For Love and Honor

For Love and Honor

by Jody Hedlund

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For Love and Honor by Jody Hedlund

Lady Sabine is harboring a skin blemish, one, that if revealed, could cause her to be branded as a witch, put her life in danger, and damage her chances of making a good marriage. After all, what nobleman would want to marry a woman so flawed?

Sir Bennet is returning home to protect his family from an imminent attack by neighboring lords who seek repayment of debts. Without fortune or means to pay those debts, Sir Bennet realizes his only option is to make a marriage match with a wealthy noblewoman. As a man of honor, he loathes the idea of courting a woman for her money, but with time running out for his family’s safety, what other choice does he have?

As Lady Sabine and Sir Bennet are thrust together under dangerous circumstances, will they both be able to learn to trust each other enough to share their deepest secrets? Or will those secrets ultimately lead to their demise?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310749301
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 03/07/2017
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 420,051
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Winner of 2016 Christian Book Award for fiction and Christy Award for historical romance, best-selling author Jody Hedlund writes inspirational historical romances for both youth and adults. Jody lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy children, and five spoiled cats. When she’s not penning another of her page-turning stories, she loves to spend her time reading, especially when it also involves consuming coffee and chocolate.

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For Love and Honor 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
christian_chick6 More than 1 year ago
When I read Jody Hedlund's An Uncertain Choice, where three knights vie for the hand of Lady Rosemarie, I fell hard for Sir Bennet. While he was not ultimately the knight for Lady Rosemarie, I couldn't wait to read the rest of his story, which has finally arrived in For Love and Honor. Sir Bennet is driven by the need to right the wrongs committed by his brother, which is why he leaves the service of the Noblest Knight and returns home, and it's why he agrees to a match with Sabine. Though Bennet's motives for marrying Sabine have to do with responsibility and duty, the reader (as well as the other characters in the novel) quickly sees that Sabine is his perfect match. She is witty, smart, and caring, and she shares Bennet's love of beautiful artifacts. She is not afraid to assert herself and stand up for those she loves, even at risk to her own safety. Yet she is also horribly insecure about her appearance, a fault which leads to some of the major conflict in the novel. Bennet is a lover of beauty. This can be a weakness, as I pointed out after I read An Uncertain Choice: "While he appreciates beauty, he has an aversion to things (and people) that are not beautiful. Rather than showing compassion to a young boy with a deformity, he appears repulsed and then shifts his attention away from the boy." This aspect of Bennet's character certainly comes into play in For Love and Honor as he is tasked with wooing Lady Sabine. Though he does not know of Sabine's blemish at the beginning, he can tell that she is not physically stunning. Yet as he gets to know her, she becomes more beautiful to him. While much of the book is about Bennet and Sabine's courtship, there is also plenty of action, adventure, and peril. The book is written for teens (presumably girls), and it contains powerful lessons about body image, confidence, and being who God made you to be ... yet it's also enjoyable for those of us who are well past our teen years! I would hand this book to any girl at my school without reservation—teenage Becky certainly could have benefited from a book like this a few (I won't say how many!) years ago. 5 stars. Note: This is the third novel in Hedlund's An Uncertain Choice series, but it stands alone. Disclosure of material connection: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.
bjdoureaux 5 months ago
At his mother's request, Sir Bennet returns home to help his family. They are deeply in debt, and their situation has become dangerous as the people they owe threaten to attack and take everything. His mother feels the only way out is for Sir Bennet to marry a wealthy woman. Lady Sabine doesn't consider herself beautiful. Worse, she has a discoloration on her arm. Superstitions would brand her as a witch, and her life would end. She visits Sir Bennet's home, knowing his family's financial situation. He has a rare collection of ancient treasures she has always longed to see, and she hopes to purchase something for herself. The two bond over their love of the collection, but Sabine's secret, and Bennet's pride could hinder their relationship as the danger around them grows. This young adult historical romance is a bit predictable at times, but is a good read overall. The characters are likable, and you want to know more about them. The character interactions are excellent, and keep the pages turning. My biggest issue may be that, for a Christian novel, what little thought there is to God quickly turns to human attention or affection, and the idea that we can't truly love until we learn to love ourselves. I also had some trouble following whose point of view I was in. Both Sabine and Bennet have a turn, and both are in first person. As chapters started, it sometimes took a moment for me to figure out who was speaking. Not my favorite work of Hedlund's, but still a nice novel. I received an electronic copy of this book from BookLook in exchange for an honest review.
