A Defense of Honor (Haven Manor Series #1)

A Defense of Honor (Haven Manor Series #1)

by Kristi Ann Hunter


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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.

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ISBN-13: 9780764230752
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/05/2018
Series: Haven Manor Series , #1
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 230,905
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

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 www.kristiannhunter.com.

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A Defense of Honor 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 reviews.
JenniferPurcell 7 months ago
This book is the first in a trilogy. The prologue sets up the premise of the series: three children are orphaned when their mother succumbs to illness and are separated. That in itself was enough to pique my interest. Unfortunately, it wasn’t kept. It’s not that it was necessarily bad. The premise itself is interesting: a new schoolteacher arrives in town, but one of the students’ parents isn’t convinced that she takes the job seriously. Colin Murphy is convinced Felicia Kristoffersen will marry and leave the school without a teacher again. Felicia just wants a job and a place to belong. Of course this leads to some misunderstanding, and at times I found the conflict a bit tiring. It was also a bit slow at times. One thing I did enjoy was Felicia’s relationship with Colin’s daughter Charity. It was endearing to see Charity so excited for a new teacher, and I loved seeing Felicia’s efforts to help Charity learn to read. And it was obvious Colin loved his daughter. That relationship was also endearing. A secondary character, Kathleen, had some scenes from her perspective, and I found myself rooting for her and her romance. At times I enjoyed her storyline better than Felicia and Colin’s. But all in all, this book was just a pleasant diversion for a weekend. I may change my mind and read the other books later, but I don’t know right now. I’m not giving up on Robin Lee Hatcher, though. This was my first book by her, but I’ve heard her other books are really good. I may check them out in the future.
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Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This is a great book of romance and intrigue. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
rkfall More than 1 year ago
A Defense of Honor is a wonderful Historical Christian Fiction. I felt that this author painted the scenes really well. The main character was formerly of high society and the intermingling involved in higher society was written well. Unfortunately, the actives behind the scene were penned most likely accurately and quite saddening. She leaves the high society life and turns her life to be one of purpose in helping those in need of help. She is looked at as one of their mothers and her role, as well as the other 2 women helping, are one of inspiration in a needed place. I really enjoyed this read and look forward to reading more from this author. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. The only problem was the inaccuracy in writing for the time period. But besides that, I liked it. It’s not my favorite Regency romance, but I was impressed. The synopsis didn’t even draw me in, but as I started reading, I couldn’t stop. I loved Kit. She was amazing and spunky and funny and awesome incarnate. She was a great female main character; I rooted for her the whole time. Graham was not as good as Kit, but I liked him a lot too. They definitely added so much to this really great read.
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
A Defense of Honor Haven Manor #1 By Kristi Ann Hunter Katherine FitzGilbert has turned her back on London society after being caught up in a scandal - one that ruined her reputation and that of a dear friend. What started out as an errand of mercy to the unwanted and castoff children of society has turned into a mission of vengeance. And this time Kit finds herself in trouble having to hide within the very society that she has scorned. Unfortunately, her hiding place doesn't hide her from the all too bored eyes of Lord Wharton (aka Graham). Intrigued by the glimpse of a woman hiding in the foliage at the edges of the ballroom he meets a mysterious woman who disappears as quickly as she darted in. Kit has a secret that she is determined none shall uncover - she is The Governess. A title that strikes fear into the hearts of gentlemen who allow themselves to ruin the reputations of young ladies. And The Governess makes them pay for their children that she cares for. But someone is seeking The Governess threatening all that Kit and those aiding her have created in an abandoned estate in a small village that no one pays any mind to. When Graham unexpectedly shows up Kit fears that he may discover what they are hiding and reveal what he learns. But the children touch his heart and his short stay offers the children a break from the tedium of their life bringing laughter to their home. Seeking to help a friend Graham never expected to see the mysterious woman from the ball when they set out to find his young sister. But an unguarded comment set him off leading him to Haven Manor and leaving him with questions - questions that could answer the one that he seeks "Where was Priscilla?" When confronted about her lack of trust in God to provide for the children and her need to exact vengeance Kit is left in turmoil. Could she have been wrong all these years? Should she have given the fathers from whom she has been collecting financial support the opportunity to do the right thing by their children? A Defense of Honor is an interesting look at London Society and what the consequences to those who fall prey to their passions and their children must endure. A firstborn son who will never inherit. A daughter who will never have a season. Children whose only future is one of labor and not one of society. I really liked Graham and his friend Aaron Whitworth, who was one of society's castoff children who was known to his father and supported but not accepted by society. Fans of Kristi's Hawthorne House series should enjoy this one too. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher via their blogger program with no expectation but an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
