Word of Honor (Knights of Valor #1)
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 worshipped. 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?
I read this book in one day. My voracious appetite for the story was surprising, since I haven’t done that in a long time. It was such a heartbreaking beginning that I could sense the foreboding in the first few chapters. Marrying for love and a seemingly HEA early in the story could only mean bad news.
My heart went out to both of the main characters in this story. A honorable knight, whose life is forever changed from his duty to King and country. Geoffry was a man who had everything in his life and one day that disappears, just like he disappeared from his wife’s life. It nearly brought me to tears. It was unfair and I just had to find out what happened. So I sat and read it all day. I forgot to make dinner, but at least my husband understood.
It wasn’t just Geoffry that was honorable, it was his wife Merryn who also had a good character. After her husband’s disappearance she mourns for his loss, thinking him dead, but she still perseveres. She handles the estate and holds vigil for him and hasn’t changed a thing in his room. Hoping to one day see him again. I couldn’t help but love these characters.
As the title suggests Geoffry’s word of honor is his living.
“I cannot break my word, Merryn. You know I believe a man’s word sums up his whole character. The code of chivalry demands that I live by honor. Were I to share with you what you seek to know, ‘twould mean I must break my word to another. That I must never do.”
It is this code that alters his life from the beginning of the story and throughout it. Would it have ended differently if he confided in his wife from the first? It ended up nearly breaking him as a man, but with his wife he pulled through.
Word of honor it may be, but at what cost? I loved finding that out. This story really pulled at my heartstrings and gave the tone such a bittersweet feel, that I couldn’t stop turning the pages.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.”