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An ancient key. A secret treasure. And a princess destined to use them both to fight evil and restore peace. Raised by a noble family, Lady Adelaide has always known she’s an orphan. Little does she realize she’s one of the lost princesses and the true heir to Mercia’s throne…until a visitor arrives at her family estate, reveals her birthright as queen, and thru An ancient key. A secret treasure. And a princess destined to use them both to fight evil and restore peace. Raised by a noble family, Lady Adelaide has always known she’s an orphan. Little does she realize she’s one of the lost princesses and the true heir to Mercia’s throne…until a visitor arrives at her family estate, reveals her birthright as queen, and thrusts her into a quest for the throne whether she’s ready or not. Unable to tolerate King Ethelwulf’s cruelty and lawlessness, Christopher Langley left Mercia years earlier, training a group of rebels in neighboring Norland. When he returns home after his mother’s death, he discovers that not only is Adelaide all grown up, but she’s also the rightful queen of Mercia. When King Ethelwulf discovers Adelaide’s location, he’ll stop at nothing to capture her and the key she holds to the ancient treasure. Christopher is just as determined to protect Adelaide so she can lead the growing rebellion. When feelings ignite between the two old friends, forces threaten to destroy their love and rip them apart forever.


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An ancient key. A secret treasure. And a princess destined to use them both to fight evil and restore peace. Raised by a noble family, Lady Adelaide has always known she’s an orphan. Little does she realize she’s one of the lost princesses and the true heir to Mercia’s throne…until a visitor arrives at her family estate, reveals her birthright as queen, and thru An ancient key. A secret treasure. And a princess destined to use them both to fight evil and restore peace. Raised by a noble family, Lady Adelaide has always known she’s an orphan. Little does she realize she’s one of the lost princesses and the true heir to Mercia’s throne…until a visitor arrives at her family estate, reveals her birthright as queen, and thrusts her into a quest for the throne whether she’s ready or not. Unable to tolerate King Ethelwulf’s cruelty and lawlessness, Christopher Langley left Mercia years earlier, training a group of rebels in neighboring Norland. When he returns home after his mother’s death, he discovers that not only is Adelaide all grown up, but she’s also the rightful queen of Mercia. When King Ethelwulf discovers Adelaide’s location, he’ll stop at nothing to capture her and the key she holds to the ancient treasure. Christopher is just as determined to protect Adelaide so she can lead the growing rebellion. When feelings ignite between the two old friends, forces threaten to destroy their love and rip them apart forever.

30 review for Evermore

  1. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)

    After reading the compelling prequel novella to this series, I couldn't wait to discover the fates of the three lost princesses. Adelaide is the oldest of the three, and discovers her true identity at the beginning of the book. The author did a great job of giving the reader a sense of her character and personality before the action and adventure swept the story into a faster pace. Reunited with Adelaide after several years of being disowned by his father, Christopher faces his own dilemmas but After reading the compelling prequel novella to this series, I couldn't wait to discover the fates of the three lost princesses. Adelaide is the oldest of the three, and discovers her true identity at the beginning of the book. The author did a great job of giving the reader a sense of her character and personality before the action and adventure swept the story into a faster pace. Reunited with Adelaide after several years of being disowned by his father, Christopher faces his own dilemmas but the themes of loyalty, family, and forgiveness help him and Adelaide overcome the obstacles in their paths. I easily connected with the characters and felt the danger and excitement as I read. I'm looking forward to the next two books and am *very* appreciative that there won't be a long wait for them! (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Deanne Patterson

    Before you read this please do yourself a favor and read, Always the novella length book immediately preceding this one. It will set up the backstory for this book so you'll understand it. With that being said, This. Book. I. Loved. It! A young adult medieval era book that is sure to keep your attention at any age, as it did mine. When a secret is revealed it puts Lady Adelaide's life in danger when it's revealed this orphan is the heir to Mercia’s throne. Thrilli Before you read this please do yourself a favor and read, Always the novella length book immediately preceding this one. It will set up the backstory for this book so you'll understand it. With that being said, This. Book. I. Loved. It! A young adult medieval era book that is sure to keep your attention at any age, as it did mine. When a secret is revealed it puts Lady Adelaide's life in danger when it's revealed this orphan is the heir to Mercia’s throne. Thrilling moments of danger,intrigue,courage,faith and romance. This is written in first person and I could not read it fast enough. Raised with her male cousins, she is able to fight in tournaments yet she has a tender side in helping the less fortunate than herself. I loved the character development of Lady Adelaide, she takes a back seat to no one, she is a firecracker! Her strength is rooted in wisdom through God's care. Forgiveness and reconciliation sometimes are so hard to do and I was pleased to see that theme included here. The romance was slow and sweet and I love that I can count on clean but yet exciting hold my attention romance from the author. This is so good I read it one day and an not wait for the continuation of the story. I have read almost all of this authors books and love that I can count on an excellent well researched ,clean hold my attention story each time! Published August 27th 2019 by Northern Lights Press . I was given a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nicki Chapelway

