Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Book Review: Word of Honor by Lauren Linwood

Word of Honor by Lauren Linwood

Publisher & Release: Windtree Press, April 6, 2016

Time and setting: 14th century, England

Genre: Medieval Romance

Length:  234 pages

Heat Level: 2 Flames

Rating: 5 Gold Crowns

Book Description: 

Merryn Mantel and Geoffrey de Montfort have loved each other since childhood. Once betrothed, Geoffrey leaves for the wars in France for five long years. Upon his return, the two marry and spend one blissful night consummating their love and making plans for their future.

But her new husband vanishes the next day without a trace. Merryn grieves for almost seven years—and then Geoffrey returns to her—changed from the boy and man she knew and worshiped. This stranger refuses to reveal where he has been and why he stayed away for so long.

Will her husband’s silence create a rift too large to heal, or can Merryn and Geoffrey recapture the love they once shared?

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Vikki’s Musings

I always know I’m in for a treat when I read a book by Lauren Linwood. Whether it’s one of her Medieval romances or her romantic suspense, the book is sure to pull me in and keep me enthralled to the end. Word of Honor does that extremely well, sweeping me into this long ago time with vivid descriptions of the castles and the mores of the day.

Merryn and Geoffrey have loved each other since they were little children, but circumstances pull them apart. As a knight, Geoffrey has to leave her to go fight and is gone for five long years. When he returns, they are overjoyed to at last become husband and wife.

A vengeful earl imprisons Geoffrey the day after their wedding. For seven long years, Merryn mourns her loss, not knowing what happened to her husband. When Geoffrey returns, he is not the same man. 

Can this pair find their way back to what they once had, or will the changes divide them forever?

Merryn is a wonderful heroine. She never gives up hoping Geoffrey will return, even though he vanished without a trace. Her character soldiers on in his absence, keeping hearth and home together. While she has great reason to give up, she is able to remain cheerful and positive. When Geoffrey returns, she is patient and understanding of his need to take it slow as he adjusts to being back among his family.

Geoffrey is definitely a tortured soul. What he lives through during his captivity would break any man. My heart ached for all he had to endure. His word is his bond, and it tears him apart when he cannot tell Kylie where he has been for seven years or who kept him imprisoned. I loved his determination to put all of it in the past and pick up the threads of his life.

Ms. Linwood writes an emotionally-charged story of lovers torn apart. The book pulled me in from the first page and kept me in its thrall until the end. If you enjoy a passionate story with unforgettable characters, then you will love Word of Honor. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a wonderful love story with a fantastic sense of Medieval times. Happy reading!

Author Bio:

As a child, Lauren Linwood gathered her neighborhood friends together and made up stories for them to act out, her first venture into creating memorable characters. Following her passion for history and love of learning, she became a teacher who began writing on the side to maintain her sanity in a sea of teenage hormones.
Lauren's historical novels focus on two of her favorite eras--medieval times and the American Old West. History is the backdrop that places her characters in extraordinary circumstances, where their intense desire and yearning for one another grows into the treasured gift of love. She also writes romantic suspense, where modern heroes and heroines unite to defeat a strong antagonist and discover a deep, abiding love during their journey.

Lauren, a native Texan, lives in a Dallas suburb with her family. An avid reader, moviegoer, and sports fan, she manages stress by alternating yoga with five-mile walks. She is thinking about starting a support group for Fixer Upper addicts--as soon as she finishes her next piece of dark chocolate.

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  1. Glad you enjoyed Geoffrey & Merryn's love story, Vikki! This was tough but fun to write. And since it's the first in a series, I don't have to tell this wonderful couple good-bye, for they will appear in each of the next 5 Knights of Valor books that follow. Sometimes they have a small part in the story, and other times they'll play a larger role as 5 other couples come together and find their own lasting love!

    1. I can't wait for the next one! Thanks for stopping by.