Lyn Cote opens her new Quaker Brides series with a solid piece of historical fiction. Honor is betrayed by her grandfather, cousin, and former love interest. She and her companion, Royale, must find a way to survive as a disinherited plantation lady and a freed slave. Their salvation comes in the form of a deaf man, a marriage of convenience, a trip on the Ohio River, and a new business.
Many tragedies and near-tragedies keep the reader on pins and needles. Slave catchers, abolitionist journalists, brave Christians, apathetic neighbors, and lazy/corrupt public officials combine in a story that is the human story: fallen people trying to live together in community.
This novel is an excellent blend of fact and fiction. Those who like their romantic fiction with more substance than fluff will enjoy this book.
I received a free copy of Honor from Tyndale publishers for my review.