LisetteRue More than 1 year ago
After willingly turning away from London society over a decade ago, Katherine “Kit” FitzGilbert finds herself in the type of place she swore never to return to. A ballroom. In so doing, she has promised a dance to a potted shrubbery and encountered Graham, the Viscount Wharton. She has not heard of him, which is to his credit, as she has spent these years dedicating herself to helping women escape life-ruining wrath and disdain, and they raise the innocent children that resulted. Graham is intrigued by Kit, and he knows not how to find her again. But first things first. One of his best friends, Oliver, Lord Farnsworth, is desperately trying to locate his missing sister, Priscilla. It’s apparent that his father knows why Prissy is missing, but he has set a stubborn line and will reveal nothing. The only piece of information Oliver has is a strange, albeit legitimate, contract. Graham embarks on a search with Oliver and eventually finds himself at Haven Manor. The more Graham learns about Kit and the children, the more his eyes are opened. He wants to help, though he’s unsure exactly what he should do. But he doesn’t know Kit’s entire story. If he did, would he be repulsed by her past? Or the person she is now? Having enjoyed the previous book I read from this author, I was curious to see where this new series would go, and I was not disappointed. I felt this first story in the Haven Manor series read at a steady clip. I enjoyed how well Hunter introduced her main and supporting characters; they are well fleshed-out to be believable individuals and not carbon copies of other characters. I appreciate that flaws are visible even while characters are faithful. For example, Kit’s heart is in the right place, but the way she goes about obtaining and maintaining funds is misguided. No one likes a bully, after all. But flaws give her room to grow, just as our flaws give us endless room to grow. -- Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions are expressly my own.
busymomoftwo More than 1 year ago
A Defense of Honor is a piece of Regency Fiction, set in 1816 London and the nearby countryside. This first novel in Hunter's new Haven Manor series was a terrific story, that had a balance of suspense, compassion and love. The author does a great job transporting the reader in time and location, allowing us to feel a part of the story. The author does a great job of developing the characters at the right depth for connection with the endearing, unique characters within the story. In addition, there is a thread of humor which even further endears the reader. The book opens at a party, Graham is bored with the status quo of the social scene and follows a flash of green that is hiding behind a potted bush, a woman who we later learn is Kit. 'Though why would a woman wear such an eye-catching color if she intended to plant herself behind the potted shrubbery all evening? Plant herself behind the shrubbery. A grin crossed Graham's face as he chuckled at his own cleverness." "His palms started to itch...It was the itch of curiosity..at last, here was something new and unusual." From there the book takes off at a good pace and never stopped. It kept me fully engaged, as the characters paths cross paths later and the author explores the secrets going on in the book. I had a hard time putting it down, but was glad that it was a longer story that allowed me to be part of the experience for longer because even with that once I reached the end, I wanted it to continue (good thing is it is the first in a series, so another book will be coming). The story line was more unique than most of the period fiction books that I have read in the past. Even in those stories where the characters have a cause, they are less immersed in it than in this story. The women in this story have created Haven Manor into a world of it's own. The manor is filled with delightful, innocent, charming children, who despite their challenged background, of which they are unaware, they are being raised with love, the benefit of education exposure to art and music and life skills that will allow them to support themselves as adults. Kit's love and concern for the mothers and children that she helped was sincere, but since it was fueled through guilt she found herself justifying underhanded methods of providing for the children and the manor. It wasn't until the wrongness of the actions were pointed out by Graham that she reflected upon her actions, the way that she had justified the actions and devised a plan to undo the wrongs she had done to redeem herself. The book dealt with forgiveness, redemption, the issue of rejection, the challenges of societal norms and the reliance on God to see you through difficult situations. Overall, it was a great story. It found balance in the threads of secrets and mystery, friendship and love, and forgiveness and redemption. Hunter writes an engaging story and I can't wait to read more. A complimentary review copy was provided to m.
