From the Back of the Book
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 may come at too high a price for those she loves.
I am a giant fan of Kristi Ann Hunter's Hawthorne House series and I was a little nervous because I had heard rumblings that her new Haven Manor series was "different". In the opening scene, a bored-with-society viscount has an encounter with a mysterious woman and a potted plant and I knew right away that I was going to like this book. I am happy to say that A Defense of Honor met my expectations for this author and was a wonderful read.
The plant-encountering viscount is Graham and he was my favorite character in the book. He has had an easy life and he knows and appreciates that. He is tired of looking for a wife in society where he feels women are pleasant, but boring. He doesn't want to sit around and wait for his father to die so he can become an earl. Graham is looking for a purpose. He is one of those heroes that makes my heart give a happy sigh.
Kit, the mystery woman, is helping illegitimate children born to women in society. It was really interesting to learn how she ended up in this position. I admired her bravery, both in the face of danger and in taking on more than a dozen children to raise with the help of only a small number of people. I enjoyed watching her learn to trust God.
The children were a nice addition to the story. Graham's thoughts about the children when he initially started interacting with them were comical! They way Graham continued to interact and build relationships with the children also endeared him to me.
One of the things I especially like about this author is the way she intertwines spiritual themes into her books. At one point Graham walks away from Kit because of the tactics she's using to garner support for the children. Graham points out that she's not trusting God and that what she's doing is wrong. We also watch Kit learn that she can't earn God's love or forgiveness through her works in addition to watching her learn to trust God to provide.
If you like Regency Christian fiction, I highly recommend this book! I am sad to be leaving it and am anxiously anticipating the next book in the series!
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