    Warning: if you are looking for a coherent review, this is not the place to be. There will be much flailing and fangirling and asdfghjkl. Okay so I LOVED this book SO MUCH. Augh, lost princesses, hidden treasures, TALL JOHN. YOU GUYS, he said like three words but he is a without a doubt this book's MVP. I adored Christopher, he was such a fleshed out character capable of being both serious and joking when it seems like many characters are only able to be one of the two. And also I always like Jody Hedlund's warrior ladie Warning: if you are looking for a coherent review, this is not the place to be. There will be much flailing and fangirling and asdfghjkl. Okay so I LOVED this book SO MUCH. Augh, lost princesses, hidden treasures, TALL JOHN. YOU GUYS, he said like three words but he is a without a doubt this book's MVP. I adored Christopher, he was such a fleshed out character capable of being both serious and joking when it seems like many characters are only able to be one of the two. And also I always like Jody Hedlund's warrior ladies because those are the ones that I relate to more XD The one thing I would have liked was a little more to Mitchell's arc because I think he had a lot more potential. King Draybane was the absolute best! I think I laughed at everything that he said, this man... ASDFGHJKL Like I said, no coherency here. If you get anything out of this review just know that I love this book XD Look! I even made a collage for it! [image error] "> Whenever I read series like this which have different protagonists each book, I like to try to figure out who the main characters of the next books will be ahead of time. Obviously the heroines are Adelaide and her sisters. The next book will probably be about Maribel since she is the next oldest. But what of the heroes? We have Christopher in this book, and honestly I think it is a huge likelihood that one four year old kid who disappeared during the invasion all those years ago is going to resurface *waggles eyebrows* (I'm guessing he is going to be Maribel's hero). But also I just want to point out how I would absolutely FREAK OUT if Ethelwulf's son and one of the princesses ended up falling in love (Emmaline anyone?) Because that would be a FANTASTIC twist asdfghjkl. After Adelaide tries so hard to not end up married to his heir and Ethelwulf is spending the series trying to make certain that she or one of the princesses does marry him and then those two kids end up going and doing it anyway. Oh my stars, that would be such an interesting plot. AND I WOULD 100% BE THERE FOR THAT ENEMIES TO LOVERS ACTION. But I digress. Needless to say that I am extremely excited for the next books and I NEEDED THEM YESTERDAY. Please and thank you. Also can I just take a moment to point out how absolutely excited I am for Lance and Felicia to come back onto the scene?? Because I'm pretty darn excited. I was provided a ARC from the author, all opinions, however are my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Tagg

    Love, love, loooooove this book! Read it in every spare moment over the course of 24 hours and now I'm just super sad that it's over but also super excited for the next in the series. I've loved many Jody Hedlund books, but I have to say, I think her medieval YA stories are my absolute fave!! Evermore is action-packed and romantic and everything I want in a thrilling read. 😍😍😍😍😍

  5. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)

    “There are times when we need to hold out faith and hope even when the circumstances seem impossible.” This. Book. It’s gorgeously imagined, flawlessly executed, and deeply felt. The characters are multi-dimensional, something that is highlighted even more clearly in the first person narrative from different perspectives. This is sometimes a tricky device to pull off well, but – no surprise – Jody Hedlund achieves it with excellence. Can you tell I’m still flaili “There are times when we need to hold out faith and hope even when the circumstances seem impossible.” This. Book. It’s gorgeously imagined, flawlessly executed, and deeply felt. The characters are multi-dimensional, something that is highlighted even more clearly in the first person narrative from different perspectives. This is sometimes a tricky device to pull off well, but – no surprise – Jody Hedlund achieves it with excellence. Can you tell I’m still flailing over how GOOD this series is??? The emotions run high in Evermore, even more so than they did in Always. Adelaide, Christopher, and Mitchell all have very layered backstories, and while we are privy to some of Adelaide’s if we’ve read Always, it’s unfolding for her in ‘real time’ as she begins putting all the pieces of her past together. Watching her come into her own as a queen who seeks wisdom from God – and doesn’t cower from danger but stands up for the mistreated & oppressed, caring deeply for those she loves – is truly inspiring. Seeing how that fits in with the legend about the lost treasure and the lost princesses made me even more giddy to read the next two books. Christopher… oh swoon. Strong but vulnerable, especially where Adelaide is concerned. The looks he gives her, even in the briefest moments when he can no longer hide his feelings for her, made her pulse go all twitterpated – and mine too! The guilt he wrestles with – as well as his misguided fears of inadequacy – add depth and a little angst to his swooniliciousness. I loved him in every scene, but particularly when he was being most tender with Adelaide (kissing the top of her head and breathing her in – WHERE’S MY FAN?!?) as well as anytime he shared a scene with King Draybane (i loved that king!) and whenever he turned on his charm full force. (There I go, swooning again.) Bottom Line: Evermore is a masterpiece of fiction – this whole series is shaping up to be so. Adventure, romance, bravery, courage, loyalty, godly wisdom, and true love (even from unexpected sources) are all wrapped up in a tale laced with legend and intriguing possibilities. You’ll want to keep reading, unable to put it down, but at the same time you won’t want it to end. The characters take up residence in your heart and stay there for the duration – and I know I’ll be thinking about them for a long time to come. Uh, can I have that next book now, please? (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book) first seen at Reading Is My SuperPower

  6. 5 out of 5

    Shalini

    Book 1 in historical fantasy series by Jody Hedlund, the story caught my imagination and wonder with its gripping tale which bespoke of adventure and a promise to keep me enthralled from the first page. There was a prequel to this, Always which gave me the backstory about the three sisters separated by time. Adelaide was one of them, and this was her story. Adelaide was my hero, she could everything, ride, hunt, win tournaments, better than he make cousins. She was an orpha Book 1 in historical fantasy series by Jody Hedlund, the story caught my imagination and wonder with its gripping tale which bespoke of adventure and a promise to keep me enthralled from the first page. There was a prequel to this, Always which gave me the backstory about the three sisters separated by time. Adelaide was one of them, and this was her story. Adelaide was my hero, she could everything, ride, hunt, win tournaments, better than he make cousins. She was an orphan, until a visitor revealed the truth. She was the real Queen of the land of Mercua who had to fight for her right to the throne. On the other hand, Christopher hated King Ethelwulf and the way he led his land with brute strength and lawlessness, he trained under rebels, came back to help Adelaide win back her throne. Love emerged along with threats, and it was upto the two to win the rightful fight. My second book by Jody Hedlund, written in two POV, the medieval tale with its superlative writing made me a bag of emotions where every page had me wanting to join in the good fight. The author is a brilliant storyteller who could paint a vivid picture with the power of her words. Her mastery over this era captured me. Awe was a word that came to my mind. The story had its cunning twists and turns with characters who grew up with every chapter. Emotions galore, the book had forgiveness in its core, which surprised me in this family feud. An exciting tale the book foretold, a brilliant author the words revealed, and a plot which galloped at a swift pace made this a perfect read in the lazy afternoon.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kailey