BookwormMama2014 7 months ago
Daring swordfights, a hidden secret, bandits, treasure, true love...Oh yes, Jody Hedlund has delivered another winner of a medieval young adult story. Lady Sabine has a harrowing journey of self-acceptance ahead of her. Sir Bennet has always strived to remain honorable...Will he be able to follow his heart and love? I adore that one of my favorite authors has branched out and started a Young Adult series! My only complaint is that the story was too short. I would have loved to have a little more time with Sabine and Bennet...I love the world that Jody has created and the heroes, the knights, are so very swoony! I am excited to read the next book in the series, A Loyal Heart. I received a complimentary copy of For Love and Honor from the publisher. I also borrowed the audio version from my library and purchased my own print copy. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
Nutz2read More than 1 year ago
I’m not sure what I was expecting from this Young Adult novel, when I started it, but it was quite a bit different from my imaginings. I’ve read and enjoyed some of Ms. Hedlund’s past books and was curious to read her YA series, though I didn’t manage to pick up any of them, until this one. If this final book is anything to go by, then they are very different from her previous novels. I’m not sure if the change is because this is directed at a younger audience, or if her writing has just changed from what I recall. I will definitely be picking up one of her other books and ending my wondering. This story is written from alternating first-person perspectives, a style that seems to be very popular in YA adult novels and one that I have to admit that I don’t often care for it. I knew exactly what each character was thinking the instant anything happened and there was little left to keep me guessing. I was rarely left wondering what they would do or what would happen next, and if I was, then my questions were quickly answered pages later. The historical issues also bothered me quite a bit and I couldn’t seem to keep myself from comparing this book to others I’ve read set during Medieval times. I found the way the characters thought and spoke very modern, with a few historical things thrown in here and there, almost as an afterthought. That bothered me the most, because I distinctly recall Ms. Hedlund’s other books being incredibly accurate. I’m not a stickler on most things and will happily allow for a bit of creative license, but the differences went a bit further than that. I can say that I did enjoy getting to know Sabine and Bennett, and can easily see a teenager happily devouring their romantic story and sighing at all of the appropriate places. I also appreciated the author’s emphasis on inner beauty being more valuable than appearances. I really enjoyed how the dialogue and Sabine’s intelligence added credence to that overarching statement and had to laugh at some of the quirky things she came up with. Overall, I would recommend this book to someone who enjoys stories set during Medieval times, but isn’t a stickler for historical accuracy. My thanks to the author for my copy of this book! I was not required to write a review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
swimreadbreathe4JC More than 1 year ago
For Love and Honor is the third young adult book by Jody Hedlund, following An Uncertain Choice and A Daring Sacrifice. This trilogy gets better and better with every book! The wit and banter between the characters literally made me laugh aloud in delight, and the plot kept me so hooked that I read the whole book in a day. These books are great gifts for tween and teenage girls, because the characters are that age and they are realistic and relatable. While these books are categorized for youth, they would be enjoyed by adults as well. Lady Sabine has been hiding her birthmark/skin blemish that covers her arm for as long as she remembers. Revealing the spots would cause people to brand her as a witch (as this story is set in the 1300s), and ruin her chances of a successful match. Her sassy personality and eccentric love of art also set her apart from others. So when her grandmother takes Sabine along to purchase some paintings and relics from a noble family, Sabine is intrigued. Sir Bennet, the last of the Duke’s knights, has lost the family fortune due to his brother’s unwise choices in the midst of grief. Now Bennet must marry a wealthy woman in order to restore his family’s fortunes and keep them alive. When the opportunity presents itself in Lady Sabine and her grandmother, the latter of which suggests he woo the former during their visit, he realizes he could do far worse. Lady Sabine may not be drop-dead gorgeous, but she shares his love of art and witty conversations. Will their new interest in each other be able to withstand the secrets they hold from each other? I loved this book, as I mentioned at the beginning of this review. The characters were so cute yet so real in their struggles, and the drama and plot kept a steady pace. This would be great if turned into a movie or television series, but meanwhile, I highly recommend one enjoy it in its book form. Thank you so much to Thomas Nelson and Zondervan’s Book Look Bloggers program, which provided me with a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own and were not required to be positive. *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion – which I’ve done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*
