Honor’s Refuge (paperback)


Sinking beneath waves of visible scars and unseen wounds, he clings to the lifeline she offers.

Phil Osbourne of Special Forces A-Team returned home from the military missing a leg and feeling like half a man, but Melisa Braxton has loved him since they met. When things take a dangerous turn at the women’s shelter where Melissa works, Phil must overcome wounds both seen and unseen to find a strength long buried–and save the woman he loves.

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When she was just five years old, Melissa Braxton watched her father take her mother’s life. Separated from her sister, Lola, at that time, Melissa grew up with a strong desire to help those stuck in abusive relationships. It’s why she became a family therapist and opened a domestic abuse shelter.

After losing a leg to a gunshot wound in the line of duty, Phil Osbourne has felt like a man without a purpose–until he hears Melissa’s story and decides to use his Special Forces contacts to track down her missing sister. He knows what he discovers will break Melissa’s heart. What he doesn’t realize is that helping the women reunite will bring the cartel down on them like the Category 5 hurricane striking Miami.

Bruised yet not quite broken, Melissa and Phil battle the storm and the cartel, calling on strength they didn’t know they had to escape death, save the innocent, and–just maybe–find healing in each other’s arms.

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Weight 18 oz
Dimensions 6 × 9 × 1.5 in

3 reviews

  1. Here’s my review for Honor’s Refuge. I loved this book and give it 4 stars!

    This is a featured verse in the book that I love, and it fits perfectly..

    “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
    Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”
    Ephesians 3:20-21 KJV

    This book was AMAZING!
    Honor’s Refuge is book #3 in the Love and Honor series by Hallee Bridgeman.
    In my opinion, each book has gotten better as the series has continued on!

    This story features Special Forces A-Team member Phil Osbourne, who in book #1, Honor Bound, lost his lower leg in shoot-out with a war-lord in the jungles of Katangela. Phil struggles fiercely with the temptation of substance abuse, and feeling less than after losing his leg.

    This causes him to distance himself from abuse shelter director Melissa Braxton, who has cared and prayed for him for a long time. Melissa has dealt with her past and spends her days helping those needing sanctuary in her community.

    All these things make for a wonderful story of love, perseverance, and God’s providence working in all our lives.

    Thank you to the author, publisher and Netgalley for this complimentary e-book. A positive review was not required of me, and the thoughts above are my own.

    Negative elements and trigger warnings:
    a character sports a bikini
    Violent death- A villain feeds their henchman to the swamp alligators.
    There is a bit of blood here and there, but nothing morbid.
    Innocent people are abused and beaten by people they trusted.
    Substance addiction, drinking.

  2. Hallee Bridgeman’s Love and Honor series captured me from the start. I’ve read books 2,3 and 4 in the series, just ordered the prequel and will order book 5 soon.

    The story plot is complex with undercurrents of fear, loss, and distancing. Special Forces A-team member Phil Osbourne lost a leg in Book 1, leading him to substance abuse to help him cope. He has a hard time believing anyone could love him, even the woman who has loved and believed in and helped him become sober again. Melissa has dealt with her own demons.

    This combination is potentially explosive, but is also a recipe for a marvelous story of love and redemption.

    I purchased the book and will read more of Bridgeman’s work going forward. She is a marvelous writer with well-developed characters that the reader can identify with, appreciate, and care about. I always know a book is well written when I start to pray for the outcome! (chuckle)

    Thank you, Hallee, for your wonderful writing and heart for Jesus and people who are hurting.
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    • Michaela Hofer on April 11, 2023 at 16:00

    I really enjoyed this battered women romantic suspense. I love how each of these books is so different from the last. It was cool seeing some different parts of the legal system and a couple cute kiddos. I can’t wait for the next book!

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