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Gift of Honor
Two outcasts come together . . . and find the gift of love....
1387 A.D. – As a royal guardsmen to King Richard II, Sir Hal de Montfort places duty above all else. When a royal rebellion threatens the king’s power, Hal is caught up in a political game and ends up losing everything dear to him. Broken in spirit and stripped of all knightly possessions, he begins the long journey to Kinwick, his parents’ home.
Because Lady Elinor Swan wasn’t the expected male heir, her unforgiving father exiles her from her home of Whitley after her mother dies during childbirth. Elinor is taken in by the estate’s falconer and spends years training to be a falconer herself. She rescues Hal when he is injured by highwaymen. As he heals physically and she teaches him about working with raptors, Hal regains his confidence and becomes a better man than the charming, lighthearted knight of the royal court he’d once been.
Will Elinor learn how to fit into a world she’s never been a part of—especially after she fears she will be blamed for the death of a noblewoman who bore her a grudge?
Join Hal and Elinor as they learn about each other and what counts most in life.
I’ve practically waited a long time for Hal’s story. That cute little rambunctious kid, all grown up and a knight no less. A ladies man through and through, I enjoyed seeing Hal grow up (in character) in this story. Gift of Honor, follows Hal’s journey through the tumultuous time of King Richard II’s rule of England; and finding love as well.
Hal certainly does not have it easy being a knight during King Richard II’s rule. This little back story takes place throughout the books in this series and it’s nice to learn a little history at the same time. (BTW, it’s not necessary to read these books in order). Serving King and Country is what he has learned to do and wants to live up to his Brother’s and Father’s example.
Through unfortunate circumstances Hal finds himself bereft of his honor and shamed. On his desolate journey back to his home he encounters Elinor. Although, one might say it’s wasn’t in the best of circumstances. However, their love does bloom in the close confines of a little cottage and through the bonding with falcons.
Now, it’s Elinor’s story that really pulls at the heartstrings. Why is it that there always has to be a harpy of a woman behind every heartbreaking story? (well make that: one horrible Father, one spineless Cousin, and one absolutely horrendous (deserved her fate) harpy of a woman). But I digress. I did find that I enjoy my heart being dragged through mud before receiving my reward of reading a HEA.
Elinor was an interesting character in that she is a Medieval woman who knows about Falconry. (Put that down as one of my favorite jobs a historical heroine can have.) That also includes, her independence and as her relationship with Hal grew, her sense of low self worth. The “I’m not good enough for him” mentality. Which, in fact, made me want to shake her towards the end of the story. But, I still loved her, and her story.
The de Montfort’s are truly a fictional family that every one would want to have. I just love them all. They always get together in some way shape or form in each book and the current hero/heroine benefit from it. All in all, I enjoyed A Gift of Honor tremendously.
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