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By Lyn Cote, Danika King
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HIGH OAKS PLANTATION TIDEWATER, MARYLAND AUGUST 1819
Each time her grandfather struggled for another breath, Honor Penworthy's own lungs constricted. She stood beside the second-story window, trying to breathe normally, trying to catch a breeze in the heat. Behind her, the gaunt man lay on his canopied bed, his heart failing him. How long must he suffer before God would let him pass on?
Outside the window stretched their acres, including the tobacco fields, where dark heads covered with kerchiefs or straw hats bent to harvest the green-speared leaves. High Oaks—to her, the most beautiful plantation in Maryland. She felt a twinge of pain, of impending loss.
"The edict was impractical. And your ... father was a dreamer. But at least he had the sense to realize his irrational decision must be kept secret. Doesn't that tell you not to carry it out?" Each word in this last phrase slapped her, and each cost him.
Unable to ignore this challenge, she turned. In her grandfather's youth, the Society of Friends had dictated that all Friends should free their slaves. "My father remained Quaker." She said the bare words in a neutral voice, trying not to stir the still-smoldering coals.
"I remained a Christian," he fired back. "My forebears chose to leave the Anglican church to become Quaker. I chose to change back."
He'd made that choice because the Episcopal church didn't press its members to emancipate their slaves. All of the other Quakers in the county had left except for a few older, infirm widows—women who'd lost control of their land to sons. As a single woman, however, Honor could inherit and dispose of property legally.
Honor returned to his bedside. At the sight of her grandfather's ravaged face, pity and love surged through her.
As she approached, her grandfather's mouth pulled down and his nose wrinkled as if he were tasting bitter fruit.
Torn between love for her father and for her grandfather, she didn't want to fight with him, not now. "My father loved thee," she said to placate him.
"That is beside the ... point. He should never have asked that promise of you. It was cowardly." He panted from the exertion.
Honor gazed at him levelly. The memory of her father's untimely and unnecessary death still had the power to sweep away her calm, but one couldn't change history. Her grandfather's comment could lead them into harsh recriminations. And it proved that he knew he'd done wrong and had chosen the wide way, not the narrow gate. She chose her words deftly. "I believe that my father was right."
Grandfather's mouth tightened, twisted, not only because of her recalcitrance but also from a sudden pain. He gasped wildly for breath.
If only it weren't so hot. She slipped another white-cased down pillow under his chest and head, trying to ease his breathing. She blinked away tears, a woman's weapon she disdained.
"How will you ... work the land without ... our people?" he demanded in between gasps.
"Thee knows I cannot. And that once they are gone, there will be no way I can hold the land." She said the words calmly, but inside, fear frothed up. Freeing their slaves would irrevocably alter her life.
He slapped the coverlet with his gnarled fist. "This estate has been Penworthy land for four generations. Will you toss aside the land your great-great-grandfather cleared by hand and fought the Cherokee for?"
Honor felt the pull of her heritage, a cinching around her heart. "I know. It weighs on me," she admitted.
"Then why do it?"
He forced her to repeat her reasons. "I gave my father my promise, and I agree with him."
Her grandfather made a sound of disgust, a grating of rusted hinges. Then he glared at her from under bushy, willful brows. "Things have changed since your father left us. Did you even notice that our bank failed this year?" The lump over Honor's heart increased in weight, making it hard to breathe. "I am neither blind nor deaf. I am aware of the nationwide bank panic."
"Are you aware that we've lost our cash assets? We only have the land and the people to work the land. And debts."
"Debts?" That she hadn't known.
"Yes, debt is a part of owning a plantation. And I'm afraid last year's poor crop put us in a bad situation even before the bank panic."
Honor looked into her grandfather's cloudy, almost-blind eyes. "How bad?"
"If you free our people and sell the land, you will have nothing worthwhile left."
A blow. She bent her head against one post of the canopied bed. The lump in her chest grew heavier still. "I didn't think emancipation would come without cost."
"I don't believe you have any idea of how much it will cost you." Disdain vibrated in each word. "Who will you be if you free our people and sell the plantation? If you aren't the lady of High Oaks?"
She looked up at the gauzy canopy. "I'll be Honor Penworthy, child of God."
"You will be landless, husbandless, and alone," he railed. A pause while he gathered strength, wheezing and coughing.
Honor helped him sip honey water.
"I don't want you in that vulnerable position," he said in a much-gentler tone, his love for her coming through. "I won't be here to protect you. You think that Martin boy will marry you, but he won't. Not if you give up High Oaks."
