I’m delighted to present the first full-length installment of Regency romance Haven Manor series, A Defense of Honor by Kristi Ann Hunter!
about the book
A Defense of Honor by Kristi Ann Hunter (Haven Manor book 1)
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.
One of my favorite aspects of historical fiction is in the experience of the oppressed, overlooked, and abandoned… the simple revelation of the underdogs which popular history chooses to ignore, romanticize, or gloss over. These are the stories, characters, and real-life historical counterparts that capture my attention again and again.
Katherine “Kit” FitzGilbert is a fierce and fully committed advocate for young women (who would otherwise be completely ostracized from elite society and without means to provide for even their most basic needs while the gentlemen rogues involved remain unscathed by their scandalous affairs). You go, girl, er… lady! Kit has embraced a Robin Hood-esque persona and justified her own questionable actions as the means to provide for the innocents in her charge which sent my reader heart into a tug-of-war between cheering her on and cringing over her choices.
Graham, Lord Wharton, is a delightfully genuine and perfectly imperfect gentleman who reminds me of an earnest young Mr. Knightley. Swoony! His positive attributes are too numerous for an exhaustive list! Graham doesn’t shy away from serious soul-searching when a mysterious lady captures his attention and opens his eyes to the stigma and injustices endured by those who fall from grace or those who are born as a result of a scandal. His loyalty, dedication, compassion, and faith fuel his actions and ignite his passionate pursuit of philanthropy and integrity. Again, swoon!
I fear, dear reader friends, that I have tiptoed around the spoilers for too long so I’ll wrap things up by imploring you to pick up this story and the Haven Manor prequel novella, A Search for Refuge! These books are unputdownable excellence with intriguing history, entertaining humor, and captivating romance!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
about the author
Kristi Ann Hunter is the award-winning author of the Hawthorne House series of romances set in Regency England. She is an active member of several writing communities including Romance Writers of America and American Christian Fiction Writers.
When she isn’t writing she enjoys watching cheesy Rom-Coms, reading sigh-worthy happy endings, and playing board games with her family. She lives in Georgia with her husband and three children where she works with the youth in her local church.
Find out more about Kristi and her books on her website.
Haven Manor series
Hawthorne House series
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