A Return of Devotion (Haven Manor Series #2)

A Return of Devotion (Haven Manor Series #2)

by Kristi Ann Hunter

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ISBN-13: 9780764230769
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Series: Haven Manor Series , #2
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 101,370
Product dimensions: 5.50(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 winner, an ACFW Genesis contest winner, 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 Return of Devotion (Haven Manor Series #2) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
TimelessNovels 4 months ago
A Return of Devotion brings us back to Haven Manor and the characters we have come to love in A Search for Refuge and A Defense of Honor. The book can be read as a standalone but is better appreciated if read after the previous two. A Search for Refuge is available for free on Amazon. Haven Manor was created 12 years ago after Daphne Blakemoor had her son Benedict as a single woman. The haven was created to help children who were the result of similar situations. After William, Marquis of Chemsford, inherits the estate will Daphne lose the haven she loves so much? Daphne has always looked on the bright side and after she has turned to God for repentance, she tries to find something good that can come out of it by caring for children like her son, Benedict. I am glad Benedict has a story now. I have been interested in him from the beginning. I can’t imagine what Daphne has gone through not being able to tell him that she’s his mother. Though I know that in that time the alternative was usually that she would have to give him up and never know him. Benedict is very strong and talented for someone who is still just a boy. I like Daphne’s thoughts on raising up the next generation like Moses but also not being allowed to enter the Promised Land because of her sin. While our sins can be forgiven, there is often a result from our sins. Daphne forgives others and teaches the children that God loves everyone, but she doesn't really feel forgiven or worthy of His love. William is confused because he wants to act the part of a peer and not associate with servants, but he also wants to not be like his selfish father. He lives his life trying to do the absolute opposite of what his father had done. Daphne has always been a dreamer. She is constantly imagining scenarios in her head and missing entire conversations. It was funny when William started daydreaming and missing parts of conversations which he hadn't done before Daphne. William and Benedict meeting for the first time was even more intense than I thought it was going to be. I felt so bad for what little Benedict was going through while trying to be grown up. There were a lot of serious moments but there were some lighthearted moments as well. The readers are also given a very real and beautiful romance between William and Daphne. “How very different they were and how glorious it was.” It is not just a fairy tale. They have to go through a lot and they come out better for it in the end. The Bible teaches that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. “The past can be the stone that weighs you down or the foundation you build upon.” Like Daphne, we need to learn that after bringing our sin to God and repenting, we need to learn to forgive ourselves. “There’s life after forgiveness.”
blueyz1962 23 days ago
In this second book in the Haven Manor series, Kristi Ann Hunter has put in so much emotion it's like a roller-coaster ride. I waited a long time to here Daphne's story and I was not disappointed. To read about what Daphne Blakemoor had to do to raise her son in the best way she new how among so many other children of the Manor, it was heart-renching. Of course, in the first book you know who Daphne's child is, but you didn't know the reason for her not telling him as he grew up that she was his mother. You learn so much more about Daphne in this book, as it should be. In this book, the new owner of Haven Manor comes to take up residence and it is up to Daphne to present herself to William, the Marquis of Chemsford, as his housekeeper and when she first sees him, she is stunned and is determined to keep her son out of his sight. What is the mystery about William and Benedict that makes her keep them apart? What is so shocking about the new owner that has Daphne introducing herself as Mrs. Brightmoor instead of her real name? Daphne is forced to look deep inside herself to find the woman she truly is inside and come to terms with her past so she can move on with her life. She is afraid of large groups of people, though a house full of children doesn't bother her. How will she handle the changes brought to Haven Manor by the new owner? Will she decide the changes are just too much for her and leave everything and everyone behind? If you are into clean, Christian, historical romance, you will love this story of love, faith, and forgiveness. Enjoy! I received a review copy of this book from the author and Bethany House Publishing; all opinions in my review are my own.
LoriP123 23 days ago
A Return of Devotion by Kristi Ann Hunter is the second book in her Haven Manor series and definitely worth reading. Daphne and William both find the secluded lifestyle of the country perfect since both of them have spent the last twelve years hiding from the past, but now they find their lives turned upside down and are no longer able to hide from their deepest wounds. Just maybe they can face them together and start a new life together. I'm looking forward to reading more books in this wonderful series. I was given an ARC from the author/publisher. All conclusions are mine and mine alone.