Alec Martin had courted her, but no, she no longer thought they would marry. A sliver of a different sort of pain pierced her.
The floor outside the door creaked, distracting them. Honor turned at the sound of footsteps she recognized. "Darah?" she called.
"I want to see her," Grandfather said, looking away.
Honor moved quickly and opened the door.
Darah paused at the head of the stairs. She was almost four years younger than Honor's twenty-four, very slight and pretty, with soft-brown eyes and matching brown hair.
"Cousin, come here. Our grandfather wishes thee."
Darah reluctantly glanced into Honor's eyes—at first like a frightened doe and then with something else Honor had never seen in her cousin before. Defiance?
Darah slipped past her into the room. "Grandfather?"
He studied his hands, now clutching the light blanket. "Honor, leave us. I wish to speak to Darah alone."
Why? Worry stirred. She ignored it. "And I must see to a few of our people who are ailing." Honor bowed her head and stepped outside, shutting the door. She went down the stairs to gather her medicine chest, remembering that later she must meet with the overseer. The plantation work could not be put aside because her grandfather's heart was failing. She tried to take a deep breath, but the weight over her heart would not budge.
Honor hated to see her grandfather suffer, and she hated to disappoint him. But her course had been set since she was a child. She shuttered her mind against the opposition she knew she would stir up.
* * *
Later that afternoon, Honor was walking down the path to the kitchen when she glimpsed her cousin Darah stepping into a carriage farther down their drive. Was it the Martin carriage? "Darah!" she called. "Where is thee going?"
Though she must have heard, Darah did not even turn. Honor watched the carriage drive away. Why had the Martin carriage come for her cousin? Honor and Alec had not been a couple for several months now, but he still entered her thoughts at will.
Her maid, Royale—a year older than Honor and more beautiful than her, with light-caramel skin and unusual green eyes—met her on the path. She asked after one of Honor's patients. "How the baby doing?"
"Better." Honor handed Royale the heavy wooden medicine chest. Moving under the shade of an ancient oak, she pressed a handkerchief to her forehead, blotting it. "Who is with my grandfather?"
"His man is sitting with him."
"Then I can take time to cut flowers for Grandfather's room." Honor dreaded going back into the room and awaiting death.
Royale bowed her head, wrapped as usual in a red kerchief. She always seemed to want to hide her golden-brown hair. "I'll bring out your flower basket."
They parted, and Honor headed farther from the house toward the lush and sculptured garden. The daisies and purple coneflowers would be in bloom.
The heaviness she'd carried since the bank panic, and since she had parted with Alec Martin, had become a tombstone over her heart. A sudden breeze stirred the leaves overhead, sounding like gentle, mocking laughter.
Honor tried to concentrate on cutting the flowers, and only on that, but failed. She tried to envision her future and failed at that, too.
* * *
"What about me?"
The familiar voice startled her, and she looked up from the flowers she was cutting. One thing Honor had always liked about Alec Martin was that he didn't bore her with idle social chatter. She thought she understood his abrupt question. He had no doubt heard her grandfather was nearing death and wanted to know if this affected her decision not to accept his proposal.
Alec leaned against a maple, his dark horse grazing nearby. He was as handsome as ever—lithe and of medium height, with wavy black hair. The urge to run to him nearly overpowered her. Yet his words held her in place.
"You are so lovely, Honor, even in this situation."
His praise brought back sweet memories of his compliments about her flaxen hair and fair complexion. He'd called her beautiful. She felt again his lips on hers. Sudden irrational elation blossomed within, and she moved forward, seeking his comfort. "Alec."
"Is it true?" he asked.
His sharp tone stopped her.
"Are you still determined to free your people?" He picked up a fallen branch and began to whip the air with it. "Destroy High Oaks?"
His question and his savage movements rendered her mute for a time. In her naiveté, she'd allowed Alec to court her. But six months ago, when her grandfather began to fail, she'd revealed her secret resolve to liberate her slaves. And it had broken them apart.
Watching his slashing motions, she held on to her composure. "Thee knows quite well," she said at last, "that I am."
He threw away the branch and advanced on her. "Why? Freeing your people makes no logical sense." His voice increased in intensity and anger with each step he took. "It's just a woman's weakness, and I never thought you would be so foolish. It's time you grew up, Honor."
The unveiled fury in Alec's tone alarmed her. He sounded almost dangerous. My nerves are strained; that's all. And then, recalling Darah and the Martin carriage, "Does thee know where Darah is?"
