My Review: A Bride of Honor by Ruth Axtell Morren

By Ruth Axtell Morren
Copyright 2009
Steeple Hill Publishers
396 pages
ISBN: 978-0373-78650-3
Historical Romance

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!*


  1. Great review! I'll have to check out this author!

  2. Another great review, Renee! I can't wait to get my hands on a copy:~)
    Love Ya,

  3. I agree with inthehammockblog and Ashley W.--this is another great review. I'm glad you enjoyed this book so much. :)

  4. WOW! I really do need to take lessons from you on writing reviews! Mine are down-right childish next to yours. Thank you for sharing!

    I'm so glad you enjoyed this book, Renee. As you know, I loved it! Thank you for recommending Ruth's books to me...I now have most of them on my Wish List. :)

  5. Love the review - very thoughtful and I love that time period. I'll have to keep it in mind.

  6. Hello! Thanks you guys for reading my reviews! I can always count on you to read my reviews and leave an honest comment! Thank you! I appreciate you all!

    @ Lori- girl I always like your reviews and always think you do an awesome job so I don't know what you're talking about :-P

    @Lee- I DEFINITELY recommend her books, most of them are based in Regency England. My favorite book of hers is Winter Is Past!


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