About The Book
Book: For Love & Honor
Author: Jody Hedlund
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?
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.
For Love & Honor is an excellent book for teens. Jody Hedlund combines historical elements with humor and romance—in a fairy-tale style. However, what I love most of all, is the deep issues that she weaves through Sabine and Bennet’s tale.
Lady Sabine has all the riches in the world, but believes she will never marry because of a skin blemish on her hand. Not only that, she must hide this from the world because in the 1300’s, a blemish like that could label her as a witch. Bennet needs to find a way to solve the debt problems his brother incurs and finds the only solution is marriage to a wealthy lady. However, he is an honor-bound knight who dreams of love, not mere duty.
The deep issues she weaves are those of finding oneself, learning to accept flaws, and dealing with insecurity. Additionally, you see the chivalrous way that Bennet treats Sabine and the respect Sabine shows Bennet—all while adding a little snarky humor.
“Do their imperfections make them less worthy of living? Why not condemn them to burn at the stake too?” Sabine—pg. 183
Many teens struggle with insecurities while culture thrives on meaningless relationships and a lack of chivalry. I hope Judy Hedlund continues writing more young adult novels because I think it’s important to address these issues from a Christian worldview. I would love to have more of these types of books for when my children are teens.
The characters are charming—and you start rooting for them from the start. Sabine, Bennet, and Sabine’s grandmother are all relatable and multifaceted.
I’ll admit I worried a little when I opened the book and realized it was first person. I’m not a fan of first person, but I know it’s a common point-of-view to choose for young adult fiction. However, despite my concerns, Jody intertwines the two viewpoints together, using a different font for Sabine and for Bennet.
I give this book a five-star rating. While the genre is young adult, I think anyone who enjoys Christian fiction will like it. I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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Guest Post from Jody Hedlund
With the release of Fifty Shades of Grey movie and its popularity, I can’t help but wonder about the long-term consequences that such ideology will have on how people view relationships.
Already, too many couples struggle to maintain happy, healthy relationships. In fact, it’s become almost a weekly occurrence to get news of another friend or acquaintance who is dealing with a spouse cheating or leaving.
Mutual respect, loyalty, honor, and self-sacrifice have become out-dated, forgotten, or tossed aside in place of short-term pleasure that often leaves people feeling hollow and empty.
I honestly can’t help wondering where chivalry has gone, and not just the man-doting-on-the-woman chivalry. But mutual chivalry, the kind where each person in the relationship puts the other in high esteem, uplifts them, and makes a concerted effort to protect and cherish (both emotionally and physically).
Has chivalry become antiquated in our modern society? And even if it has, should it be outdated and on the brink of extinction? Should we be making more of an effort to reclaim mutual respect in relationships?
The kind of respect that does things for someone with no thought of getting anything in return.
The kind of respect that is graciously honest about problems instead of sneaking around and being unfaithful.
The kind of respect that is willing to sacrifice and see the needs of others instead of demanding our way and our own needs be met first.
As my teenage children enter into dating relationships, I worry about the influence of movies like Fifty Shades of Grey. I worry that they’ll see dysfunction as the norm. I worry that they’ll settle for a lot less than they should in their relationships. I worry that they won’t even know the meaning of chivalry.
Of course, we’re having candid conversations about all of these issues. Of course, my husband and I attempt to model mutual respect. And of course, I’m praying my teens work on growing their own character so that they can be strong and ready for whatever they might face.
But one of the things I’ve done over the past couple of years is write a young adult (YA) series that is aimed at some of these very issues The third book, FOR LOVE & HONOR, just released this spring (and can be read as a stand-alone). Since the story is set in medieval times amidst castles, knights, and ladies, chivalry is already a huge part of that era.
More than giving readers a glimpse of chivalry, however, I hope the book sparks some discussion about what it means to have healthy, respectful relationships. The book contains reader questions at the end that youth groups, moms and daughters, or friends can use together.
It’s not just another dating book. Instead it’s a fun and entertaining story that can hopefully facilitate discussion regarding what it means to truly demonstrate chivalry in our relationships.
So what do YOU think? Is chivalry on the brink of extinction? What are some ways we can make sure that we don’t lose it?