Julie12 More than 1 year ago
This book started out fast paced and never stopped. I had a hard time putting it down and loved the settings, the characters and the story line. This book is set in one of my favorite eras and places - early 19th century England. The author transports us back to this time perfectly and I felt like I was actually there. I love when an author can truly describe things in such a way as to bring us fully into the story. We meet Kit when she is hiding behind a large potted plant at a party. She is a strong woman of great character and I love that she is willing to do what she needs to do to protect and take care of those she cares about. Graham, the Viscount Wharton, is quite bored by all he's required to do and the pretense of most women he meets. He's looking for something or someone different and, when he meets Kit, he is fully intrigued! There are a lot of secrets going on in this book - some believable for this time in history and some not. That was my only negative thought about this book - that some of the situations were not really believable for this time and place in history. All in all, this was a good book. I do like that it dealt with the issue of rejection and the reliance on God through the different difficult situations. Yes, there are some things that don't ring true, but all in all, it was a lovely story with characters I truly cared about. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. *This book was provided to me for my honest review by Bethany House. I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
I adored Kristi's previous series, I seriously loved every book. So what could she do now? Well she did it. She has written another wonderful series. Of course this is only the first book but I loved it. It has a very unique story line, not what I was expecting at all. It kept me fully engaged.  This book as about learning to trust God, having faith. Kit struggles with this, for good reason.  There is some really powerful dialogue in this book. I wish I could remember exactly, but I remember reading something Graham said and was like, yeah, that's truth right there.  I can't wait to see where the series goes.  A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own. 
JustCommonly More than 1 year ago
"I don't care if the sky opens up and God tells us to build an ark. We're having a picnic." (185) Goodness. Kristi Ann Hunter continues to solidify her place in my heart as one of my favorite must-read authors with A Defense of Honor. The first full novel of the Haven Manor series, I wish I can read it over and over again right this minute. Where shall I start in sharing why I love it so? How about this quote: "'Favorite book?. . .'You can't ask a booklover such a question. It's like asking a mother who her favorite child is." (192) There's that bit of kindred spirit acknowledgement going there from the author, and I love it. Besides that, I loved the premise of the Haven Manor itself. The charitable thought is eye opening towards historical details but also something to think about in relation to modern society. Though, I must say, the highlight for me is meeting the three ladies, Kit, Daphne and of course, Jess. They are so special in their own way, and makes way for readers to be able to really connect with one or more of them. "Because I want to save you from your boring sacrificial existence and make you go for a walk in the moonlight with a handsome gentleman." (199) The men does not play second fiddle, but I do find it fascinating in comparison to the author's first series, Hawthorne House, I'm much more compelled by the heroines in Haven Manor. Yet, that is not to say the men, namely Graham, Oliver and Aaron are less enticing. Trust me, they are not, and how fun are they! "The ghosts that haunt you the most are the ones you refuse to acknowledge. The past you try to bury has the most power to hurt you." (171) Besides the characters and the premise, the storyline and the underlining message of God's plan and our value in God's eyes will touch every reader at some point. Self-forgiveness plays a part, but finding ourselves amidst whatever holds us back, and trusting that His plan for us will be provided makes for some strong emotion in me. "I think, on some level, it was what I thought God wanted me to do. That He'd entrusted me with this idea. . . day by day, He lets us keep doing it, so we do." (189) In all, A Defense of Honor claimed a place on my forever shelf and on my must revisit list. It will grasp you by the hand and tug you to follow through to the end. And when you close that last page, you may have realized you've filled the pages with tabbed or highlighted areas that you love, like me. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
Homesteading More than 1 year ago
Haven Manor is almost a world unto itself. It drew me into its halls, filling my heart with compassion and love for the women and children who reside there. The cast of characters is a treasure trove. I loved witnessing their lives change and enrich through each other. Hunter writes authentic Regency, the details and descriptions seem so real. A Defense of Honor is the first book in a new trilogy by acclaimed author, Kristi Ann Hunter. It is a moving look at what life possibly warranted for women compromised and bearing illegitimate children of the aristocracy. I never gave much thought to the subject and was quite intrigued as I read along. Katherine “Kit” FitzGilbert finds her life changed from that of a dazzling debutante to a do-whatever-it-takes champion of these women. All she imagines for them is the work house, or even death, if she doesn’t step in and seek to provide a haven in order to protect them and their children from a lugubrious future. Needless to say, Kit is untrusting of men and reasons that none would step forward to do the right thing without strong-arm tactics. Graham, Lord Wharton, is simply a refreshing character and exactly whom Kit needs to become acquainted with to show her the fallacy of her thinking. He is heir to an earldom, looking for purpose in life. He has no dark and dangerous history as is often found in Regencies, which upon first glance may seem dull but he is anything but! Hunter has written an exceptionally romantic character in Wharton. There is a viridity about him that I found refreshing. Historical fiction fans will undoubtedly savor this narrative of mystery, cunning manipulation, mysterious chess pieces, delightfully charming children, heart-stirring romance, containing themes of forgiveness and redemption. I know I was enraptured and had a difficult time setting it aside to do other things. I eagerly await book two. I was provided a print copy of the book from the publisher. No review was required. No compensation has been received.
