New York Times Best-Selling Series
RITA Award winner!
The one woman he can't have is the only woman he wants.
Everything Radford Grayson wanted was in his hometown: his beloved mother and brothers, and the unscarred part of himself he'd left behind. After surviving a gruesome war, all Radford wants is to work the family sawmill and make a real home for his young daughter. But Evelyn - his brother's fiancée - reaches into his darkness with her healing love and makes him feel whole again for the first time in years. Torn between his unexpected and forbidden love for Evelyn and a desperate need to honor and protect his brother, Radford discovers that his fiercest enemy is his own heart. The one woman he cannot have is the only woman he wants.
©2002 Wendy Lindstrom (P)2013 Wendy Lindstrom
"Awesome underlying emotional power…guaranteed to move you to tears." (Romantic Times)
"Superbly written, beautifully poignant." (John Charles, American Library Association)
"A perfect ten...should not be missed!" (Romance Reviews Today)
I would definitely recommend this book. The characters are realistic and manage to persevere during a difficult family situation and time period. The hero is a Civil War veteran who is trying to reintegrate into his family and deal with the experiences of his past.
The situations and character's reactions were honest, They made mistakes but tried to right their wrongs and stick to their values. I liked seeing that even through anger, betrayal, and emotional issues such as PTSD, the family stayed together.
I have never listened to any of Julia Motyka's performances before, but I will definitely be listening to her again in the future. She is a very talented narrator who differentiates the characters well. Each character's voice remained the same throughout the performance and I always knew who was speaking.
There were many moving moments in this story, but one that remained with me was the death of Evelyn's father. Radford stayed with her the entire time and mourned with her.
I loved reading 'Shades of Honor' and the narrator's performance made it even better. I will definitely be looking for more of her work, hopefully in the rest of the Grayson Brothers series.
I have never been a real fan of the typical romance novel. Then I read Shades of Honor and from there the rest of the Grayson Brothers series. Yes it is a romance novel, but it is a truly a story of honor, forgiveness, the love of family and the strength that comes with it. Ms. Motyka does an awesome job narrating. She reflects the emotion and love that is found between the characters beautifully. I would highly recommend this book and the rest of the series. Once you start, be prepared to little else. These books are impossible to put down.
No spoilers! Love HOT, sexy books w/a plot. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. I also review in exchange for books-lots of fun surprises!
In my experience MOST historical romances are set in England, Scotland, etc (modern U.K.) Refreshingly, this is set in America, post-Civil War.
The premise and exploration of Radford (gag on the name) and his attempts at normalcy for himself and young daughter. An unlikely duo, he and Evelyn work to sustain her dad's business while strengthening the Grayson Lumber Empire.
Lots of dimensions without being too busy. Where does the eldest Grayson fit in the family now that he has returned from the war? At the helm of the family industry?
The one woman he can't have is the only woman he wants.
Everything Radford Grayson wanted was in his hometown: his beloved mother and brothers, and the unscarred part of himself he'd left behind.
After surviving a gruesome war, all Radford wants is to work the family sawmill and make a real home for his young daughter.
But Evelyn - his brother's fiancée - reaches into his darkness with her healing love and makes him feel whole again for the first time in years.
Torn between his unexpected and forbidden love for Evelyn and a desperate need to honor and protect his brother, Radford discovers that his fiercest enemy is his own heart.
The one woman he cannot have is the only woman he wants.
Some descriptions of sex.
A great find at $4.95! I look forward to listening to the rest of the series.
This was the first time I've listened to this author and I wasn't disappointed. It has it all: good character development, a credible and engaging plot, challenge and romance. The story of Radford, Evelyn and Kyle unfolds amidst a wonderful sense of family love and loyalty and personal responsibility and integrity. I can't wait to listen to others in the series.
I can say this was one of the best book's I have listened to, I listened to it all at once, and never lost interest, excited to see the other series, and also good narration. if you don't have it...by all mean's try it..you won't be dissapointed
I love listening to Shades of Honor. The story was an emotional journey to true love and acceptance of our past pain. The story of Radford and Evelyn was a tearful trip, but well worth it.
When Radford's daughter, Rebecca, asked Evelyn if she would be her "momma". The hope and love in those words brought tears to my eyes.
Julia Motyka gave a flawless reading. She made me feel the emotions and desire of the characters.
The death of Evelyn's father, William, broke my heart as did Rebecca's reaction to the news.
Fredonia, New York, August 1870
He always knew he’d come back. Everything he’d ever wanted was here.
Shades of Honor is the first book in the Grayson Brothers series. It’s a post Civil War romance, this first book being the eldest brother’s story. Radford is tired of running from the nightmares of death, pain, and destruction, and returns home to work with his brothers at the family’s lumber mill. But he arrives to find that running kept him away too long and he may no longer be welcomed home.
I’ve seen these books popping up here and there in friends reviews and had been planning to read them one day. When the author contacted me and asked if I’d review her audio book, I was more than a little excited! I’m going to break my review down by the actual story, and then the audio book.
The Grayson world in Freedonia is lovely. Such a peaceful post war time when things and families are returning to normal again. The characters Ms. Lindstrom has given us are honorable, hard working, passionate people. They've known great loss but they have hopes and dreams and refuse to give up. They keep going, heads held high, always striving to do the right thing.
Pre-, Post-, and current Civil War is one of my favorite time periods to read about in my historical romance novels. There’s something about the era – the plantations, the gentility of the South… it’s such a romantic setting. However, Shades of Honor is not set in the South, there’s nothing to speak of money, no balls or Scarlet O’Hara dramas - overmuch, but I did enjoy it. It’s a very sweet, slow paced, day-in-the-life kind of story about finding that yes, you can go home again, but it might not be on your own terms.
The Grayson Brothers series is being narrated by Julia Motyka, and I’ll say this right up front: She has a beautiful voice! It’s clear, passionate, and captures perfectly the deeply emotional side to the story. The only problem I have with Ms. Motyka’s narration is that sometimes I felt there was too much of a dramatic voice given to certain scenes. There were poignant moments brilliantly read where Ms. Motyka had me fighting back the tears, but for the most part I think she could have taken it down a notch without taking away from the overall emotional depth of the story.
The Bottom Line:
Though not without some flaws, Shades of Honor is an uplifting, entertaining read. If you enjoy charming, romantic, passionate stories with emotionally scarred heroes looking to find ‘home’ again, this might be right up your alley.
I’m rating the written work 3.75 stars and the audio book 3.5 stars.
My sincerest thanks to Wendy Lindstrom for providing me with a copy of this audio book in exchange for an honest review.
I didn't think anything could beat reading a great novel. Audiobooks proved me wrong. I've become an audiobook junkie!
The writing and the performance grabbed my heart from beginning to end. I could feel the emotions of Radford and Evelyn as they both struggled to do the right thing for everyone around them even while they yearned for the healing they instinctively knew they'd find with each other. The whole cast of characters, from Evelyn's aging father and Radford's traumatized daughter to those oh-so-appealing Grayson brothers made living in Fredonia, New York through the magic of audio a pure pleasure. This is one to savor long after the final chapter. Can't wait for the rest of the Grayson men.
The inner struggle that Radford has to deal with....ptsd, and the attraction to someone's fiancé...
A good read, the author keep me on a see-saw....do I want him to get the girl...or...should he pack up his daughter and move away. Is the attraction he feels more important that the love of his brother?
Will AUDIBLE be brining the rest of the series to us?
Julia Motyka did a very good job separating all the various characters, was able to picture them in my mind as the book continued! Am looking forward to beginning book 2!
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