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When unexpected circumstances leave Honor Penworthy destitute after the death of her grandfather, she is forced to leave her Maryland plantation--and the slaves she hoped to free--and seek refuge with a distant relative. With no marketable skills, her survival hinges on a marriage arranged through the Quaker community to local glass artisan Samuel Cathwell. Samuel is drawn ...more
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Published September 1st 2014 by Tyndale House Publishers
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Honor is the story of the title character, Honor, and her marriage to a deaf glassblower, Samuel. Very much a marriage of convenience story, it follows the couple as they move from Cincinnati to a smaller Ohio town in order to build a life for themselves. Because they are situated in an area that provides one of the quicker routes for escaped slaves to make it to Canada and freedom, Honor very soon finds herself in the thick of things, even though Ohio was considered a free state at the time of ...more
Oct 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was first drawn to this book by the stark one word title and the incredible cover art. The model is the perfect match for the book's heroine. The set of her shoulders, the proud tilt of her head, the determination in her eyes. I took one look at Honor and knew I had to read her story. And then when I scanned the description on the back of the book and discovered that Honor joins in the fight against slavery I was ready to swoon right there in the bookstore! Needless to say, I devoured this boo ...more
Jul 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: historical
This just wasn't the read I had hoped it would be. After reading the back I thought this book would encompass more of the frontier life in Ohio that Honor and Samuel were to venture into; and that's not what this book is about. This read is mostly based around the Underground Railroad and Honor's constant attention to Royale and though her intentions were good and admirable I felt she put her family at risk. There were a few sweet moments with Caleb and Eli and even Samuel but I felt like Honor ...more
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Sep 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Honor ( Quaker Brides #1)
By: Lyn Cote
This is the first book in the Quaker Brides and Lyn Cote has done it again. She has a winner in Honor. I love the cover and I think it is a very good picture of what Honor would look like, a very brave heroine who is fighting to up hold her belief in slavery and always wants to tell the truth and do what God would have her to do .. Honor Penworthy is the lady at High Oaks Maryland plantation and her wishes is to free all the slaves at High Oaks .Her grandfath
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this book:

“When unexpected circumstances leave Honor Penworthy destitute after the death of her grandfather, she is forced to leave her Maryland plantation--and the slaves she hoped to free. With no marketable skills, her survival hinges on a marriage arranged through the Quaker community to artisan Samuel Cathwell. Samuel is drawn to Honor, but he has been unwilling to open his heart to anyone since scarlet fever took his hearing as a child.
A move west brings the promise of a fresh sta
Kate (The Shelf Life)
I wasn't quite sure how I was going to like this story going into it. The only other Quaker character I've read about was a secondary character in another series and the "Thee" and "Thy" were a bit much to get through, but the description of this story sounded really good. Boy, I'm so glad I went ahead and read this book!

The setting of this story is unique. In many historical fictions settings, you see during the Civil War, right after the Civil War, the Revolutionary War, but not a few years be
Oct 01, 2016 rated it liked it
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3.5 stars. I would rate this higher if it weren't for one historical fact that got to me the entire time I read this story. American sign language was not even taught in schools in the US until 1817. Most of this book takes place two years after that. Samuel, one of the main characters of this story, is a grown man who knows sign language. He did not come from a wealthy home. How did he know sign language fluently? Where did he learn it? His family lived in Pittsburgh, PA, while the first place ...more
Alisha L.
Sep 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
"Honor" is a great historical fiction novel with a well written plot and unique story aspects. It is a story dealing with themes of betrayal, trust, forgiveness, compassion, love, faith, and standing up for what is right.

I liked the character of Honor, a young woman who stands up for what she believes in and does what she knows is right even if it costs her everything she has. Even after she is disinherited and has to leave her home she shows courage. She is compassionate towards others includin
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It is the first in the Quaker Brides series and is packed full of characters that really touched my heart.

Things start out pretty rough for Honor and she finds it necessary to marry a man she hardly knows. Honor and Samuel are so enjoyable to read about. I really liked that I was able to see things from both of their perspectives throughout the story. Their interactions were so realistic.