    This book is excellent! It had the right amount of action and romance. I loved it! This new series is captivating! I didn’t want to stop reading! I’m really looking forward to reading the rest of the series! I was given a complimentary copy of this ebook from the author, but was not required to write a review. The thoughts and comments are my own.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    "Evermore" by Jody Hedlund is the first book in the “Lost Princesses” series. This series is one you won’t want to miss! Ms. Hedlund has created a new Young Adult world (that adults also love) with a fairy tale-esque feel. The series is not only “un-put-down-able,” but is also free from a lot of the edgy content one finds in Young Adult books today. "Evermore" is about the oldest princess, Adelaide. Readers will quickly fall in love with this heroine who is beautiful, noble and kind; but can als "Evermore" by Jody Hedlund is the first book in the “Lost Princesses” series. This series is one you won’t want to miss! Ms. Hedlund has created a new Young Adult world (that adults also love) with a fairy tale-esque feel. The series is not only “un-put-down-able,” but is also free from a lot of the edgy content one finds in Young Adult books today. "Evermore" is about the oldest princess, Adelaide. Readers will quickly fall in love with this heroine who is beautiful, noble and kind; but can also hold her own in a sword fight (and often dresses as a man to win tournaments). The hero, Christopher, is swoon-worthy; to say the least. Combine these two characters with a stunning revelation, a mystery and a daring escape (with lots of action). Throughout the story, one learns about honor, family, forgiveness, love, faith and sacrifice. I’m already eagerly waiting for the next book in the series! Content: I give this book a PG rating. There is some gore related to battle and people who are tortured. Rating: I give this book 5 stars. I want to thank Jody Hedlund and Northern Lights Press for the complimentary copy of this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I express in this review are my own. This is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR 16, Part 255.

  9. 4 out of 5

    MJSH

    “I think we are all in need of taming,” Christopher answered with more seriousness than I expected. “If we are blessed to find someone who is willing to kindly speak truth into our weaknesses, then we shall be better for it.” This is book 1 of the Lost Princesses series but there is a prequel novella called Always that would be helpful to read before embarking on this dazzling series. Jody Hedlund takes us on a breath-taking journey of medieval YA fairytale involving three “lost” prin “I think we are all in need of taming,” Christopher answered with more seriousness than I expected. “If we are blessed to find someone who is willing to kindly speak truth into our weaknesses, then we shall be better for it.” This is book 1 of the Lost Princesses series but there is a prequel novella called Always that would be helpful to read before embarking on this dazzling series. Jody Hedlund takes us on a breath-taking journey of medieval YA fairytale involving three “lost” princesses finally coming of age and discovering that there is a kingdom to rescue. The author’s beautiful writing, tightly knitted plot with great action and plenty of twists and turns, realistic and totally lovable characters, and themes of forgiveness and mercy even in the face of bitterness and family feuds all make this book clearly a top pick for the year. Adelaide (Princess Constance), who is the oldest of the princesses, has been tucked away in Lord Langley’s family as a niece but discovers her true identity before Lady Langley passes away. Christopher is the disowned elder son of Lord Langley who secreted away to a neighboring nation as a soldier when the new king forcibly took the throne. Christopher’s return home causes much trouble between himself and his younger brother, even as they try to figure out how to find the other two princesses to restore the rightful heirs to the throne. This book is a must-read for all! I can’t wait for the second and third books to get acquainted with the twin princesses! I received a copy of the book from the author and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    'Do not underestimate me. I have never cowered from danger and I shall not start now.' Jody Hedlund's first book in The Lost Princesses is so good! The prequel novella, Always, sets the stage for this one, so it really needs to be read first. Adelaide, who is in reality the Crown Princess Constance, has been hidden for 17 years with a family loyal to her late father and mother, the king and queen of Mercia. When her adoptive mother dies, she reveals to Adelaide her true identity. From 'Do not underestimate me. I have never cowered from danger and I shall not start now.' Jody Hedlund's first book in The Lost Princesses is so good! The prequel novella, Always, sets the stage for this one, so it really needs to be read first. Adelaide, who is in reality the Crown Princess Constance, has been hidden for 17 years with a family loyal to her late father and mother, the king and queen of Mercia. When her adoptive mother dies, she reveals to Adelaide her true identity. From then on, danger follows her as the evil King Ethelwulf is set on killing her. Sir Christopher of Langley, adoptive brother of Adelaide, left his home thinking his father supported the evil king, and swore his fealty to the King of a neighboring country. He has now returned and discovers that Adelaide is no longer a young girl and he has developed feelings for her. But he determines not to act on those feelings because as a queen, he cannot come near to being near her station. Hedlund has excelled once again with her medieval tale. Truly, I think this is her forte. She does a magnificent job with these stories. I love this time period and she is wonderful at it. I loved every minute and now I can't wait for the next lost princess's tale! *My thanks to the publisher and author for a preview copy of this book. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    Evermore is book one in The Lost Princesses series. Adelaide and Christopher were so wonderful in this novel. Both of these characters had a real heart for doing right and caring for others. Adelaide had a lot of responsibility to accept in this novel and a fight not only to save the people of Mercia, but also to try and survive to save her sisters, as well. The complex emotions between Adelaide and Christopher were compelling to read about. They both struggled with the rig Evermore is book one in The Lost Princesses series. Adelaide and Christopher were so wonderful in this novel. Both of these characters had a real heart for doing right and caring for others. Adelaide had a lot of responsibility to accept in this novel and a fight not only to save the people of Mercia, but also to try and survive to save her sisters, as well. The complex emotions between Adelaide and Christopher were compelling to read about. They both struggled with the right path to take. Was duty and honor to Mercia something that required them to let go of the possibility of loving each other? This story was captivating from start to finish. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own. You can read this review on my blog: https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rebekah Gyger