ARS8 25 days ago
A Return of Devotion is a beautiful tale of love, restoration, reconciliation, and knowing that your past mistakes do not define you. This is book 2 in the Haven Manor series and this is Daphne’s story. Taking place after the events that happened at the end of the last book, this story picks up as the new owner of the house, William, Marquis of Chemsford, comes to take over and live in the manor since it is a ways out in the country. He really sees potential in the home though it certainly needs work, but it will work for him to stay mainly out of society. William was a very serious fellow, trying not to follow in the steps of his foolish father; he liked to be in control. When he arrives at the home, he nonetheless is very surprised by the “servants” in residence, especially Daphne the “housekeeper”. Author Hunter’s trademark wit ensues and the banter between William and Daphne is sometimes borderline crazy/hilarious. However the peculiar conversations between Daphne and other townspeople were a riot and must be in control William is highly curious as to what is really going on. I was sitting on the edge of my seat so to speak as to when all the secrets of Haven House would be revealed. This is an enjoyable book about a heavy matter that was made lighter with humor and love. I look forward to reading about Jess next and her knife wielding ways. I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
CarolJo 25 days ago
A Return of Devotion is one of the best regency novels that I've read! Daphne is an amazing female protagonist with a ministry of secretly caring for the illegitimate and ignored children of aristocrats! You will love Lord Chemsford who discovers he is a caring man once he realizes that servants are humans too! The lord's main goal is to be nothing like his uncaring father! A Return of Devotion will show you a different view of the regency period. The book started out a little slow but I was soon drawn into the story and thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it to others. I received a complimentary copy of the book from the author, Kristi Ann Hunter, and Bethany House Publishers. This is my honest opinion
InterpretergalMW 25 days ago
I recommend reading A Return of Devotion by Kristi Ann Hunter. This is a story of a woman named Daphne, and it is a perfect story for her! Daphne does not consider herself a full-fledged woman, although she has raised many children. She has thought and dreams of her life being different, but that is not what defines her. Her life of servanthood and speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves makes her the perfect lead character in this story. With a new owner moving into her home, which is not really her home, everything changes for her. She will take up her new position, change her name for cover purposes, and try to raise the rest of the children left in her care. This is a five star read!
Nicnac63 25 days ago
A new book by Kristi Ann Hunter… Woot! Woot! Yay! A Return of Devotion opens with an amusing scene and vivid visualization that makes me giggle. At the clumsy, alarming, and entertaining first meeting with Lord Chemsford (William) it takes only moments to get a sense of who Daphne Blakemoor is. (All her awkward blinking cracks me up.) I effortlessly connect with her, as well as William, as he navigates his new title, new path, and new uncertainties. I love it when I’m drawn in to a story quickly, as in this regency tale. Ms. Hunter’s witty writer’s voice (say that three times fast!) is entertaining, welcoming, and pulls you into her character’s heads effortlessly. With all the wit and amusement, the story still holds deep and serious undertones, and I soon learn Haven Manor is cloaked in mystery. I rapidly begin turning pages and become lost in secrets of the past… As with each of Ms. Hunter’s previous books, I begin reading slower as I reach the last few chapters. It saddens me to leave these characters, for they’ve become my friends. The spiritual undertones are meaningful, and the love and faith warm my heart. A beautiful, beautiful tale. Opening Line: She should have been prepared. I received a review copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley. Opinions expressed are completely my own.
