I could not have been more excited to see that Sarah Eden had another Jonquil book coming out. It feels like I've been waiting forever for Stanley's story and I read For Love or Honor nearly in one sitting it was so good.
Stanley has been away at war and his family is worried. They've not heard from him and neither has Marjie, the woman in love with him. Then, suddenly, he appears on the family's doorstep, thin, wounded, and dispirited. They quickly rally around him, but he holds them all at arms-length. He's seen and done things in the war that haunt him, and he's sure he'll taint everyone he comes in contact with if he ever lets his guard down. But is Marjie the one who can heal his heart and soul?
Stanley is a changed person when he comes home and I thought the author did an excellent job of showing the whys. There isn't anyone who enters a battlefield and comes back unscathed. But Stanley also has a sliver of hope around him, it's not all dark and sad, which is why the love story works so well. Marjie is such a strong heroine, with just the right amount of vulnerability and I love that she can draw the light from Stanley as they find their way back to each other. Some of their scenes, especially in the conservatory, are so beautiful it will make you want to reread it so you don't miss a thing.
The other Jonquil family members find their way into the story, and it was like a reunion of all my favorite characters and I loved catching up with them. As always the setting and research into the time period is impeccable and so well done the reader can imagine themselves there. Ms. Eden is one of my favorite authors because she delivers an emotionally poignant story, with people that feel real and ones that you want to see have a happy ending. I have all of her books on my rainy day shelf and this one will be there as well. The difficulties on the road to love and the sweet ending make this romance one worth reading again and again.
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Here's the back copy:
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.
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