Leonas_Lines More than 1 year ago
“A Defense of Honor” by Kristi Ann Hunter (Haven Manor Series Book 1) Whatever you are looking for in a Historical Romance I feel you will find it, and more, in this book. Kristi Ann Hunter has woven mystery, intrigue, fear, drama, deception, trickery, blackmail, prejudice, honor, love, compassion, strength and faith into a historical setting in the 1800’s London and its outskirts. The main character Katherine “Kit” FitzGilbert is a determined woman who is on a mission to seek justice for those who society has rejected, her intentions are admirable, even though her method of attaining that justice is not. She is a woman of deep faith, yet her independent spirit, coupled with a guilty conscience, causes her to take things into her own hands instead of seeking God’s way and will in the matter. Throughout the book you will led on a journey thru London and it’s high society, meeting many people of royalty and those who are of lesser status. You will get a glimpse into how life was lived there in the 1800’s and It will, at times, be a confusing journey as you meet many characters and get bits and pieces of information that cause you to wonder what this story is all about. It’s rather like putting together a puzzle one page at a time. But, in the end, when all the pieces begin to fit together, you will be touched to the heart by what is revealed. It is a book that you will have difficulty putting down once you begin reading but once you reach the end, you will want it to continue. I highly recommend reading this book, you will not be disappointed, and if you do, I imagine you will be looking forward, as I am, to reading Haven Manor 2 whenever it is released. (I received this book from Bethany House Publishers but was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my own.)
Moonpie72 More than 1 year ago
This is my first book of Ms. Hunter’s to read and it has left me wanting to read all of them. I cannot even begin to express how much I liked this book and how well written it is. In the early 1800’s in England, a young aristocratic woman that found herself expecting out of wedlock had no hope. The standard protocol for the family was to disown her or send her away. Shame and ruin of the family name in society outweighed a daughter’s needs or that of the innocent child. Fathers of these precious babes were far and few between who would step up and take responsibility. Twelve years earlier Kit left her life of privilege and wealth to embark on the mission to help these unwed mothers and save their children. It was all due to her feeling responsible for her friend, Daphne ending up in the family way. In that time they had grown to a family of 12 children, her, Daphne and another woman named Jess. Her love and concern for the mothers and children were sincere but she was fueled by her guilt and trying to somehow pay for Daphne’s plight. Her methods of providing for everyone were somewhat underhanded and dark, but she saw it as justifiable with so many lives at stake. During one of her excursions into London she finds herself being chased and finds retreat hiding behind the plants at an elite ball. Lord Graham Wharton spots her and is captivated by her. Even after she flees he cannot forget her. About this time he is drawn into his friend Oliver’s search for his sister who has disappeared. Unwittingly he finds himself on Kit’s doorstep literally. Secrets unfold, romance blossoms and God begins to work in all their lives. Not only is this an intriguing novel, but I found it inspirational too. Trust in God was a strong thread that ran throughout the story. I saw how sometimes we think we trust Him and are not. We can get so drawn into “taking care” of ourselves we do not see we have put Him aside. The author also beautifully illustrated how He is taking care of your problems even though the answers have not appeared. I love love, loved this book! I cannot wait to read the next two in the series! You can read the novella that precedes the book, A Search for Refuge for free on Amazon! I received this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have stated are my own.
grammy57 More than 1 year ago
This is a very good book. The editing was done very well. The story line flowed well, and the characters were unique. The basis of the book is unwed mother's and the illegitimate children. This was of interest to me as my great grandmother was the head of an unwed mother's home before she married. It is hard to remember/know what stigma was attached to these mother's and children. And, just as it is today, the father's were not to blame in most cases. The story catches your attention at the beginning and keeps it until the end. I recommend this story to all who enjoy, clean, Christian, historical, and romance novels. You won't be disappointed.
