Book Review: For Love and Honor by Jody Hedlund

Posted March 25, 2017 by meezcarrie in Christian, historical, Jody Hedlund, mystery/suspense, romance / 19 Comments

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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?

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SERIES: An Uncertain Choice #3
GENRE: Young Adult, Historical Romance, Inspirational
PUBLISHER: Zondervan
RELEASE DATE: March 7, 2017
PAGES: 256

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“Now he would know the reality of my condition, why I wasn’t worthy of marrying a handsome man like him.”

Oh my goodness. What a delightful heroine is Sabine! Her sense of humor speaks my language and had me smiling often while I was reading. Along with her wit, her insecurity about her appearance makes her real and honest and relatable. Thankfully, my flaws have never put me in danger of being branded a witch but I know what it’s like to wonder if people are seeing past your appearance to what’s truly inside your heart.

Sir Bennet may not have outward blemishes but he’s not without flaws. Or insecurities. Yet, I’ve been waiting for his story ever since we first met in An Uncertain Choice, because he is so loyal to those he loves and respects. Which is why he finds himself in the predicament he’s in – trying to save his family’s castle and their priceless relics and treasures after his brother’s gambling debts are called up.

Which brings us to Aldric, Sir Bennet’s brother. Tragedy in his life has led to depression (as it so often does) which has in turn led to addiction.  His addiction to gambling – and his passivity when it comes to taking responsibility – has put his family in dire straits. Watching his development through the course of the novel is actually one of my favorite aspects, and I am not above begging Jody Hedlund to write his story!

Besides the sweet romance and the layered characters, there is an underlying message that is timely for us today. Namely, that we are each priceless masterpieces fashioned by our Creator, our self-perceived flaws making us all the more precious. If He sees us as beautiful, how can we not see each other the same way?

Bottom Line: For Love and Honor by Jody Hedlund may be my favorite of the series, though I’ve loved them all. Sabine is my kind of heroine – witty, sweet, intelligent, inquisitive, brave.  While geared toward young adults, this book and series appeal to the not-so-young adult as well. Dashing knights, ladies beautiful of heart and face, witty repartee, dastardly villains, sword fights, stolen kisses and a sweet reminder that we are valued and priceless to our Creator. Highly recommended!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 5 stars / Excellent!

KissingBook Level: 3 / Will forget to breathe on occasion

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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.

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19 responses to “Book Review: For Love and Honor by Jody Hedlund

  1. Kay Garrett

    For Love and Honor sounds like one I would definitely love. Thanks for the book summary and review.

  2. Paula S.

    Love anything Jody writes. Especially loved Luther and Katerina! Will have to check out this series though.

  3. Elizabeth

    I am definitely adding this to my TBR list!!! I have never read anything by Jody Hedlund before but this looks like a great book to start with!

  4. Haley Resseguie

    I just finished this one earlier in the week and loved it! This is the first one of her YA books that I have read and now I must get the others in the series.

  5. Winnie Thomas

    Yet another for my TBR list. This book sounds wonderful! Thanks, Carrie, for the review.

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