For Love or Honor

For Love or Honor

by Sarah M. Eden

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For Love or Honor by Sarah M. Eden

From the moment they met, Marjie’s heart has belonged to handsome Captain Stanley Jonquil, younger brother of the Earl of Lampton. But six long months ago, when Stanley’s sense of honor required that he do as he had sworn and return to the Continent to fight in defense of King and country, neither Stanley nor Marjie could have dreamed what the cost of his service would be. It has been ages since Stanley last wrote, and Marjie and the Jonquil family are plagued by his unknown fate—until the day he unexpectedly reappears. Marjie’s joy, however, is quickly shadowed by confusion—the aloof, battle-worn soldier before her is not the man he once was. In the wake of Stanley’s blatant disinterest in renewing their acquaintance, Marjie’s devastation turns to determination as she vows to help him find peace. But his scars run far deeper than anyone realizes. Despite his feelings for her, Stanley believes Marjie deserves a man whose hands are not stained with the violence of battlefields and whose mind and heart are not haunted by the horrors he has seen. Honor requires Stanley to return once more to the life he has grown to despise, one he knows will destroy him in the end, even as his heart beckons him to stay with Marjie, the only woman he could ever love, and the promise, at last, of redemption.

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ISBN-13: 9781524404543
Publisher: Deseret Book Company
Publication date: 10/01/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 118,031
File size: 717 KB