LyssMax22 More than 1 year ago
A must read! I thought it would be just another Regency romance; boy, was I wrong! Hunter’s novel is unlike any other of its kind. The characters are well-developed and the plot is captivating. You'll be waiting on pins and needles for the next book in the series! *I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I’m not even sure where to start this review . . . I simply fell in love with this book and the characters! I’ve been a huge fan of Ms. Hunter’s books since reading her very first one, which was actually a novella to introduce her first series. And I’ve happily fallen into each of her books, smiling at the end, but also sad that the journey is over, at least for now. So learning she had a new series beginning made this book addict incredibly happy! And as expected, I was not disappointed in the least! I never have a favorite of her books, except for perhaps the one I’ve just finished. For the moment, this one must be m favorite, until I reread one of the others. I can’t even begin to describe what makes her writing style different, but there is something that is just distinctly Kristi Ann Hunter. I’m actually not even typically that much of a fan of the Regency time period, so her books are definitely the exception to my rule. They are unique, at least to me. I so enjoy the genuineness. The characters simply come alive and I often feel as though I’m right there with them. I adore the humor she weaves into them. I don’t often read Regency novels that make me laugh like hers do: out loud and often. I so appreciate the depth in her stories. They aren’t “preachy,” but at the same time, I often find myself convicted by something one of the characters is struggling with. I can see myself in them or in the situation and that just deepens how much I’m enjoying the story, lighthearted though it often was. I immensely enjoyed getting to know all of the characters in this book, from Graham and his friends (I’m hoping we’ll see more of them!), to Kit and the ladies at the manor, and of course the children that simply stole the show, more often than not! If you enjoy stories that tug on your heart, but also encourage you to laugh out loud in public places, then I highly recommend this book! *My thanks to the author for my copy of this book! I was not required to write a review, positive or otherwise, and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
qietspirit1 More than 1 year ago
Book Review: A Defense of Honor: Haven Manor 1 By Kristi Ann Hunter After Kathryn Fitz Gilbert chose to leave the London society because of a rumor about her, she became ‘Kit’ and chose to spend twelve years hidden away from people in rural England. Now she has business in London. A chance meeting with a titled man causes her to reflect on her past and wish that things could have been different. Then that man, Graham, Lord Wharton, stumbles onto her new life. Can Kit forgive herself for the ruined life that she feels responsible for? And the lives she has tried to save? Kristi Ann Hunter has created an excellent story of inspiration and romance tied into a Regency genre book. She has described the settings well. The characters come alive as they interact with one another. I recommend this book to those who enjoy reading historical romance books. A Defense of Honor is the first of a series. I plan to watch for and read the books that follow.
CaraPutman More than 1 year ago
An important story, beautifully told. Touching and relevant to today. The characters will creep into your heart and you will think of them long after you've finished reading the story. It shines a light through the lens of history on an important issue and theme.
kp68 More than 1 year ago
On the opening pages of Kristi Ann Hunter's latest tale, A Defense of Honor, you are introduced to the main characters in this tale, Katherine "Kit" FitzGilbert and Graham, Lord Warton. Kit is a young woman who has left the London social scene to focus on caring for illegitimate children, who have sadly been left as orphans. Graham is a wealthy young man, who is looking for something of value to fill the hours of his life, other than gambling and dancing his days away. Watch and see what these two young people find! When Graham meets a beautiful woman in the shadows of a London ballroom, you have no idea what will happen next. Graham leaves the room with only her name, Kit, and no idea where he can find her again! Graham soon leaves town to help a friend try to locate his sister, who is pregnant and has been sent off by their father. When Graham goes off searching through some woods, outside the village where they are staying, he soon finds two young children in need of help. When he takes the children back to their home, he suddenly sees children pop up everywhere, as well as the three women who are caring for them. Surprisingly one of them is Kit! The start of this tale is a bit slow; however, once Graham encounters Kit and the children, the story moves a bit faster. As you see God working in both of Graham and Kit's lives, you will soon see a solution come to light about how to best care for these young lives!
