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Shades of Honor (Grayson Brothers, Book 1) Audiobook

Shades of Honor (Grayson Brothers, Book 1)

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Publisher's Summary

From New York Times bestselling author Wendy Lindstrom comes an award-winning, emotionally powerful, heartwarming page-turner.

Evelyn Tucker planned to marry her neighbor and best friend, Kyle Grayson, then his brother returned home and complicated everything.

When Radford Grayson returns home with his young daughter, the wounded man and his withdrawn little girl turn Evelyn’s life upside down. Radford is no longer the familiar neighbor boy who went off to war. He’s a grown man now, a handsome stranger with pain in his eyes and secrets he refuses to share.Forced to work together, Evelyn and Radford struggle with their deepening feelings for one another. To acknowledge their desire is a risk they can’t take without hurting Kyle and tearing their families apart. But Evelyn knows that sharing a passionate love with Radford is within reach, and her choice to marry for love or security will be forever. Can she forsake a once-in-a-lifetime love and her own happiness to protect their families and the two men she loves?

"A perfect ten...one story that should not be missed!" (Romance Reviews Today)

©2002 Wendy Lindstrom (P)2013 Wendy Lindstrom

What the Critics Say

“Awesome underlying emotional power.” (Romantic Times)

“Have a hanky ready. You'll need it more than once!” -Linders

“It grabbed me by the heart and didn't let go.” -RPurvis

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    Monica E. Blood 11-06-13 Member Since 2011

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    "A touching story"
    What made the experience of listening to Shades of Honor the most enjoyable?

    I was really drawn into the story and couldn't stop listening. It was also a wonderful change to be in an historical era set in America instead of Regency or Victorian England. Those societal restrictions can get tiresome after awhile. This was my first historical romance that I listened to and I was pleased with the experience. I'm also looking forward to continuing this series and hearing the stories of all the Grayson men, especially as Kyle's is next. I not only recommend the story but this format. 4.5 stars<br/><br/>


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This was a really touching story as Radford Grayson epitomizes the tortured hero, having experienced unspeakable war action that he relives through nightmares. Evelyn is a special woman who helps him overcome his misery and provides tender care to his daughter. They are both honorable people trapped in an impossible situation that Kyle Grayson had a hand in creating and perpetuating. I liked how the story developed and was emotionally connected to both Radford and Evelyn. I actually missed them when the story ended. <br/>


    Which character – as performed by Julia Motyka – was your favorite?

    Same as above


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I had moments of sadness where I came close to tears:)


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator did a good job in distinguishing characters and she managed the male characters skillfully. Her voice had a pleasant tone that worked for the story, even though the pacing was sometimes off.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah 10-20-13
    Deborah 10-20-13
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    "Embers grow into a Magnificent Love !!!"

    This book checks all of my boxes: Well-drawn passionate characters, intelligent writing, American history brought to life ---- paired with a superb narration that breathes life into it all !!! Overall effect is a breathtaking journey into the evolution of true love, family, and adaptation to the travails of real life.

    In this sweeping novel, a weary "accidental" soldier returns home to his beloved family in the Post-Civil War North, and struggles to come to terms with his past, his present, and his future. His return causes ripples in the lives of all who love him, as he tries to fit back into this family, that has also adapted to changes during his absence.

    I typically read over over 200 books per year, and while I will usually rate them, I rarely feel compelled to write a review. This book , however, is an extraordinary experience which is not to be missed. The author pens the human experience of personal growth with such skill, that the characters seem real. I feel that this novel could be a classic. You will care so much about the characters, that it becomes unputdownable ! Truly 5 stars and more. Well Worth your time and credit !!!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    LR USA 10-19-13
    LR USA 10-19-13
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    "A deeply moving story, beautifully narrated"
    What did you love best about Shades of Honor?

    Every unforgettable character came to vivid life for me.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The scenes were rich in emotion.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Evelyn helps Radford face his inner demons. I also loved every scene with Grandpa and Rebecca.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed and cried--it's truly a powerful story.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved experiencing Shades of Honor as an audio book. I felt as if I got to enjoy a great performance as well as a great book!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    BlithelyBookishReviews APPLE VALLEY, CA, United States 10-15-13
    BlithelyBookishReviews APPLE VALLEY, CA, United States 10-15-13 Member Since 2017

    BlithelyBookish Reviews

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    "Sweet, Poignant, Romantic! A Wonderful Love Story"

    Fredonia, New York, August 1870

    He always knew he’d come back. Everything he’d ever wanted was here.
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    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.

    My Review:

    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 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 Audio:

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Lakeway, TX, United States 09-26-13
    Julie Lakeway, TX, United States 09-26-13 Member Since 2013

    I didn't think anything could beat reading a great novel. Audiobooks proved me wrong. I've become an audiobook junkie!

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    "A Beautiful Story!"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lia Sutton, Australia 02-26-16
    Lia Sutton, Australia 02-26-16 Member Since 2009

    I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

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    "Touching Story"

    The set up
    When Radford Grayson returned home to New York at the end of the Civil War, he was a troubled man. As the oldest of the four brothers, it was expected that he would help his father with the family sawmill business but he left soon after. Now he's returned home after five years with his four-year old daughter, Rebecca, but his younger brother, Kyle, doesn't receive him with open arms. He's had to manage the business following their father's death and resents Radford showing up now that the business is healthy again.

