by Jody Hedlund
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?
“For Love and Honor” is a beautiful story and very well written. I immediately fell in love with the characters in this story. They are very relatable. Sabine is like most girls – insecure, doesn’t think she is pretty, and trying to hid her true self. Bennet is strong, honorable, and loyal. They are both harboring secrets, smart, witty, and want to do the right thing. I love how the author switches from Sabine’s point of view to Bennet’s point of view throughout the story. This added a unique touch to the story, and I enjoyed seeing each of their perspectives. As the story develops, we see Bennet and Sabine grow closer to each other and the love and devotion that they have for one another is beautiful and endearing. Along their journey, Bennet and Sabine learn several lessons that we can also learn from; such as, learning to love and accept the way God made you, doing what is right, and telling the truth.
I must admit that I have never read a medieval story before, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Well, guess what… I really enjoyed it. I loved reading about a different time period and lifestyle than what I have read before. There was something about “knights in shining armor” that really intrigued me. The author grabbed my attention from the very first page, and I was held captive until the end. In fact, I was enjoying the story so much that I didn’t want it to end.
While this is the third book in the series, it can definitely be read as a stand-alone. (I did not read the previous books in the series, and I was able to read this one without being lost or confused. However, I enjoyed this book so much that I plan to read the first two books real soon.) Yes, this book is listed as Young Adult, but I believe that it will be an exciting read for all ages. I highly recommend this amazing story.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Celebrate Lit in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jody Hedlund is a best-selling and award-winning author who loves fairy-tales and happily-ever-afters. She makes her home in Midland, MI with her husband and five teen-aged children. When she’s not writing another of her page-turning stories, you can usually find her sipping coffee, eating chocolate, and reading.
Guest Post from Jody Hedlund
Why I Write Young Adult (YA) Books
By Jody Hedlund
FOR LOVE & HONOR is the third book in my Young Adult (YA) series set during medieval times and centering around knights, castles, and daring damsels. For those who haven’t yet read An Uncertain Choice or A Daring Sacrifice, don’t worry. All of the books can be read as standalones.
While this YA medieval series has been a step away from my usual historical romances, I have to admit that the series has been SUPER fun to write.
First, I love writing in the medieval time period, a time overflowing with danger, wars, plagues, strange customs, harsh living conditions, and incredible differences between the have’s and the have-not’s. All of that is such excellent fodder for developing page-turning stories. And so usually as I’m writing these stories, I have no trouble putting my characters into life-threatening danger, which is always fun.
Second, I’ve had fun writing my YA series because I love being able to speak truths into the hearts of young people. I have 4 teenagers and one tween, so I’m surrounded by teen angst every day! As a result of dealing with lots of teen issues with my children and their friends, it’s my goal to share hope and encouragement that if my characters can persevere and handle the growing-up issues with integrity and strength, then my readers can too.
Finally, I’ve enjoyed writing my YA series because I believe teens need clean romance alternatives. A lot of teens are reading romances (that’s when I started reading them). I’ve loved being able to provide a clean romance alternative with chivalry and honor and courage and lots of other themes that will hopefully give young ladies encouragement and inspiration as they move forward into building healthy relationships of their own.
Lest adult readers worry that FOR LOVE & HONOR might be too juvenile for them, then let me put your fear to rest. Reviews from my adult readers are showing that they, too, are enjoying the new book:
“This is marketed as YA, but it’s wonderfully interesting for all ages, in my opinion.”
“Even though it is written with the younger set in mind, I, being of the older set, enjoyed it immensely.”
“For Love and Honor is everything that fans of Jody Hedlund have come to appreciate and enjoy; regaling her readers across the generations with the timeless reminder that God-given uniqueness is a priceless gift, bestowed out of everlasting love.”
How about YOU? Have you read any YA books lately?
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