Patricia Hinojosa 27 days ago
This is the second book, or the third, if you include the prequel “A Search for Refuge” in the Haven Manor Series. I totally loved it, as much or maybe even more than the first one. Haven Manor is a long abandoned estate in a rural village that has being used in the last 12 years to accommodate and raise cast off children from the London society. The owner has long neglected this estate and knows little of the life that is going on in his estate. So when he dies and everything passes to his son William, things at Haven Manor are about to change drastically. Daphne Blackmoore has spent more than the last decade at Haven Manor, caring for the orphaned children as the housekeeper and living a peaceful but somewhat lonely life. She carries a big secret, as Benjamin, one of her wards, is really her son, but in order to protect him, she hasn’t told him about his true origins. So when William, the Marquis of Chemsford, arrives to claim his estate and to escape London’s shallow society, he has no idea of what is going on in there. Daphne tries to pretend she’s a mere servant and things don’t take off too well at first. On top of that, her son Benjamin has a striking resemblance to him, and she doesn’t know what to do with that, and tries to hide him from him. William suspects she is hiding something, and feels tempted to dismiss her, but she’s so intriguing and wants to know her better. What I loved best about the story was the characters. I loved Daphne’s shy and introvert character, yet kind, compassionate and strong when needed. She was not the typical strong, outspoken and spunky heroine. Yet she felt more realistic and relatable to me. I loved her creative and imaginative mind, always daydreaming of the life she would love to have. And her love of her son and sacrifice to keep him was admirable, given her circumstances. William was complex character and so much more than the brooding man he seems at first. I liked how he grows through out the story. They were both the perfect match even if they started out with the wrong foot. There were great secondary characters too. I’m actually looking forward to Jess’s story and was delightfuly surprised to know that she will be the heroine of book number 3!! The book plot had twists that captivated me and kept me intrigued until the end, rooting for the characters and for their very well deserved happily ever after. Kristi has a was of threading through some tough issues with tact and respect, and to bring humor even out of the most awkward circumstances! I shed few tears but I mostly I laughed out loud at a few scenes! I totally recommend this book to lovers of historical romance. It’s an inspiring and heartwarming read with an uplifting message! Can’t wait for the release of the next installment in this series! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.
Lyssa Armstrong 29 days ago
Daphne is not a character I commonly read about. She is a dreamer- quiet, a little fearful, easily intimidated, regularly lost in her own thoughts. It's not hard to imagine how someone like her would get paired up with someone like Jess. Or how she might have gotten swept up into letting her life be decided for her. She had many introspective moments that led to personal growth: questioning her escape tactics, ability to be alone with herself, and whether or not she had forgiven herself just to name a few. Strength comes in unexpected ways and I really enjoyed this story. Now fingers crossed that Jess, my favorite, finally gets her story told!
Melmanro 29 days ago
Having read and enjoyed the previously published works in the Haven Manor series by Kristi Ann Hunter, I could not wait to delve into this new story. I was not disappointed. Hunter is a master storyteller in the regency era. She caught my attention from the first meeting of the main characters and held it fast all the way to the satisfying conclusion. Although, this book could be read as a stand-alone, I think the reader will miss out on certain key parts of the story if the first book is not read before this one. Daphne is a lovely heroine. A favorite quote about her is “everything Daphne did, everything she had become was in relation to someone else.” Her past was marred by a bad decision and the ensuing consequences and Daphne could not quite forgive herself. She had lost herself in the process of “making up” for her past. William is unlike the typical marquis. He did not like the actions of his father and is determined to be different from him. He comes to Haven Manor to basically get away from the things that would make him like his father and to enjoy some quiet. But he didn’t know about Daphne! Hunter includes much of the thoughts of her two main characters in the novel which allows the reader insight into Daphne and William. Another great aspect of this book is Hunter’s ability to write a great scene with humor and seriousness. One can feel the confusion, the heartache, and the love just by reading Hunter’s words. I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes. All opinions stated are my own.
EElizabeth 3 months ago
I fell in love with Haven Manor in the first book in the series, so when I saw that I could return to Haven Manor in Kristi Ann Hunter’s newest book, A Return of Devotion, I couldn’t wait to read it! I wasn’t disappointed. Mrs. Hunter has incredible talent to be able to take a story that deals with hard subjects and turn it into a sweet romance with humorous moments. Yes, there were moments when I teared up over a circumstance, but there were plenty of moments that had me laughing as well. Sometime just a well written phrase made me smiling at the wit. I also enjoyed this book because I could so easily relate to Daphne, the main character. Sometimes I find myself slipping into my imagination, imagining what would happen if… And that is only one way I could relate to her. She also is scared of people she doesn’t know and having to converse with those strange people. As someone who is highly introverted, I definitely understand the feeling. Now that my return is over, I’m on to another literary place, but maybe I can encourage you to visit Haven Manor. You won’t be disappointed! I would recommend this book for those who enjoy historical romance. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
MelissaF 3 months ago
Well, this book sure starts out with an interesting scene that will keep you turning pages to see what happens next. William and Daphne don't get off on a very good foot. Their first impression of each other is almost funny. From there on out things are strained and strange between the two because they don't know each other secrets. I couldn't wait to see how William would react when he found out how his home had been used before he came along. Once again, Kristy hasn't let her readers down. Another great book! A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley.com. All opinions are my own.
