Listeners take note: This work was originally published under the title For Love and Honor, but it had been reissued with a new ending and bonus chapters!
1469 A.D. - Brogan d'Aurilliac is a master sergeant in the infantry of Edward IV. The son of a Germanic knight, he came to England at his father's death and worked his way up through the ranks of the infantry to become the king's highest ranking soldier. Brogan is a very large man with power and skill, but uneducated due to his family's immigrant social standing.
He meets our heroine by chance, a member of the mighty de Nevilles, the most powerful ruling family in England. The Lady Avalyn du Brant's uncle is the all-powerful Richard Neville, "The Kingmaker". Although Brogan knows she is out of his league, he is nonetheless taken by her. Avalyn, too, is intrigued by the big soldier with the heavy accent and menacing presence. What starts out as pity for the man turns to something else and her uncle, used to meddling in people's lives, seeks to separate his niece from Brogan by betrothing her to a powerful but foolish baron.
Yet Avalyn is intelligent; she takes charge of the situation and, like a great chess match, seeks to beat her uncle at his own game. Brogan, the man that enemy and ally alike call "The Monster" in battle, offers support and affection such as Avalyn has never known in this story of reversal of roles.
She is the 'smart and cunning' one in this battle to save her relationship with Brogan from her uncle's destruction.
©2014 Kathryn Le Veque (P)2014 Kathryn Le Veque
As an avid Kathryn Le Veque fan, have been deliberately leaving this book because of its controversial nature. It was originally written with an ending, which Kathryn has rewritten & rebranded.
It is the love story against the backdrop of Edward IV & The Kingmaker falling out in the late 1460's. Avalyn is related to the Kingmaker Richard Neville but inadvertently bumps into a German soldier Brogan, who was at a crossroads in his life. The story tells of their love & how far they would go to be together. I do prefer the new ending but I cannot spoil too much for the reader - just to say I felt it flowed slightly better. Both endings are in the audiobook so take your choice?
"I'm so relieved she rewrote the ending"
This is a rewrite (and re-titling) of an earlier Veque novel, For Love and Honour. I'm so glad she did the rewrite. While the original ending may have been more correct for that time, as a romance it didn't work for me. If I wanted a depressing romance, I'd read Thomas Hardy. Thanks for the rewrite, Kathryn Le Veque - I love your medieval romances.
"I'm so glad you rewrote the ending"
Yes I definitely would recommend this to a friend it was a wonderful book and I just loved the end when they were together in a new country with their children.
It shows that no matter if you are rich, poor or from different backgrounds love can always make it work.
Emotion and a feeling of being there with the characters
Yes. I cried but they were happy tears.
I have all of Kathryn Le Veque audiobooks and can't wait for her new book coming out the end of October. I find from her website that some books are not available in audiblebooks and wish something could be done about it.
I am so glad the author included the first ending! I found the rewrite less compelling then I usually find Leveque's work. I tried to return the book, towards the end, but could not. Therefore I listened to the Entirety, and was so glad that I was able to hear the original ending, which I preferred greatly, and felt Entirety, and was so glad that I was able to hear the original ending, which I preferred greatly, and felt was richer and made more sense.
"Medieval Dark Romance at its Best"
The words. The emotion. The passion. The love.
His superb performance with women's voices and portrayal of emotion of all characters.
Kathryn Le Veque always makes me cry. She pulls the right strings...
From the first sentence, she had me. “It was a lovely night to die.” Is it possible to stop at this point? It was a possible night for two to die, and it didn’t happen. What happened was a love story so powerful and potent in its intensity, it gripped my being. Is love so instantaneous and all giving in such a short time? I think it could be. I knew my partner for a mere 10 days before we knew. That was 45 years ago! Yes, this is believable and a dream come true for two and the time they needed it most in their lives. But that falling had severe consequences.
The author gave us two endings, one the original and one she made since remarks were made that it wasn’t the happy ever after story they needed. I preferred, Ms. Le Veque’s original ending. I believe her instinct was correct. The ending felt very plausible and had a happy ever after ending, just not the usual. I can’t elaborate more on the ending, but it was most satisfying.
Avalyn was an unusual heroine who fell in love with someone not of her station in love. Chemistry and circumstances brought them together. The moment, events, and need were kindled which made them desperate to have each other. Sometimes, we love people we shouldn’t for whatever reason. It takes a strong person in both instances to follow their heart or not. Avalyn was just such a woman.
She had an uncle who in his greed for power manipulated those around to have what he wanted. Women, of course, had little choice in their lives and none when it came to decisions of marriage. I thought Avalyn a worthy heroine, very compassionate and caring for those around her, sometimes to the point of weakness. But our lives are made of small decisions and each builds on the other. Hers strayed not from this path.
Truly Brogan, a big bear of a man, even with his slowness, was not less of a man. He loved Avalyn with all his heart and being. Many a time throughout the story, as this particular author is an expert in doing, I found myself in tears. Their love was so sincere and tender, so deep and all-encompassing, it brought tears with its feeling.
The honor displayed by William, a knight in every aspect, enriched the story for he was very much a secondary hero. Brogan, a man sparked by love, found he, too, had a knight’s heart, but knew it not. Sir Alban, old friend to Brogan was endearing and special with his role as knight and father image to Brogan, provides more for the reader/listener to ponder of love and loyalty.
Narrator Tim Campbell breathes voice to Ms. Le Veque’s words providing full depth of what she had in mind, with the intended emotion and peril. He’s superb in his characterization of women’s voices, and captures the intense emotion and suspense throughout its telling. I loved Brogan’s voice with his German accent and German language as well as his mother’s. Narrator Campbell fully compels the listener to appreciate the various emotions between Avalyn, Brogan, William and Alban.
I like the way Kathryn Le Veque writes. Period! She develops the characters and has the talent to put you right there in the story with them.
I liked the original ending, it was great!
Good voice and inflections
I liked that the two alternative endings were included. My favorite by far was the original ending.
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