Lattebooks More than 1 year ago
Oh my, this just took my breath away! I adored Bennet from the first page – he is a wonderful character. He reminded me of a knight in shining armor. As for Lady Sabine, her hilarious quips and responses to everyone just make me smile and want to cheer for her. I loved how they talked about the art and history of it all – their banter was so much fun to read! I can see how in that time that Lady Sabine felt she needed to hide and the actions of those around her made the story so deep and full of all the feels! This is a heart warming page turner. For sure a bookshelf keeper!!
Suzie_W More than 1 year ago
While I read the first book in Jody Hedlund’s YA series, I didn’t fall in love with it. For me, it was just so-so. But can I say this: I am so glad I didn’t let that deter me from reading the final book in this series. For Love and Honor was a fun read with an important message for today’s teenagers. Let’s talk the fun stuff first. The chemistry and conversations between Lady Sabine and Sir Bennett are delightful. Their banter is endearing. Their resistance to deeper feelings is almost humorous at times because everyone else sees it. And their appreciation for beauty gives them a connection that runs deep. There’s a little bit of everything in this book. Intrigue (check). Adventure (check). Romance (check). And so much more. And the book was a little predictable in spots but took me by surprise in others which gave it a fantastic balance. And if that’s not enough to convince you that this book is worth passing along to the young people in your life, the theme of the book should. Because too many young women today care too much about what they look like, what they have or don’t have, whether or not they come from the right family. Throughout this book, Hedlund delivers a truth that is easy for teens to overlook: Beauty is more than skin-deep, and God sees the heart of each and every one of us. My Rating: Disclosure statement: I receive complimentary books for review 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.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the characters if Lady Sabine and Sir Bennet. They learn to become friends through some trying times. I like how they are brought together through unusual circumstances. This is the third in the series but they don't have to be read in order to enjoy. It would be hard to be different when people were so superstitious. I received a copy of this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
First of all, just LOOK at that cover! Isn’t it a beauty? Oh my word, I mean, that cover is just gorgeous. And now with that said I will tell you that reading For Love and Honor by Jody Hedlund was like riding a rollercoaster. It certainly did strange things to my visceral organs like a rollercoaster would. And just when you thought the ride was over and you were safe. BAM! Suddenly you’re whisked to the side and forced to endure several loopy loops before finally reaching the safety of ‘The End’. Of course, I certainly didn’t expect anything less after reading the first two books in this series. In fact, I think that I even might have enjoyed this book more than An Uncertain Choice though A Daring Sacrifice is still my favorite of this series (sigh… Colin). I really enjoyed the characters in this book, and was chuckling at the interactions between them. Lady Sabine was such an amusing heroine. I enjoyed her witty dialogue and droll humor, and her relationship with her grandmother made me smile. I wasn’t so sure I was going to enjoy reading about Sir Bennet, he had seemed rather aloof in the other books, but this book gave me a different perspective of him. He may be the strong and silent type with high ideals, but he is not above engaging in witty banter. And his mother is certainly right, that boy can be such a charmer when he puts his mind to it. This book isn’t all fun and games though. There were some scenes that were quite intense, and I could only wince at some of the stupid, relationship damaging, things some characters did in the course of this book. I couldn’t put the book down (though several times I did consider closing it just to allow myself to catch my breath) and I read it in one day. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I am sad to see this series end. Please write more books like this one, Jody Hedlund. I received a copy of this book for free. I was not required to post a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own.