Alec brushed aside her question with an irritated shake of his head. He reached her and gripped her arms, and the cut flowers fell from her hands. "Why are you doing this? If you didn't want to marry me, why not just say so?"
"Thee isn't making sense, Alec Martin," she said, reverting to the formality they usually observed in the company of others. "My decision to honor my father's wish has nothing to do with us." Or it shouldn't, not if thee truly loved me.
His grip became painful. She struggled to pull free, but his grasp only tightened.
"Thee will leave bruises," she snapped. "Let go."
With a throaty growl he released her, and she staggered backward.
"I'll go, but just remember this is all your doing, not mine. I intended to marry you and join our two plantations. With your grandfather's gold, we would have been able to salvage everything." He stalked to his horse and mounted. "And we could have been together as we should be. Just remember—this is all your willfulness, your fault, Honor!" He tossed her one final fiery glance and then kicked his horse into a gallop.
His words jumbled in her head until she couldn't sort them out. She realized she was rubbing her arms where he had gripped them. Until now, she had never seen the slightest bit of temper from him—not toward her, at least.
Royale ran to her side. "Miss Honor, please come." Her voice was shrill. "Miss Darah's maid is packing her clothing!"
Honor could only stare at her.
Insistent, Royale nudged her toward the house, leaving the fallen flowers behind. Raising their hems, the two of them hurried inside and up the stairs. But in Darah's room, the maid would only tell her that Miss Darah and she would be staying nearby with Alec Martin's aunt.
"But Grandfather is ..." Honor's voice failed her.
"Miss Darah will come to visit," the maid said, avoiding Honor's eyes as she folded all of Darah's possessions neatly, packing a trunk and valises.
Honor stared at the young woman. Though her heart was in tumult, her mind was clear. Darah was leaving because she did not want to be associated with Honor and what she meant to do.
And Darah was going to stay with Alec's aunt. Honor didn't have to be brilliant to know exactly what that meant. So that was the way it was going to be. Matters would not work out with Alec. Her last thin lace of hope dissolved.
For a moment she pressed a hand over her heart, longing for peace, for the ease of swimming with the current rather than against it. But she couldn't go against her conscience, against her father's dearest wish.
And her father had counseled her with Luke chapter 12: "Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division.... The father shall be divided against the son." And now she against her family and even the man she'd once thought would be the father of her children. "Your fault" echoed in her mind, mocking her.
* * *
Less than a week later, Honor stood at the graveside alone—or that was how she felt. A large crowd of neighbors and distant relatives had come to see Charles Whitehead Penworthy laid to rest in the family cemetery on a hill overlooking the plantation. Honor's black mourning dress and bonnet soaked up the August heat and the dazzling sunlight that was more appropriate for a wedding than this funeral.
Darah stood on the other side of the grave, staring downward, and had not once looked in Honor's direction. Alec lurked behind Darah among the mourners, his curled hat brim shielding her from his gaze. No one had spoken to Honor except for the Episcopal priest who was officiating. And he had said as little as possible.
"Ashes to ashes, dust to dust," the priest intoned. He sprinkled some earth over the coffin, which was being lowered into the grave.
Honor's self-control melted. She could not hold back the sobs, not even with her handkerchief pressed over her mouth. Not only was she losing her grandfather, whom she'd loved, but also Darah, Alec, and her life here-everything.
The mourners turned from the graveside and headed not toward the house as expected, but toward their carriages.
This brought Honor up short. A buffet had been prepared in the house, as was customary. "Isn't thee staying?" she blurted out.
The crowd halted, but none turned to her. Their backs erected an unbroken wall.
The priest, by her side, cleared his throat. "Miss Penworthy, your intentions are known. Perhaps you need to reconsider. Freeing your slaves is an act of willful disobedience to your grandfather. He discussed this with me on his deathbed. Won't you change your mind and not do this dreadful thing?"
Sorrow turned to shock and then to boiling anger. Honor shook with it. "Thee has made thyself clear." Then she glared into his face. "It is better to obey God than man."
A collective gasp swept the mourners, and they all hurried away from her, the women lifting their skirts and nearly running.
The priest sent her an acid glance and hastened after the others. Even Darah, on Alec's arm, left with everyone else and without a backward glance.
Honor watched them go, her tears falling.
"Miss Honor," Royale said, appearing beside her, "come to the house."
