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Cuestion de Honor (Grayson Brothers #1)

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  1,489 ratings  ·  143 reviews
Former Union soldier Radford Grayson returns to his small hometown, looking for a stable and comforting place to raise his young, motherless daughter. Despite his troubled past, his hopes are to reconcile with his family and put his dark secrets behind him. But he doesn't count on falling in love with Evelyn—his brother's financee...

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Published September 26th 2006 by del Nuevo Extremo (first published 2002)
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UniquelyMoi ~ 1-Click RockChick

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.
Lisa Kay
saw mill

(This is a review of the audiobook.) First, let me tell you that I’m really NOT a fan of the “loving two brothers” theme. Keep that in mind as you read this review.

While I liked Julia Motyka’s lovely voice narrating this story, her cadence was just too slow for my ear. Speeding it up helped a lot. (Thank goodness for technology.) I also felt some of her delivery was a little too “cheesy” or melodramatic, as Dhes points out in her review. Of course, the book itself is a bit melodramatic,
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
Somehow this book was recommended as a clean romance... Wrong! The writer is talented and crafted a great tale of haunted pasts, friends, and family. You can't help but be drawn into this man and his frightened daughter. And what woman wouldn't connect with a tomboy finally being made to feel attractive. So why only 2 stars? Because it is not clean. If this is what is now referred to as "young adult", then I want no part of it. Just because she doesn't describe in detail the actual final union, ...more
Julie Ramsey
Shades of Honor

Going back to where you came from is sometimes the hardest thing to do. Radford Grayson does just that in this story of returning to your roots and facing your past. He brings with him his four year old motherless, fearful daughter Rebecca. Radford comes home to Fredonia, New York in 1870 after years of staying away- 1st during the war and then trying to fight his post war memories. He comes back home to his three brothers Kyle, Boyd and Duke to help run the family sawmill. Kyle
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This book was filled with intricate prose, gentle emotions, and violent grief. I loved every moment of it. There were no scences that could be considered intimate but there was a great deal and love and romance....

Narration - Julia Motyka - Pretty Good

This Series is based around the Civil War time period. Radford is the eldest of four sons and has returned from war but following his father's funeral, he disappears again only to return years later with a 4 year old daughter.

Evelyn, (Tomboy) is engaged to his brother Kyle and while she still spends her days dressed in her dad's altered breeches, she's definitely become a woman while Radford was gone.

This is a sweet story, albeit a little melodram
I am so discouraged a perfectly sweet and wonderful story was corrupted with a totally unnecessary explicit sex scene. The one of the marriage night may have passed as slightly explicit but still unnecessary.
With that said, this was a well-written story of the struggles of a gallant man who daily struggles with post war distress. After his three year old daughter is abused by a nanny he goes back home to raise her near family and friends. He pledges her safety to her and himself.

He was raised ve
Liloshadow (ReNee)
A Beautiful Tear Jerker...and a GREAT start to an Exciting Series.

I hope you have a box of kleenex's ready, because you will need it with this story.

I don't want to say too much about the story because I could easily give away spoilers with out meaning too. I will just say I loved all the characters especially the H/h. You feel their emotions and pain deeply. This is the first story I have read by this author and she does a really good job with character development. The story was well paced, an
Shades of honor is a touching and magnificently crafted historical romance.

Radford, the eldest Grayson son, volunteered to take his father's place and fight in the Civil War. Radford realized though, after the first battle, that he was not cut out to be a soldier, and by the time he returned home he was plagued with nightmares. Although he was declared a hero for his bravery, he only felt shame and regret for his actions.

Kyle Grayson, the second eldest son, begrudgingly took over the family's sa
I haven't read any real romance stories in years. I used to read them all the time but they became so predictable and each book seemed the same. This book perked my interest because of the soldier returned from war with issues, living with some who suffers these same problems. I found this book refreshing because it showed a softer side of a man. Your typical romance story is two tortured souls fighting to keep from each other. Even though this was in that manner it didn't seem to dwell on it so ...more
Carol Malone
What do you do when the only comfort after a bitter life of war hell is the comforting hand of a sweet woman, Evelyn, the fiancee of your brother? But that's the dilemma Radford Grayson finds himself facing. Coming back from the slaughter of the Civil War hell with feelings of disgrace, vivid nightmares, and a four-year-old daughter in tow, Radford seeks the solace of home and the love of his mother and brothers and the hard work of the mill owned by the brothers to heal his broken heart. But hi ...more
Dianne Sidebottom
How being in war affects the mind and emotions that you want to escape but the nightmares keep coming. especially so when you make friends with the so called enemy and a friend who doesn't know any better kills the friend in front of you.
the second son who has to carry on for the older son and his dreams die, and having younger brothers just see the changes in family dynamics. I gather the brothers get their own books to tell their story.
How a young girl of 4 drawers different emotions n behavio
So, I found this book heartbreaking and depressing in parts. I cried at one point, but crying, to me is the mark of a well written novel. The emotion was realistic and palpable and I spent the day walking around with the Radford's totured soul on my mind. I downloaded the book because it was free, and even though I found it emotionally draining, as a writer I found it satisfying and well done. I will be buying the rest of these brothers stories because they are a family not easily forgotten.
i read this book in a couple of hours. it was a well written story. the hero, radford, comes home after fighting in the war...and he's got a little girl...he's been running away from personal demons and deserted his family...mainly his 3 other brothers. he also falls in love with his brother's fiance. it's heartbreaking how they try and fight it...but you know they can't. the book also has some great themes in forgiveness, honor, and love.
I enjoyed this book, and look forward to the rest of the series. Some language, but not much. Some sex, but not too explicit. I would say its a PG-13 level. I would pass on letting my teen daughter read it. Evelyn is soon to be married to Kyle Grayson, but then his brother, Radford comes home, and they are thrown together to work the livery. With a name like Radford it's easy to know what happens.
I found this a sweet, enjoyable romance with exceptional attention to character development. Since I used to live within an hour's drive of Fredonia, NY and have many relatives living in the area, I spent a lot of time there and got an extra kick out of the familiar setting. I certainly would not mind reading other books by this author.
Billie Jo
A good hometown book with two brothers who want to marry the same woman. When I listened to this book I often thought of those feel good movies on the Lifetime channel.
Marilyn Rondeau
Many years have gone by but Radford Grayson knows he must come home – he must reclaim his life – if not for himself, for his child Rebecca. With the end of the hideous Civil War, all Radford wants and needs is to be home with his three brothers to work in the family sawmill. Home and family, and a chance to heal, both for himself and especially for Rebecca. Unfortunately, the home and warmth of family he expected was not forthcoming from his younger brother Kyle who seemed both threatened and an ...more
Chanta Rand
Anyone who knows me, knows I'm a fan of historical romance. I'm also a stickler for details and accuracy. When I read a historical romance, I want these elements plus a romance that sweeps me off my feet. This book did not disappoint. I've never read Wendy Lindstrom before but you can be sure I'll be reading all the Grayson Brothers romances. I came upon this author by accident, and I'm so thrilled I did.

