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Always to Remember

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  1,237 ratings  ·  126 reviews
After refusing to fight for the Confederacy, Clayton was spurned by everyone in his hometown of Cedar Grove. To Meg, who lost her husbands and brothers in the war, Clay's presence was a constant offense. As punishment, Meg commissioned Clay to create a memorial for the town's war heroes. But as she spent months watching him, Meg's feelings began to change.
Paperback, 323 pages
Published February 1st 1996 by Jove
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Sophie ♥
Dec 29, 2013 Sophie ♥ rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Historical romance readers, particularly Lorraine Heath fans
Rate: 5 BRIGHT AND SHINY STARS

Lorraine Heath just blew me away with this book! I never would have imagined I'd enjoy this one so much since it's one of her earlier books and not as acclaimed as the Texas Trilogy and her newer books. But from the very beginning this book had me connecting emotionally with the characters and the story.

After refusing to fight for the Confederacy, Clayton was spurned by everyone in his hometown of Cedar Grove. To Meg, who lost her husband and brothers in the war, C
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Julianna
Apr 06, 2009 Julianna rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Sweet Historical Romance
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After finishing Always to Remember, I was left with a sense of almost sheer perfection. This unique book is far more than a mere romance. It is a morality tale of a man making a stand for what he believes, and facing the scorn of an entire town because of it. This story asks and in my opinion, answers quite well the difficult question, “What truly constitutes courage?” It is about love and hate. It is about true friendship. It is about loyalty to one's convictions.
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Katrina Passick Lumsden
Holy shit, this book.

I loved this. It wasn't quite my idea of perfection, mind, so four stars instead of five, but it is really quite good. The reader is absolutely disgusted by Meg from the beginning, but that's purposeful. Clay is...wow. Clay. What can I say about Clay? He's a man who withstood imprisonment and torture (physical and psychological) because he refused to dishonor his beliefs. Conscientious objectors have always been castigated in society as cowards because most people don't gra
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Misfit
"I will not take up arms against my fellow man."

"I didn’t believe we should fight the Northern states, and yet, I could not in all good conscience take up arms against the South, my home, and my friends. But more than that, I would not fight because I believe it’s a sin against God to kill another man."

When Texas joined with the rest of the Confederate states, all the young men of Cedar Grove were ready and willing to join the glorious cause. All that is, except for Clayton Holland, who refuse
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Beanbag Love
This was the last of my Lorraine Heath Texas story backlist and it was a very good read. A strong 4.5, I'd say.

For a romance novel it's very thought provoking. I might have been bothered by the heroine, but Heath humanized her and invited empathy. I had to wonder how I would feel in the same circumstances, knowing only the little she could know. The story touches heavily on the irrationality of grief and the variety of ways that people can show courage. I thought about it long after I turned the
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Keri
I am going to try and do justice about how much a I loved this book. I knew going in with the synopsis on the back that this was going to be a tough book to read. It was, but it was also beautiful as well as painful. I read the entire thing in one sitting and had a big piece of glass in my throat for most of it and tears welling up more than once. Clay didn't want to fight for the Confederacy and he didn't believe in slavery, but he did whole-heartedly support his fellow man. He just didn't want ...more
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Readdiction
I wish I could give justice to how perfect this story is. I cried and I laughed and when the story came to an end, I refused to let go of the characters who became so real to me.
Clayton suffers from the town's scorn; he's labeled as a deserter because he refused to fight when all the able men left for war. It is awesome to see how strong he is in braving every insult and how courageous of him to maintain his eloquent silence. He is one of the most memorable and strongest heroes I have ever read.
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Crista
Clay Holland is a passivist. Refusing to fight in the Civil War, he was branded a deserter, literally, and was beaten, starved, and imprisoned. He's now returned home to his 3 brothers and a town which dispises him. Meg Warner, his friend's widow, is one of the people who despises him most. She hates the fact that her husband was killed in the same war that Clay refused to fight in and enlists his help to carve a memorial for the fallen soldiers. She hopes to elicit guilt, remorse, and feelings ...more
Linds
This romance is really sweet and beautiful.

Clay is a different type of romantic hero, and you just fall in love with him. He's shy, quiet, thoughtful, and intense.

Clay wouldn't go off to fight in the Civil War because he was against slavery and he wouldn't kill anybody else. He was imprisoned and tortured but wouldn't give in to what he believed in.