Honor let Royale urge her down the hillside, but she soon became aware that another set of mourners followed them at a respectful distance. She halted and reversed to look at the slaves, who had gathered apart at the graveside. They would soon be free. Why not begin now? "Thee are invited to the big house. Refreshments have been prepared."
Their faces registered shock. Except for the house servants, such as Royale, the other slaves had never entered the big house.
She motioned toward them, trying to smile around her tears. "The food will go to waste. Please gather on the porch to enter the dining room for the buffet."
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An incredible history lesson in a novel! I absolutely love the detail of the main characters. There was a wonderful variety among them and each one was very rich and three dimensional. I felt like I knew them individually and wasn’t just reading a story about them. The plight of women and slaves in 1819-20 is so well presented that my heart broke for them throughout this book. I also had never thought about how a deaf person would have been viewed and treated during this time period before reading this story. It was truly an eye-opening book for me. I knew before reading this story that the issue of abolition was a very touchy subject. It really came alive for me though more than just being a phrase I had heard. The anguish that many of the characters went through when discussing it was palpable!
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I have been blessed to read some extremely moving books lately, and Honor by Lyn Cote is another. The story is well written, filled with rich historical detail, and the lead characters are complex - as is their marriage. I found Honor very enjoyable, compelling, and relevant for the world in which we live. Honor opens in Tidewater, Maryland, during the year of 1819 and transitions to Ohio as Samuel and Honor move west to start their life together. It was a time when skin color and disability marked a person as of less value to the world - and, as Lyn shared at the end, Ohio was a place that "simmered and at times boiled as a hotbed of conflict and activism over the issue of abolition." Both Samuel and Honor are strong, well-developed characters who I immediately connected with and cared for. The title character, Honor, was "shunned by the living and betrayed by the dead" because of her passion and convictions for doing the right thing, and her personal cost was great. Honor wants to be loved by her husband, and I admired her strength, faith, caring heart, and willingness to take risks in order to help others gain freedom. Samuel, a lead character who is deaf, is fascinating. Life experiences have made him grow embittered, turn away from his faith, and erect walls, afraid to care for fear of being hurt. "When people found out he was deaf, they usually tried to act as if he were invisible." There's plenty of romantic tension and it was fun to watch their relationship grow. Honor has a relevancy that is timeless, as can be seen in these two quotes . . . "When a person does what is right, it stirs the rage of those who will not turn from doing the same evil." I loved the complexity in Samuel and Honor's relationship, for while Honor could not turn a blind eye to those fleeing the evils of slavery, Samuel at first tolerates it as just being the way things are and doubts that a few people can do anything to change it. "Sometimes one must work for what is right, even when the odds of victory appear small." While Honor entertains, it also left me with much upon which to reflect. Highly recommended.
Honor is book that keeps your attention throughout. The story-line , characters , and setting are very realistic. It is a great story of faith, love, perseverance, and dedication to what is right. It deals with slavery and women's rights back in the early 1800's. I look forward to continuing to read this author's works. I received this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
Honor by Lyn Cote Publ: Tyndale House c.2014 Series: Quaker Brides Honor Penworthy is comfortable with her Quaker roots. Her grandfather who has raised her since her parents death is not comfortable with his. He has denounced his upbringing in favor of a more liberal faith that allows him to keep the slaves that make the functioning of his Maryland plantation possible. Now he is dying and Honor is his heir. She has promised her father that when she inherits the plantation she will free the slaves even though it means the end of the plantation as her family has known it for several generations. Unknown to her, her grandfather has changed his will to forestall this occurance. He is leaving the plantation to Honor’s cousin who is not even related to the old man. In the process he has left Honor almost penniless. After her grandfather’s death Honor and her former maid Royale, whom she has freed, head to family in Pennsylvania in hopes of starting a new life there. When she arrives she finds that things are not as she had hoped. The household is made up of an elderly cousin, the cousin’s grown son who is a deaf mute, and the cousin’s orphaned grandson. Due to circumstances that Honor never even dreamed of, she finds herself married to Samuel, the deaf mute, and on her way to Ohio with the child Eli and Royale. Follow Honor’s story as she and Samuel learn to live together and love one another in the harsh wilderness of Ohio. Watch as Honor and Samuel come to realize what the life of freed and runaway slaves is like and strive to do their part to help. See what happens to Honor’s cousin Darah as a result of inheriting the family plantation. Become involved in Honor’s life as she grows into the strong woman God intended her to be. I recommend this as an engaging look at life in the frontier wilderness of Ohio in the early 1800’s. It is a glimpse into the hearts of those who to strove to better the lives of others at an uneasy time in the history of our country. I received this book through The Book Club Network for my unbiased review.