DKStevens119 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story! Lady Sabine feels she has no hope in finding a suitable young man to marry. Sir Bennet has no desire to marry, he has to fix the family finances. These two are thrown together and the story of young maids, Knights, family responsibilities and battles against neighbors. Such an interesting story it's definitely on my favorites list! If you like Historical Fiction.. you will enjoy this one!
TheArtistLibrarian More than 1 year ago
Jody Hedlund's YA Medieval Trilogy Comes to a Close ... I've always enjoyed Jody Hedlund's historical romances, so I was excited to learn she was going to write YA novels. When I learned they were to be medieval historicals, that excitement doubled. For Love and Honor closes her first teen-aimed series with more sweet medieval romance that will leave you with a satisfying sigh ... Sabine and Bennet's tale is told through alternating first-person narration: Sabine's in a serif font (text with the little "tags" at the ends of the letters) and Bennet's in a sans-serif font (without the "tags"). I thought this was a nice visual way to differentiate, though I read my review copy digitally and despite the font being the same, I never was confused between whose point-of-view I was in. I felt that Jody Hedlund made their voices distinct. I am unsure if the e-book version features different fonts for the alternating chapters, but I enjoyed it in the print version! For Love and Honor follows Hedlund's previous tales in this loose trilogy: An Uncertain Choice and A Daring Sacrifice. However, these can be easily read as stand alones, since each novel features different protagonists. Though I read the first book, An Uncertain Choice, when it first was released, I didn't really remember much about Sir Bennet, other than he was a knight, but it didn't hamper my enjoyment of the novel. I was quickly introduced to Bennet and Sabine. Both were likeable protagonists and both were holding secrets from each other that, as a reader, I knew would eventually be found out, but how? At under 300 pages, this romance was a quick read that I finished in one night! I've been reading some darker graphic novels/comics recently, so reading For Love and Honor was like a breath of fresh air! I loved that Hedlund's first novels were on the ... "steamier" side of your typical Christian romances, but the best way to describe her YA series is sweet medieval romance. It's perfect for tweens and young teens beginning to be interested in romance novels, but perhaps not yet ready for some of the more edgy romantic fare in many general YA titles. Fans of Melanie Dickerson's novels are sure to enjoy these. To me, the spiritual thread isn't overbearing and appropriate for the time period, so I see some potential cross-over appeal. As a librarian, it can be difficult to recommend well written Christian YA (when I was a teen, there was hardly any), so I hope that Hedlund continues to write for both teens and adults!
hes7 More than 1 year ago
The third Noble Knight, Sir Bennet, gets his chance for love (in the most unexpected way) in Jody Hedlund’s A Daring Sacrifice. With all the beloved elements of An Uncertain Choice and A Daring Sacrifice, this novel takes readers on a medieval adventure, full of danger, deception, and romance. The charming and chivalrous Sir Bennet must marry to secure enough money to repay his family’s debts, while the wealthy and blemished Lady Sabine believes no man would ever marry her. Forced to get to know one another (under less-than-honest circumstances), they each must face their expectations for the future and consider the virtues of beauty, honor, and pride—with plenty of witty bantering and tender moments—that is, until secrets become revealed and danger surrounds them. A Daring Sacrifice is an excellent addition to Hedlund’s series of medieval YA romance. Both Sir Bennet and Lady Sabine are admirable, determined, noble characters, and I enjoyed their interactions (even if all their noble, assumption-based sacrificing became a bit annoying…). It’s a delightful, quick, satisfying read, perfect for readers of YA and romance. I recommend it. Thanks to Celebrate Lit, I received a complimentary copy of For Love & Honor and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.