Samuel lost his hearing as a child and I was just amazed at the poor way he
Aug 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book! Not as much as the 2nd one though. Samuel was a very beta male character and at times annoyed me expecting Honor to start things and say things men should, especially given the time period. I wanted him to man up a lot! It was realistically done as he got better towards the end but still not perfect. Also realistic about the estate at the end but I really wanted all the slaves free! I know, not historically accurate for that time!
Sep 10, 2014 marked it as to-read
Will be sure to pick up a copy asap. It's nice to see a novel about the Quakers instead of just the same old Amish novel. ...more
Vera Godley
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book and the character "Honor." The story involving the disinheritance of Honor and removal of her as a wealthy plantation owner to almost destitute circumstances is moving and very interesting.

Honor and her maid (a former slave that Honor has freed) travel a distance away and begin life anew. A life that is fraught with danger but she finds herself in a settled position where she has the protection she needs and the provision she also is so in need of.

As a Quaker she desires to h
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What could a woman in 1800’s America do to help bring freedom to slaves? Honor Penworthy was a young Quaker woman who was raised to be a lady of the plantation. Circumstances can change in a moment, however, when one stands firm in her faith. Loved ones’ betrayals are almost harder to bear than being rendered suddenly homeless and nearly penniless with her former maid, Royale, who is now a freed African American woman with a secret. Honor, a devout Quaker, longed to help slaves find freedom in a ...more
Lisa Johnson
Nov 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Title: Honor (Quaker Brides #1)
Author: Lyn Cote
Story Length: 368
Year: 2014
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
This book is set in 1819, beginning in Maryland with Honor’s background and then following her to Pittsburgh where readers meet Samuel Cathwell, who is a young man who lost his hearing when he was eight years old due to a fever. His mother found out about sign language and taught him so he could communicate with his family. However, his hearing impairment has allowed him to close himself
Lis K
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book in the Quaker Brides series. There was so much that I loved about this book, I cannot recommend it highly enough. Yes, this is a marriage of convenience story (which I love!) but it's so much more. Honor is forced to leave the only home and lifestyle she's known when she's betrayed by her family. She travels to Pittsburgh and ends up marrying a deaf man, Samuel, out of necessity. The story continues as they travel to Ohio to start a glassblowing business and Honor finds a ...more
Victor Gentile
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Lyn Cote in her new book “Honor” Book One in the Quaker Brides series published by Tyndale House Publishers introduces us to Honor Penworthy.

From the back cover: “Who will you be, if not the lady of High Oaks?”

When unexpected circumstances leave Honor Penworthy destitute, she is forced from her Maryland plantation—and the slaves she hoped to free. With no marketable skills, her survival hinges on a marriage arranged through the Quaker community to artisan Samuel Cathwell. Samuel is drawn to Hono
Dana Kamstra
From the first page, Honor drew me in. In a contradiction to her name, Honor is viewed quite disfavorably by the society in which she grows up, prompting her to move to a new area. There it seems that everything that could leave her further destitute will happen. With every page and every event, this novel moved beyond my expectations.

The characters in this novel are extremely well developed. The emotions that Honor and Samuel have for each other feel quite realistic given each of the situations
Carole Jarvis
Jun 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

I have been blessed to read some extremely moving books lately, and Honor by Lyn Cote is another. The story is well written, filled with rich historical detail, and the lead characters are complex - as is their marriage. I found Honor very enjoyable, compelling, and relevant for the world in which we live.

