In England during the 1300’s, marriages often took place because of political advantages or family duty. Though love is the deciding factor in why couples wed in the Knights of Honor series, their road to lasting joy is definitely filled with lots of dilemmas that may keep them apart. Alexa Aston makes any problems which arise very conceivable, and I could not foresee an easy solution to most of these troubling predicaments. As love is tested over and over again in the fifth book of the series, I became even more concerned over the future happiness of Lady Alys de Montfort and Sir Christopher “Kit” Emory. With each new development, I was drawn into the lives of this charming couple, where circumstances and every character are very believable. HEART OF HONOR is enthralling since your every emotion is profoundly affected.
When Lady Alys de Montfort and Sir Christopher “Kit” Emory first met, the two were rather young and had come to the English royal court in order to serve their rulers. She left for home shortly thereafter, and though she thought about the kind boy who consoled her during a distressing time, she knew they would never see one another again. Once back at Kinwick Castle, Alys continues learning from her mother about how herbs can aid those suffering from an illness.
Six years later, Kit remembers the skill of a girl for healing others, and he now needs her assistance because his mother is seriously ill. As he makes his way to where the healer lives, thieves attack him. With his severe injuries, Kit would surely have died if Alys had not been riding to a neighboring estate and took him back to her home. When he realizes that he does not know his name or background, he and the woman helping him know they must not speak about their growing attraction until questions about him are answered.
HEART OF HONOR is creative in how it entwines factual history with an imagined romance. Alexa Aston makes the daily details of those living in this period come to life with colorful descriptions, and even uses actual individuals from time to time. From showing encouragement to festive celebrations to pleasurable encounters, Kit and Alys took me on a riveting journey as they came to know one another more fully. The incidents where they were confronted by some form of danger had my own heart racing when situations turned uncertain. I often felt like I was right beside the characters experiencing the moment with them.
Alys has always been mature for her age, and greatly cares for people in need. Kit was much more carefree, and as the story progresses, I delighted in seeing how much he changed after observing her thoughtful behavior. Though she has been in the previous stories, reading those books only enriches your thoughts about this gifted healer. The author gives plenty of hints about her past history as well as that of other important characters to make this book a standalone. I simply adored Kit and Alys, as their every action made me want what was best for them.
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Series: Knights of Honor – Book 5
Publisher: Dragonblade Publishing, Inc.
Releases: August 21, 2017
Author website: https://alexaaston.com/
Rating: 5 Stars