A Pursuit of Home

A Pursuit of Home

by Kristi Ann Hunter


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In early 1800s England, Jess Beauchene has spent most of her life in hiding and always on the move in an effort to leave her past far behind her. But when she learns the family she thought had died just might be alive and in danger, she knows her secrets can only stay buried for so long.

Derek Thornbury loves the past, which has led him to become an expert in history and artifacts. He knows Jess has never liked him, but when she requests his help deciphering the clues laid out in an old family diary, he can't resist the urge to solve the puzzle.

As Jess and Derek race to find the hidden artifact before her family's enemies, they learn as much about each other as they do about the past. But can their search to uncover the truth and set history right lead to a future together?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764230776
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/05/2019
Series: Haven Manor Series , #3
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 113,907
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Kristi Ann Hunter graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in computer science but always knew she wanted to write. Kristi is a RITA Award and a Georgia Romance Writers Maggie Award for Excellence winner. She lives with her husband and three children in Georgia. Find her online at www.kristiannhunter.com.

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A Pursuit of Home 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous 4 hours ago
Yay!! I have been waiting for Jess’s story ever since The Noble Masquerade. That’s 6 books I’ve been waiting (yeah, yeah, it wasn’t a hardship but still!). When we met Darek in book 2 of The Haven Manor series, I rang my hands in gleeful anticipation. I knew Darek and Jess’s chemistry was going to have me grinning up a storm. And I wasn’t wrong. These two are a classic look at opposites attracting. She gets him to look at the world differently and vice versatility. They round each other out in such a wonderful way. There was a mystery to this story that we haven’t really seen in other Kristi Hunter books and it was well done and intriguing. We were all along for the ride, trying to piece together the clues in the art. I loved seeing beloved characters from past books as well. And that closer scene was great and romantic. I only wish there had been more romantic scenes like that. A bit more heart-eye swoonies and this story would have ticked all the boxes.
SBMC 8 hours ago
"The truth was that while the past colored the future, the people living in the present still wielded the paintbrush." What a surprising and completely satisfying conclusion to the Haven Manor series! This third book in the series ties in all the characters from previous books, as well as some endearing characters from A Noble Masquerade (first book in Hawthorne House series). With her trademark writing style that is fluid, easy to read, and often humorous, Kristi Ann Hunter draws us quickly into the world of intrigue and mystery in 1816 England as we finally....finally.... learn about Jess' past. The setting and the world that the author weaves during this time period are so realistic and believable that you won't know what's fictional and what's history until the author's note at the end of the book unless you're a European history expert (and I'm far from that). The plot is incredible with unexpected twists and turns and the maturation of faith we see in Jess is inspirational and encouraging. Derek is an unconventional hero, but a hero in his own right and you can't help but fall in love with his geeky, awkward, but sweet, honest, loyal, and selfless ways. And their romance! So delightful, funny, filled with mishaps and tenderness! This book can definitely be read as a stand-alone but reading A Noble Masquerade and then the two previous books in the Haven Manor series prior to this book will give you a wonderful insight and affinity for Jess. If you enjoy historical fiction with a good dose of mystery and intrigue, you will absolutely love this book. It will captivate you from the prologue and have you turning the pages for just one more chapter to try to piece together what's happening. I received a copy of the book from Bethany House Publishers and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
Becky_B 1 days ago
“Sometimes stories are more about the one doing the telling than the tale being told. The true magic is the heart in the words, the emotion in the pauses, the depth of the conviction. “ This is the beginning of A Pursuit of Home by Kristi Hunter the third book in the Haven Manor series. Our heroine, Jess Beauchene, has appeared in the last two novels and has always been a favorite character of mine. Her past has been a mystery and we really do not know her backstory until now. Our hero, Derek Thornbury, is an expert in artifacts and history. The two have never really hit it off, but now Jess needs Derek and his talents to solve a family mystery. Their story is filled with adventure, intrigue, disguises, love, and the humor Kristi Hunter is known for. I was drawn into this amazing book after the first two sentences and reminded of how much I love Ms. Hunter’s gifted storytelling, the depth of her writing, and her insightful spiritual themes. I was so glad for the opportunity to read A Pursuit of Home and truly sad when it ended. It is a wonderful story. I highly recommend A Pursuit of Home. It will be the highlight of your year. I was given a copy by the publisher, but not required to write a positive review.
