I’ve looked forward to reading Raising Honor by Jill Lynn since being introduced to Charlie Brightwood in Her Hidden Hope. In Raising Honor, Charlie, a straightforward, single, car mechanic, has decided to become a foster mom. Her first placement is a little girl named Honor.
Honor’s uncle, her mother’s half-brother, doesn’t know his sister has drug trouble, but as soon as he learns Honor has been taken from her mother due to neglect, Ryker Hayes leaves everything behind in order to rescue his niece. Only, once he arrives in town and sees Honor, he loses his control and has a nasty confrontation with the woman he learns is Honor’s foster mom.
After such a beginning, watching the story unfold made me love it. Charlie is one of my favorite female characters. She’s so real and relatable. She is also a wonderful foster mother to Honor, wishing only the best for her temporary charge. Ryker has a lot to prove after his outburst at the beginning of the story, but the outburst comes from a place of love and the desire to protect his niece, and perhaps a bit of self-incrimination for not noticing his sister’s addiction before things reached the point of removing Honor from her home.
Despite the challenging topics of foster care, abuse, and family troubles, Raising Honor stays buoyant thanks to sweet little Honor and the positive attitudes of the adults in her life. And the attraction bouncing between Charlie and Ryker is more in the background as they focus on the girl that brought them together. It’s a wonderful blend of real and sweet and I enjoyed it immensely.
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