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Number of Pages: 256
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.0 X 5.3 (inches)|
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 familys 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?
Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Lacks realism, and healing comes from human rather than God's unconditional loveJune 14, 2017Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3"For Love and Honor" is a young adult romance set in a fantasy land at the time of knights in shining armor. While the main characters follow the Christian religion (and collect relics and religious art), the country is only vaguely based on the European Middle Ages. This is the third book in a series, but you don't need to read the previous ones to understand this one, and the previous novels were not spoiled.
Having read some of the author's highly historical adult novels, I was surprised by the lack of realism in this story. The heroic characters defy physics on a regular basis. I suppose the author thought that teens wouldn't know or care. The first half of the story involved bantering and falling in love. The second half involved secrets coming out and the knight repeatedly rescuing his girl from death.
Sabine and Bennet are manipulated into meeting under false pretenses and start to fall in love over their shared interests, but each has a secret. Lady Sabine has wealth but also a blemish that makes superstitious people assume she's a witch and want to kill her. Bennet's brother has put his family deeply in debt, so it's up to Bennet to marry for money so they can pay off their debts. If he doesn't raise the money in time, the neighbors will attack.
Sir Bennet has some pride issues and will only accept help on his own terms. Meanwhile, Sabine notices that everyone carries some sort of physical imperfection. When she realizes that someone (a human, not God) loves her unconditionally, she decides she should love herself, too. There was no bad language or sex, but there was a lot of kissing. Including one time when Sabine was still tied up (kiss her or free her? Wrong priority, IMO).
I received an ebook review copy of this book from the publisher.
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Thrilling blend of danger and romanceJune 13, 2017KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A spectacular YA romance with a fairy tale feel. There's even a knight in shining armor, though he's the one who needs rescuing from a desperate situation. Sabine has the power to come to his aid -- or, at least, her fortune does. Neither are keen on a marriage devoid of love, but when Bennet pays court to his lady, friendship ensues -- with the promise of more...if only Sabine didn't harbor such a desperate secret. A thrilling blend of danger and romance will keep readers glued to the very last page.
Susan Barrett5 Stars Out Of 5Great Read for All AgesMay 16, 2017Susan BarrettQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5For 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 Dukes knights, has lost the family fortune due to his brothers unwise choices in the midst of grief. Now Bennet must marry a wealthy woman in order to restore his familys 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 Zondervans 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.
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SusanPMichiganAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Bookshelf keeper!May 15, 2017SusanPMichiganAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Oh 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!!
SuzieNashville, TNAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Enjoyable, Clean YA ReadMay 15, 2017SuzieNashville, TNAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4While I read the first book in Jody Hedlunds YA series, I didnt fall in love with it. For me, it was just so-so. But can I say this: I am so glad I didnt 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 todays teenagers.
Lets 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.
Theres 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 thats 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 dont 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.
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 Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.