Honor by Lyn Cote was really good. I finished the book the same day I got it (yes that means I had a late night. I lost sleep for this book!). I really enjoyed the story line as a whole but I had trouble with both the beginning and the end. They both seemed to move a little too quickly for me. Honor seemed to be able to communicate pretty well with Samuel very quickly. The ending might have just seemed like it ended to quickly because I was enjoying Honor's story so much. But despite the slightly rushed feeling I got I really liked the book and I can't wait to read the second in this series. 5 out of 5. A delightful Afternoon Snack. I received a copy of this book from Tyndale House in exchange for an honest review.
"Honor" is a great historical fiction novel with a well written plot and unique story aspects. It is a story dealing with themes of betrayal, trust, forgiveness, compassion, love, faith, and standing up for what is right. I liked the character of Honor, a young woman who stands up for what she believes in and does what she knows is right even if it costs her everything she has. Even after she is disinherited and has to leave her home she shows courage. She is compassionate towards others including slaves who come to her for help and to Samuel, the man she marries as an arranged marriage after she was forced to leave her home. She is a good heroine whose name fits her. Through Samuel Cathwell’s character we see a bit of what it would be like to be deaf in the early 1800s. Samuel feels isolated from others because of his deafness and has a hard time making friends and letting others become close to him because of it. This book was interesting to read and I enjoyed it. I learned some things about the Quakers and how they helped slaves escape from slavery to freedom, even decades before the Civil War started. This is the first book I’ve read by Lyn Cote and I look forward to reading her second book in the Quaker Brides series, "Blessing", when it is released later in 2015. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy reading historical fiction. Sexual related content: There are a few mentions of Honor wondering about the marriage bed and also a mention of making love. *I received this book for free from Tyndale through Book Fun in exchange for my honest review.
A Must Read for Historical Christian Fiction fans! Stunning beginning to a new series. Could hardly put it down. Looking forward to the next book, continuing on with the story of Honor's daughter. Highly recommend! 5 stars
Honor by Lyn Cote is an extraordinary tale of one Quaker woman’s faith and endurance during the time period of 1819-1820. Standing up and having faith in her late father’s abolitionist beliefs, she goes against her grandfather’s stubborn will and pro-slavery beliefs. Raised on the High Oaks plantation, Honor was set to inherit her family’s legacy however, she was betrayed by her grandfather after he passed on. Now left with only $100 and her maid Royale (a former slave she set free), these two women must leave the only home they have ever known and embark on a new way of life. Due to some unforeseen circumstances, Honor finds herself in a marriage of convenience, quite literally, to a man who is deaf and his three year old nephew who needs a mother. As they head west to Ohio to start their new lives, they come against prejudice, peril, and man’s inhumanity to man. Facing all kinds of trials and circumstances, Honor and her little family must learn to trust, depend on, and love each other. However when secrets come to light and are revealed, Honor will need to learn to forgive. I was very caught up in this very riveting yet heartbreaking tale. The cover is beautiful and just looking at Honor peering back at me I knew she had an intriguing story to tell. The history of Ohio and its stand on slavery and its role that it played in the Underground Railroad was also very interesting to read about. This was my first Lyn Cote book and I look forward to reading her previous books and the second in the Quaker Bride Series, Blessing. I received this book from The Book Club Network, (TBCN) however, my opinions are my own and I highly recommend this book.
