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Look for a loyal heart

“I realized then, this connection with him would be difficult to cut loose, that his presence was weaving into the tapestry of my life, and that I had no wish to untangle the woven strands any more than I wished to release his hold on my hand.”
― Jody Hedlund, A Loyal Heart

“Where would the wrongdoing stop if everyone acted out whatever moral code felt right in the moment?”
― Jody Hedlund, A Loyal Heart

“Where would the justifying stop? After all, a person’s heart could often be deceptive and greedy, lulling them into doing something that might feel right in the moment, but ultimately was driven by mixed motives.”
― Jody Hedlund, A Loyal Heart

“self-destruction only makes the pain worse, especially for the other people you love.”
― Jody Hedlund, A Loyal Heart

“I keep to my place, my lady. I don’t wish to overstep the boundaries and set a poor example to the other knights under my command. If I promote a familiarity with you, then my men may imitate me.”
― Jody Hedlund, A Loyal Heart

“Today had dawned with brilliant sunshine. I hoped we would be able to spend our time together outside again. Although truthfully, I’d decided it didn’t matter what we did or where we went. His companionship was enough. He was easy to talk to, enjoyable to be with, and challenged me to be better – to be kinder, nobler, wiser – like him.”
― Jody Hedlund, A Loyal Heart

“As we rode, I was conscious of nothing else but his hand against mine, his strong hold that was still infinitely gentle. Being with him and holding his hand was a special enough outing. I needed no more wooing than that.”
― Jody Hedlund, A Loyal Heart

“Please God, I prayed, I want to do the right thing this time. I am pledging a loyal heart to You first, to living with honor and integrity, rather than living to please men.”
― Jody Hedlund, A Loyal Heart

“As he held my gaze, something inside me crumbled, perhaps my last wall of resistance. And I realized I had no desire to oppose marriage to this man. I wanted to spend my life with him. Though we were of different stations, and though he might not be able to offer me that status and social connections that a union with Lionel Lacy could provide, I would be much richer in the things that really mattered – like honor, integrity, friendship, and even love. Was I falling in love with Aldric? The very possibility made my heart pound at double the speed. I wanted to say something, but the feeling was so new and delicate I dared not voice it yet, even to myself. I needed time to understand and test whether it was real and not just an infatuation of the moment.”
― Jody Hedlund, A Loyal Heart

“I would defend your honor at all costs, even from myself.”
― Jody Hedlund, A Loyal Heart

“I realized with startling clarity that he hadn’t needed to lock the tower door, for I wouldn’t run away even if give the opportunity. I had no desire to leave him. Not this night. Nor forevermore.”
― Jody Hedlund, A Loyal Heart

“Loyalty wasn’t a birthright. It was earned. And as much as it pained me to think of cutting myself off from Father, I had to stop living my life to please him and earn his favor. Instead, I had to live in allegiance to God and His ways first. I’d justified my stealing and sneaking and cheating for my family, for Father. But surely true loyalty wouldn’t require someone to betray their own integrity. Surely true loyalty showed steadfastness, nobility, and goodness.”
― Jody Hedlund, A Loyal Heart

“Respect and admiration meant so much more when they came from someone who lived out the qualities.”
― Jody Hedlund, A Loyal Heart

“If anyone has been a prisoner, it’s been me,” he said softly. “From the moment I laid eyes on you, you have held me captive.”
― Jody Hedlund, A Loyal Heart

“You have my heart now,” he whispered. “And it shall be loyal to you forevermore.”
― Jody Hedlund, A Loyal Heart

“You’re my greatest treasure,” he’d whispered to me when he’d explained the significance of the ring. “And though I will likely fail you from time to time, I vow to let my failures only strengthen my love for you.”
― Jody Hedlund, A Loyal Heart

“His eyes were alight with love and a happiness that I knew I’d put there. I vowed to spend my life keeping the light in his eyes alive.”
― Jody Hedlund, A Loyal Heart

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