CafinatedReads2009 More than 1 year ago
I'm not always a fan of YA fiction. There is just something that doesn't always captivate with them. However, that said, I was quite surprised at the captivating story Ms. Hedlund created with this novel. From start to finish, I was hooked and in awe of the wonderful story she created. Sabine and Bennet's characters were complex and perfect for their roles in the story. The secret being held, watching them interact, seeing the honor that is among the pages of this endearing read, made for a quick, fun read! I loved the way Lady Sabine and Sir Bennet interacted and watching their feelings for each other shine through. I give this book no less than 4 stars. It's a quick read, and those who enjoy happy ever afters, fairy tale style settings and characters that will make their home in your heart, then you must grab Ms. Hedlund's book. It's definitely a surprising read and I am looking forward to giving her other books a try! Great job, Ms. Hedlund! *I received a complimentary copy of this book from CelebrateLit and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.*
oktobeme More than 1 year ago
Jody Hedlund has a new book out, “For Love and Honor.” Jody’s books are incredible. I always know when I pick one up I will not be disappointed. Within the pages of this book, you’ll meet characters that all have their own set of problems. Deception, secrets, war, financial woes, safety and you’ll also see forgiveness, acceptance, unity, and love. Read it, you’ll be glad you did!!! Blessings, Karen Hadley Rating: 5* I received this book as a gift, all opinions are my own.
Baranski1987 More than 1 year ago
For Love & Honor is a young adult book by Jody Hedlund. For Love and Honor is a great read. I have been reading Jody Hedlund's books for years. This book would make a wonderful gift for the young adult in your life. I received a complementary copy of this book. This review is my honest opinion. 4 stars!
Laundry_Whispers More than 1 year ago
"They're priceless treasures. Each marking or chip makes them even more special." That line right there encompassed the basic truth of this book for me. When I talked about the idea of perhaps requesting this book, Kristin almost insisted I do it. My concern was that it was the 3rd book in a series. She insisted that it read perfectly as a stand alone novel, and I'm very glad I listened (don't let it go to your head Kristin!). Lady Sabine deals with her own insecurities due to a birthmark that is considered a mark of witchcraft. Sir Bennet deals with the fact that his older brother has allowed his grief to cloud his ability to make wise decisions and he is called home to attempt to set things right. They are drawn together over their love of priceless artifacts. Artifacts that others see as dispensable, decrepit, and not really worth holding onto. They are pulled apart due to her insecurities and his seeming ability to let chivalry and nobility cloud his judgement and ability to communicate real feelings. And of course the siege, and stubbornness (on both their parts), and the influence of others. But they manage to overcome all of that and conquer all without losing the story and falling to cliches. Almost too perfectly overcoming it all but I'll let that slide. Though I think my next book needs to go the opposite of romance, happy endings are starting to cloud my grumpy edges. This book, while set in a historical time period, did not read awkwardly (as they sometimes do) and provided such believable characters. They both made me want to Gibbs' Smack them which restores my faith in humanity and fiction since it's been a while since I had characters to pull me in and want to show them the way. I wanted them both to actually say what they felt and thought instead of fighting within themselves. You know, like humans do. Every. Last. One. Of. Us. If you tell me you don't second guess your thoughts and feelings and how the other person may or may not react to those well, I don't believe you. It's a real thing and when you see if from the outside you realize that it's redundant and annoying. Doesn't stop us from doing it though, does it? And while annoying, draws me to those characters and makes me feel for them and root for them and well you know, bond with them. The only thing that I really didn't like about the book, and it truly is more an annoyance, because I'm me, than a true flaw is that everything worked out at just the right time. Every time. Hand to hand combat and our time is going down? Friends ride to the rescue. And how the gravy did they even know to come when everyone said they didn't have time to get a message out. And how did they even hear rumors when they were sieged in? I won't go into detail about the other 'perfectly' timed rescue as it would give away too much. I get that at times in real life things sometimes just work out perfectly at the exact right last moment but it's an exception not the rule. I feel like it was the rule here. Annoyance as I'm not a 'must have happy endings' kind of gal but did not detract from the story for me. I was so blessed to be provided a complimentary copy of this book through Celebrate Lit and NetGalley. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.