AMGiacomasso 3 days ago
An interesting, entertaining and well written historical romance. I loved the strong MC and found the entire cast of characters well written and likeable. The historical background is well described and the plot is engrossing. I didn't read the other books in this series but I had no issues with the characters or the plot. Recommended! Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
RachsRamblings 4 days ago
I’ve been waiting for Jess’s story, and I wasn’t disappointed. It was just as convoluted, mysterious, and exciting as Jess herself. There were beloved characters from previous books that added much to the story, but the character and skills of Jess really come through in this story. Though the story is wrought with suspense and intrigue, Jess still is what makes this book so good. Her varied and amazing costumes, many talents, and backstory are fascinating. Her future uncertain I really came to like Derek. He’s so far removed from what most thrilling main male characters are suppose to be. There is nothing overly exciting about him, but he’s content to be himself, which is rare. I’m no lover of art so that’s a foreign concept, but I loved that he knew so many interesting facts. He reminded much of my hubby...not exciting or thrilling, but steady and always there when needed. He really is a unique male hero, and that isn’t a bad thing. This book has a mild faith theme that grows and is woven well throughout the book. I usually would read a book like this in one or two sessions, but I didn’t with this one. I’m not really sure why myself. Maybe I wanted to savor a book that wrapped up so many book friends, or perhaps I was pretty sure of part of the ending at least so I didn’t feel I had to rush through the book. I savored this one. With a wonderful cast of characters, a country that needs saving, and a young woman coming into her own and discovering new things about herself, it all wraps up to make for a terrific novel well worth the read. Take a journey with Jess-mostly to see what she discovers about herself and where her heart calls home. I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
Betsy Tieperman 5 days ago
Mystery, Intrigue, and Art Appreciation Having read previous Haven Manor novels, I had wondered how Jess’ story would play out and was not at all disappointed by the result. The numerous twists, turns, and layers of mystery made this book very hard to put down! I loved the character development of Jess and Derek and how their relationship changed throughout the book. It was fun getting to revisit familiar faces from some of Ms. Hunter’s other novels who reappeared in A Pursuit of Home. Not only was this novel entertaining and riveting, but it also evoked several different emotions ranging from sadness to outright laughter. It was also educational, creating a greater understanding and appreciation for artistic painting of the Regency time period and earlier. If you’re looking for an entertaining, informative, and page-turning read, you have definitely found one in A Pursuit of Home. Well worth your time and well done! I received an advanced review copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.
A1Reads 6 days ago
Love, Love, LOVE this book!!! From "Somewhere in the French countryside 1806" to "I just helped you see it." I was lost in this story, in the best kind of way. I have wanted to know more about Jess from the moment I met her in "The Noble Masquerade." Jess and Derek have quite an adventure as they travel around searching for clues to a hidden artifact. Something Derek was more than uncomfortable with. Seeing Derek try to figure Jess out was incredibly entertaining. Seeing Jess figure out who she was and who she was wanted to be was heart-touching. I have great respect for her. (I know this is a fiction book, but these people are real to me.) I loved seeing Ryland and Miranda again as well as Kit and Daphne. *I highly recommend this book. I'm sure I will be reading and/or listening to this story many times. I own the audio too.
Kristen_J 7 days ago
Do you like a good mystery? This book made it very hard for me to put it down. Jess, who I came to love in a previous series, discovers that the family she once thought dead is alive. She hasn't lost them all. But before she can have a family reunion she must solve a mystery that has been handed down for over a hundred years. Derek proves to be a help beyond what she thought. Together they travel across England looking for clues. Facing the past is hard, but the what waits at the end is something worth the pain. For the first time in a long time she has hope. This book has everything, mystery, character reunions, family, love, and so much more. Kristi Ann Hunter does not disappoint. From the first page I was hooked. The mystery of Jess was answered through those pages. If you are looking for a book to curl up with and be transported back in time, look no further. I did receive a copy of this book for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.
