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’m a fan of Kristi Ann Hunter’s writing so when I saw there was a new series coming out I grabbed up the free prequel: A Search for Refuge. And, I was a tiny bit under-impressed. It was good, but it wasn’t the stand-out read that I was expecting. (Novellas have such a hard job, trying to tell a whole well rounded story in few words).
So I wasn’t sure what I’d discover as I opened the pages of A Defense of Honor. Yet, I found myself happily and deeply engaged in the story and with every single page the novel grew on me. Graham was a brilliant character full of kindness and curiosity. It was fun to witness him discover himself as he sought his sister and encountered the mystery of Haven Manor.
This turned out to be a very satisfying read! I hope there will be more books to come in this series.
(And I would recommend that you read A Search for Refuge first because it truly does set the stage for this novel. Besides, maybe you’ll love it.)
I received a free digital pre-release copy of In Defense of Honor in exchange for my honest opinion in this review, but the full release version is already on pre-order.