Friday, September 05, 2014

Honor - Book Review

"Who will you be, if not the lady of High Oaks?"

When unexpected circumstances leave Honor Penworthy destitute,
she is forced from her Maryland plantation - and the slaves she hoped to free.
With no marketable skills, her survival hinges on a marriage arranged
through the Quaker community to artisan Samuel Cathwell.
Samuel is drawn to Honor, but he has been unwilling to open his heart
to anyone since losing his hearing as a child.
A move west brings the promise of a fresh start,
but nothing in Honor's genteel upbringing has prepared her for the rigors 
of frontier life with Samuel.
Nevertheless, her tenacity and passion sweep her into important winds of change,
and she secretly becomes involved in the Underground Railroad.
Samuel suspects Honor is hiding something, but will uncovering the truth
confirm his worst fears or truly bring them together?


My Thoughts
Honor has a heart of gold and good intentions of freeing the slaves 
from the plantation she will inherit from her grandfather when he passes away.
When Honor's grandfather realizes she wants to free the slaves 
he decides to take her out of his will since he is not for her decision.
Honor does not know this until after he dies.
With the reading of the will she finds out she no longer has a home, 
will not be able to free the slaves, 
and is required to leave the property with only a few possessions. 
Honor travels to a very distant relative and is hoping to stay,
but finds out that won't be possible. . .

Honor meets Samuel who cannot hear 
and has pulled himself from society because of the way they treat his "disability."
Honor sees Samuel for the kind and good man that he is.
Circumstances push them together and soon they find themselves married to one another.
Samuel feels unworthy of such a woman and doesn't know how to open up to Honor.
Will Samuel be able to find love and acceptance with this woman
or will he continue to close himself off?

Honor has a heart for the slaves and has a passion to end slavery,
but unfortunately not everyone shares her desire.
The author does an amazing job of sharing about slavery back in the 1800's
and writes in a way that makes you feel like you are right there with Honor
experiencing the pain and sadness of what the slaves went through.

This book is the first book in the Quaker Bride series.
It's set against the backdrop of dramatic and pivotal moments in American history,
the Quaker Brides series chronicles the lives of brave heroines
fighting to uphold their principles of freedom while navigating the terrain
of faith, family, and the heart.
Honor is rich with history and tender romance - a wonderful read that will leave your heart full.

** I was given a free copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers for an honest review.
All thoughts are my own. No other compensation was received. **

About the Author
Lyn Cote is the award-winning, critically acclaimed author of more than thirty-five novels.
Her books have been RITA Award finalists and Holt Medallion and Carol Award winners.
Lyn and her husband have two grown children 
and live on a small, beautiful lake in northern Wisconsin.
Visit her online at www.lyncote.com

7 comments:

Sola Scriptura said...

It sounds like a heart touching book. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Anne Payne said...

I enjoyed reading your review. I've not read any books by this author. Have a blessed weekend!

Marta said...

Hello from Spain: Great review. Keep in touch

Abiola Olaleye said...

Your review had my heart aching for Honor. I imagine how helpless and despondent she would had felt at being cut off from the resources which would had helped her cause.

Really feels like a great book with lessons to be learnt.

Thank you for sharing this with us, dear friend.

Jazzmin said...

Beautiful review, dear friend! This book sounds so interesting and I can see myself indulging in this read especially, with it having to do with plantation life and the era in which it takes place.

I definitely want to remember this one. How precious the gift of reading is, and how wonderful to have a friend like you who shares so many delightful books.

Blessings and hugs!
Thinking of you and hoping you have a blessed weekend!

Lady Linda said...

Looks like a good read Stephanie. I've been so busy lately, no time for reading.
Hope all is well.
Love ya,
Linda

Katie R. said...

Sounds like a wonderful book! Thanks for the great review, Stephanie!
~Katie@ liliesofgrace.blogspot.com

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