was a nice quick read, it only took me a couple hours. I knew what was going to happen because I read the first chapter of An Uncertain Choice before I started this. ;) But it was a really nice novella and great for background to An Uncertain Choice.

  • English
    2019-01-04 21:46

    The Vow- a short prequel to Jody Hedlund’s YA Debut An Uncertain Choice serves to whet the appetite for the main course- introducing the major characters, and the background of the plot- and promising a hint of romance. I would call it a sweet story- but the sad ending rather renders that meaningless- its tightly plotted and for the most part well written considering the use of the first person narrative. The Medieval setting was generally well done- high praise indeed from a Medievalist such as myself, as I think it can be difficult for authors who are not familiar with the setting, or have never visited Europe to be faithful to this period. Although the country is fictitious, there were, shall we say, distinct shades of Englishness, with some of the names and titles. My only complaints were historical, and some may be seen as a little finicky, but bear with me. The first was pockets- or more especially the make lead having a pocket large enough to hold a girl’s bracelet- in his leather Jerkin, no less. Not only were pockets not used in the Medieval Period, but if there’s one garment to which pockets would seem wholly unsuited, it would be that. I also noticed what seemed to be a couple of Hollywood like tropes- knights wearing armour almost all the time, including at a funeral service, for instance (why?), or a messenger mounted on a warhorse- an animal generally unfit for everyday riding. My biggest gripe, however, was the mention of torture. I’m not saying such things never happened, and I’m not about to whinge about it being unsuitable for YA readers- but I felt it the inclusion of the scene in which Rosemarie sees two torture victims was unnecessary and unrealistic. Unnecessary because it seems to be included only for her to be repulsed by it, so show what a good, sweet, compassionate little girl she is, and how horrid the Middle Ages were. Unrealistic because, contrary to the image presented in many movies (and some ‘torture museums’ that are largely modern invention….) torture was nothing like as prevalent or common in medieval society as we are led to think. Especially not in England, where it was actually contrary to common law, and only just considered acceptable for the very worst crimes such as treason or heresy- and even then, in all my years of studying the period I have never come across the method mentioned in this story. So the idea of an evil sheriff summarily subjecting people to the most horrible or tortures for trivial offenses just seems wholly implausible- more like something a cartoon villain would do, than a reflection of historical fact. Also, I have to admit, Rosemarie’s attitudes were sometimes annoyingly modern and self-righteous- condemning the sheriff for killing infected people infected with the plague. Seriously- He was trying to contain one of the deadliest diseases known to man- he couldn’t just let people escape from quarantined areas to spread it abroad- and Rosemarie whining about how they were just trying to find food just came across as unbelievably naïve in the circumstances. Compassion and humanity is one thing- rank stupidity another. In spite of the paragraphs chronicling the negatives, I did enjoy this Novella, and I look forward to getting into the full length follow up as soon as possible. A worthwhile read, with a few reservations, that could perhaps benefit from a little more research.

  • Jessica
    2018-12-18 22:05

    This novella wasn't really amazing or thrilling to me. It wasn't terrible but it didn't grab my attention and keep me interested. I found the plotline a tad boring and I thought that the adventure of the book was depleted once you learned the vow that Rosemarie's parents made in trade of her birth. It kind of felt dreary once you found out every dream she'd ever had was no longer an option for her and she had no more choice about her future plans and life. I imagine this book would be more interesting to read if you started out with the first book rather than the novella. This felt more like filling in the gaps rather than it's own connecting adventure. I don't plan on reading the first book/the rest of the series. This novella pretty much set up everything in the first book and now, it's easy to see how that first book's plotline is going to go. When the heroine doesn't get the guy and she doesn't get to live out her own dreams and spends an entire book devoting her time only to other people, it's pretty boring. Not that it's wrong to do. It's extremely hard and praiseworthy to be so selfless. But in a book, it just plays out as dull.The other problem I had was just with the cover. I pretty much hate it. First off, what's a fourteen-year-old girl doing wearing an off the shoulders dress? Not to mention that the model looks a bit old to be portraying a fourteen-year-old.This was my first peek at Jody Hedlund's writing and I must say I was disappointed. I'm pretty sure a friend had read a book by her in the past and had a similar outcome. It was a way to pass the time for a few hours but I'm glad I got the novella free online and didn't waste my money buying it. It's definitely not a favorite. It was just okay.

  • Sylvia Ney
    2019-01-02 20:53

    This is a novella, but is meant to be a prequel to an upcoming release and not a stand-alone tale. I'm not a fan of prequels, and this one didn't improve my opinion.While I enjoyed the authors description of setting and wanted to love the heroine, I was a bit confused about the possible love interest. I usually fall for him right along with the heroine, but this time I kept wondering if he was meant to be a bad guy, or even an important one at all.This publication marks the beginning of Hedlund's foray into YA. While I didn't care for this short story, it wasn't enough to turn me away from reading her future works. I'm still anticipating her newest release - An Uncertain Choice. It will be a continuation about four years after "The Vow" takes place.I'm curious to see how the character will have matured, and am hopeful that I'll lose myself in that book as I have in all of this author's previous publications.

