In a reverse twist on the Robin Hood story, a young medieval maiden stands up for the rights of the mistreated, stealing from the rich to give to the poor. All the while, she fights against her cruel uncle who has taken over the land that is rightfully hers. Forced to live in the woods and hide with the poor people she’s grown to love, she works to save and protect them, but she never anticipates falling in love with the wealthy knight who represents all she’s come to despise.
Bubby: Our heroine, Juliana, is one tough cookie. Sometimes when I read stories about women who have had cushy lives and then have chosen or been forced to live in less-than-desirable situations, I realize that I’m a complete wuss. To go from a pampered titled maiden, living with servants in a castle full of beautiful things, to residing in dank, dark caves in the forest with little food and less comfort? I don’t know if I could do it. Thankfully, I don’t have to. I can just read about Juliana’s trials instead.
Sissy: The fun things about Juliana are her expertise with the bow and her ability to live in the rough, it’s true. I also am quite fond of my indoor plumbing, but the idea of a young woman who bravely tackles the injustices of life and leads others to do the same is appealing. I also enjoyed the supporting characters, especially Bulldog and Thatch – a courageous father and son team of bandits.
Bubby: I loved seeing Sir Collin (hello, love interest!) change his perspective from that of a spoiled nobleman who has no cares except for that of his own well-being to a man who is taking steps to aid those around him and using his wealth in a socially responsible manner. One wonders what could be done in our world if some of the ridiculously wealthy spent a few dollars on poverty relieving measures instead of the latest Prada bag. Honestly, though, if I was ridiculously wealthy I’d have a Prada bag too…
Sissy: Speaking of the ridiculously wealthy, there were a few of the nobility in this story that I loved to hate. First of all, there’s Collin’s half-sister Irene, who is a self-centered, simpering idiot. Then there is Juliana’s evil uncle Lord Wessex and his son Edgar. Lord Wessex is bad enough, having had his brother killed and taking Juliana’s estate from her and being horrible to the villagers that live there. But Edgar takes bad to a whole nother extreme. He is a sadistic womanizer, completely devoid of morals or humanity. If, perhaps, he ends up with an arrow in his throat at the end, you won’t be sorry!
Bubby: A Daring Sacrifice reads like Brave meets Robin Hood meets Princess Bride. There are daring rescues, feats of bravery, true love and boo hiss worthy villains. There’s the requisite happy ending and also a nice big cliffhanger, just to make it a bit juicier. What happens next? We’ll just have to wait and see!
Sissy: A Daring Sacrifice is the second book in Jody Hedlund’s new YA series featuring three knightly friends, Sir Collin, Sir Derrick and Sir Bennet. The first was An Uncertain Choice, in which Sir Derrick is the romantic lead. The teaser in the epilogue of A Daring Sacrifice leads us to believe that Sir Bennet’s story is coming soon. Can’t wait for it!
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