Title:For Love or Honor (The Jonquil Family Series)
Author:Sarah M. Eden
Genre: Clean Regency Romance
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.
I just finished reading For Love and Honor and I'm feeling so many emotions. This new novel by the very talented Sarah Eden is a superb read.
We once again get to visit the world of the Jonquil family. This time younger brother Stanley has come home from the war. He is hurting not only physically but mentally and emotionally. He is suffering from what we now know is PTSD: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Stanley is having a hard time coming to terms with the loss of his men and also with the loss of who he used to be before he left for the war. The beautiful and kind Marjie is very much in love with Stanley but he keeps pushing her away. It was heart-wrenching to see these two people that are so in love with each other not quite know how to acknowledge this love and keep pushing each other away to protect their hearts. I truly loved both Stanley and Marjie and feel they are such well developed characters. Their story will stay with me for a long time.
I also enjoyed having the other Jonquil brothers around once more. This only made me want to go back and read all of the series again. This beautiful romance will pull at your heartstrings. Every time I read another book by Sarah Eden I declare that this new one is now my favorite. This book could read as a stand alone but I highly recommend you read all of the Jonquil family series in the order written. This will add to the richness of the story and the abundant family love and support you'll experience in reading For Love or Honor.