Monday, June 18, 2018

A Defense of Honor by Kristi Ann Hunter

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A Defense of Honor
by Kristi Ann Hunter

ISBN-13: 9780764230752
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Released: June 5, 2018

Source: ebook review copy from the publisher through NetGalley.

Book Description, Modified from NetGalley:
Katherine "Kit" FitzGilbert was ruined in the estimation of London society more than a decade ago. She now helps aristocratic women who have been seduced or raped and are pregnant so they can avoid being ruined. She also discreetly raises the illegitimate children in return for payments from the fathers.

When business takes her to London and she's forced to run for her life, she escapes through a ballroom and is spotted by 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. As much as Kit desperately wishes to tell Graham everything, revealing the truth isn't worth putting him and everyone she loves in danger.

My Review:
A Defense of Honor is a Christian romance set in 1816 in England. Realistic, complex characters and vivid setting details immersed me into the story. I cared about the characters and understood why they acted the way they did. The romantic couple inspired each other to be better people and had shared interests to sustain their attraction. I love this type of story, which has real struggles without making the reader depressed. Rather, the characters find healing and freedom.

Kit pushed her shy friend into doing something that resulted in her seduction while also ruining Kit's reputation. Cast from society, Kit and her friend have found a way to save other women from the same fate while also providing a home for the resulting children. Kit's guilt runs deep, and she helps other women as a way to earn the forgiveness of her friend and God. She struggles to accept that they've already forgiven her. She also struggles with trusting God to provide for their needs.

There was no sex or bad language. Overall, I'd highly recommend this enjoyable and moving story.

If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.

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