Jaquelyn 8 days ago
I was quite literally dying to get my hands on this book. Hunter has a way of making me fall in love with characters and she’s done it from the first book of hers I picked up. I loved Jess right away and was hoping she would finally get her own story. She is such a fun and completely unique character and I couldn’t wait to get to know her even more. Hunter took me by surprise as I had no way of guessing what was going to happen in this story. Just as unpredictable as Jess herself, so is this book. Derek was also a one of a kind character and I found him easy to love. I enjoyed his interest in life and history, even if he might often come across as a know it all. Once you get to know him as I have you’ll know what I mean. Hunter had me laughing in one chapter and holding my breath in the next. I could not wait to see what would happen, and was turning pages way too late into the night trying to find a place where I could actually put the book down. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes Historical Romance. I was blessed to read the first two books in the Haven Manor series, and although you don’t have to read them to enjoy this book, I totally recommend that you do. Otherwise you’ll be missing out on all the fun of seeing some of the main characters return. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers and was in no way forced to post a review. All opinions expressed are completely my own.
TheCompulsiveReader7 8 days ago
(4.5 stars) - puzzle pieces to the Master's peace [This is Book 3 in the Haven Manor series. It can readily stand alone, though the story & characters will have more depth if you've read the previous books in the series] Jess is living a mundane existence as a cook at a manor house when she is actually from a royal family - sounds like a fairytale, and in several ways it is, but it's told very believably with some faint echoes of the legends surrounding the deposing of Czar Nicholas's family. Derek is a man with more knowledge & intelligence than social sense. They both annoy each other tremendously, and yet somehow, they're going to have to work together. As they begin to puzzle out the mystery that Jess must solve before it's too late, they begin to appreciate their differences and value what each has to contribute to their effort. It's a little slow to start as it sets up the story, but once it gets going, the intrigue & excitement builds, and you can't put it down! Also, to my delight, Ryland & Miranda from "A Noble Masquerade" make a guest appearance in the story! *Clean romance level: sweet kisses *Religion: generically Christian, with some talk of God's guiding hand, though nothing preachy
AE2 8 days ago
After her family's murders, Jess Beuchene, left only with the diary her father entrusted with her and family legends about their beloved home country, Verbonne, worked with the English to defeat Napoleon. Having finished her work, she moved on, ending up working as a cook in a home for unwed mothers and their children, never expecting that she would receive word that her brother, long presumed dead, is alive and trying to claim his place as king of Verbonne. In order to do that, however, he needs a special symbol of his right to rule--and the secret of where to find that item is hidden in the words of the diary Jess has kept safe. Although she'd prefer to work alone, the diary is written in Italian and describes various works of art, and Jess must enlist the help of Derek Thornbury, an art expert who can also translate the diary. Unfortunately for her, he's one of the most annoying people she has ever met--and while he agrees to help, he asks far too many questions and sees through her attempts to give him as little information as possible. Determined to be a full partner in their quest, Derek doesn't settle for Jess's half-answers and evasiveness; he pushes for more and in so doing, he comes to know Jess better than anyone. Wow! This is a thrilling read. I've been waiting for Jess's story, because she's been such a fascinating side character in the author's previous books, and this book did not disappoint. I loved seeing the interactions between sarcastic, world-wise Jess and scholarly, somewhat oblivious Derek--and especially seeing the moments when Derek wasn't quite as obtuse as Jess thought. I loved how Derek, while determined to help, recognized that there were things that Jess was better at than he was and didn't try to stop her from doing them, while also asserting himself when he did have the strengths needed to help. I also loved seeing other characters from previous books who refused to let Jess brush them off in her attempts to keep them safe and protect them from caring about her. This was a great conclusion to the series. 4.5 stars. I read an ARC provided by the publisher via #NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
3C 8 days ago