    After having read Always, I found that I enjoyed this story much more than I had the novella. The moment I realized that Adelaide was able to fight on her own, though not perhaps as well as an Elite Guard, I knew that she was going to be an interesting character. The relationship Adelaide has with Christopher is an adorable one, and the hesitance in their relationship a reasonable one due to her new found status as Queen. And while I would have preferred that there not have been any r After having read Always, I found that I enjoyed this story much more than I had the novella. The moment I realized that Adelaide was able to fight on her own, though not perhaps as well as an Elite Guard, I knew that she was going to be an interesting character. The relationship Adelaide has with Christopher is an adorable one, and the hesitance in their relationship a reasonable one due to her new found status as Queen. And while I would have preferred that there not have been any romantic interest on the part of Mitchell, I will say that Jody used this trope to the story's advantage. For anyone looking to pick up this series, know that it is a sweet, fairy tale like romance. Yet there are also darker moments of torture and execution which occur off page. This gives more depth to Ethelwulf's cruelty, but may bother some readers. I have provided an honest review after having received an ecopy from Prism Book Tours.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)

    Oh my goodness, I cannot get enough of this series already! I was already hooked with the prequel, so going in I knew I was in for a great ride, but Hedlund even exceeded those expectations! There were twists and turns that I didn't see coming, romance, loyalty, surprises, and a few moments that I did see coming. And yes, this is a YA book, but even so there were some smooches that are going in my swoony scenes list. I'm not sure if it was my hype about the kiss, the way Hedlund wrote the scene, Oh my goodness, I cannot get enough of this series already! I was already hooked with the prequel, so going in I knew I was in for a great ride, but Hedlund even exceeded those expectations! There were twists and turns that I didn't see coming, romance, loyalty, surprises, and a few moments that I did see coming. And yes, this is a YA book, but even so there were some smooches that are going in my swoony scenes list. I'm not sure if it was my hype about the kiss, the way Hedlund wrote the scene, or a combination of the two, but yeah - I was totally sighing afterwards. Lady Adelaide isn't your typical princess, and I think that's why I liked her so much. She isn't afraid to get dirty, to fight, to do all the things a guy does essentially - a tomboy in our day. And that's me to a T. Yes I can get dressed up, but I love doing guy stuff too! But here's the thing I liked about her even more - she was not afraid to stand up for what was right. From the very beginning she had this stance, and Adelaide would not back down from her decisions. She is just such a strong character and I look forward to seeing what comes next for her. Then you have Christopher. Boy did he have a past that was weighing heavy on him, and it got me thinking - he did what he felt was right, but it still weighed him down. Are there things in my life like that, and how can I get rid of them? I think perhaps Christopher had the most character development out of any of the characters, and I really enjoyed seeing his changes throughout the story. He was strong, yet vulnerable - especially when it came to Lady Adelaide. But at the end of the day he really just wanted to right his wrongs and be able to move on with his life. Something I'm sure we all can connect with at one time or another in our life. Hedlund keeps readers on their toes with tons of action as our characters try to stay hidden from the King's army. There's not much time to breathe here folks, so make sure you have plenty of reading time. I think you'll find you do not want to put the book down. The only downside to reading so quick is that it's over, and I'm just not ready to say goodbye to these characters. Now I just have to wait (impatiently I might add) for the next release! I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Aimee (Getting Your Read On)

    Jody Hedlund has a gift for writing. No doubt about it. This Lost Princesses series falls right in my sweet spot for reading. I am transported to the world she created with characters I can love and root for without even thinking about it. I love it. Lady Adelaide is exactly how I think a lady should be. Smart, compassionate, strong and passionate. She isn't afraid to stand up for what she believes is right but she does it in a smart and compassionate way, ensuring the loyalty and lov Jody Hedlund has a gift for writing. No doubt about it. This Lost Princesses series falls right in my sweet spot for reading. I am transported to the world she created with characters I can love and root for without even thinking about it. I love it. Lady Adelaide is exactly how I think a lady should be. Smart, compassionate, strong and passionate. She isn't afraid to stand up for what she believes is right but she does it in a smart and compassionate way, ensuring the loyalty and love of all those who feel the effects of those traits. Lady Adelaide is everything you would envision a young queen to be. The pacing in this book is excellent. I had heart pounding moments of running and fighting, heart warming moments of character development and connection, heart skipping moments of new love and attraction and even a couple heart breaking moments of loss. My heart sure got a workout! It was an awesome ride from beginning to end. But wait, it isn't over! The next book will be coming out at the end of this month and I cannot wait! What a fun series this is. Oh, and don't even get me started on these gorgeous covers. They are absolutely beautiful, right? #EverTour Content: violence, peril, kissing

  15. 5 out of 5

    Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)