  • Loraine
    2019-01-14 20:02

    SUMMARY: 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.REVIEW: This is a very short (only 51 pages) prequel to the book An Uncertain Choice. It set ups the understanding of The Vow that Rosemarie's parents made to receive the blessing of conception of their miracle child. Other than setting the understanding for book 1, it is a very quick read without much depth of plot or characters. I am hoping An Uncertain Choice is more involved.

  • Jennifer Pritchard
    2019-01-02 19:01

    I had to take a break from my other book and I decided to read this novella that I've had for some time. Who doesn't love a great romance? J Hedlund is one of my favorite romance writers and I loved the chemistry between these two characters. They never even touch each other but "Wow", the sparks were flying. I thought is was written very well for only being 50 something pages. I can't wait to see how this ends. I'm hooked and I'm pulling for "team Thomas".

  • Amy
    2019-01-04 14:55

    What a great little teaser for Jody's brand-new YA medieval series! I was annoyed to find a handful of typos in a finished manuscript, but that's not the story's fault. Now I REALLY can't wait to read "An Uncertain Choice"!

  • Connie
    2019-01-05 19:02

    The historical accuracy is pretty spot on. The author certainly doesn't shy away from the more gruesome aspects of the Dark Ages. Doubtless the reason i didn't particularly care for it. Not my favorite period in history.

  • Gabrielle
    2019-01-05 20:54

    This prequel was good I don't usually read prequels but I really enjoyed this I can't wait to read An Uncertain Choice!!

  • Tressa (Wishful Endings)
    2019-01-10 16:57

    A heartbreaking prequel. Review to come.

  • Pegg
    2018-12-23 21:04

    I love Jody Hedlund's stories, and so I picked up this novella knowing it would be a prequel to her novel, "An Uncertain Choice." These short novellas are popular to entice readers to purchase the longer books. It's a good marketing strategy plus it gives the reader a perk by adding depth to the full-length novel.However, this one falls short. I haven't read "An Uncertain Choice" yet but I have a feeling that "The Vow" will be a more meaningful story after reading the full-length novel than before. In "The Vow," we aren't really given time to develop an affinity for the hero and heroine. It's all rather rushed and a jumble of conflicting emotions without the time to digest what is going on. I never connected with the characters, so their plight didn't really resonate.

  • Debbie
    2019-01-02 22:10

    I found this Novella on my Kindle after I read all the books in this series and wish I had remembered I had it and read it first. This is the story of how Lady Rosemarie, from the first book, An Uncertain Choice, came to discover the Vow her parents had made regarding her future. Lady Rosemarie has been promised to serve God beginning the day she turns eighteen, but she does not know this until she is fourteen and her parents die of the Plague. Does she have to give up her fledgling romance with Lord Thomas Caldwell? Read this Novella to find out before reading An Uncertain Choice by Jody Hedlund. Enjoy!

  • Krista
    2018-12-19 16:01

    I suppose this was an alright novella. It had to be a setup for the first book. I just thought it was really sad and not much happy happened in it. That was my biggest issue with the book. Hopefully the first book turns out well so all this sadness will be worth it. Haha I'm more of a happily ever after sort of person. Although I understand not all books are or should be like that. But this book/novella was alright.

  • Gramy
    2019-01-04 15:02

    This book does a good job of introducing Rosemarie, who becomes an orphan and heir to a fortune at the age of 14. However, I personnally feel that these 50 or so pages could have been included in the first book of the series quite adequately, without requiring two separate purchases.I was distracted by some grammatical errors that caused a pause to decipher. Some, I never did ascertain exactly what they were suppose to mean.

  • Melissa
    2018-12-21 18:06

    I enjoyed this novella prequel leading up to An Uncertain Choice. It explains what happens to Rosemarie's parents and how her romance with Thomas was thwarted. I wish I had read it before reading An Uncertain Choice, but still enjoyed reading it after.

  • Brittany
    2019-01-02 17:56

    This prequel novella is a good introduction to the series. It is well written and very moving. I'm glad I have read An Uncertain Choice, which is the book that follows after The Vow. I'm happy to know what ends up happening in Rosemarie's life and that happier days are ahead for her.

  • Abigail Ford
    2018-12-30 15:01

    Not enough here to really give a review. It was so short! My review of the next book will probably be better! There is more material to cover!

  • Becky
    2018-12-16 23:03

    It's the prequel to a book that I really liked, but the prequel itself didn't do much for me.

  • Julynn
    2018-12-27 21:03

    Tragic story. Fortunately, I was warned that it is only a set up for an uncertain choice.

  • MLOW
    2019-01-16 20:46

    3.5 it's like an unfinished thought. And a depressing one at that :/ Since this is an author I have enjoyed in the past I'm going to assume it's because she's trying on a new genre for size.