Honor opens in Tidewater, Maryland, during the year of 1819 and transitions to Ohio as Samuel and Honor move west to start their life togeth
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
by Lyn Cote

Publ: Tyndale House c.2014
Series: Quaker Brides

Honor Penworthy is comfortable with her Quaker roots. Her grandfather who has raised her since her parents death is not comfortable with his. He has denounced his upbringing in favor of a more liberal faith that allows him to keep the slaves that make the functioning of his Maryland plantation possible. Now he is dying and Honor is his heir. She has promised her father that when she inherits the plantation she will free the slave
I really enjoyed the characters in this book. Everyone had such depth, from the main characters of Honor and Samuel to the secondary like Tuck and Zeb. I think I was especially impressed how the author portrayed the slave catchers. They’re vile men who will do anything to profit, including kidnap and selling children. Yet, in the latter half of the book, the reader gets a view into a side that respects women (at least the white ones) and will stop to help a stranded traveler on the road, all the ...more
Karen Dean
Nov 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Honor thought she would follow her father’s wishes and free the slaves on their plantation. This was in agreement with both the teachings of their Quaker beliefs and her personal feelings. The problem became, her father died before he could inherit the land and her grandfather was so opposed to this idea that he disowned Honor so she could not inherit the property. Additionally, she had to leave the property with only $100 to her name and the company of her maid, Royal, who bears a remarkable re ...more
Maureen Timerman
Aug 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
Honor the name of the book and main character was a story I never wanted to end, and became absorbed in the time before the Civil War. Being a woman during this time, was really not having an identity, and being black was being subhuman.
We observe Christians interpreting the bible to fit their needs and owning slaves, the cruelty they displayed towards their fellow man was atrocious. Of course, not all Christians felt this way, thank God, and thus we have Honor, and her Quaker religion, as she
Oct 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Honor: Quakers Brides***** series by Lyn Cote—from BFN

August of 1819 Quaker Honor Penworthy learns that she has been disinherited and is forced from her beloved plantation in Maryland. She is allowed to take her clothes, a hundred dollars and her slave-maid, Royale—whom she frees. Heartbroken, Honor and Royale travel to Pennsylvania to stay with a distant relative until she can figure out what to do. When she arrives she learns that Miriam is very ill and is dying. The house has been sold as Mir
Gail Hollingsworth
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The cover of this book drew me in right away. It is such a haunting picture, almost robot-like looking. The story begins in 1819. Honor is about to inherit a large estate when her grandfather passes. All she wants to do is let all the slaves go free and sell the estate. When her grandfather hears this he leaves her out of his will and passes the estate on to her cousin. Honor Is forced to leave with little money and her servant, Royale. She goes to a relative of her mother's only to find her dyi ...more
Dec 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Honor by Lyn Cote is an extraordinary tale of one Quaker woman’s faith and endurance during the time period of 1819-1820. Standing up and having faith in her late father’s abolitionist beliefs, she goes against her grandfather’s stubborn will and pro-slavery beliefs. Raised on the High Oaks plantation, Honor was set to inherit her family’s legacy however, she was betrayed by her grandfather after he passed on. Now left with only $100 and her maid Royale (a former slave she set free), these two w ...more
Donna Mcginnis
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Honor Penworthy dreams of freeing the slaves from the plantation where she lives with her grandfather. Her dreams vanish when he dies and disinherits her. Honor is stunned that he has left everything to a distant relative rather than to her. Left penniless she leaves Maryland to go to Pittsburgh to live with her cousin Miriam, her son Samuel who is deaf and her deceased son's little boy Eli. Her maid Royale is with her. Once there, a dark secret is revealed about Royale. Honor draws strength fro ...more
Oct 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Honor by Lyn Cote was an exceptional read! I hadn't read any by this author, but the description on the back intrigued me.

I have heard complaints that main characters are always perfect, never have a disability, and are handsome and/or beautiful. If you are one of those read this! It's insightful and inspiring.

The characters are incredibly well written, and falling into Ohio in the 1800's happens so easily! The story is unique which I think is what I loved most. There is a lot of tension in the
Sep 22, 2015 rated it liked it
I read Blessing first and then Honor, which is all cattywumpus, since Honor was the first book. In a way that took all the stress out of what was going to happen to Honor.

I like these book. I am a Christian (although not a Quaker). If I was not firmly wedged into my own faith tradition, I might try Quaker meeting, I have always been attracted to their way of worship and commitment to social justice and non-violence.

I am also listening to the audiobook of the new book about Justice Thurgood Mars
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