Prior to the English Civil War, Honor falls in love with Sir Richard Grenville, 26 to her 16. They dally unseen in the fruit trees, and he tells her to come to him if she needs him. Two years later, when her family wants to force her to marry someone she hates on first sight, she runs to him. While he's not expecting this, he takes advantage of it, and beds her. With a houseful of guests, he's honor bound to marry her, in spite of his womanizing reputation, to keep hers. While her family isn't happy, his charm wins them over. The day before the wedding, she is badly injured in a hunting accident that Richard's sister could have prevented. Honor's pride sends him away, and for 15 yrs she learns to live with paralysis, physical pain, and without the man she still loves. When Civil War comes to Cornwall, she's living alone, with her faithful servant, but her brothers insist she join them. Richard finds her there, when as King's General of the West, sent to raise the siege of nearby Plymouth. She doesn't want to see him, but soon they vow undying love, though she refuses to marry him. He comes to see her when he can, and he brings what supplies he can, for this is the starving time. Parliament soldiers are billeted at their house, goods and all animals are used up. He escapes, barely, and goes to Holland. Honor manages to get his son, of whom she's grown fond, away. She knows she'll never see him again, and by the end of the book, she and her unmarried brother are living together on their unspoken memories. Full of action and sadness.
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