Chautona More than 1 year ago
What I thought of For Love and Honor Characters: Sabine: I’d say that characterization is the best part of this book. By, oh… half a page into her first scene, I wanted to slap that girl. Oh, it was glorious! Seriously, I haven’t had so much fun disliking someone in a very long time. She drove me nuts—and all in the best ways. Even better than that, I learned to love her to bits—without her really changing. She was the same character and yet she managed to change my opinion of her. That is some seriously good writing right there. Sir Bennet: what a cool guy. I couldn’t help but love his flawed but honorable self. Ms. Hedlund did a fabulous job of creating a consistent character who still managed to grow and be uncertain at times. Too often when authors do that, they create wishy-washy characters. I read another book this week and that’s exactly what I got from it. NOT in this one. This was fabulously done. Of course, it’s what you expect of a hero. She delivered. Grandmother: Okay, she’s just the perfect blend of feisty, lady, bossy, and gentle—all when they needed to be. In fact, while she manages to keep herself in check with what is expected of her station, I do suspect we know where Sabine gets her sharp wit and repartee. Don’t believe me? What about this bit between Grandmother and Sir Bennet? Finally, she released me and stepped back “Can he sire children?” “While he’s never had the opportunity to discover that,” I replied, unable to keep my sarcasm at bay, “it’s highly likely that he’s quite capable of doing his duty when the need arises.” Speaking of repartee: The book is full of it. Chock full of it. LOVE every single solitary absolutely amazing word of it. Not once did it fall flat. Not. Once. Not only that, she also really pushes the repartee line. I’m not kidding. There are several times where the banter goes on and on—for pages! And it is just as sharp and witty at the end as in the beginning. I seriously love it. Plot: I really thought the plot was beautifully developed. Hedlund takes those fabulous characters and matures and improves them through the course of a story that while not distinctly original is quite original in the execution of it. At bare bones, this story is like that of every fairy tale and of none. Come on, battles, secrets, priceless artifacts, romance—all wrapped up in a deep story that tugs at your heart. What more could you ask for? Oh, yeah. One more thing–a fabulous cover. Just sayin’. All things considered, I obviously recommend the book--particularly for those who love sarcasm and don't mind a bit of drama. In fact, I’m giving it four stars because I really liked it. But for one thing, I would love it. However, that one thing did take away some of the enjoyment. Honestly, I don’t know how to describe it. And it’s probably just me. I suspect that it is. But elements of the writing, the phrasing of things—they kept jarring me. Sometimes they just felt rather modern (phrases etc.) and other times it was probably the first-person aspect. Yes, this book is written in first-person dual perspective. And with that came things that just irritated me. Mostly some of the fatalistic elements. Look, I know this is YA and therefore, authors feel like they have to do that, but you know what? I don’t know any kids as fatalistic as so much of YA fiction portrays them to be. For what it’s worth, and like I said. It’s probably just me. And, you know what else? I still really liked it—almost love
BethErin More than 1 year ago
Despite my general tendency to bypass YA, I honestly enjoyed each book in this series! Thanks to her loving grandmother, Lady Sabine has had the extraordinary pleasure of experiencing the world through rare books and artifacts. Lady Sabine is innocent, compassionate, and intelligent yet past experiences have left her wary and insecure. Sir Bennett is trying to restore his family's good name and preserve their home and lands. His honor dictates that he pay the debts owed to neighbors on his own yet the reality of an imminent attack by a disgruntled neighbor calls for a swift and complete solution. So, as in many "marriage of convenience" stories, everyone is keeping secrets from everyone else and no one knows who to trust. For Love and Honor has a delightful mix of innocent first love and vivid medieval adventure. I requested the opportunity to read this book through the publisher. The opinions expressed are my own.