    All the Stars!!! Loved this story!! I am loving this new series from Jody Hedlund! The story is captivating, the characters are dynamic and endearing. First of all, let me say that you will want to make sure to read Always (The Lost Princesses 0.5) before picking up this story. As the stories build on each other. Always is a pure delight. A stunning, fast-paced story that you don’t want to miss. But let’s return to talking about Evermore! This story is written in the first- All the Stars!!! Loved this story!! I am loving this new series from Jody Hedlund! The story is captivating, the characters are dynamic and endearing. First of all, let me say that you will want to make sure to read Always (The Lost Princesses 0.5) before picking up this story. As the stories build on each other. Always is a pure delight. A stunning, fast-paced story that you don’t want to miss. But let’s return to talking about Evermore! This story is written in the first-person narrative that shifts between the two main characters. It really invites the reader behind the curtain and offers an intimate, personable view of what is going on in the mind of the characters. The story fairly leaped off the page an into my imagination and I was along for the blissful ride! Lady Adelaide is a force to be reckoned with. She is tough, yet tender. Fostered by Sir Langley and his wife Lady Susanna and raised with their three boys, she isn’t afraid to ride faster and swing a sword against a foe. Adelaide isn’t afraid to face difficult challenges and she takes time to pray and ask God for wisdom before making decisions. She has a big heart for others and wants to help those less fortunate. She isn’t perfect, but she learns from her mistakes and grows. I loved all the characters in this book!! The plot twists, the narrow escapes, and so much more! Trust me you won’t want to miss out on a moment of this exciting story. I can’t wait to read more and see which sister is the focus on the next story! (I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.)

  16. 5 out of 5

    Faye

    Adelaide is stunned to learn that she is one of the lost princesses, and the heir to the throne of Mercia. For seventeen years she has lived with Lord Whelan and Lady Susanna of Langley who raised her alongside their two sons, Christopher and Mitchell, in hiding from the evil King Ethelwulf who killed her father, King Francis. Christopher left his family years ago, tired of seeing the hypocrisy of Ethelwulf's rule, making a name for himself with the King of Norland. His re Adelaide is stunned to learn that she is one of the lost princesses, and the heir to the throne of Mercia. For seventeen years she has lived with Lord Whelan and Lady Susanna of Langley who raised her alongside their two sons, Christopher and Mitchell, in hiding from the evil King Ethelwulf who killed her father, King Francis. Christopher left his family years ago, tired of seeing the hypocrisy of Ethelwulf's rule, making a name for himself with the King of Norland. His return coincides with Adelaide's revelation, and a warning from a family friend that Ethelwulf's men are on their way for Adelaide. Will Adelaide be able to reunite with her sisters, unlock Solomon's treasure, and reclaim her throne, while two noblemen vie for her love? Adelaide has learned and trained alongside her adopted cousins, gaining knowledge in history, leadership, and even swordsmanship. She is confident and level-headed, with a heart compassionate as she is beautiful. Christopher is a cool-headed, natural leader, he stays true to his convictions and is very honest. He assumes a strong sense of duty in protecting Adelaide from those who would do her harm. The first in brand new young adult fairy tale series from Jody Hedlund, featuring strong heroines who must face high stakes in order to regain their kingdom. Thrilling, romantic, engaging, with an admirable heroine who can stand up for herself and do her own fighting, but is also vulnerable and compassionate. This book is much in the style of her Uncertain Choice Series. Overall, an engaging read written for a more young adult audience, but that can be enjoyed by any age. I'm excited to see how everything comes together throughout the series. Great tension between the brothers, and growing maturity from Adelaide as she comes into her own as Queen of Mercia. Especially good for fans of her previous Medieval series! I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    After reading the prequel novella, Always, I knew I wanted to read the entire Lost Princesses series. Book One, Evermore, did not disappoint. When the woman who raised her is on her deathbed, she discloses Adelaide’s rightful identity with this request, “God saved your life, Adelaide. And now it is time for you to give it back in service to Him as the ruler you were born to be. Promise you will do so.” Is it true, is she one of the three lost princesses? Will she be able to find her two sisters After reading the prequel novella, Always, I knew I wanted to read the entire Lost Princesses series. Book One, Evermore, did not disappoint. When the woman who raised her is on her deathbed, she discloses Adelaide’s rightful identity with this request, “God saved your life, Adelaide. And now it is time for you to give it back in service to Him as the ruler you were born to be. Promise you will do so.” Is it true, is she one of the three lost princesses? Will she be able to find her two sisters before the evil King Ethelwulf? Author Jody Hedlund is a skilled storyteller transforming an exciting page-turning adventure with an element of romance into a true fairy tale. The Lost Princesses Series is not just for young adults. I am far removed from that age group and I am loving it. I do suggest you begin this series by reading the prequel novella first. I’m eagerly looking forward to Books Two and Three! I received a copy of this book from the publisher and author. The opinions are completely my own.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lisa (Bookworm Lisa)