This is the fist time I have read anything by Lyn Cote. I was NOT disappointed! This is the second book I have recently read where people find themselves faced with standing against what seems to be an impossible situation—taking a stand to do what is right. I have been encouraged that God does not necessarily expect me to right a situation as a whole, but does want me to make a difference—one person at a time. I received this book from Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
Lyn Cote in her new book “Honor” Book One in the Quaker Brides series published by Tyndale House Publishers introduces us to Honor Penworthy. From the back cover: “Who will you be, if not the lady of High Oaks?” When unexpected circumstances leave Honor Penworthy destitute, she is forced from her Maryland plantation—and the slaves she hoped to free. With no marketable skills, her survival hinges on a marriage arranged through the Quaker community to artisan Samuel Cathwell. Samuel is drawn to Honor, but he has been unwilling to open his heart to anyone since losing his hearing as a child. A move west brings the promise of a fresh start, but nothing in Honor’s genteel upbringing has prepared her for the rigors of frontier life with Samuel. Nevertheless, her tenacity and passion sweep her into important winds of change, and she secretly becomes involved in the Underground Railroad. Samuel suspects Honor is hiding something, but will uncovering the truth confirm his worst fears or truly bring them together? Strong women. Brave stories. Set against the backdrop of dramatic and pivotal moments in American history, the Quaker Brides series chronicles the lives of brave heroines fighting to uphold their principles of freedom while navigating the terrain of faith, family, and the heart. America in 1819 was an entirely different world than what exists today. Honor is a Southern Plantation lady from Maryland who loses everything and is forced to move to Pennsylvania. How a lady from The South and her maid are going to adapt to an industrial Northern city is already a shell shock experience for me. Then she meets Samuel whom she marries. More shell shock. Then the newlyweds move out West to start a new business and Honor gets involved in The Underground Railroad. Ms. Cote has given us a very exciting story. She has also given us plenty to think about: how Black people were treated, how women were treated and how God has to work through individual problems so that each can heal and move into destiny. Great stuff and I am so looking forward to the next book in this series. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have 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.”
Honor thought she would follow her father’s wishes and free the slaves on their plantation. This was in agreement with both the teachings of their Quaker beliefs and her personal feelings. The problem became, her father died before he could inherit the land and her grandfather was so opposed to this idea that he disowned Honor so she could not inherit the property. Additionally, she had to leave the property with only $100 to her name and the company of her maid, Royal, who bears a remarkable resemblance to Honor. The only place Honor has to go is a distant relative in Pittsburgh. When they arrive, this relative is at death’s door leaving behind a deaf adult son and an orphaned grandson. The only solution for Honor, Royal and now Samuel and Eli is for Samuel and Honor to marry. Honor rapidly learns to communicate with Samuel and becomes his voice and ears in a harsh, hearing world. Samuel is a gifted tradesman, planning to move to Ohio where he can open his own glassblowing shop. Leaving behind everything and everyone she has known, Honor heads west. She is anxious to become involved in the anti-slavery movement, despite her husband’s objections. Can she pursue this goal in addition to breaking through her husband, Samuel’s ,walls which he has erected to protect himself against an insensitive world. When voices from her past invade their fragile relationship, will they be able to forge a genuine and strong union. This book covers the very early days of the abolitionist movement. We see how the Quakers were often lone voices standing against slavery even in states that were supposed to be free. The interjection of a hearing impaired hero was a great touch. This is the first in a Quaker Brides series. I look forward to reading the rest. I received this from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion
This new series Quaker Brides by Lyn Cote is destined to be on my list of favorite series if the first book is any indication. I enjoyed it very much, and highly recommend it! Honor is a heroine you can truly look up to. I love the way she was willing to stand up for her beliefs, even when it cost her. That is integrity. The way in which Ms. Cote deals with many sensitive issues such as slavery, abandonment, betrayal, abuse, feelings of inadequacy because you are deaf, and societies reaction to anyone who is different in any way is very realistic, sensitive, and thought provoking. My fathers family is from a Quaker background, and their involvement in helping slaves escape has always fascinated me. Samuel's feelings and insecurities surrounding his deafness struck me as very believable. This is definitely one of my favorite reads this year. I can't wait for Blessings story! I received a free copy of this book, but was not required to write a positive review.
“Set against the backdrop of dramatic and pivotal moments in American history, the Quaker Brides series chronicles the lives of three brave heroines, fighting to uphold their principles of freedom while navigating the terrain of faith, family, and the heart.” Honor, Book 1 in the Quaker Brides series, is an exceptional story! Honor Penworthy is an extraordinary heroine; a strong woman standing firm in her beliefs and fighting for what she believes in. Samuel Cathwell is a unique hero, guarding himself and his heart from the world around him. I was immediately captivated by this poignant story and it lingered in my mind long after the last page had been turned. Lyn Cote has penned a vivid historical, full of depth and emotion. I loved Honor and highly recommend this book for fans of historical fiction! I received a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts expressed are my own and no monetary compensation was received.
