Always (The Lost Princesses, #0.5) by Jody Hedlund

Always (The Lost Princesses, #0.5)

A fierce elite guard. A loyal lady in waiting. They must work together to save three princesses from certain death.On the verge of dying after giving birth to twins, the queen of Mercia pleads with Lady Felicia to save her infant daughters. With the castle overrun by King Ethelwulf’s invading army, Lady Felicia vows to do whatever she can to take the newborn princesses and their three-year old sister to safety, even though it means sacrificing ...

Details Always (The Lost Princesses, #0.5)

TitleAlways (The Lost Princesses, #0.5)
Release DateAug 13th, 2019
Publisher Northern Lights Press
GenreRomance, Young Adult, Christian Fiction, Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction

Reviews Always (The Lost Princesses, #0.5)

  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
    This is a great novella for introducing us to the backstory of the three lost princesses in Jody Hedlund's exciting new YA series! The reader is thrust into the action which never slows down- danger is nipping at the heels of Lance and Felicia throughout the story which gives it a quick, suspenseful pace. The world-building is vivid and I felt like I got a good sense of the setting as well as the dynamic of the kingdom, its people, and its enemie...
  • Melissa Tagg
    I ADORED this novella! I can't say that I read a ton of novellas, but of the ones I have read, not many have felt this rich, romantic, and action-packed...and with such fully fleshed out characters, too! And Jody Hedlund perfectly sets up her new series--I can't wait to read more! Meanwhile, I'm going to go back and read her other YA series (the Noble Knights series) because how in the world have I not read them yet? :)
  • Deanne Patterson
    This is the first young adult novel I've read by this author and I can see I've been missing out. Geared toward teens, as an adult I enjoyed it a lot myself and I also enjoyed that it was a clean read.This novella sets up the backstory for her new, The Lost Princesses series, which I look forward to reading and continuing the adventure!Immaculate research from the author sets the story line in this medieval time line.A true adventure fraught with...
  • Nicki Chapelway
    Words cannot express how excited I am for Jody Hedlund's new YA series. I absolutely adored her last one. And with this novella this series is already off to a great start.This story has everything: adventure, romance, cute little babies, and sassy nuns. I must admit that I have not read a straight up romance for a while so it took some time for me to become readjusted to the genre. It was a little abrupt at first but it is a novella so that is a...
  • Beth Erin
    Full review on FaithfullyBookish.comAs much as I love Jody Hedlund’s stories, I initially borrowed this title not for myself but for my daughter. However, the aforementioned daughter offered to read part of the story aloud to me as I was driving and then I was hooked. The young adult genre isn’t usually one I reach for and, as I said, I wasn’t exactly “sitting around with nothing to do” and yet I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I highly ...
  • Shalini
    A perfect prequel which told me what I needed to know about the backstory of the three sisters and how they were separated from their mother, hidden and protected by Lady Felicia and Lance.The author Jody Hedlund is a masterful storyteller who painted a vivid picture, weaving in the story amidst the danger that surrounded the protagonists. Emotions rose in me at every page and action dodged my steps.A novella which whetted my appetite for the boo...
  • Lori
    Loved this book so much!! I stayed up all night even though I was still tired from my trip to Michigan!The story was delightful and so many adventures!! I was kept on the edge of my seat and holding my breath to see what happens next!! Jody does have that effect on us.That's what I love about her writings.With God all things are possible. All we need to do is ask!! Trouble is, a lot of people myself included think they can do it all on their own....
  • Susan Snodgrass
    'Sometimes, when we think we've come to a dead end, we've arrived instead at God's stepping-stone on the way to bigger plans.'Tasked by the dying queen to keep her newborn twin daughters safe when the castle is overrun by an army, Lady Felicia fears for their lives. As she is packing to leave, she is confronted by Sir Lance, knight of the king's elite guard. Lance, too, has been tasked by the king to protect his twin newborns, including the 3 yea...
  • Megan
