Friday, May 12, 2017

Review, Guest Post, and Giveaway: For Love & Honor by Jody Hedlund

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About the Book

Book: For Love & Honor
Author: Jody Helund
Genre: Young Adult Historical
Release Date: March 7, 2017

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?

My Thoughts:

First of all, just LOOK at that cover!  Isn’t it a beauty?  Oh my word, I mean, that cover is just gorgeous.

And now with that said I will tell you that reading For Love and Honor by Jody Hedlund was like riding a rollercoaster.  It certainly did strange things to my visceral organs like a rollercoaster would.  And just when you thought the ride was over and you were safe.  BAM!  Suddenly you’re whisked to the side and forced to endure several loopy loops before finally reaching the safety of ‘The End’.  Of course, I certainly didn’t expect anything less after reading the first two books in this series.  In fact, I think that I even might have enjoyed this book more than An Uncertain Choice though A Daring Sacrifice is still my favorite of this series (sigh… Colin).

I really enjoyed the characters in this book, and was chuckling at the interactions between them.  Lady Sabine was such an amusing heroine.  I enjoyed her witty dialogue and droll humor, and her relationship with her grandmother made me smile.  I wasn’t so sure I was going to enjoy reading about Sir Bennet, he had seemed rather aloof in the other books, but this book gave me a different perspective of him.  He may be the strong and silent type with high ideals, but he is not above engaging in witty banter.  And his mother is certainly right, that boy can be such a charmer when he puts his mind to it.

This book isn’t all fun and games though.  There were some scenes that were quite intense, and I could only wince at some of the stupid, relationship damaging, things some characters did in the course of this book.  I couldn’t put the book down (though several times I did consider closing it just to allow myself to catch my breath) and I read it in one day.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I am sad to see this series end.  Please write more books like this one, Jody Hedlund.

I received a copy of this book for free. I was not required to post a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own.

Reviewed by Nicki

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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To celebrate her tour, Jody is giving away all three books in the Noble Knights Series!
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  1. This is a YA book that's been on my TBR list since I first saw the cover a long while ago! Thanks for hosting the giveaway. :-)

  2. I love Jody's books! These covers are stunning!

  3. Thank you so much for hosting me in the Celebrate Lit blog tour! I appreciate your lovely review! :-) ~Jody