eLynda 3 months ago
I enjoy Kristi Ann Hunter’s books, I have since her debut novel. This most recent series has taken a bit of a more serious turn than her previous one, and added a bit more poignancy, too. But amid the questions of identity and forgiveness, a sweet love story involving two imperfect people plays out despite the forces that would keep them apart. As with many novels dealing with the Regency time period, there is an honest exploration of class distinction and the very real societal strictures that governed the time—and the consequences of breaking those rules for whatever reason. But I liked how the characters realistically deal with the potential obstacles their choices will create, and find that what they are fighting for is worth the troubles they may face. The truly stunning moments come when the characters start looking at each other as people rather than by rank, then begin to examine their own actions and motivations in their treatment of others. William’s character is exceptional at this, at comparing his own life to the true living he sees in others—and not only does he see it, he uses it to make positive changes. Oddly enough, one of the things that struck me as I read seemingly came out of nowhere: it was how I instantly understood more about Daphne from knowing how she could relate to Moses’ disastrous decision to strike the rock rather than speak to it, how one wrong choice could completely alter the rest of your life and cause you to reexamine everything else in light of that moment. I don’t know that I had ever thought about how familiar Bible passages and characters could tell me about the people in front of me, but I will certainly be looking deeper now when someone says they can relate to a certain Biblical person. The spiritual content is solid and deals extensively with forgiveness—of self and of those who have wronged us, as well as God’s forgiveness of our sin. Moving on with life and refusing to remain mired in poor choices is beautifully portrayed, especially when it causes us to focus on others and find meaning beyond our worst mistakes. This is a good, if sometimes bittersweet story, of how the past shapes our lives, but doesn’t have to have the final say. I recommend it for mature teens and up. I received a review copy of this book from the author and publisher but was under no obligation to post a positive review. The opinions expressed are both honest and my own.
BookwormMama2014 3 months ago
After meeting Daphne in Book One of this series, A Defense of Honor, I was super excited to find out more about her and follow her journey to a happily-ever-after. Kristi Ann Hunter never disappoints in the romance and humor department with her books. Little quirks about the characters that make them all the more endearing. And the last few chapters of this book, I laughed out loud regularly as Hunter brought it all together. Having such a life-altering event happen to her early in life, Daphne has been consumed by the rearing of orphans. She has such a tender and loving heart. Even though she has severe social anxiety, she is at ease caring for people. This is something I can TOTALLY relate to! I don't do well in large crowds of people I don't know. BUT, if I have a job to do, or am taking care of my kids, or am the one giving orders and delegating, I have no problems. Might sound strange, but THAT gives me peace. Because I have something to focus on other than the fact that I don't know anyone. Lord Chemsford is dashing, eccentric, and a man of honor. When he sees a wrong, he wants to right it, or at least try to make amends the best he can, even if HE wasn't the one in the wrong. I loved watching him fall in love with Daphne. Even with all the secrets and scandal, he never (truly) lost his cool and remained gracious and understanding. I love that he defied the "family traits" and became the man he WANTED to be and not the man that society EXPECTED him to be. All in all, a lovely story and I can't wait to read the next installment...I believe I saw a peek into the hilarious antics that are yet to be explored in book 3. Kristi Ann Hunter is not only a fabulous author, but a wonderful person as well! I received a complimentary copy of A Return of Devotion from the publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
swissgranny 3 months ago