    ***4.5 stars*** I LOVE this series. That's all there is to it. I want to keep reading it, but unfortunately, the next two books haven't come out yet. It's probably a good thing, this way I can get a little bit of sleep while I wait for them. This story has many elements that I love. There is action, adventure, strong female characters, romance, medieval setting, self-sacrifice... if I don't stop now it could end up being a very long list. Lady Adelaide fin ***4.5 stars*** I LOVE this series. That's all there is to it. I want to keep reading it, but unfortunately, the next two books haven't come out yet. It's probably a good thing, this way I can get a little bit of sleep while I wait for them. This story has many elements that I love. There is action, adventure, strong female characters, romance, medieval setting, self-sacrifice... if I don't stop now it could end up being a very long list. Lady Adelaide finds out on her birthday that she is a Princess, not only a Princess but the heir to the throne of Mercia. She has been hidden from the world at a remote estate. She has a family that she loves. Growing up with male cousins, who are more like brothers, has given her the ability to fight like a knight. She is spunky, kind, and compassionate. She is respected because of her work in helping out the people who have been drained financially by the King who conquered her country. In this story, she is in a fight for her life and her kingdom. She has men who are loyal helping her unravel clues that will lead her to her sisters and an ancient treasure that will help overthrow King Ethelwulf. I really did not want to put it down. I need to know how they would outthink and outmaneuver the force pursuing them. I have to mention that this book also contains romance. (Yay) Falling in love with a worthy man is a must for any Princess/Queen who is in a fight to regain her country. I must say that I was very happy with her love life. It was satisfying to read about. ;) I NEED to finish this series. I have to know if there will be a "happily-ever-after" for Adelaide and her sisters. I may or may not have pre-ordered the second book that comes out two days after my birthday. Source: I received a complimentary copy. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Beth Erin

    Full review on FaithfullyBookish.com I don't know any young lady (or lady young at heart) who can resist a medieval tale of damsels, danger, and intrigue. Battles of good and evil appeal to our innermost reader desires. Strategy, bravery, and sacrifice are the foundation of an exciting and captivating plot. The endearing Evermore characters reflect compassion, loyalty, faith, and attraction. Intelligent strategy and well-honed skills are utilized in the main characters' que Full review on FaithfullyBookish.com I don't know any young lady (or lady young at heart) who can resist a medieval tale of damsels, danger, and intrigue. Battles of good and evil appeal to our innermost reader desires. Strategy, bravery, and sacrifice are the foundation of an exciting and captivating plot. The endearing Evermore characters reflect compassion, loyalty, faith, and attraction. Intelligent strategy and well-honed skills are utilized in the main characters' quest and each of them strives to fulfill God’s will for their life. My daughter and I both enjoyed this story as well as the prequel novella. We look forward to reading the rest of the series (and she has already leaped ahead of me to dive into the next book)! I borrowed this title through the Kindle Unlimited program. The opinions expressed are my own.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sara Cardon

    Another great story by Jody Hedlund! Adelaide rises to challenges. She's adventurous, stubborn, and has a deep desire to find her purpose. Christopher has been away from home for years but arrives in time to aid Adelaide when she's discovered by the usurper king. I love how he tells Adelaide the truth, even if the truth is hard. I look forward to the rest of the series!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Clara

    “The possibility seemed so remote, even outlandish. But I couldn’t dismiss it.” Adelaide has grown around playing swords fight, hunting and, overall, being very much loved and protected. And she wouldn’t have it any other way. But when her dearest aunt on her death bed reveals a secret that can change the future of Mercia, and as Adelaide discovers there’s more behind the reasons her family has kept her so secluded, she will start wondering if her biggest battle is yet to c “The possibility seemed so remote, even outlandish. But I couldn’t dismiss it.” Adelaide has grown around playing swords fight, hunting and, overall, being very much loved and protected. And she wouldn’t have it any other way. But when her dearest aunt on her death bed reveals a secret that can change the future of Mercia, and as Adelaide discovers there’s more behind the reasons her family has kept her so secluded, she will start wondering if her biggest battle is yet to come and if she and her heart are prepared to take the place as queen. On a quest with the dearest people to her, she’ll have to make choices on who she wants to be - despite heartache and disappointments -, and the sacrifices a royalty has to make. *I received a review copy from the author. All opinions are my own.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Haley S

    The first sister of this series! I was so excited to be able to read this book. And it makes me want to read about the twins even more. Plus this story (though no spoilers here!) leaves in a place where I want to read the next stories even more to find out what happens! I don’t really know what to write about the characters. Adelaide was stubborn yet sweet. However, my favorite character was Mitchell. Like give it a chapter and you’ll be in love with him too. I wish he could’ve been the her The first sister of this series! I was so excited to be able to read this book. And it makes me want to read about the twins even more. Plus this story (though no spoilers here!) leaves in a place where I want to read the next stories even more to find out what happens! I don’t really know what to write about the characters. Adelaide was stubborn yet sweet. However, my favorite character was Mitchell. Like give it a chapter and you’ll be in love with him too. I wish he could’ve been the hero for this story. Christopher made me want to wring his neck at certain points, but he was loyal and true which made up for it. The cover is also just beautiful. Although it doesn’t fit Adelaide’s personality, it is really pretty. If I lived back in that time I would totally wear a dress like that. 5 stars to the cover artist. If I could do half-stars I would give this book 4 ½ stars as I liked the first novella just a little bit more. Evermore was still super enjoyable. I would definitely recommend.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lynda Edwards

