Book Review, History

Book Review: A Defense of Honor by Kristi Ann Hunter

Unknown-1When 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.


I wanted to like this book. And I did, until it got to the end. The characters were interesting, there was humor, the mystery was suspenseful, it was good. Until the end.

*Minor Spoiler Alert*

So in the end, Kit’s remaining secret comes out, Graham freaks out, decides he can never be with her even though he loves her (a bit melodramatic?) and makes the right decision to help her by telling her exactly what she’s done wrong and then helping her with logistic stuff regarding Haven Manor. I’ve never enjoyed plots (or relationships) that revolve around one person being 100% right and one person being 100% wrong and realizing it when person one calls them out.

In my opinion, Kit’s secret wasn’t that bad. I personally feel as though everyone slightly overreacted. Was it the best thing to do? No. Was it morally correct? Probably not. But Kit was in a tight situation with limited opportunities and several people depending on her, and she did what she had to. Additionally, Graham seemed to get over the issue pretty quickly when she finally saw things his way.

I was also put out that Daphne didn’t end up married. And it felt weird that Kit moved from taking care of fourteen people to then finding families for most of them and living as the wife of a future earl while leaving Daphne and Jess to work at Haven Manor.

*End Spoiler Alert*

Overall, it wasn’t a bad book. It was engaging, and despite largely revolving around illegitimate children in Regency-era England, it was clean.

I received this book from Bethany House Publishers for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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