When he gets back to his small Texas town he is shunned by everyone in the town save his little brothers. Everybody hates him and brands him a cowar
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TJ
What a beautifully touching, poignantly written story! It is both heartbreaking and inspiring at the same time. And, it accomplished this without huge theatrics. It is, instead a quiet, elegantly crafted book the deepens the emotion and tears at the heartstrings by showing honor amidst every day life and against the worst of prejudice and revenge.
Maqluba
It was missing that IT factor for me. I felt like I was all pro-hero but I didn't understand the heroine most of the time. I thought we missed a lot of her emotional changes from hating to liking the hero-- the change was too severe for me. I feel like we were told rather than shown a lot of the emotional stuff and we missed out on a lot of background things. It's hard to explain but I just had to say it... I'm really disappointed because I've really enjoyed Sweet Lullaby and I thought we might ...more
Leea
I should probably give this book 5 stars but it exhausted me too much. I have never seen a female lead that i've hated more than Meg. Her hatred and want for revenge against Clay was almost too much to read at times. Always to Remember is painful, beautiful and heartbreaking. Heath has a way with words.
SuperWendy
I loved this book. Emotional, heartfelt, a real gut-puncher. It took me on a roller coaster in the best possible way.
Julie
A lot of people raved about his book, but I thought it was just okay. It's very similar to another book I just read (Joe's Wife) in which it's post Civil War. Clay refused to carry a gun and kill in the war and he is labeled a coward and goes through all sorts of torture and indignity, but always kept to his cause. He returns to his home town of Cedar Grove, TX and everyone loathes him, particularly Meg (another Meg!) Warner, who is the widow of Clay's best friend, Kirk.

For reasons I found hard
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Linda
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Kylie
This was the second novel I've read by Lorraine Heath, and so far she's 2-0 in my playbook. It's irritating reading romances by the same author in quick succession because the similarities between books detract from the story. All you see is the repetition of the same characters and plot-lines. In these there were similarities, but Always to Remember was every bit as unique and refreshing as Sweet Lullaby. Jake and Clayton are both beta-heroes, but each with his own fully developed personality a ...more
Jessa ♥dhanger♥ EvilDarkSide
"Within the shadows of honor, courage often walks in silence."

This was so much more than just a fluffy romance novel....it was a story of one man who withstood hate, despair, loneliness and much more to stand up for what he believed in. Clayton never gave in and he never gave up. He stood by his beliefs even when it cost him the love of his family and friends. His scars run much deeper than what we see on the surface and his courage made him a hero even when no one else could see past their hatr
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sraxe
I completely loved it (mostly). Clay is such a treasure and his twin brothers are a pair of gems, too. Even with the townspeople being just really crap people overall (I felt especially resentful towards Kirk's father near the end considering his son having been best friends with Clay) and not at all deserving of Clay's presence, I think the book deserves a reading if only because of Clay and the interactions between the twins and anyone and everyone else.

I was ready to give this book five stars
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Fiona Marsden
This is the story of Clay, a sculptor and a conscientious objector from the American Civil war. 22 of his friends didn't come home from the war and the townsfolk resent the fact that he survived. From the moment he refused to hold a rifle, he was vilified and despised as a coward and deserter.

The heroine, Meg, lost three brothers and her husband to the war. Texans all, they fought for the South, marching off almost joyfully to face the foe. Clay's existence is a constant affront and a reminder t
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Feminista
10+ stars.

This story is a must read historical romance. So beautiful. This book has left me with a sweet ache, wishing fervently that fiction could come to life, just once.
Pamela(AllHoney)
Not your normal hero. A very touching and heart wrenching story about a man who is hated by his community for refusing to fight in a war that took so many of their loved ones.
Bekah
I am forever fascinated with sculpting now...This was a beautiful book! I read it in less than 24 hours! Review to come later...
Trewen
My God, the hatred in this book was brutal. Very hard for me to stomach! Still, this is a well written book and I loved the Hero.
Lizzy
"Dentro das sombras da honra, a coragem muitas vezes caminha em silêncio"



Que livro lindo, inspirador, reflexivo. A capa simplória em nada representa a grandeza desse conto de amor, que fala sobre o verdadeiro significado da honra e da coragem. Não é um livro água com açúcar, não é um melodrama qualquer, é uma história profundamente humana, sobre as escolhas que fazemos na vida, as suas consequências, e a força necessária para suportar o peso de lutar pelo que acreditamos. Clayton Hallond, é o he
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Lisa
« Au cœur des ombres de l’honneur, le courage s’avance souvent en silence. »
Qu’est-ce qui pousse une personne à aller au bout de ce en quoi elle croit ? Le courage.
Courage. Ce mot est à l’honneur dans ce livre de Lorraine Heath, le deuxième de cette auteure que je lis, et elle nous en offre une splendide définition.
Le jour se lève c’est la confrontation entre deux camps, deux façons de penser. Mais en définitive c’est une seule et même force qui pousse les gens à craindre et haïr les idées oppo
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Sharreb
I'm never gonna think about the American civil war without thinking of this book now.