    O my! This novella is the stuff my dreams are made of! “Always” is the novella which is the prequel to Jody Hedlund’s new series entitled “The Lost Princesses.” So why did I love it so much? This fairy tale-esque story is set in a medieval-like time, has princesses and is full of adventure and budding romance! There is a daring escape amidst danger on every side. The story is fast-paced. I love that it is clean and it is a great book to...
  • Linda
    I am a longtime fan of Author Jody Hedlund, and I can’t believe I had never read one of the books in her Young Adult genre. I realize after enjoying Always I have been missing some excellent reading. The author’s research into medieval times is meticulous and the descriptions were so real. A definite page-turner! I think it is suitable for both Young Adults as well as adults. It’s a good, clean romance and who doesn’t enjoy a story about ...
  • Haley S
    This is a super sweet book. Literally that is the main thing I can say about it. It was a perfect read when I was looking to just relax on a hot summer day.This is a novella, meaning it is shorter than a novel but longer than a short story—so right in between! But it still made me want to turn the pages so fast. I didn’t want to stop reading. Jody has a way of pulling readers into the story, which makes the story come alive. I love it.I canno...
  • Becky
    Prequel novellas seem to be the "in" thing lately. Sometimes, these novellas are just a fun "extra" ... and other times, they're vital to the story. Always is definitely the latter, as it introduces the three Lost Princesses and explains how they came to be lost.Always is the story of Lady Felicia and Lance, a member of the king's guard, who escape the castle with the three princesses once new king Ethelwulf overtakes the throne. They're reluctan...
  • Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)
    Loved this fast-paced, exciting story! Full review at: From the very first page, until the last, I was blissfully along for the adventure of a lifetime. I couldn’t get enough of this story. I inhaled it like a hungry book dragon and absolutely loved every moment!This story may be short, but it packs an impressive punch! Jody Hedlund has weaved a dynamic story with endearing characters that will have you ...
  • Clara
    If the novella was this AMAZING imagine the full length novel 😍😍Promising new series! Full of mystery, legends, adventure, romance - and I mean, true-loves-kiss-worthy romance! These characters have endeared to my heart and I can’t wait to catch up with them!
  • Kailey
    This is a book that you won’t want to put down! I couldn’t read it fast enough! The details were rich and kept me immersed in the story the entire time. I really liked that this book can be entertaining for young adults and adults. I just can’t wait for 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.
  • MJSH
    “Sometimes, when we think we’ve come to a dead end, we’ve arrived instead at God’s stepping-stone on the way to bigger plans.”Oohhh! Fans of medieval YA fiction, it doesn’t get any better than this! Welcome to Jody Hedlund’s newest series the Lost Princesses and its opening novella called Always. There is guaranteed action and nail-biting anticipation in the well-crafted plot, as well as beautifully lovable characters who sweetly fa...
  • Rebecca
    "In all the years I'd relied upon my own strength, I hadn't needed God's. Now I was coming to understand the truth of my father's claim that God's grace and presence shine the strongest in our humblest moments."It was going to take a miracle. A member of the king's elite guard, Lance has just vowed to carry the dying king's infant daughters to safety, along with the keys to an ancient treasure. When he enters the queen's chambers, he discovers he...
  • Melissa
    Warning! Do not start this story unless you have the next hour or two free-because once you start, you will NOT want to stop till you finish-and even then you will be looking for the next book stat! This story sets up Jody's next series of three orphaned princesses hidden away from their cruel and murderous uncle who stole the throne from their father. In "Always" we are introduced to Felicia and Lance who give up nearly everything to save the or...
  • Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
    What an amazing start to a new series by Jody Hedlund! If you plan on reading The Lost Princesses series, you need to begin with this novella. There is so much backstory here that I know is going to be important when reading future installments. Not only that, but it's good! Hedlund provides a story that will keep you on your toes, surprise you, and toy with your emotions. I literally read this in one sitting because I could not put it down. You ...
  • Jennifer