    The issues
    Kyle is now engaged to Evelyn Tucker, his childhood best friend who is running her infirmed father's livery business. Radford is sent to help Evelyn and they soon find themselves trying to resist their growing attraction to each other. It doesn't help that Kyle isn't very attentive to her and doesn't hide his resentment of Radford.

    The heart of the story
    This was a really touching story as Radford epitomizes the tortured hero, having experienced unspeakable war action that he relives through nightmares. Evelyn is a special woman who helps him overcome his misery and provides tender care to his daughter. She's desperate to make her relationship with Kyle work but cannot ignore her strong feelings for Radford. Neither wants to hurt Kyle (who was a bit of a jerk) but it was inevitable. They are both honorable people trapped in an impossible situation that Kyle had a hand in creating and perpetuating. I liked how the story developed and was emotionally connected to both Radford and Evelyn. I actually missed them when the story ended.

    The narrator did a good job in distinguishing characters and she managed the male characters skillfully. Her voice had a pleasant tone that worked for the story, even though the pacing was sometimes off.

    The bottom line
    I was really drawn into the story and couldn't stop listening. It was also a wonderful change to be in an historical era set in America instead of Regency or Victorian England. Those societal restrictions can get tiresome after awhile. This was my first historical romance that I listened to and I was pleased with the experience. I'm also looking forward to continuing this series and hearing the stories of all the Grayson men, especially as Kyle's is next. I not only recommend the story but this format. 4.0 stars

    10 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Denise New Tripoli, PA, United States 08-26-13
    Denise New Tripoli, PA, United States 08-26-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Radford....is he honorable?"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The inner struggle that Radford has to deal with....ptsd, and the attraction to someone's fiancé...


    Have you listened to any of Julia Motyka’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    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?<br/><br/><br/>Will AUDIBLE be brining the rest of the series to us?

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    mandymay 08-15-17
    mandymay 08-15-17 Member Since 2015

    I'm a open minded baker 🍰 who spends all night at work 😴 listening to🔥romance book's that take my mind to new exciting places 🏖

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    "Euphoric and captivating 💏"

    I got this book on sale a while back and thought.. I'll give it a chance.
    After listening I knew I'd found a 💎 in a coal mine.
    I have since bought the entire series.
    Always coming back to these wonderful books every time I want a calm, well written story to fall back on.
    Each book flows perfectly into the next while keeping most of the same well developed characters.
    Each one about a different Grayson boy finding the love of his life.
    The scenes are so vividly descriptive it doesn't take long to get completely engrossed in each mesmerizing story.
    Every book has it's own message about strong family bonds and moral values.
    These book's will have you swooning and sometimes blushing in no time.
    There's nothing instant in this series so be prepared to go on a slow ride to get to the steamy parts.
    Packed with plenty depth... it's easy to stay interested.
    I'm writing one review for the whole series because if you buy this book, there's no way you'll want to miss out on the rest of these book's.
    The narration was also a huge complement to this listening experience.
    I highly recommend giving up a credit for all these book's.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LaurelOlivia Carlsbad, ca, United States 11-16-14
    LaurelOlivia Carlsbad, ca, United States 11-16-14 Member Since 2013

    LauralOlivia

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    "Family and love in Civil War times"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, I enjoyed the listen. I like the time period of the Civil War. This story was really about family, friends, love, betrayal and honor. I usually like action and humorous banter, this was a nice surprise though.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shades of Honor (Grayson Brothers, Book 1)?

    When the little girl started to come out of her shell. It was more about small memorable moments.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There was not one outstanding scene. There was a compilation of scenes.


    Do you think Shades of Honor (Grayson Brothers, Book 1) needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    The characters are good. There is another book about one of the other brother's love story.


    Any additional comments?

    There was good character development of the two main characters, the secondary characters could have been developed more. I think that it brings the community and town etc. to life. More details on the personalities of the brothers Boyd and Duke would have contributed to making the story more in depth. More background on the secondary characters would make it feel like it was not just a love story. It had small amounts of the horrors of war, that was crucial to making the story work. It is an easy read not complex. I did enjoy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DK 04-28-14
    DK 04-28-14 Member Since 2013

    Romance & espionage are my faves–but I like/review almost everything! If review is helpful please vote 'yes.' Consider following me. :-)

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    "Historical Romance Written About Nontradition Era"
    What made the experience of listening to Shades of Honor the most enjoyable?

    In my experience MOST historical romances are set in England, Scotland, etc (modern U.K.) Refreshingly, this is set in America, post-Civil War.<br/><br/>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.<br/><br/>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?<br/><br/>The one woman he can't have is the only woman he wants.<br/><br/>Everything Radford Grayson wanted was in his hometown: his beloved mother and brothers, and the unscarred part of himself he'd left behind. <br/><br/>After surviving a gruesome war, all Radford wants is to work the family sawmill and make a real home for his young daughter. <br/><br/>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. <br/><br/>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.<br/><br/>The one woman he cannot have is the only woman he wants.


    Any additional comments?

    Some descriptions of sex.<br/><br/>A great find at $4.95! I look forward to listening to the rest of the series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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