    This is the first in Jody Hedlund’s new series, The Lost Princesses. I definitely recommend reading the prequel before this book as it sets up what happens here, helping the reader to understand the political climate and culture, as well as the backstory to the individual princesses and why they had to be raised separately and with no knowledge of who they really are. That being said, this novel is about the Crown Princess Constance, who has been living under the assumed name of Adelaide, unawar This is the first in Jody Hedlund’s new series, The Lost Princesses. I definitely recommend reading the prequel before this book as it sets up what happens here, helping the reader to understand the political climate and culture, as well as the backstory to the individual princesses and why they had to be raised separately and with no knowledge of who they really are. That being said, this novel is about the Crown Princess Constance, who has been living under the assumed name of Adelaide, unaware of her heritage but knowing she is an orphan. She has become a spirited young woman who excels in many things: she is a fierce warrior, smart, beautiful, and has a heart that cares for people, even above what may be best for herself, often putting herself in danger to protect others around her. Her fiercest protector is Christopher, a young man who left the country and his family behind, rather than be subject to the evil King Ethelwulf’s reign any longer. When he returns and finds his “cousin” is really the rightful queen, he wants to help her to the throne, even if it costs him his life, or his heart. I truly enjoyed this character, even if he sometimes left me wanting to knock some sense into him. What follows those revelations is a breathtaking ride of a story that kept me turning pages long after I should have been doing other things! The book drew me in and wouldn’t let go; even when things seemed hopeless, I wanted to read just a few more chapters to see if they’d survive this latest obstacle. I highly recommend this book for those who enjoy stories of royalty, young adults and up. While perhaps marketed as YA, these books hold a wide appeal and are certainly great reads for anyone teen or older, due to some battle sequences that may be disturbing for younger readers. I received a review copy of this book from the author but was under no obligation to post a positive review. The opinions expressed are both honest and my own.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Phyllis

    The rebellion begins My rating is 3.5 stars Evermore is the story of the rightful queen of Mercia, though raised in ignorant of this fact. Queen Constance had always believed she was Lady Adelaide, a nobleman's daughter left orphaned when she was a very young child. The premise to this story is great and the quest Adelaide and her cousins embark on to escape from the evil king who now ruled the land leads them on a perilous journey pursued by the king's elite gua The rebellion begins My rating is 3.5 stars Evermore is the story of the rightful queen of Mercia, though raised in ignorant of this fact. Queen Constance had always believed she was Lady Adelaide, a nobleman's daughter left orphaned when she was a very young child. The premise to this story is great and the quest Adelaide and her cousins embark on to escape from the evil king who now ruled the land leads them on a perilous journey pursued by the king's elite guard. Adelaide is a strong young woman who excels in skills generally considered appropriate only for men, such as jousting and hunting. It was fun how Christopher knew she was the falconer when he saw her falcon catch a rabbit, knowing his brother didn't have the skills necessary to train it to do this. She was determined enough that she almost got them into some big trouble and she had to learn to humble herself and submit to Christopher's superior leadership. Of all her characteristics, my favorites were her kindness and determination to help those in need, even at great cost to herself. Christopher was the misunderstood earl who had angrily left his family when he saw what he perceived as their bowing to an unworthy king. He then served the king of the northern lands and further honed his skills as a warrior. I really liked Christopher! I enjoyed the burgeoning romance between Adelaide and Christopher and the way they fought their attraction to one another. I wasn't sure what was going to happen and was surprised by some of the events. The language of the story seemed stilted, and though the stage was set in Always, the backstory was repeated here and was a bit tedious in parts. I would have preferred the author expect her readers to have read the prequel and know these details beforehand, or to have communicated them more creatively. As this is the story of a rebellion, I suppose violence is expected. Some of the awful things the king did seemed overly gruesome even without going into great detail. It certainly was not more than you would find in a PG movie but younger and more sensitive audiences should be aware of this. While the story is listed as Historical fiction, I would consider it more of a fantasy. Young adults (and adults) who enjoy fantasy should consider reading this interesting series. Read my full review at Among the Reads I was given a copy of this book. I was not required to give a favorable review nor was any money received for this review. All comments and opinions are my own.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Shirley Chapel

    Princess Adelaide Constance Becomes Queen. Lady Adelaide in hiding from the wicked King Ethelwulf of Mercia, has celebrated her twentieth birthday with her adopted family. She has no idea that she is the missing crown princess Constance, legal heir of the throne of Mercia. Her Aunt who has raised her is terminally ill and on her death bed she tells Adelaide who she really is and encourages her to reclaim the throne of Mercia from the wicked king Ethelwulf, who now dominates the kingdom. Lad Princess Adelaide Constance Becomes Queen. Lady Adelaide in hiding from the wicked King Ethelwulf of Mercia, has celebrated her twentieth birthday with her adopted family. She has no idea that she is the missing crown princess Constance, legal heir of the throne of Mercia. Her Aunt who has raised her is terminally ill and on her death bed she tells Adelaide who she really is and encourages her to reclaim the throne of Mercia from the wicked king Ethelwulf, who now dominates the kingdom. Lady Adelaide and her two step cousins Lord Christopher Langley and Mitchell Langley go in search of her twin sisters , the other two lost princesses. Soon the search becomes a chase as the evil King Ethelwulf pursues them in hope of finding all three princesses. The story becomes an action packed nail biting chase with many unexpected twists and turns thrown in . Will Adelaide be successful in finding her sisters and evading her enemies who seek to capture her ? Jody Hedlund is a gifted writer and she holds nothing back from readers in her latest release Evermore. She keeps my interest through out the book. Normally medieval fiction isn't my genre but this author pens a beautiful and romantic novel that I can't resist. All fans of Jody Hedlund , medieval fiction or Christian Fiction will love this book. I highly recommend it. I also recommend that you first read the prequel Always before reading Evermore. I bought a Kindle ebook version of Evermore from Amazon. A positive review was not requested. All opinions expressed here are my own.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    Evermore tells the story of Adelaide, one of the Lost Princesses of Mercia and true heir to the throne. (Please do read the prequel novella, Always, before reading Evermore, as Always sets up the story and explains why the princesses are lost.) Upon the death of the only mother she can remember, Adelaide learns that she is really Princess Constance, heir to the Mercia throne. Her "cousins" Mitchell and Christopher vow to help her as she embraces her destiny and searches for her twin s Evermore tells the story of Adelaide, one of the Lost Princesses of Mercia and true heir to the throne. (Please do read the prequel novella, Always, before reading Evermore, as Always sets up the story and explains why the princesses are lost.) Upon the death of the only mother she can remember, Adelaide learns that she is really Princess Constance, heir to the Mercia throne. Her "cousins" Mitchell and Christopher vow to help her as she embraces her destiny and searches for her twin sisters. Adelaide is a strong woman (as are many of Hedlund's heroines), yet she also has a soft heart. As she comes to terms with her unexpected fate, she turns to the Lord for wisdom, and her strength combined with her compassion cause people to follow her. It took me a while to get behind the coupling of Christopher and Adelaide (largely because I wasn't a fan of Christopher at first, though he won me over), but by about the halfway point, I was fully on board. But even when I wasn't "shipping" Christopher and Adelaide, I was still tearing through the pages! This is an adventure story, and it's completely engaging from beginning to end. It's also wholly appropriate for teens (and maybe even preteens)—I highly recommend it and can't wait for the next novel! 4-1/2 stars. Disclosure of material connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Suzie Waltner