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
WOW! An incredible YA medieval romance! I was blown away by the wonderful characters in this book! There is an amazing depth to both of the main characters. It took most of the book to really reach the center of who they are. I liked them from the very beginning. As more and more of their personalities were presented I found myself feeling a connection that progressively deepened Both Bennet and Sabine are carrying heavy burdens. Sabine’s is doubt of her self-worth. Bennet’s is how to save his family’s honor. As the two of them meet and start to develop a relationship they each have a personal journey that they have to work through emotionally. It can be very hard to accept what we see as our flaws as though they are not. This is the journey that Sabine had to go on and I thoroughly enjoyed the sensitive way that Jody Hedlund handled this topic. I received a free copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. I have chosen to write this review to express my personal opinion. Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*
LucyMR1 More than 1 year ago
This is targeted as a YA book, but I found it fascinating to be swept back in time to the Middle Ages with knights, ladies, and castles. This is an interesting quick read that deals with learning to accept ourselves for who we are. I love this quote from page 180: I'd come to the conclusion that I needed to be the first to accept myself, flaws and all, before I could expect anyone else to. If I constantly hid my true self, if I was ashamed of the way God had made me, then it stood to reason that others would be ashamed of me too.... The characters are engaging and the story line is exciting. It contains, Faith, romance, chivalry, acceptance, and hope. I enjoyed this book very much. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
eLynda More than 1 year ago
Fantastic Young Adult Fiction! Jody Hedlund is an author I have enjoyed in the past, but I had not read her foray into young adult fiction before now. As with her adult historicals, the writing is excellent and her voice carries through into this genre (it is still historical, though aimed at a different audience), but I am pleased to find that even in the shorter work, this is a satisfying story that entertains and tugs at the heart, making me root for the couple facing several difficult situations. The main characters are engaging and the first person point of view, alternating perspectives between the hero and heroine, keeps the pace moving while helping us to understand the characters’ thoughts and motivations better than we might be able to do otherwise. Though not for every reader, this point of view has a more immediate tone that quickly invests those reading it in the story’s outcome. My favorite part of this novel is the slight twist that Hedlund employs: rather than the woman attempting to marry for money, the hero is in that uncomfortable predicament. And I loved that the two interact in humor before the romance really begins—that they match in mind and temperament rather than swooning over appearance from the start. The romance is age-appropriate and parents will likely appreciate Sabine’s inner dialogue that kissing a man too soon may give the wrong impression about her willingness to engage in intimacy before a marriage commitment. There are also lessons about true beauty coming from within and how a man demonstrates his character by how he treats others, especially those of a lower station. This is labeled as “teen fiction” but there is only one instance of anything even approaching objectionable: one character asks if the hero can “sire children.” It is used appropriately and shown to be rather rude, even if not used in a crass manner. The only other content that would perhaps urge caution are the battle scenes and one toward the end where Sabine is imprisoned overnight, but again, it will likely cause little more than a cringe. Even young teens, 13 and up, can read this with little concern. I would recommend this novel for those who have enjoyed Hedlund’s work in the past, for fans of Melanie Dickerson’s books, and those who enjoy historical romance set in medieval times. The tale has action, suspense, humor, romance, and a couple of well-placed twists, making it an enjoyable read for a broad audience of teens and adults alike. While not necessary to understand this story, reading the previous two book in this series first will give a bit of background that may make it even more enjoyable. I received a free copy of this book through Celebrate Lit, but no compensation for this review. I was not required to write a favorable one and the opinions expressed are both honest and my own.
