Thursday, October 5, 2017

BLOG TOUR w/ GIVEAWAY: For Love or Honor by Sarah M. Eden


From the moment they met, Marjie's heart has belonged to handsome Captain Stanley Jonquil, younger brother of the Earl of Lampton. But six long months ago, when Stanley's sense of honor required that he do as he had sworn and return to the Continent to fight in defense of King and country, neither Stanley nor Marjie could have dreamed what the cost of his service would be.

It has been ages since Stanley last wrote, and Marjie and the Jonquil family are plagued by his unknown fate—until the day he unexpectedly reappears. Marjie's joy, however, is quickly shadowed by confusion—the aloof, battle-worn soldier before her is not the man he once was. In the wake of Stanley's blatant disinterest in renewing their acquaintance, Marjie's devastation turns to determination as she vows to help him find peace. But his scars run far deeper than anyone realizes. Despite his feelings for her, Stanley believes Marjie deserves a man whose hands are not stained with the violence of battlefields and whose mind and heart are not haunted by the horrors he has seen.

Honor requires Stanley to return once more to the life he has grown to despise, one he knows will destroy him in the end, even as his heart beckons him to stay with Marjie, the only woman he could ever love, and the promise, at last, of redemption.


Sigh of happiness inserted here.  Sarah Eden has written another fabulous book.  I've become rather attached to the Jonquil brothers over the years so I was delighted to pick up this book about Stanley, the 5th of the seven brothers.  Stanley's had a hard time of it serving in the army.  With a compassionate heart, having to kill people has eaten away at his soul.  And the injuries he suffered at Waterloo haven't helped any.

Marjie fell in love with Stanley when they first met almost a year ago when he was home recuperating from a previous injury.  But after six months of no letters, she wonders if he still cares for her.  And when Stanley arrives home unexpectedly in poor health and refusing to discuss the war, her fears seem to be confirmed.  But Marjie isn't ready to give up quite yet and her determination to help and Stanley's need of some hope bring the two together again.  But Stanley's honor won't let him back out of his commitment to the army and he refuses to expose Marjie to the things he's seen and experienced.  So it may just be that their feelings for each other may not be enough.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.  I found it impossible not to cheer for Stanley and Marjie. Both characters had their struggles but they sincerely cared for each other and it's obvious.  Through in the rest of the Jonquil clan and you have a delightful book that still manages to be hopeful despite some rather heavy themes related to war, loss, and secrets.  If you enjoy reading clean regency romances, I can heartily recommend this one.


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