parmilespages More than 1 year ago
This book is difficult to write a review on, not because I didn’t like the book but because I don’t want to reveal anything about the plot. The beginning is vague about what is going on and is shrouded in mystery. And I believe the author wanted it that way on purpose. Part of the appeal of the book is trying to figure out the intent and purpose of Haven Manor and what drew the characters there in the first place. Like Graham, the reader embarks on a journey to discover Kit’s secrets and her past. And Kit is purposely elusive in an effort to protect those under her care. Although Kit has a noble motivation for her actions, somewhere in the process, her motivation becomes skewed and self-reliant. The plot is based on two intriguing moral dilemmas and I applaud the author for her willingness to use them as the backdrop of her narrative and romance. One of the things I appreciated about the characters was the way they evolved, repented, and learned to forgive. I was also fond of the relationships the two main characters, Kit and Graham, had with their friends and their sense of loyalty in supporting them. Graham’s humor and wit was a notable addition to a serious story and added the right amount of levity. Some of the characters, namely Jess, remained surrounded in mystery as to why they were at Haven Manor, which I am assuming will be covered in book two of the series. So in that aspect, this was a good introduction to piquing further interest in the characters and story. Because of the vagueness, I occasionally found myself rereading sentences trying to discern the meaning and who was being referenced with a particular pronoun. The ending was satisfying but a bit rushed with the hero coming to the rescue and solving all the problems when the situation looked bleak. The spiritual aspect of the story centers on Kit’s independence and lack of trust in God’s provisions, which was well illustrated and explained. I would highly recommend reading this historical romance. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.
TrishRobertson More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed getting to know Graham and Kit. They are unique, well-written characters that won’t soon leave your imagination. Graham has a fun sense of humor and a playful endearing quality that draws you in and makes you want to linger. Kit is more serious. She is determined and practical. She needs a little encouragement to let down her hair and laugh. Graham is just the man for the job. Haven Manor is a hidden gem. A safe place of refuge for those who the elite of society has deemed unworthy, and has cast aside. Kristy Ann Hunter has given us a new series of Regency-era stories to enjoy. New characters to meet and a fresh look at an often hidden side of the Regency era. While this story deals with the delicate subject matter of the seemingly rampant indiscretions of the nobility and elite class in Regency London, it is handled with grace and points toward the importance of trusting God. With dynamic, original characters and a vivid setting, this delightful story is sure to not only entertain but to also leaves the reader with something to think about beyond the story itself. I give this story 4.5 stars and I eagerly anticipate the next stories in this new series. (I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this novel. It is very well written, descriptive enough to imagine everything that takes place, and actually has a well developed romance. This just makes me want to read the author's other novels, just because of that. Kit is a character with lots of depth. She is very secretive about her past, which is what led her to where she is now. She struggles with lots of regret and sadness over what had happened. Graham's character isn't as much developed...but the romance between them is. It was nice to watch them slowly fall for each other throughout the book. I would have really liked to know more about Graham's parents and Jess, but you can't have everything you want. Overall, I definitely recommend you read this. Books like this are incredibly rare to find.
Baranski1987 More than 1 year ago
A Defense of Honor is book one in the Haven Manor series by Kristi Ann Hunter. If you love the Regency area romance than this is the book for you. This story is one that grabs at the heartstrings. This is a story that is full of love, hope, longing, dreams and what has been. I love the protectiveness and determination of Kit. Then there is Graham oh my. A girls dream guy. Be sure to get your copy of A Defense of Honor today.
BookwormMama2014 More than 1 year ago
The first thing I said to my hubby after I started reading this book was, "It has been WAY too long since I have read a Kristi Ann Hunter book." I absolutely LOVE her style and voice. The humor infused with the stark realities of life. The faith combined with growth. And the adventures...OH, the adventures these characters have is of epic proportions. The first thing that stood out to me in this story is the completely new-to-me setting and theme. Although set in Regency England, we spend most of our time outside of London in a forgotten manor. Our leading lady is one who has been scorned by society and lives to protect those who would also be outcasts. I love Kit's passion and heart. She learns so much along her journey and in the end, becomes even more beautiful because of the trust she puts in God. Lord Wharton is swoony on all accounts. His love for the children and for Kit produce such tingling sensations as to set my heart ablaze with admiration. If you are a fan of Regency books and haven't read a Kristi Ann Hinter book...WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? If you HAVE read her books...You NEED to get this one in your hands...like yesterday. A Defense of Honor is my favorite KAH story to date and I can't wait to see what she has in store for us next! I received a complimentary copy of A Defense of Honor through NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.