What could a woman in 1800’s America do to help bring freedom to slaves? Honor Penworthy was a young Quaker woman who was raised to be a lady of the plantation. Circumstances can change in a moment, however, when one stands firm in her faith. Loved ones’ betrayals are almost harder to bear than being rendered suddenly homeless and nearly penniless with her former maid, Royale, who is now a freed African American woman with a secret. Honor, a devout Quaker, longed to help slaves find freedom in an age when slave catchers abounded. In this explosive era, Honor perseveres through challenges that would be too daunting for many women, yet her courage was like a muscle that became well-developed through frequent use – with God’s help. I have long been a fan of Lyn Cote’s historical fiction, and was not disappointed in her new novel, Honor, first of her Quaker Brides series. Her research, art for conversation, rich characters, and intricate relational plots are masterfully combined to craft a story that this reader found hard to put down. Honor and other primary characters are fully-developed, three dimensional people. The author admirably shows how the characters lean on God – or learn to lean on God – in spite of circumstances. The author also shows growth, as it occurs, in every aspect of her characters’ lives. Honor, Samuel, and Royale are each passionate, interesting characters in their own way, the ones that I appreciate the most. Each of the characters has had to face and deal with challenges as a result of their specific life circumstances, challenges from which they are perceived as “less than” in the eyes of government or society. Honor has been betrayed by two family members and her ex-fiancé, costing her the promised home and inheritance. Royale lives with the ongoing dangers inherent in the life of a freed mulatto woman during the decades of slavery, as well as the prior challenges of being a slave and having no immediate nearby family. Samuel has been deaf since a childhood illness. Even as a skilled artisan, there are many who do not see him as a whole person; he closed his heart and refused to see any hope for his life other than making the best living he can and staying away from others. The plot is well-executed, leaving no unaddressed issues. This reader’s attention was captured and held throughout the novel by several relational challenges and adventurous, dangerous, and scary episodes. There is a pleasing blend of history, suspense, and romance, as well as living out the spiritual lessons one learns through following God. Love, faith, and forgiveness are but three of the spiritual challenges prevalent in Honor, all of which the author builds on throughout the novel. Honor is challenged to live up to her name as she finds her place in the frontier and the abolitionist movement – and hopefully in Samuel’s heart. I highly recommend this novel to women of all ages who appreciate well-written historical fiction, the Quaker faith, the abolition movement, and the Underground Railroad. It would be an excellent choice for a book club selection with the thought-provoking questions for discussion. With a grateful heart, I received a copy of this book through the “For Readers Only” group at The Book Club Network, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
Honor ( Quaker Brides #1) By: Lyn Cote This is the first book in the Quaker Brides and Lyn Cote has done it again. She has a winner in Honor. I love the cover and I think it is a very good picture of what Honor would look like, a very brave heroine who is fighting to up hold her belief in slavery and always wants to tell the truth and do what God would have her to do .. Honor Penworthy is the lady at High Oaks Maryland plantation and her wishes is to free all the slaves at High Oaks .Her grandfather's death and will changes everything for Honor. She is forced to take her maid, Royale and leave her plantation. She has no skills in work and a marriage is arranged between her and Samuel Cathwell by the Quakers. Samuel lost his hearing when he was a child. He thinks that no one would want him or could love him because of his disability. Samuel is a glass blower and has plans to move west and set up his own business. Samuel is drawn to Honor, but cannot understand that she could even love him. Honor still wants to help free slaves and help them to a better life. She is holding something back from her husband, thinking he would not understand. Samuel is very protected of Honor and suspects something is going on with Honor. This is a very moving story and you will read about a very brave woman, slavery, and slave catchers, There is action right from the start of Honor. When you start you do not want to put it down till the last word. Can there be love and a marriage between a man and woman who just meet and is thrown into marriage ? How does Honor feel about Samuel and his hearing? This is a very good book and I can't wait for book two " Blessing" in the Quaker Brides. I wa given a copy of this book by the author for my honest review, which I have given.