I’ve been looking forward to reading A Return of Devotion by Kristi Ann Hunter since I finished the first book in the Haven Manor series, A Defense of Honor. I simply adore the author’s sense of humor and wit which she infuses into her stories. The setting in Regency England, the cast of memorable, vividly-drawn characters, and the creative, complex plot of this book drew me right in. Daphne and William’s story reminded me of a comedy of errors. William was plopped down into the situation at Haven Manor and was oblivious of what was going on. Daphne was trying to protect her identity and her position in the house. The stellar cast of secondary characters add to the chaos and confusion. Although this can be read as a stand-alone book, it is best to get the back story in A Defense of Honor first. There is also a novella A Search for Refuge which is a prequel to the series. As usual, Hunter’s wit and humor shine in this book. There were a couple of places where I felt the story dragged a bit, but then the author would pick up the pace again. The only bad thing about reading a Kristi Ann Hunter book is that I’m so sad when it ends and I have to wait a while until the next one comes out! I’m looking forward to Jess’s story. 4 ½ stars rounded to 5. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
Jaquelyn 3 months ago
If you haven’t visited Haven Manor yet you are totally missing out! The characters in these books are so unique and I’ve loved every minute I’ve spent with them. In the first book of this series, A Defense of Honor, we meet our heroines Kit, Daphne, and Jess. A Defense of Honor focus’ on Kit finding her happy ever after. If you haven’t read that story I totally recommend you pick it up as well. That being said, this book gives you enough background where you won’t feel lost if you haven’t read the first one. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Daphne’s story, and Kristi Ann Hunter didn’t disappoint. I had to force myself to take a break from reading to do things like eat and get coffee. Daphne was so much fun to watch. Easily distracted by her day dreams you never know where her imagination might take her. Being around a dozen kids for the last 12 years of her life has only encouraged that trait. Now that most of the kids are gone, she finds her role changing. Her happy little world was soon filled with more people and more challenges. William, Marquis of Chemsford, had no idea what he was getting into when he decided to move to his country home. But sometimes those kind of surprises are the best. I loved the chemistry between the main characters. They were such were a blast to watch. It was great getting to see the gang together again, and I can’t wait to hear Jess’ story. That girl is a firecracker, and I love her for it. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Historical Romance. Hunter kept my interest the whole time, and I couldn’t imagine what would happen next. There was just the right amount of suspense and romance. I was kept awake longer that I should have been, and the characters are still on my mind. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley and was in no way forced to post this review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Blooming-with-Books 3 months ago
A Return of Devotion Haven Manor #2 By Kristi Ann Hunter For more than thirteen years Daphne Blakemoor has been out of the notice of society following the biggest misstep of her life - one that ruined not only her but her best friend as well. Kit has reclaimed the life that she gave up with her recent marriage but Daphne still calls Haven Manor home though everything is about to change. With most of the children that they've housed and cared for over the years placed in homes, Daphne and Jess have less to do but they are about to take on new rolls so that can stay on. Daphne has assumed the role of housekeeper while Jess the role of cook and the three remaining older children various roles in the estate staff. William, the new Marquis of Chemford has decided to make the estate his temporary residence and his arrival has created a most unexpected situation, one that has Daphne's long-held secret teetering on the edge of discovery. She's sure she can come up with a plan to keep Lord Chemford from ever seeing Benjamin, the son she has never claimed as her own. She just needs a little time. Of course, her actions just might have Lord Chemford looking for a new housekeeper. William needs to escape from the pressures that have come to him following his father's death. He's determined to be as different from his father as he can be and his first decision has him seeking the peace and solitude of the country estate his father never set foot on. But peace is the last thing he is about to find when his seemingly wacky housekeeper all but thwarts his every step with her demands. Daphne has allowed herself one too many times to be caught up in her imaginings and Lord Chemford's coming has just added a new element to her dreams. But that is all they will ever be, even had she not ruined her future she would never have been within his social circle as she was on the outer edges. But what harm could come from dreaming? This is the second book of the Haven Manor series. The first book A Defense of Honor introduced readers to the world of societies castoffs - children who could never be accepted by the society that brought them forth as they were the result of a lady's ruination and poor judgment. Daphne was one of these lady's but she refused to give up her son though none of the children that