on April 6, 2016
Genres: Historical Romance
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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?
Merryn and Geoffrey have been close since childhood, their friendship growing into love when they matured into adults. After years at war with France, Geoffrey is finally free to return to his betrothed and marry the love of his life. No one could have anticipated that they would only get to spend one night together as a married couple when Geoffrey disappears all of a sudden. Seven years later, Geoffrey returns but, unwilling to share the reason for his long absence, Merryn hardly recognizes her beloved husband anymore. Trust issues, Geoffrey’s unwillingness to open up to Merryn and an imminent visit from the king challenge the strong bond they once shared.
Only knowing Lauren Linwood from her superb romantic suspense novels, I was excited to accompany her on a journey back in time. As with previous books, Lauren Linwood creates a strong and intriguing cast of protagonists that goes beyond the hero and heroine. I fell in love with the couple’s children and am thrilled that the next book in the Knights Of Valor series will feature Geoffrey’s cousin who is in dire need of love from a good woman.
Occasionally I became quite frustrated with Geoffrey. As the reader, we know what happened to him and where he spent those 7 years, getting a glimpse into the nightmare he lived through. At the same time, his return is not as exuberant as one would think and I sympathized with Merryn as she tried to save her marriage and recapture a love that she thought long lost. I wish Geoffrey could have been stronger for her but Merryn withstands anything life throws at her.
If you enjoy destined love stories with a couple whose bond is unique but their road to happiness not an easy one, then you’ll love WORD OF HONOR. Lauren Linwood captures the atmosphere of a time long past in this entertaining historical romance beautifully.