by Kristi Ann Hunter
Series: Haven Manor (Book 1)
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (June 5, 2018)
When Katherine “Kit” FitzGilbert turned her back on London society more than a decade ago, she determined never to set foot in a ballroom again. But when business takes her to London and she’s forced to run for her life, she stumbles upon not only a glamorous ballroom but also Graham, Lord Wharton. What should have been a chance encounter becomes much more as Graham embarks on a search for his friend’s missing sister and is convinced Kit knows more about the girl than she’s telling.
After meeting Graham, Kit finds herself wishing things could have been different for the first time in her life, but what she wants can’t matter. Long ago, she dedicated herself to helping women escape the same scorn that drove her from London and raising the innocent children caught in the crossfire. And as much as she desperately wishes to tell Graham everything, revealing the truth isn’t worth putting him and everyone she loves in danger.
A Defense of Honor is a standalone book and can be read as such. However, the prequel A Search for Refuge really helps set the stage and it is free on Amazon.
This book had a unique and interesting plot, especially for the time period. I have read a lot of stories set during this era and have never read anything like this.
It had a mix of very serious topics along with some funny moments. I loved the ongoing joke of how Kit FitzGilbert and Lord Graham Wharton met and their love of dancing with plants.
While this book is largely about the aristocracy it stills has a raw realness to it with feelings and situations that are seen today.
One of the themes of this book was learning to follow God’s will. Also, needing to realize how blessed you are and that to be a good person you must help those who are less fortunate.
“A good man sees what he’s been given and does the best he can to earn it.”
I really enjoyed that this book was not predictable, had an interesting storyline, and there were a number of characters I want to know even more about in future books.