MAHake More than 1 year ago
I have appreciated Jody Hedlund’s historical novels, which are well-developed and show depth of character, and I enjoy reading about medieval times, so this book sounded destined to be a winner. For Love and Honor is the first of her young adult books I have read, but it surely did not disappoint. The same skill and authenticity she brings to her all her stories is here in abundance. I am an older adult and enjoyed this YA, so I say it shouldn’t be limited to a teen audience. The unique condition Sabine has plays a major part of the story, but also makes readers think about how they view others who suffer with a malady or disfigurement and how they would feel if they had to deal with one personally. I appreciate books that make me ponder in addition to offering entertainment and an escape. Of course, there is a love story, but not your typical romance. Sabine and Sir Bennet both seek a marriage partner and both struggle with obstacles. I also liked the antiquities they treasured—this added additional interest to the tale. For danger and adventure, knights and castles, and intrigue suspense, read For Love and Honor. I received this book from Celebrate Lit. All opinions are my own.
annelr More than 1 year ago
For Love and Honor by Jody Hedlund is third in a series, An Uncertain Choice, and is easily a stand alone novel. Set in the late 14th Century, adventure abounds! Knights saving ladies in distress, attacks on the castle, kidnapping, accusations of witchcraft, and action that just doesn't stop. Sir Bennet has been called home to find a way to pay off the insurmountable debt his gambling brother has incurred. An arranged marriage to a wealthy heiress seems to be the only answer. Lady Sabine would like to purchase some of the valuable art and relics in Bennet's family collection. Is she the answer to his financial problems? What is she hiding? How could he ever live with himself if he married a woman for her money? Would they be able to trust each other when the truths come out? Guilt, lack of confidence, superstitions, drama, suspense, dangerous conflicts, For Love and Money has it all. And did I mention the romance--the tension of should I, shouldn't I, would he, could she? The author tells a great medieval tale with characters that are strong and vibrant and there's lots of enjoyable banter between Lady Sabine and Sir Bennet. I look forward to going back and reading the first two books in the series. I received a complimentary copy of this book through CelebrateLit. A favorable review was not required and opinions are my own. This review is part of a CelebrateLit blog tour.
Faye_reviews More than 1 year ago
Lady Sabine is an admirer and collector of rare art, when she hears that a nobleman is selling pieces from his rare collection she and her grandmother travel to a praise his pieces. But her grandmother has matchmaking on her mind. But Sabine has a secret that she hides because she fears that it will brand her as a witch in some people's eyes, will she ever believe herself worthy of love? Sir Bennett finds himself in dire need of gold to pay back his brother's gambling debts. He is loathe to part with any of his treasured collection, but he needs to pay the debts or lose Maidstone Manor, so he decides to take his mother's advice and consider marrying into wealth. But will he lose his heart in the process? Bennett comes home to find that his home is under threat by Lord Pitt, to whom his older brother Aldric owes many debts, he must pay or lose his home. Bennett knows that though he is the younger son, he must step up to protect his family home, he isn't keen to marry for money, but it seems that it could be the only way. Bennett is responsible, honorable, and an admirer of rare relics. He sees beauty in things that others do not, and he wants to do right by those in his care. Sabine knows that she is no great beauty, and she worries that her deformity renders her unlovable, so she finds joy in appreciating the beauty in works of art, treasuring their history and meaning. Sabine is witty, with a wry humor, she loves to learn the history of the beautiful pieces that she admires. Bennett and Sabine, share many common interests, I liked their interaction, and how comfortable they were in each others presence. Bennett is ever the gentleman, and I loved how he was able to break through Sabine's walls. Sabine's grandmother is quite the character, with glimmers of mischief in her eyes, she loves her granddaughter fiercely and wants only what is best for her. Overall, an engaging, fast paced tale, with a climatic ending. I loved the interaction between Bennett and Sabine, and how found a partner to share the things that they loved together. A well built world of romance, chivalry, and noble character. A great read for fans of medieval fiction! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. This book has good characters and a good plot.