Feature book: Love and Freedom
We all want to know where we come from as we can all find out more about ourselves. Honor wants to find her birth mother but is it all that she wants it to be? And will her mother accept her or deny her? This is a story of that journey and how Honor found love along the way.
Honor Sontag is on a mission to find her birth mother. She feels that she has missed out in life as she didn’t have the contact with her mother. She felt that her stepmother loved the other children more and she, Honor, was a burden. She leaves her husband finally and embarks on a trip to England to find the mother she has never known. She also hopes that she is not the flake her father said she was. Her first day in England leads to her falling asleep and getting sunburnt and blistered. This throws her into the path of more members of the Mayfair family, including Martyn. Honor thinks Martyn is unemployed but finally realises that he is a model and doesn’t have to work all the time. She slowly becomes part of the village of Rottingdean as she makes her new life. Her husband arrives and creates mayhem in a bid to have her return to him and does something she can never forgive.
Martyn can’t understand why married women don’t wear wedding rings. He was unknowingly having an affair with a married woman. Then he meets Honor. He likes her, but when he finds out she is married he doesn’t want to listen that she is separated. He then is unable to stay away and he gets closer to her. When the husband arrives and creates his mayhem, he must try to salvage his reputation. Martyn was always trying to do the correct thing but then follows his heart. But even he has an interesting life story and he comes to understand better the reasons for the secret.
I really enjoyed this story. The story also included some glimpses of the English countryside (Honor is a history buff), which I really liked. It was definitely a case of an American in England and all of the misunderstandings that can come from that. A slight issue, although not as large as in some stories I have read, is the fact that Honor was married (albeit separated) and her husband was insistent on getting her back. In her mind she had left him but he didn’t agree and in the end it wasn’t about the fact that he loved her but he lost someone he was trying to impress.
reviewed by Heather
A review copy of this book was provided by the author. All ARRA members who leave a comment will go in the draw to win the book. The giveaway closes on 26 September 2012.