she, Kit, and Jess knew of her ties to Benjamin. The long-abandoned estate in which they had been living is now no longer an option for providing a safe haven for castoff children. Caring for the children has been Daphne's life and in a sense her identity with everything that has taken place she finds herself without a purpose. William comes to Haven Manor with his own deep wounds that are tied to his parents failed marriage and his father's lack of involvement. Can these two wounded souls find healing in letting go of their secrets? Fans of Kristi Ann Hunter's work will enjoy her return to Regency-era England. This book could be read on its own but readers will be left with questions much like William is if they don't read the first book before starting this one. I highly recommend this book it is the perfect way to spend a long snowy weekend (the last two weeks have brought several feet - so a cozy corner with a warm cup of tea and a pile of books is my weekend plan). I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher with no expectations but that I offer my honest opinion - all thoughts are my own.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Kristi Ann Hunter has written another un-put-downable story! In A Return of Devotion, book two in the Haven Manor series, we learn about Daphne Blakemoor - her motivations, what makes her tick. We see how life changes for her once she meets the new owner of Haven Manor, and they are both forced to come to terms with their past. Daphne and William’s story is one of hope and forgiveness. It’s a story of a woman who learns to live life to the fullest after a life-changing setback, and a man who learns to open his heart. As always, Kristi’s writing made me think, and laugh out loud! Kristi’s depiction of the social climate of the Regency era is eye-opening and thought-provoking. She balances serious situations with humor seamlessly. Her characters are deep, and her descriptions are full of detail. This one also made me tear up a bit - it is so good, y’all! I highly recommend this novel, and I can’t wait to read Jess’s story in book three! I received a review copy of this book from the author/publisher; all opinions in my review are my own.
Moonglotexas 3 months ago
A second in a series, A Return of Devotion by Kristi Ann Hunter is a return to a favourite cast of characters. Focusing on Daphne’s journey, it picks up the threads from the previous novel and digs deeper into how Haven Manor came to be a safe place for the children of fallen women. William is introduced to the house believing it to be a deserted property in his newly inherited title of marquis but the details don’t align and his curiousity is piqued. The clashing of these two worlds leads to many humourous and awkward happenings. The relationship between Daphne and William grows from frustrating to curiousity and friendship. As in the first novel, the story is centered on faithful healing, coming to grips with the past and looking to a hope-filled future. It is encouraging and interesting with realistic reactions and interactions from each character. I look forward to spending time getting to know Jess in the next book in this series! This one is highly recommended and five out of five for me!
MelissaGH 3 months ago
Secrets, heartbreak, decisions, relationships and the possibility of a different future play important roles in this wonderful story. The story is so well written that I found myself immersed into the time period and felt I was right there with the characters. Another great one by this author. I received a complimentary copy of the book. No review was required.
bmrawlins 3 months ago
Wow! Another wonderfully crafted tale by Kristi Ann Hunter. I have really enjoyed the story line of Haven Manor and Daphne’s story is critical to the foundation. What a strong, complex character she proves to be. And quite comical. The power of a mother’s love really comes through in this story. Daphne had to learn who she was in her rawest form, no masks and no titles. It was a slow burn romance that left me feeling so full and satisfied, I wasn’t ready for it to end. Highly recommended.
Doriene 3 months ago
Loved this book! It's the second full novel in the Haven Manor series and is best read in order. Check out Kristi Ann Hunter's website for all her books: www.kristiannhunter.com If you enjoy stories of imperfect people who grow to love themselves, flaws and all, and believe they are deserving of love then you'll enjoy this story! It was so uplifting to walk alongside Daphne as she decided to embrace her past poor choice and use her experience to help other pregnant women in a time when society could be extremely cruel to both women and the resulting children. The characters are developed gracefully and the contribution to society is a win for everyone involved! I highly recommend this book and ALL of Kristi Ann Hunter's books! I received a free copy this book for my honest review.