    1.75 stars. I enjoyed the alternating povs and two very admirable main characters. However, the writing just wasn’t my favourite and I’d forgotten that about Jody Hedlund. I liked the message of relying on God but at this point, after read so many of Hedlund’s books, I’ve come to terms with the fact that they’re not for me.
  • Edward Arrington
    How far will a man go to try to secure what he believes is rightfully his? If he should be the king over a united kingdom, is treachery and merciless killing of the ones protecting that kingdom the best way to unite a kingdom? As with many men throughout history, the true goal was to take over the land, even if there were no survivors. In this story, the three-year-old crown princess and twin new-born princesses are in danger of being found and s...
  • Lynda Edwards
    Jody Hedlund is an author that I always enjoy, so I eagerly anticipated this new series, especially knowing it would be a book my daughter would also enjoy. Stories of royalty are favorites in our home, especially combined with an element of danger. This prequel to the Lost Princesses series ticks both of those boxes, and nicely sets up the reader for the series that will soon release. Even though this is a novella, Hedlund takes time to set the ...
  • Shirley Chapel
    Always, the prequel to Jody Hedlund’s new series The Lost Princesses. This novella gets readers started into her new medieval series for young adults and adults too. Readers are rewarded with this action packed unpredictable adventure into the days of knights of the Kings Court and noble ladies of fine upbringing . Felicity, a noble lady in the Queens court helps attend the dying Queen while she gives birth to twin girls. The castle and kingdom...
  • Stephanie - Adventures Thru Wonderland
    *I received a copy for my spot on the blog tour. This does not affect my review.*I loved this story, and even read it twice already! Both times I fell in love with the story and characters all over again, and can't express how much that means to me! I often don't reread, and almost never reread back-to-back, or soon after finishing since the story is too fresh and I'm not a fan of predictable, but this one was different, and it's so exciting to f...
  • Faye
    The kingdom of Mercia is under siege, the king is on his dead bed from a fatal wound, and the queen has died giving birth to twin girls. Elite Guard Lance and Noblewoman Felicia are entrusted with the task of taking the girls to safety, pledging to protect the young princesses with their lives.Lance takes his duty as an Elite Guard seriously, honored to be given the opportunity to make his family proud. He has vowed never to let distractions get ...
  • Phyllis
    This was a great prequel to an exciting new series.Lance and Felicity undertake a daring escape as they race to rescue three orphaned princesses. Fleeing from the elite guard of an evil king, they encounter danger after danger.I liked the way both Lance and Felicity were determined not to relinquish the charges given them regarding the princesses. Each had been commissioned separately and thought they needed to do this on their own. And yet they ...
  • Marissa Baker
    This lovely little novella follows the story of lady-in-waiting Felicia and elite king's guard Lance as they race to save the lives of three young princesses. With the invading King Ethelwulf hot on their heels, Felicia and Lance are the only things standing between death and the orphaned, 3-year-old crown princess and her newborn twin sisters.I couldn't put this novella down and finished it in just a few hours. While there were a few things that...
  • Kristine Morgan
    Always is a novella to introduce the back story of Jody Hedlund's Lost Princesses series. I enjoyed this very much. Although written for young adults, I, a 53 year old woman, found it to be quite enjoyable. The plot was well thought out and moved at a decent pace. I liked how the story was told by Lance and Felicia in alternating chapters. I really liked the theme that we all need to depend on God for strength, we cannot make it on our own. I am ...
  • Nancy
    This books starts with action and continues on. I love how the characters struggle with themselves to do the right thing, both having the same goal. I also liked how they found strengths they didn’t know they possessed. The journey was not an easy one! I can not wait to read more! I highly recommend this book for teens and adults alike! I received a copy of this book from the author. All views stated here are my own.
  • Jenelle Hovde
    Swift ReadA light, fun medieval fantasy for YA readers. Always sets the stage for the Lost Princesses series. Plenty of romance and action as a knight and noble woman hide the royal children from a terrifying enemy.