- File Size: 8460 KB
- Print Length: 386 pages
- Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (June 5, 2018)
- Publication Date: June 5, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B079C29QCS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,720 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"Regency romance at its best."--Library Journal
"A lovely addition to the Regency genre."--Publishers Weekly starred review
"Hunter once again proves she has the key to inspirational-romance and traditional-Regency readers' hearts."--Booklist
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 to raising the innocent children caught in the crossfire. But as much as she desperately wishes to tell Graham everything, the risk of revealing the truth may come at too high a price for those she loves.
"Hunter skillfully develops the main characters in her first Haven Manor installment, giving up enough about supporting personalities to ensure their stories will draw readers back."--Christian Market
"The first novel in Hunter's new Haven Manor series is both gripping and heartwarming at the same time. . . . Hunter communicates her storyline with such grace and passion, showing light on God's mercy and how He can restore any broken situation for His glory."--RT Book Reviews Top Pick
"With her usual flair for nuanced characterization and an abundance of heart-tugging emotion, RITA award winner Hunter launches her new Haven Manor series with a beautifully crafted tale of love and faith."--Booklist
"Kit and her friends are delightful people with simple, homespun faith. They learn valuable spiritual lessons as our story progresses . . . . A Defense of Honor is peopled with charming characters and contains delightful prose." --All About Romance --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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I loved everything about this book. It was fun watching the relationship develop between Kit and Graham and gratifying to witness her change of heart about her methods of collecting funding and learning to depend on the Lord to provide. An excellent plot with wonderful characters and several unexpected twists, A Defense of Honor held my attention throughout. I look forward to more titles by this author.
Speaking of that uncommon variant, I applaud Kristi Ann for dealing so frankly with unwed mothers and illegitimate children in Regency England. The stigma surrounding these groups still exists, but in Kit and Graham's time, it was so much more prevalent. Although Kit comes to the correct conclusion that blackmail is not the way to deal with this problem, it's hard not to sympathize and empathize with her choices. But the fact that she, Graham, and other characters must learn to deal with a world where justice is imperfect, makes for some good spiritual threads.
Kit's spiritual arc is again unusual, but perhaps one of the best and most unique I've seen lately. That is, Kit is a believer and respects God with all her heart. At the same time, she has fallen into the human trap of trusting her own devices for everything, because painful experience has taught her she has no choice. So many times Christians, especially modern ones, are taught, "Christians do not think this/act this way/have this problem, so therefore, you are a bad Christian or were never one at all." Kit's journey in grace and a new level of belief gives readers both hope and perhaps the courage to seek new levels of grace themselves.
Some fairly significant flaws exist. Narrative summary pops up a lot, such that it often seems the book depends on an outside narrator almost entirely. Information and characterization is told, not shown, and repeated (the biggest example is probably Graham's boredom and disillusionment, which informs his character so much he seems two-dimensional). Some threads, like the romance, are thin, and as another reviewer noted, some of the language is inaccurate for the period (kid, mess this up, hassle, and so on).
By rights, I should not have enjoyed this book. I can think of at least three things that would've made it better, such as deeper characterization and more time with the children. That said, something in Kristi Ann Hunter's style is so winsome, homey, and comforting that flaws are more easily forgiven. Some of them, such as narrative summary, feel more stylistic than grating. And this book passed the biggest test, in that it made me want to read the next one in the series. It doesn't get a glowing recommendation, but I find it pretty enjoyable.