A Pursuit of Home was an entertaining, suspenseful, and heartening read. I appreciated that Jess Beuchene was somewhat different from a stereotypical heroine, and I enjoyed her analytical and independent personality. Jess, in order to decipher clues to her family's past secrets, must trust Derek Thornbury, an art expert, to translate an old diary. Each main and secondary character was presented with distinct personalities, making you feel as if you actually knew them. Even though it is the third book in the Haven Manor series, it can enjoyably be read as a stand-alone. Actually, I have not read the prior books in this Haven Manor series, but I have read the author's earlier Hawthorne House series. It was amusing to find some of her most compelling characters, including the Duke of Marshington and others of his quirky staff, appearing again in this story. The plot presented mystery and excitement without overshadowing the interesting personalities of the characters. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Christianfictionandmore 8 days ago
I entered the Haven Manor series with book three, A Pursuit of Home, other than the short story Legacy of Love from The Christmas Heirloom Novella Collection. This book worked quite well as a stand-alone read. Hunter made good use of her prologue to build background and interest. I had difficulty coming up with a word to describe the cast of characters of A Pursuit of Home. The best I can do is whimsical, a strange word to associate with nobility turned spies and an academic. Following Jessamine (Jess) Beauchene and Derek Thornbury on their quest to restore the small nation of Verbonne is full of danger and surprises. This is the kind of story in which the reader creates vivid mental images of the characters, the type that would cause a great degree of agitation if the book were made into a movie in which the actors did not match those mental images. Readers are likely to become vested in the lives of Derek and Jess. I am grateful to have received a copy of this book from Bethany House via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review, and received no monetary compensation.
EbosAifuobhokhan_0128 9 days ago
"There is power beyond might and strength." This book would take the whole of your mind and require your time to enjoy it. It is that captivating. To enjoy this book you have to have patience and be ready to settle down. The weight of a Nation rested on Jess and she did everything she could to save her people with the help of Derek. Her wit, determination, survival instinct were unrivaled. The author's writing style was wonderful, I learnt a lot of new words from it. I love the various mentions of art in the book. The serious minded Derek, an expert on art and ancient writings. His articulation, focus was endearing to read about. I found it funny how they both got under each other's skin. A wonderful story of triumphs, strength, family, pursuing what matters and determination. This was one unpredictable book. You can't just predict the ending. I received a copy of this book from Netgallery. All opinions expressed here are mine.
TimelessNovels 10 days ago
The reader is immediately drawn into A Pursuit of Home by a story from Jess Beuchene’s past in the intense prologue. Throughout the book there is an important mystery that must be solved. It will lead Jess Beuchene and Derek Thornbury on a journey together where they must rely on each other. Jess and Derek are so different. He is book smart and her intelligence comes from her unique life experiences. “He always seemed perfectly happy to be his odd self.” He is so awkward and could spend every moment discussing paintings or telling someone a random fact. “At least he was moving toward the carriage, even if he couldn’t stop himself from reciting every obscure fact about the smallest thing that no one in his vicinity even knew about, much less cared for.” Even when Derek thinks of his attraction for Jess, he thinks of it from a painting’s perspective. Jess sees people and their actions and motives. She doesn’t want to get close to people because of what she has lost, and she doesn’t want to be emotional. “Anyone who insisted on foisting their romantic notions on her could find themselves with ipecac in their tea.” Although they are so opposite and even argue with each other in multiple languages, they are still perfect together. This is especially true when they are able to open up, like the really sweet scene when Derek is teaching Jess how to knit. “This was different from attraction, different from friendship, different from anything she’d ever known. This made her feel vulnerable. This was terrifying.” My favorite book by Hunter is A Noble Masquerade, and I absolutely love that Ryland and Miranda return in Jess’ story. While there are returning characters from the Hawthorne House series and others from the earlier books in the Haven Manor series, any of these books can be enjoyed on their own. A Pursuit of Home is a story of mystery, adventure, and love that will keep you guessing what will happen next.
Anonymous 23 days ago
This book gripped me from the prologue and didn’t let go until The End. Charming and intriguing plot with great character development and a wonderful smattering of past characters. Highly recommend if you like historical romance or European-based novels.