For Love and Honor by Jody Hedlund – Medieval Fable Echoes ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Friday, March 3, 2017

Author: Jody Hedlund
Publisher: Zondervan
Source: Publisher Provided via Author Launch Team
Publication Date: 2017
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Genre: Fiction; Young Adult Historical
Series: An Uncertain Choice, book 3
Rating: ★★★★

There is little happiness in Sir Bennet’s future. His family fortune is bleak thanks to the folly of his elder brother, which leaves him with few options. One of them being to marry well, and use his wife’s dowry to pay off his brother debts. Debts he accrued, all due to a powerful and unforgiving man. 

Bennet always hoped he’d marry for love not convenience but the idea of selling off the artifacts that have been in his family for generations’ pains him. Then Lady Sabine walks into his life. Intelligent and the kind of pretty that doesn’t know she’s pretty, Sabine surprises Derrick in the best kind of ways.

They bond over an appreciation of his ancestral artifacts, but when secrets come between them, will their friendship be enough to withstand their revealing nature. To withstand war?

The third, and presumably final, novel in Jody Hedlund’s YA historical series rounds to its end with its final Knight, Bennet, finding his own story. In this story there’s a distinct fairy tale quality that doesn’t overshadow the story’s quiet nature, but rather enhances it. There are nods to the Beauty and the Beast fable because of the secret Sabine hides, only the difference here is that Bennet doesn’t know what it is for the majority of the story. This heightens Sabine’s reactions to Bennet (from the reader's perspective), and her emotional turmoil is all the more poignant and heartbreaking as we struggle along with her.
Each one of us is imperfect in some way. Perhaps God designs it so. Then none of us can claim to be like him, the only true perfect being.” - Jody Hedlund, For Love and Honor
Inside the artifacts and marble “pages” of this story lies a beautiful gem. Hedlund has again crafted a sweet, nostalgic tale that revisits a time when men were gentleman and let nothing stand in the way of honor. The characters complement one another, all at some point willing to sacrifice anything (even their lives) for the good of others. Surface level may place For Love and Honor as sweet, but underneath, this is a story of loss, hope, honor, forgiveness, and love.

Those who enjoy Hedlund’s adult historical reads or YA historical fiction will find a treasure in this series. It’s an easy, quiet kind of read that ups the excitement in the latter half (in rapid fashion). The most important thing being that there is a happy ending. It’s just one that comes at the cost of time, adversary and misunderstandings. All of which serve a greater purpose. For the characters (and us!) to realize that sometimes the most precious things come at the cost of patience and persistence.

SynopsisLady 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? - Goodreads

Coming Next from Jody Hedlund: A Riveting Look at the Orphan Train from Historical Novelist Jody Hedlund

When a financial crisis in 1850s New York leaves three orphaned sisters nearly destitute, the oldest, Elise Neumann, knows she must take action. She's had experience as a seamstress, and the New York Children's Aid Society has established a special service: placing out seamstresses and trade girls. Even though Elise doesn't want to leave her sisters for a job in Illinois, she realizes this may be their last chance. 

The son of one of New York City's wealthiest entrepreneurs, Thornton Quincy faces a dilemma. His father is dying, and in order to decide which of his sons will inherit everything, he is requiring them to do two things in six months: build a sustainable town along the Illinois Central Railroad, and get married. Thornton is tired of standing in his twin brother's shadow and is determined to win his father's challenge. He doesn't plan on meeting a feisty young woman on his way west, though. - June 2017 | Add on Goodreads

Sincere thanks to the publisher for providing a complimentary copy of this book.

Review text is © Rissi JC and first appeared on Finding Wonderland (Dreaming Under the Same Moon),


  1. This one sounds really great! I'm a sucker for retellings. I want to read them all! lol Great review!

    1. As am I, Julie. Part of the reason why I CANNOT wait to read next week's Hunted. Which re-tellings are some of your favorites?? :)

  2. I really need to pick this one up. I didn't realize the next book was coming out.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    1. They're such sweet/cute reads, aren't they, Nicole! :) Hope you enjoy when you have the chance to read.

  3. This is one that I didn't end up getting a review copy of even though I did for the last two. I'm going to have to go and buy a copy because I've really been looking forward to this one and loved the second book in the series. I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

    1. You will have to buy a copy, Tressa! It's such a sweet story as all of Jody's are. Hope you enjoy. Let me know if/when you read it. :)

  4. I knew your review would be wonderful for this one! "Surface level may pit For Love and Honor as sweet, but underneath, this is a story of loss, hope, honor, forgiveness, and love." Absolute perfection, Rissi!

    1. THANKS, Bekah. As always, I appreciate your encouragement and the visit! Always happy to chat with you. :)


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