It changes my perception or rather it shows me the other side of lots of things. From war to the issue of courage.

"You think the only battles fought are done so with rifles, and the only wounds that kill draw blood. You think courage is loud, boisterous and proud."


"Within the shadows of honour, courage often walks in silence"


So profound, I'm really quite speechless with the depth of the book and the depth of fee
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Roxanne
4.5 Stars

What a beautiful story. Clayton Holland stole my heart. I'll definitely check out other books by this author.
Zai
Always to Remember is heart-wrenchingly beautiful. My brain cells are still reeling from the emotional roller coaster ride this story has afforded me.

In a place and time where a man’s worth is measured by his willingness to raise arms, the people of Cedar Grove shunned Clayton for what they consider was cowardice. Meg, a fallen hero’s widow, is one of them. For her, his mere presence was a constant reminder of what she and the rest of Cedar Grove have lost. She thought of punishing him, wanting
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Lucimar
Clay era um rapaz simples que achava injusto ir à guerra para matar o que ele considerava seus irmãos e por isso foi preso e foi para diante de um pelotão de fuzilamento, mas foi salvo quando rezou e disse as mesmas palavras de Jesus "Pai, perdoa-os porque eles não sabem o que fazem" e nenhum soldado quis atirar nele, mais ele ficou preso mais de 4 anos e sofrendo torturas imagináveis e quando voltou para cidade ninguém falava com ele, e nem com os irmãos, os gêmeos e o outro um pouco mais novo ...more
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Lorraine Heath has always had a soft spot for emotional love stories. No doubt because growing up, watching movies with her mom, she was taught that the best movies "won't half make you cry."

She is the daughter of a British beauty (her mom won second place in a beauty contest sponsored by Max Factor during
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“Within the shadows of honor, courage often walks in silence.

-Engraved on the monument Clay built”
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“If he wasn't angry, he certainly did a good imitation. His voice was clipped and as hard as stone. She wrung her hands together. "I love you. Clay."
"No, you don't."
Meg felt as though he'd just slapped her. "Yes, I do. When you leave this town, I'll go with you."
Narrowing his eyes, he studied her. "Will you marry me?"
"Yes."
"Will you give me children?"
"If I can. Kirk and I were never able to conceive, but if I can have children, I want to have yours."
"In this town that we move to, wherever it is, will you walk down the street with me?"
"Of course."
"Holding my hand?"
"Yes."
"And the hands of my children?"
"Yes."
He unfolded his arms and took a step toward her. She wanted to fling herself into his embrace, but something hard in his eyes stopped her.
"And what happens, Mrs. Warner, when someone you know rides through town and points at me and calls me a yellow-bellied coward? What will you do then? Will you let go of my hand and take my children to the other side of the street? Will you pretend that you haven't kissed me, that you haven't lain with me beneath the stars?" With disgust marring his features, he turned away. "You think I'm a coward. Go home."
"I don't think that. I love you."
He spun around. "You don't believe in that love, you don't believe in me."
"Yes, I do."
He stalked toward her. She backed into the corner and bent her head to meet his infuriated gaze.
"How strongly do you believe in our love?" he asked, his voice ominously low. "If they threatened to strip off your clothes unless you denied our love, would you deny our love?"
He gave her no chance to respond, but continued on, his voice growing deeper and more ragged, as though he were dredging up events from the past.
"If they wouldn't let you sleep until you denied our love, would you deny our love so you could lay your head on a pillow?
"If they stabbed a bayonet into your backside every time your eyes drifted closed, would you deny our love so your flesh wouldn't be pierced?
"If they applied a hot brand to your flesh until you screamed in agony, would you deny our love so they'd take away the iron?
"If they placed you before a firing squad, would you say you didn't love me so they wouldn't shoot you?"
He stepped back and plowed his hands through his hair. "You think I'm a coward. You don't think I have the courage to stand beside you and risk the anger of your father. I'd die before I turned away from anyone or anything I believed in. You won't even walk by my side."
He looked the way she imagined soldiers who had lost a battle probably looked: weary, tired of the fight, disillusioned.
"You don't believe in me," he said quietly. "How can you believe in our love?”
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