    It’s been seventeen years since three little girls were secreted away from a castle and separated to save their lives. Adelaide has grown up in as a noble alongside her cousins, training, and learning right alongside them. She’s always known she was adopted but a deathbed confession reveals her true identity. She is the crown princess Constance. Adelaide is fierce, a warrior in her own right, yet vulnerable when it counts. Her desire for wisdom about wealth and strength is apparent in It’s been seventeen years since three little girls were secreted away from a castle and separated to save their lives. Adelaide has grown up in as a noble alongside her cousins, training, and learning right alongside them. She’s always known she was adopted but a deathbed confession reveals her true identity. She is the crown princess Constance. Adelaide is fierce, a warrior in her own right, yet vulnerable when it counts. Her desire for wisdom about wealth and strength is apparent in the decisions she makes and the heart she has for first the people on her family’s land and later those she meets along the way to safety. Once again Hedlund delivers an engaging and well-balanced tale full of adventure, danger, romance, and characters becoming who God intended them to be. I have to say I didn’t care for the love triangle that was apparent from the beginning of the book but, in this case, it worked for the story. Now I’m ready for the next princess to find her way and can’t wait for the sisters to be reunited. Disclosure statement: I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn Cooper

    Incredible! I loved this teen historical fiction with romance and adventure! I went straight from reading the novella to this first book in the trilogy. Adelaide grew up with a family that took her in after her parents died. She knew they weren't related, but they had told people around them that she was their niece. She grew up with 3 boy "cousins." I loved how Adelaide had had a crush on her older "cousin" Christopher. She knew they weren't related so she let herself dream of marryi Incredible! I loved this teen historical fiction with romance and adventure! I went straight from reading the novella to this first book in the trilogy. Adelaide grew up with a family that took her in after her parents died. She knew they weren't related, but they had told people around them that she was their niece. She grew up with 3 boy "cousins." I loved how Adelaide had had a crush on her older "cousin" Christopher. She knew they weren't related so she let herself dream of marrying him. Christopher had always thought of Adelaide as his little friend until he saw how she'd grown up to be a strong and beautiful woman. It had been way to long since I'd read a teen fiction with adventures! Evermore by Jody Hedlund took me away into a historical fiction where the characters went through trials and felt strengthened through prayer. I loved this YA Christian Fiction! I plan to read the next two books as soon as they are released! Content Ratings Sexual: mild (kissing) Language: none Violence: mild *I received this book from Prism Book Tours. I am not paid for my reviews. My reviews are solely my opinion.*

  29. 4 out of 5

    Patti Whitson Stephenson

    I read the prequel to this book entitled “Always” and I loved that story so much that I knew I wanted to read the rest of this series. (You will not have to read that novella before reading this book, but it’s excellent.) This fairytale book has strong characters and a suspenseful, romantic storyline. Constance’s character is the driving force of this book. Even though she was not aware that she is one of the “lost princesses”, she was trained by her adopted parents to someday take ov I read the prequel to this book entitled “Always” and I loved that story so much that I knew I wanted to read the rest of this series. (You will not have to read that novella before reading this book, but it’s excellent.) This fairytale book has strong characters and a suspenseful, romantic storyline. Constance’s character is the driving force of this book. Even though she was not aware that she is one of the “lost princesses”, she was trained by her adopted parents to someday take over the throne that is rightfully hers. Constance has grown up into a woman of courage, grace, and compassion. She’d also trained with her adopted brothers in warfare, and her skills rival theirs. When Constance finds out her true identity as Queen, she immediately begins seeking for her two previously unknown sisters. But she is in great danger, and it will take all the skill of her two adopted brothers to keep her safe on her journey. The romance in the story between Christopher and Constance does not always run smooth, and they find themselves depending on each other as they make the perilous journey to a neighboring kingdom. This clean and sweet book has all the romance and suspense you’d expect in a fairytale by Jody Hedlund. I’m looking forward to continuing the story of the sisters in the upcoming books in this series. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    First of all, isn't that cover gorgeous?!?!?! Okay so I stayed up till way to late o'clock finishing this book. Once you start this read, it is near impossible to put down! I just HAD to know how it ended!! The story was exciting and moved at a very good pace. It has some really sad parts which got to me but the book is super good. I am waiting impatiently for books 2 and 3 in this set....I need them SOON!!! I received this book from the author and was not required to First of all, isn't that cover gorgeous?!?!?! Okay so I stayed up till way to late o'clock finishing this book. Once you start this read, it is near impossible to put down! I just HAD to know how it ended!! The story was exciting and moved at a very good pace. It has some really sad parts which got to me but the book is super good. I am waiting impatiently for books 2 and 3 in this set....I need them SOON!!! I received this book from the author and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.

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