I recently had the privilege of getting to take a break from college classes (I’ll be doing a post soon on college study tips and what classes I’m currently going through) because I got to read the new book by Jody Hedlund, For Love and Honor. I first heard of Jody when I borrowed the book A Daring Sacrifice from a friend. I instantly fell in love with her style of writing and the amount of excitement and action there was in it.
This book I’m sharing about today is no different! But, before we can get into that, let’s get to know Jody a little better…
Jody is the busy mom to five kids, wife, teacher and author. She has wrote many award-winning books in not only the inspirational fiction genre, but also young adult and historical fiction as well. You can find a complete list of her books, here.
Now moving on to her latest book! Before I share my thoughts on it, I’d like to give you the overview from Amazon:
“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?”
*** SPOILERS AHEAD ***
As I’ve already mentioned, I was hooked from the first book I read by Jody. I loved the excitement that was found in A Daring Sacrifice, so I was really hoping that For Love and Honor had the same thrill in it. And it did!
It’s set in 1391, at the Maidstone Castle. Sir Bennet is 20 and comes home to a squandered away fortune and a throng of money-thirsty landlords, anxious for his brother to repay his debts to them. When Bennet is about out of options, in walks 17-year-old Lady Sabine. What she doesn’t realize is that her grandmother has been playing matchmaker again. Lady Sabine has a skin blemish on her arm that makes finding a husband rather difficult, and Sir Bennet is in desperate need of the funds that Lady Sabine has. How could this relationship ever work?
While this would make for an interesting enough story as it is, Lady Sabine is then accused of being a witch. Between being hung in a cage, and then tied up and almost drowned (I honestly had no clue how she was going to make it out of there alive!), it was the kind of book that teases you until the very end. The last few chapters were full of the excitement, action, and faithful love that storytellers everywhere dream of being able to weave together. Just when you’re about to give up on there ever being a happy ending, there’s a new twist in the story.
In this adventure, you will find gentlemen with honor and valor of days gone by, women with the strength to stand tall in the face of death, and the story of two flawed people, coming together to create an unbeatable pair.
In conclusion, it’s one of the best medieval tales that I’ve ever read, and I can’t wait for Jody’s next novel!
You can purchase For Love and Honor through Amazon, here.
Or pick up your copy of A Daring Sacrifice, here.
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Stick around for tips and study hacks for college students, and I’ll see you later!