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For Love or Honor 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This might be my favorite Jonquil, although I still love Drops of Gold. I really liked Marjie and Stanley, though they both had their idiotish moments. I can't wait for the next one, feeling nervous about Sorrell, who can definitely still be a cow at times, understandibly. I feel a doctor should be the next famiky addition. Perhaps Charlie... It was really nice to see Viscount Devereaux again, but I was so sad at Miranda's expected passing. Surprisingly, I felt ready for him to start moving on by the end. Probably because she would have wished him to be happy again, golden heart that she had. Perhaps, this will link to the Lancasters? Clean, sweet romance. Not a religious book.
HeyerF4n More than 1 year ago
Needed the tissues for this story. Stanley had always been intended for the Army but the realities of war are far different than when he play fought battles with his brothers. Despite horrific injuries (both physical and mental) his loyalty and commitment to his duty will not allow him to resign his commission. He does not want his family to pity him and so downplays his injuries when he is sent back to England to recuperate. Add to that the views of men at the time that women are the weaker sex and must be protected from anything unpleasant and you are left with a young man who has no one to confide in and is torn apart by the trauma of war. Sensitively written. Recommended read. I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
25 Letters. Marjie had written 25 letters to Stanley Jonquil since he went to war 6 months ago. But she has not received even one letter back. The ribbon she had worn when last they met was still waiting for something to wrap around. It would wait in vain she was sure. The endless rounds of parties in London did nothing to relieve her boredom and worry. Even her dear friend Lord Devereaux hasn’t proved sufficient to the task. What does she want with the “Marriage Mart” when her heart is taken already? Then suddenly Stanley returns. Marjie should feel joyous but for some reason he doesn’t want anything to do with her. A Compelling Story In For Love Or Honor, Sarah M. Eden has created a compelling story about the strength of Love and the real meaning of Honor. I found myself unwilling to put this book down. The descriptions of the cost of war were heartrendingly realistic and the characters where vivid and captivating. The only thing I hate about books like this, is that they end. But this book is part of a series so that doesn’t have to happen. Previous books include The Kiss of a Stranger, featuring Philip Jonquil’s good friend Crispin, Lord Cavratt finds himself married to a lady he has unwittingly compromised. The next book in the series is Friends and Foes, where Philip Jonquil, Earl of Lampton meets his match in Sorrel Kendrick. Drops of Gold, introduces Layton Jonquil tormented after the death of his wife. As You Are, features Corbin Jonquil who tries to catch the eye of a mysterious young widow. Last is A Fine Gentleman, where a fiery Spanish beauty tests the legendary patience of Jason Jonquil. I very much look forward to reading about the rest of the Jonquil family. Happily there are more Jonquil family members to follow and the author has other series to enjoy as well. KriisGaia
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
London - 1815 Marjoram (Marjie) Kendrick is participating in the activities of the season with her sister, Sorrel, and brother-in-law, Philip Jonquil, the Earl of Lampton. There are seven Jonquil brothers and Philip is the oldest. Even though Marjie is supposed to be looking for a husband, she is in love with Stanley Jonquil, currently involved in the fight against Napoleon. Since he left for the war, she has written him many letters but he has not responded. Stanley suddenly returns, thin and exhausted. He has been sent by General Wellington’s aide with a letter for his brother, Philip, saying Stanley needs some time at home to heal. His injuries, including the loss of a leg, have sapped him. Marjie is hurt at his cool treatment of her and he refuses to attend any social events with her. When he relents and attends the theater, they are joined by Lord Devereaux, a widower, who seems smitten by Marjie. Stanley feels that Marjie is in love with Devereaux. Marie wants nothing more than to marry Stanley and care for him. However, he is convinced that his commitment to the Army is for as long as he is needed no matter what his condition. He keeps his injuries secret from his family. They work to try and get him to open up to them but all he can remember is his men who fought and died in battle. This story is heart-wrenching and becomes a bit overdone at times. However, it depicts the real meaning of the suffering of war and true love. I have enjoyed this author’s books and this one is very good. It was a little slow in the beginning and could have been cut a bit, but in the end, it is worth the reading time. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
AE2 More than 1 year ago
Stanley fell for Marjie the first time he met her, and her sweetness helped him as he healed from an injury he received as a British soldier fighting Napoleon's army. When Napoleon escaped and Stanley had to lead his men in the horrifying battle of Waterloo, it was thoughts of Marjie and re-reading her letters that kept him going. However, having been severely wounded physically and even more so emotionally, Stanley knows he can't share with Marjie the darkness that is inside him. While he might have to face her sometimes, as she's staying with her sister (who is married to his brother), Stanley is determined to keep his distance as much as he can. Marjie doesn't know exactly what has changed Stanley, but she's determined to help him heal--and find a way that they can be together as they'd both hoped. I loved this book so much. It was so well-written, not glossing over the horrors of war or how the soldiers were impacted. It hurt seeing Stanley hurt; I love ALL of the Jonquils but he is so honorable and so vulnerable that he just tugged at my heart so much. And sweet Marjie--I loved seeing how she cared for him. I loved seeing other favorites from the series and getting to see some new characters--Pluck alone made the book worth reading! He made me laugh so much.There are truly beautiful, touching moments in this book (like when Stanley's niece Caroline finds out he's wounded), and I can't wait to reread it.