The hero, Radford Grayson is a tortured man. His mind is ravaged by the horrors of the Civi
D.J. Blackmore
'He knew he'd always come back. Everything he ever wanted was here.' The sharp smell of sawdust and the tang of steel against wood, alert the senses from the opening lines. Heartfelt description, neither overworked nor yet too raw, see Radford and Evelyn's romance as enjoyable from first to last. Wendy Lindstrom's Shades of Honor planes the emotions in a most enjoyable way.
3.5 stars. The ending was a bit too much drama for me but then what did I expect in a book in which two brother's fight over the same girl. I am tempted to hunt down the second book though, just to see what happens to Kyle.
♥ WishfulMiss ♥
Loved this story, it was a love story between two people that weren't really looking to fall in love. There was some scorching chemistry between Radford, our hero, and Evelyn, our Tomboy heroine. There is also a bucket full of angst since the heroine is promised to Radford's younger brother and that family drama is pretty heartbreaking all the way around.

I have definitely become hooked on the Grayson brothers. Especially Duke and Boyd. I'm reserving judgment on Kyle, he came off a little too bi
Linda Ellen
Feb 02, 2015 Linda Ellen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: history lovers, lovers of a good love story
Recommended to Linda by: read another in the series
Just finished this book and it was just as good as the first I read, Kissing in the Dark (which was number 4 in the series, lol). I do love the way the author is writing these books, they are almost standalones, as I enjoyed Kissing in the Dark in spite of not being as familiar with the other characters as I could have been. Now after reading this one, I think I'll read Kissing again when I get to it, hehe. This is a wonderful love story, at times intense, and full of honor and priorities, famil ...more
Overall, it was a good story. I would have preferred less language, but I understand that this is fairly normal for the period setting. The Civil War was indeed a bloody mess, both physically and psychologically. The author did a beautiful job highlighting the post-traumatic effects of the war on its soldiers. We see a great deal of the PTSD symptoms in Radford Grayson. His brothers don't understand because they never served--they stayed home and ran the family business. Only Evelyn seems to hav ...more
Top Quality Sweet Romance--

Radford has wounds from the Battle of Gettysburg that goes beyond the piece of shrapnel healed beneath flesh. He's promised Evelyn's father (whom he went into battle beside)that he would be a man to rise above the terror from the flashbacks he endures while raising his daughter after the war. His brothers aren't exactly welcoming, either. Especially the brother who took his place as elder and is running their family's lumber mill.

Evelyn has promised her heart to one b
Kelly L
Another feature the goodreads mobile app does not provide is the hiding of spoilers. There are not huge spoilers here but I did include a Spoiler alert near the end of this review in case.

This must be an example of what romance novels were like before sex was ever involved.

It's a sweet, nicely-drawn story, interesting characters but had I known it was a "clean" story I would not have read it.

I see one review on here referring to it as porn but the nearest it comes to "porn" is a reference to
AudioBook Review
Stars: Overall 3 Narration 2 Story 4

I was excited to return to the United States for an historic romance, and Wendy Lindstrom brings a Civil War era story into this romance involving two brothers. Post-civil wartime settings and ideals are well defined, and the people are lovely: hard working, hopeful and above all, looking to start anew with the new definition of their country. The story is also not a story of people with money and grand aspirations: it is of the ordinary peopl
Dionne Thibodeaux
Boring and Dumb

I found myself skipping and skimming thru many pages to finish this boring book. The plot is dumb, nothing exciting happens. The plot centers around dysfunctional family dynamics, a family business, and a brother returning home after being away for a few years due to having shame and guilty conscious from fighting in the Civil War. He brings back with him a daughter who was abused by her Nanny, who therefore has severe separation anxiety and trust problems. He is also overprotecti
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New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Wendy Lindstrom is known for the riveting emotional power of her work. Romantic Times has dubbed her “one of romance’s finest writers,” and readers rave about her enthralling characters and “masterfully crafted” stories. She is the creator of the “original Grayson Brothers” series that begins with RITA award-winner Shades of Honor. This critically ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Grayson Brothers (7 books)
  • The Longing (Grayson Brothers, #2)
  • Lips That Touch Mine (Grayson Brothers, #3)
  • Kissing in the Dark (Grayson Brothers, #4)
  • Sleigh of Hope — A Grayson Christmas (Grayson Brothers #5)
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“My memories make me angry, and sometimes, violent. Don’t risk yourself trying to rescue me from them. No one can.” 1 likes
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