Leonas_Lines 3 months ago
Review for "A Return of Devotion" by Kristi Ann Hunter (Haven Manor Series-Book 2 ) "A Return of Devotion" is a historical fiction romance set in Marlborough, England in 1816. The main characters in this second book of the Haven Manor series are Daphne Blakemoor of Haven Manor and Marquis William Chemsford, who inherited Haven Manor from his now deceased father. There are also many other interesting characters that add humor, drama and interest to this story For twelve years Haven Manor has been a place of refuge for the illegtimate children of the women whom society rejected because they became pregnant out of wedlock. Daphne was one of those women. She, a daughter of an earl in London's high society, made a choice one evening at masqurade ball that created an enormous life change for her, one she has paid for dearly, as she lost her status in society and her relationship with her father. Daphne, torn by memories of her past, but trying to make the best of her life, loves taking care of the children that live at Haven Manor, children, who know they are illigetimate, but do not know who either of their parents are. One of these children, a boy named Benedict, is Daphne's son, but he doesn't know that and Daphne is determined he never will. Haven Manor has become Daphne's home, a place dear to her heart, and though the work is hard and the days are long and sometimes lonely, she feels needed there and it gives her a sense of purpose to her life knowing that she might help the children grow up to have a good future. William, a young gentleman, who has recently become Marquis of Chemsford, because of the death of his father, decides he wants to visit one of the estates that his father won in a card game. The estate is Haven Manor, although William does not know the name of it, nor anything about it, he will find that his life is about to change greatly once he steps foot on the doorstep of Haven Manor and meets Daphne, whom he is led to believe is the housekeeper. This book with its trails of imagination led by Daphne, who is a quiet dreamer that often escapes reality thru her dreams and fantasies, is filled with energy and tension. You, as a reader, will experience the frustration of William as he tries to determine just what to do with his life now as a Marquis, and how meeting Daphne might influence his future. Your heart will ache for the children as they try to understand and find their places in a future society that will not be as safe and comfortable as Haven Manor has been. You will cry with Daphne for the injustice that has been done to her, for the secrets that she has had to keep, and for the life station she has had to accept in order to survive and help her son find a future. And, you will enjoy the roller coaster ride that Daphne and William take you on as they try to deal with their emotions in their day to day lives as they interact in a society that would not accept them as equals and you will wonder, right up to the last page, if there will be a "happily ever after" ending to this story. If you have read Book 1 in this Haven Manor series, you will surely enjoy this Book 2 and will eagerly anticipate Book 3 that will be coming out later this year. I received a free review copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. --Leona J. Atkinson
SBMC 3 months ago
"But I'm not going to do that to you without your approval. I see you, Daphne. Don't think I'm waiting for you to turn into someone else because I'm not. But I'll never make you do something you don't feel you can handle." What an incredible blend of angst, heartache, and faith! Beautiful writing, unforgettable characters, and an intricately detailed plot in Regency England make this novel one of the best historical romances I have read this year. Kristi Ann Hunter has outdone herself. This book is second in the Haven Manor series but can be read as a stand-alone. Once you've read this book, I'm sure you'll be rushing out to get A Defense of Honor (book 1) if you haven't read it already. It's a must-read for those who love historical romance! Daphne, a gentleman's daughter who has fallen on hard times, has rebuilt a life for herself and those children and women whom she and her friends are trying to help. She's a shy and awkward wallflower by nature and indulges too much in her own imaginations and fanciful musings. She's somewhat flighty and absent-minded but so tender and cares for those who are hurt and wounded. William is a marquis who has grown up privileged but without his father's approval or affection. Yet he's thoughtful, kind, considerate, compassionate, and unconventional for a titled peer of the realm. They make an unlikely pair and their relationship is merely a housekeeper and the lord of the manor for quite a bit of the story. The plot starts slowly at the beginning but once Daphne's story tumbles out, her life unravels quickly and the plot picks up pace with surprising twists and turns. Discovering God's purpose is a theme that resonates throughout the book and William's gentle admonishing that "there's life after forgiveness" brings home what forgiveness truly looks like. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series about Jess! I was given a copy of the book by Bethany House and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
BethErin 3 months ago
A Return to Devotion is genuine, heartfelt and sprinkled with humor and grace. The personality of Haven Manor itself leaps from the pages, inviting readers to reminisce even as it conforms to its new purpose. William's inner dialogue as he attempts to sort out the unusual clues and occurrences surrounding him at Haven Manor (as well as Daphne’s often frantic or dramatic inner musings) cleverly fills the natural void between the two introverts. Fans of Regency romance won’t want to miss a single moment of Kristi Ann Hunter’s original storytelling. She skillfully laces drama, humor, and faith throughout each book and I highly recommend the Haven Manor series. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.