At the outset, I anticipated relating to Kit, her journey to being an empowered woman, but I found myself more in sync with the gentle and principled aristocrat Graham. The story centers around fallen women and their babies. Kit’s story is more intense and complicated than I anticipated and the healing journey she goes on throughout A defense of honor by Kristi Ann Hunter, is both encouraging and interesting. I loved the ending, it was so realistic and yet hopeful! I am relieved and excited that this book starts a series! I look forward to spending time with this great cast of characters! This is highly recommended and five out of five for me!

From the back 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.

I received a complimentary copy of the book from Bethany House Publishers through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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