Saturday, May 13, 2017

Book review with a giveaway: For Love and Honor by Jody Hedlund

I reviewed this book back in March, but now I'm on tour with Celebrate Lit!  Read on and you'll find new information about this wonderful book and a thought-provoking guest post from the author!

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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?

My Review

Jody Hedlund has skillfully transported readers back in time once again, this time to experience the story of Sir Bennett and Lady Sabine.  The title rings true in Bennett's character.  He was honorable and responsible, and did what was needed to protect his family's interests and provide for them.  Sabine was fun to get to know.  Quick-thinking and witty, she definitely went through a period of growth throughout the course of the book.  Sabine and Bennett didn't know the true purposes of their meeting.  But as they spent time together, how precious it was for them to discover that they shared so many common interests.

This is the third book about the knights we met in An Uncertain Choice, but it is a great stand-alone novel.  Young adult readers (and adults) who enjoy their romances set in a medieval setting will certainly enjoy this book.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Zondervan, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

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

Is Chivalry on the Brink of Extinction?

By 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?

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To celebrate her tour, Jody is giving away all three books in the Noble Knights Series!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!


  1. Sounds like such a good book! I'm excited to read it! :)

  2. Jody's books are always so good! Looking forward to reading this series!

  3. Ladies, you'll love it! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. I keep reading the summary for this book, and something new strikes me every time. Today I was thinking about the old feudal system and how difficult it must have been for both the lords and the commoners. Of course, my sympathy is more toward the commoners, haha! I imagine that it still must've been difficult for the aristocracy to try to hold everything together, especially if they were actually a decent person who tried to help the tenants on their property. It all just makes me so glad to be living at this time! Indoor plumbing alone has left me with zero desire for time travel! 😂

  5. Thanks for the review. The more I read about For Love & Honor the more I want to read it.

  6. Hi Kathy! Thank you for hosting me on the Celebrate Lit Blog tour! I appreciate your support so very much!! Blessings to you! ~Jody