Review: Beholden

Beholden (The Fairest Maidens, #1)


In a land where being the fairest maiden is a curse . . .

A beautiful noblewoman with a terrible secret, and a prince subjected to slavery.

Upon the death of her wealthy father, Lady Gabriella is condemned to work in Warwick’s gem mine. As she struggles to survive the dangerous conditions, her kindness and beauty shine as brightly as the jewels the slaves excavate. While laboring, Gabriella plots how to avenge her father’s death and stop Queen Margery’s cruelty.

Prince Vilmar of Scania enslaves himself in Warwick’s gem mine as part of a royal test to prove himself the most worthy of three brothers to become the king’s successor. Amidst the hardships, he doesn’t anticipate his growing compassion for the other slaves, especially tenderhearted Gabriella.

As the annual summer ball looms nearer, Gabriella sets into motion her plan to end Queen Margery’s evil. When Vilmar learns of Gabriella’s intentions, he resolves to come to her aid and fight against Warwick’s queen. But doing so may require him to give up his chance of becoming Scania’s next king, perhaps even cost him his life.

The real Cinderella story.

The Fairest Maidens
Book 1: Beholden (Sept 2020)
Book 2: Beguiled (Oct 2020)
Book 3: Besotted (Nov 2020)

Rating: 5-stars


Beholden by Jody Hedlund is an exciting read. It’s similar to Disney’s Cinderalla tale. However, the heroine is much stronger than that of Cinderella. Gabriella is a kind, caring, and pretty just like any other princess. Her father dies and the evil Queen enslaves Gabriella. Gabriella lost the life she once knew and yet she is still a kind hearted person. However, she is plotting to take back what is hers and to put a stop to the evil queen, her step-mother. Low and behold, prince charming comes. The hero put himself into a situation and it just get stickier when he meets Gabriella. There’s attraction and plenty of action to keep my full attention. Some similarities and yet many differences. It’s much more than just a fairy tale. Overall, I loved reading this new book. I look forward to reading more by Jody Hedlund in the future.

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