Always to Remember
Branded a traitor and imprisoned for refusing to fight for the Confederacy, Clayton Holland returns home to Cedar Grove, only to be spurned by the townspeople, except for vengeful Meg Warner, who finds her hatred and grief transformed by love.
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
This retro-romance novel was originally published in 1997 by Jove.
Set in Texas, post-civil war, the story centers around a young widow, Meg Warner and Clay Holland, a man who refused to join sides in the war or fight in it.
Meg’s husband and brothers were killed in the war, and Clay was held prisoner for being a dissenter. He should have been executed for his beliefs, but his life was spared. Returning home to his younger twin b ...more
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 ...more
"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 ...more
Lorraine Heath, where have you been all my life? Have I been living under a rock? I mean, I've read a few of your books - When the Duke Was Wicked chief among them. But in truth, I haven't much recall. Kinda like one regency flowing in to another, if you know what I mean.
But man alive, your Texas books. Hoooeeee (does that sound particularly Texified?). These books are straight up killers. I'm in love with your Texas heroes. There I sai ...more
First let me clarify that this book is 336 pages, NOT 100 pages as is noted on both GR and Amazon. I did email Amazon to make them aware of this error.
A summary of the story:
The period is just after the Civil War, and takes place in a small Texas town. The hero (Clay) is shunned by all, branded a coward who refused to fight in the war. His choice was a moral one, because he refused to kill people for his beliefs.
When the towns men depart for war, Clay is taken by the army and ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
“Within the shadows of honor, courage often walks in silence.”
I couldn't put the right words to describe how deeply I was touched by this book.
This is one of the best book I ever read.
What is coward and what is courage?
It took a great man to stand and fight for what he believes.
Clayton Holland is one of the bravest silent hero. He's not usual but he's so special.
I was ready to give this book five stars ...more
Though there were a number of things about this book that did not add up, the biggest issue was all the time the reader has to spend with the heroine's thoughts. She was devious, vindictive and totally unsympathetic. Her initial interactions with the hero showed such spitefulness that when she (inexplicably) changed, it was simply too little, t ...more
For reasons I found hard ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Unfortunately, the rest of the book didn't live up to its hero. The romance premise (the heroine asking the hero to carve a monument) is ludicrous at best. ...more
|What's The Name o...: Romance - Post Civil War South, hero was a conscientious objector and heroine's husband died in the war - she makes him build a monument. [s]||2||103||Apr 10, 2012 06:18PM|
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 ...more
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-Engraved on the monument Clay built”
"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?"
"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?"
"Holding my hand?"
"And the hands of my children?"
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?”