“A Defense of Honor” by Kristi Ann Hunter

First of all, can we all just take a moment to admire this breath-taking cover!!!

“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.”

This was a much anticipated read for me! I had read her Hawthorne House series and loved it!!  (well, I did have some qualms with one book  Read my reviews here, here and here) So when I saw a new series coming out, I was super excited! I read the free prequel novella and then anxiously awaited the release of the first book. It did not disappoint!

First of all, I love the Regency turn period, and she did a great job with the opening, putting me right in the setting…except I knew how the novella had ended so I was quite intrigued to see what Kit was doing back in a ballroom. That first scene between her and Wharton, one of the best in the book!

So that brings me to secondly, the characters! I loved each of them, including all the children. Jess has got to be a favorite, but I’m anxious to know the continuation of sweet Daphne’s story as well. Oh my, one of my favorite parts though was about Lord Eversly and Blake! I wanna see the continuation of that story! So, if I had to pick just one character…I couldn’t.

Lastly, I come to the story arch and the spiritual depth of the book. Wow, so good! One thing Mrs. Hunter has a knack for is creating a really great story that carries you along and then in the last third of the book, the spiritual lessons that the characters learn and their experiences are just impressive. This is by far one of the best. Highly recommend this book.

I will make the disclaimer that the main theme of this book is illegitimate children and the fact that their parents (well, specifically fathers) are rascals in society. There are absolutely no inappropriate details, so my rating is still 5 Stars!

*Disclaimer: I received an electronic copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Thank you for this opportunity!

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