Honor: Quakers Brides***** series by Lyn Cote—from BFN August of 1819 Quaker Honor Penworthy learns that she has been disinherited and is forced from her beloved plantation in Maryland. She is allowed to take her clothes, a hundred dollars and her slave-maid, Royale—whom she frees. Heartbroken, Honor and Royale travel to Pennsylvania to stay with a distant relative until she can figure out what to do. When she arrives she learns that Miriam is very ill and is dying. The house has been sold as Miriam and her son Samuel and his 3 year old nephew, Eli plan to move to Ohio. Samuel plans to start and operate his own glass blowing shop there. Miriam teaches Honor sign language in order to speak to Samuel, who lost his hearing from a childhood illness. He tends to keep to himself since then, even from God. It is Miriam's wish for Samuel and Honor to marry. But how can Honor marry someone she just met? Samuel can't believe his mother even suggested such a thing. What woman would want to marry him when he can't hear? They marry not long before Miriam dies, fulfilling her wish to see them married. There is a lot they will learn about each other as they travel to Ohio and as they set up their home. Honor has a strong passion to free the slaves and secretly becomes part of the underground railroad. Samuel knows she is hiding something and plans to find out what her secret is. Will he help her or forbid her to continue? Can they learn to love each other despite their differences and the challenges they face? Will Samuel finally turn back to God and allow Him to direct his life or will he remain locked in his own deafness? ~~I received a copy of this book from the Book Club Network for my review~~
"Honor" from the Quaker Bride Series by Lyn Cote was a great book to read. A story of betrayal, trust, believing, and love all wrap up in a story. Honor, a young Quaker woman who was betrayed by her grandfather, who believed justice for those who are in slavery, and open her heart to a young man, Samuel who could not speak or hear. Samuel, also had to learn to allow himself to be open to Honor and let her in his life. He sheltered himself from people to prevent from being hurt. I really like Honor, for her love for God and those around her. Even though, there were things she still had to fight within her. Honor, still tried to do the right thing. Can Honor and Samuel find a common ground and open to love? As you read this book, you will find yourself cheering for the both of them. I received this book from The Book Club network for my honest review. I recommend this book. Can't wait for the next book.
Many things happened to her She was treated very badly by people I was impressed with how she stayed honoring God How she learned how to trust and honor her husband and how she helped the situation she was in I was given this book by tbcn and the publisher for my honest review
Honor Penworthy, a Quaker, is left penniless by her grandfather on his death. Leaving her childhood home in Maryland, she journeys to Pittsburgh and the home of a distant relative. There she soon finds the situation has changed and in order to not become destitute she marries Samuel, a deaf glass blower and moves west near Cincinnati, Ohio. Honor quickly learns how to communicate via a primitive sign language with her new husband and how to care for her 3 year old orphaned nephew. Runaway slaves also begin showing up at her house – will she be able to help them? Can God soften the hard heart of the man she married? Great book as it shows the many aspects of the early 1800’s in America – abolition, the lack of rights for women, and the plight of the handicapped. I’m looking forward to reading the next in the series! I received this book from TBCN in return for my honest opinion.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It is the first in the Quaker Brides series and is packed full of characters that really touched my heart. Things start out pretty rough for Honor and she finds it necessary to marry a man she hardly knows. Honor and Samuel are so enjoyable to read about. I really liked that I was able to see things from both of their perspectives throughout the story. Their interactions were so realistic. Samuel lost his hearing as a child and I was just amazed at the poor way he was treated by most people. It is understandable that he has a tendency to shut himself off from everyone. It is painful to see how he believes at first that Honor would rather not be married to a man like him. But it is so wonderful when he realizes that Honor has grown to love being his wife. Honor is such a strong woman. I love how she fully embraces the people that have been brought into her life. She has such a caring heart for everyone, including those that society deems less than worthy. I love how passionate she is about helping slaves find their way to freedom. This is such an important part of the story and I feel that I learned so much from reading this book. I highly recommend Honor for fans of Christian, historical fiction. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
Honor the name of the book and main character was a story I never wanted to end, and became absorbed in the time before the Civil War. Being a woman during this time, was really not having an identity, and being black was being subhuman. We observe Christians interpreting the bible to fit their needs and owning slaves, the cruelty they displayed towards their fellow man was atrocious. Of course, not all Christians felt this way, thank God, and thus we have Honor, and her Quaker religion, as she personally fights the injustices of slavery. She is forced to give up everything, and end up penny less, but could hold her head high by maintaining her beliefs. We learn about some very deep and dark secrets, and I felt she was better off leaving Maryland, but she was raised to do nothing but be a lady, a not marketable skill. We travel with her to the Quaker community in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, and it takes weeks to get there, of course we are in the early 1800’s. Loved the family who takes her and her maid Royale in, and felt it was not by chance, but by God’s hand. A life changing stop for her, she meets her future husband. What you think, just met and gets married, life has strange twists and turns. We find both Samuel with his deafness, and Honor with her loss of all she knew, fighting their demons. Will they both be able to accept their marriage as more than a convenience? Will they be able to make a difference in the world as far as slavery and the brutality that came with it? As I said I didn’t want this book to end and cannot wait for the next book in this series. A must read! I received this book through Edelweiss and the Publisher Tyndale House, and was not required to give a positive review.