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
Poor Stanley! In this book we learn of the horrors of war Stanley has had to endure, and the effects on his sensitive and compassionate nature. Only four months after his severe injuries, he struggles to keep his emotions at bay so that when the time comes to return to the field, he can soldier up and get it done. Once again we see the brotherly love and camaraderie between the Jonquils, especially Phillip and Layton, and I loved the scene when they meet with Stanley in their equivalent to a secret clubhouse and through their banter, get Stanley to reveal dark secrets that need to be brought to light for him to begin healing mentally. Marjie is as compassionate as Stanley, with a heart to serve, but feels rejected when her sister refuses her help. It seems like she's a bit lost, not really knowing where her place is or where she is needed. Her previous friendship and beginnings of romance with Stanley give her the perfect opportunity to help him as he recovers, but the emotional distance he tries to maintain is hard on her. I admired her determination and creativity in how she supports him against his will, and loves him even without a guarantee of returned affection. The tone of the book fluctuates between despondency and hopefulness as Stanley and Marjie take two steps forward and one step back in their relationship, and I couldn't help but be touched by the ending. Highly recommend! (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
lilacqueen75 More than 1 year ago
War is hard and there's not a lot that's glorious about it. When Stanley comes home wounded and emotionally broken, he refuses to tell his family exactly how broken he is...physically and mentally. I found it interesting that he takes on the role of a martyr, in a way. He doesn't believe that he deserves to be happy or to find love; he doesn't feel perfect enough to have the woman of his dreams, yet he doesn't want to give her up; he doesn't think he can ever be whole. But the whole message of this book proves his beliefs to be wrong. And I loved that bit of hope that shines through in this sad tale. Marjie has been in love with Stanley forever, but she doesn't want to force him to return her feelings. She is one determined woman and I love how fiercely she fights to help him, even when she's pushed away countless times.  I can always count on Eden to deliver a well-written story, full of emotion and turmoil, while ending with a satisfying conclusion. Her stories aren't pure fluff and always twinge my heart with a bit of pain, but leave me feeling like a slightly more compassionate person. It's honestly impossible to judge someone's actions when you don't know the full story. Content: mild romance; mild violence *I received a copy, which didn't influence my opinion in any way.*
foxreads11 More than 1 year ago
This is one of my all time favorite books now! I sobbed through the last half and couldn’t write a review for awhile because I would start up with the tears again! I read this book in one sitting and I stayed up till 3 am reading it straight through! If I could I would give it 10 stars! I don’t even know if I can give this book a review it deserves! Marji is just one of those people who just makes the world shine! She is caring and helpful! She fusses over everyone and it terribly bothers her disabled sister. Her sister was in an accident and has had broken bones and hip issues and is in constant pain. But her sister doesn’t want to be fussed over. Marji is also deeply in love with Stanley Jonquil. She writes him while he is away at war. And although she has not received one letter from him, she has faithfully written him every week anyway. He has been away for awhile, so it is a surprise when he just shows up one day at the doorstep of Philip Jonquil’s home (also Marji’s sister’s husband), where his mother and Marji also live. Stanley has been in the war and was at Waterloo and has seen terrible atrocities. It haunts him. He is only home to recover and then he is to be recalled. The letters from Marji is what has kept him alive all this time. He also has come back with a broken body. He will not reveal what is wrong with him to anyone. He will not talk about it. He tries to avoid everyone. But his family picks up everything and eventually the truth comes out to not only them but to the reader as well. We only can tell something is wrong at first. Marji is the first to find out what is wrong with his right hand. Her reaction is utterly sweet and caring. Then Marji takes it one step further by making sure his whole family know about it, not because she wants them to see it but because it needs to heal. She secretly removes all the gloves for his right hand and the buttons for the right side of his jacket. This makes Stanley very mad! He has no choice but to move forward for dinner that night, although he tries to keep his hand hidden. The first one to notice his hand was his innocent niece. Her reaction is so like a child and I sobbed and sobbed and went thru several kleenex before I could read again! Oh the innocence of a child! It just tears your heart wide open! Quote Meanwhile, the Jonquil brothers have this game and are close enough that they make an intervention on Stanley’s behalf. Oh, I was laughing here! I love those brothers and I need to go back and read the first few stories about them. Stanley believes he can’t have Marji with his mind and body so messed up and that he is about to be called back into duty. Stanley believes in honor and his duty to serve is forever even though he despises it and his body isn’t capable of being on the front line anymore. When we get to near the end my heart was breaking for Stanley and Marji. He loves her and she him but he will not have her come with him, it is not for the “fairer sex”. Marji is heartbroken but her body and Stanley’s too find it hard not to be near each other with a touch here and a kiss there! It is torture for not only them but me as a reader as well. I can see no way for them to be together. And I was crying again over how the ending was going. They love each other darn it and they need each other and I was heartbroken for them. But you will have to read it to see how it ends yourself. If you like wounded war heroes, kissing in the rain, loving families, terrible p