Historical Fiction, Review

A Return of Devotion by Kristi Ann Hunter

Quiet Daphne Blakemoor is thrust into the spotlight in this second installment of the Haven Manor series, A Return of Devotion by Kristi Ann Hunter!

about the book

A Return of Devotion by Kristi Ann Hunter (Haven Manor book 2)

Daphne Blakemoor was perfectly happy living in her own secluded world for twelve years. She had everything she needed—loved ones, a true home, and time to indulge her imagination.

But when ownership of the estate where she works as a housekeeper passes on, and the new marquis has an undeniable connection to her past, everything she’s come to rely upon is threatened.

William, Marquis of Chemsford’s main goal in life is to be the exact opposite of his father. Starting a new life in the peace and quiet of the country sounds perfect until his housekeeper turns his life upside down.

They’ve spent their lives hiding from the past. Can they find the courage to face their deepest wounds and, perhaps, find a new path for the future together?

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my thoughts

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. 

Seclusion, and perhaps even the support of her friends, has allowed Daphne to remain in a safe yet stunted chrysalis within the walls of Haven Manor. As much as I love her for pouring her heart into the lives of innocent society castoffs, cheering Daphne on as she struggles to unfurl her wings has further endeared her to my reader heart for the depth and authenticity of her character.

William craves solitude (I can relate!) and order yet, because of his compassion, he chooses to overlook the many eccentricities of his new home and unconventional staff. His 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.


about the author

Kristi Ann Hunter

Kristi Ann Hunter is the award-winning author of the Hawthorne House series of romances set in Regency England. She is an active member of several writing communities including Romance Writers of America and American Christian Fiction Writers.

When she isn’t writing she enjoys watching cheesy Rom-Coms, reading sigh-worthy happy endings, and playing board games with her family. She lives in Georgia with her husband and three children where she works with the youth in her local church.

Find out more about Kristi and her books on her website or a throwback to her visit here on Faithfully Bookish.

Haven Manor series

A Defense of Honor by Kristi Ann Hunter A Return of Devotion by Kristi Ann Hunter A Pursuit of Home by Kristi Ann Hunter


Hawthorne House series

A Noble Masquerade by Kristi Ann Hunter An Elegant Facade by Kristi Ann Hunter An Uncommon Courtship by Kristi Ann Hunter An Inconvenient Beauty by Kristi Ann Hunter


What kind of personality does your home or favorite room have?
Be sure to add A Return of Devotion by Kristi Ann Hunter to your tbr!

4 thoughts on “A Return of Devotion by Kristi Ann Hunter”

  1. Yay! Thanks for the review, Beth! I’m so excited to read this! Kristi is such an amazing author–I love her sense of humor!


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