Being a lover of Regencies, I somehow missed out on reading any books by Kristi Ann Hunter before now. I've heard so many great things about her Hawthorne House series, that I was excited to be able to read and review A Defense of Honor, the start of her new Haven Manor series.
Ms. Hunter has a firm grasp of the Regency era, as evidenced in her writing and the many details of the period that she incorporates into the story. Regency lovers will not have anything to complain about in that quarter. The setting and the detail are what really shine in this book. I found the storyline itself to be rather slow, but it seems the author doesn’t mind taking her time and focusing more on setting and character development.
A Defense of Honor has a great cast of characters that readers will fall in love with. All of the children with their different personality traits are adorable. Our hero, Graham, has an easy going nature that one can’t help but love. I especially love the friendships and the side characters.
The story itself deals with the heavier topic of what happens to women who have children out of wedlock and the fate of those children. The author refers to everything very discreetly and with grace, but it is still a main theme of the story.
A Defense of Honor is a great addition to Christian Regency fiction! I’m excited to read some of this author’s earlier work and see how it compares. I especially love the message that all children are a gift from God, no matter the circumstances they are born into, and they deserve to know it.
Content: I would give this book a PG-13 rating due to the heavier topics dealt with in the book (read above). Some examples of the content are: references to children born out of wedlock and indiscretions.
Rating: I give this book 4 stars.
Genre: Christian fiction; Regency; Historical
I want to thank Kristi Ann Hunter and Bethany House Publishers for the complimentary copy of this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I express in this review are my own. This is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR 16, Part 255.
About the Author:
Kristi is the RITA® award winning author of Regency romance novels from a Christian worldview. Her books include the award winning Hawthorne House series as well as the newly published first stories of the Haven Manor series. Beyond writing, she is also speaker, teaching classes in writing as well as Biblical and spiritual topics. She has spoken to writers' groups, schools, and young women's groups at churches.
When she is not writing or interacting with her readers, Kristi spends time with her family and her church. A graduate of Georgia Tech with a computer science degree, she can also be found fiddling with her computer in her free time. A born lover of stories she is also an avid reader. From very young she dreamed of sharing her own stories with others and praises God daily that she gets to live that dream today.
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