My Review: A Bride of Honor by Ruth Axtell Morren
From Amazon: It is a truth universally acknowledged that a lady of rank and distinction is no match for an impoverished preacher. Yet Damian Hathaway is entranced from the moment he spies Miss Lindsay Phillips entering his church. She doesn't appear any different from the other pampered society ladies—and she's betrothed to a gentleman of the ton. But Damian is determined to find the pure heart he's sure exists underneath all the ruffles and lace. The unlikely friendship formed by Damian and Lindsay is a revelation to them both, but is frowned upon by her parents—and Damian's parishioners. Torn between two worlds, the pair must trust that their love can bridge the divide—and conquer all.
My Review: I would say that Steeple Hill's fiction line isn't the most thought provoking line with their stories often leaning more towards light romance (which I happen to love), however one of their writers, Ruth Morren writes some heart rending, sensitive, and thoroughly emotional stories that pack a serious punch. Her latest book, A Bride of Honor is another example of her terrific gift for story telling.
Like most Christian fiction there is a strong faith based message as well as a romance that will make you sigh. The difference with Ruth's stories is that they often involve a lot of drama and everything isn't always happy, the characters are true to life and deal with issues such as miscarriage, failed relationships and class relations.
I really enjoyed this book and the characters of Damian, a poor clergyman, and Lindsay, a wealthy lady of the ton. The whole story follows their relationship from first bloom of love through church controversy and the scandal of a hasty marriage. It really is an emotional roller coaster ride and you can't help but feel the love and the pain that Damian and Lindsay must deal with. Ruth does not disappoint and with each book gives me a reason to look forward to her next release.
*Many thanks to Lori @ Some of My Favorite Things for sending me this wonderful book!*