Wednesday, July 18, 2018

A Defense of Honor

A Defense of Honor
Haven Manor, Book 1
Kristi Ann Hunter
(Bethany House Publishers)
ISBN: 978-0764230752
June 2018/384 pages/$14.99

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.

Read an excerpt.


Kristi Ann Hunter is the author of the Hawthorne House series and a 2016 RITA Award winner, an ACFW Genesis contest winner, and a Georgia Romance Writers Maggie Award for Excellence winner. She lives with her husband and three children in Georgia. Find her online at


As a fan of Kristi Hunter's novels, I knew this would be an exceptional story, but she exceeded even my high expectations. Hunter portrays a difficult and heartrending reality of life in the early nineteenth century (and many years since) in this first book of her Haven Manor series, yet perfectly balances poignant moments with times of whimsy and joy. From the opening humorous moments involving the arboreal decor of a grand ball to the final pages, A Defense of Honor engaged, inspired, and delighted me. I immediately fell in love with the children, of course, and Kit and Graham, along with Daphne and the mysterious Jess, endeared themselves to me as well. Hunter deftly threads subtle yet important messages of forgiveness, justice, and honor throughout this compelling story. I am already eager for more of Daphne's story in Book 2, coming in February. Don't miss A Defense of Honor!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from Baker/Bethany House for a blog tour. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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