Thursday, April 6, 2017

For Love And Honor by Jody Hedlund

Book review of For Love And Honor by Jody Hedlund (Zondervan) by papertapepins

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?

The covers in this series are beautiful! The stories themselves are pretty good too. ;) This is the third book in the Uncertain Choice series by Jody Hedlund, a YA historical romance series. This particular story had less of the gory torture details and overly detailed romance that made the last one, in my mind, an iffy choice for YA, but it was a little slow moving for the first third of the book. After that the action and excitement begins to ramp up so that by the end of it I went from this is a little boring to what a good book! ... so I guess in the end my rating is somewhere in between?

Lady Sabine  and Sir Bennet are both into art and antiquities and treasures big time. They each have extensive collections and they really bond over this, especially since no one else around them shares their passion. Apart from that they are very different and Lady Sabine is especially insecure stemming in part from the lack of love from her father as a child and also because of the skin blemish she hides under gloves on her hand and arm. 

We met Sir Bennet in the first book, An Uncertain Choice, as one of the knights competing for the hand and affection of Lady Rosemarie. He is kind, honorable and handsome of course. Sabine, who sees herself as plain and boring, can't imagine what he could see in her beyond her wealth. She learns to come to terms with who she is and accept who God has created her to be. It's a good lesson for women young and old in this day and age of 'flawless', or so they may appear, tv stars and other celebrities always in our view.

I received this book from Zondervan, however my opinion is my own.

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